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Head of Operations – H3AT (Tritium Advanced Technology)

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£70,696 to £75,414 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
6 Jun 2022
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Head of Operations – H3AT (Tritium Advanced Technology)
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
Department: H3AT
Salary: £70,696 to £75,414 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Confirmed Grade: Level 7
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

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

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 (Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative) that capture the spirit of how we work.

Job Description
Who are we looking for?

The UKAEA is looking for an experienced and talented Head of Operations to lead and develop the H3AT Business Unit in a department with a state-of-the-art new facility. You will manage the delivery of tritium and waste management solutions to meet the UKAEA mission of bringing Fusion to the point of commercial realisation.

As Head of Operations, you will have the ability to build collaborations and communicate effectively with people at all levels. Proven leadership and people management skills coupled with the ability to build and motivate teams are essential to succeed in this role.

What will you be responsible for?

The Head of Operations is responsible for 5 groups (Waste Services Group, Waste Innovation Unit, Tritium Process Group, Tritium Science Group and Active Gas Handling System Operations Group (AGHS)) and will play a pivotal role to enable the delivery of the H3AT business initiative. You will need to ensure that recruitment and training strategies are in place to ensure that the capability exists to deliver the business needs. Your main responsibilities include:

-Providing dynamic and effective leadership of the H3AT Business Unit, delivering the business objectives contributing to H3AT’s and the UKAEA’s strategies.

-Maximising the efficiency of the H3AT BU, building a high performing team and continually improving processes.

-Ensuring all activities are delivered safely, actively managing risks and assuring compliance to UKAEA safety procedures

-Ensuring systems are in place to assure the quality, delivery and cost of programme deliverables within H3AT

-Being accountable for ensuring the H3AT operation allocates resources effectively and tracks project progress to commitments, by being responsible for capacity planning, agreeing and monitoring of resourcing levels and skills across the BU to meet the business needs.

-Being accountable for agreeing annual budgets and tracking progress against budget, working with Finance to provide accurate management reporting against H3AT budgets and goals

-Ensuring all areas within the BU develop a skills pipeline.

Other duties

Working across the organisation to contribute to UKAEA initiatives as required

Additional information

Some travel and becoming a Monitored Radiation Worker are required.

Essential qualifications, skills, experience and competence required

-Engineering degree or equivalent

-Chartered status of Engineering professional institute

-Project management experience and experience in using formal project Management processes

-Extensive experience of managing professional staff in a complex technological environment

-Experience of complex, high hazard plant in a safety management or technical management capacity

Desirable skills, experience and competence

-Experience of handling radioactive materials

-A formal qualification in Safety

-A formal Project Management or general Management qualification

-Experience managing scientific research activities

Additional Information
What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a 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 and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI Partner and 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.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 16/06/2022. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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 or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit the UK government website. If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.


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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