Lead Electrical HV Distribution Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
£49,396 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
15 Dec 2021

Job Details

Lead Electrical HV Distribution Engineer

Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £49,396 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension

Confirmed Grade: Level 5 / Level 6

Department: Electrical Engineering

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

As the Lead Electrical HV Distribution Engineer, you will provide technical and project leadership on projects of large significance or scale, influencing the direction of the organisation and/or external collaborators. You will provide specialist technical knowledge and direction in a complex field. This role will be extremely important in helping to shape the future of UKAEA at Culham and define the work we do on site post JET.

We are looking for an experienced degree qualified (or equivalent) electrical engineer with excellent interpersonal and analytical skills. If this is you, and you are good at decision making with the skills and ability to communicate and influence others, then we would be very keen to hear from you.

What will you be responsible for?

Leading Electrical Engineer (HV Systems):

- Proposing, defining, managing and delivering major projects or contracts (up to £10M) and leading project teams on enhancement programmes for site-wide facilities and future fusion devices

- Developing and implementing organisational [Level 6] as well as technical improvements [Level 5]

- Be appointed as Senior Authorised Person (Electrical) for HV systems [Level 6] or Authorised Person (Electrical) [Level 5]

- Accountable as the Asset Manager for UKAEA private HV substations, switchgear and distribution networks [Level 6] or Plant Responsible Officer [Level 5]

- Assume a position of technical expertise (and lead in setting the direction of site level projects in this capacity [Level 6]), acting as an authority and advisor for design solutions and/or critical plant operational issues

Please note that this role may involve working with and influencing external collaborators such as European or international laboratories, universities, strategic customers or suppliers and professional networks.

Please note that this role is split over two levels and the Level 5 offers a salary of £49,396 - £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) and the Level 6 offers a salary of £60,317 - £63,855 (inclusive of MPP). Your level will be assessed as part of the interview process.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

- Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles

- Proven capability in engineering analysis and a good working knowledge of engineering materials and their properties

- Extensive experience with high-power electrical systems with a size and rating as typically used in power stations and large industry

- A relevant Electrical Engineering degree or equivalent

- Good working knowledge of electrical engineering with specialist knowledge in HV substations and distribution power systems

- Experience with working to design standards and applying industry best practice

- Leading, coaching and supervising teams and other staff

- Good communication and technical writing skills

- Incorporated or Chartered Engineer status with a suitable professional institution.

- Excellent interpersonal skills

- Experience at leading and delivering major HV distribution projects (required at L.6)

- Extensive project management experience (for contracts up to a total value of £10,000,000 required at L.6)

Desirable skills, experience and competence

- Project management experience working on small-medium large-scale projects

Additional Information

What we offer

- A competitive salary

- A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors

- An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives

- Flexible working options including family friendly policies

- Emergency leave (paid)

- 30.5 days’ annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service

- Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g. professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme

- Annual corporate bonus scheme

- Relocation allowance (if eligible)

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 15/12/21. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received. Panel interviews are likely to be held in January.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.


Do you want to help shape the future of the world's energy? If so, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is the place to be and we can offer a range of career opportunities. These include scientific and engineering roles, as well as technical and administrative positions supporting our research programme.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements, as well as job vacancies for various positions when they occur, working in a friendly international environment. 


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