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Product Engineering Design Group Leader

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£63,856 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
19 Oct 2023

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Job Type
Engineer, Engineering Manager

Job Details

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 leads the way in realizing fusion energy, partnering with industry and research for groundbreaking advancements. Our goal is to bring fusion electricity to the grid, supported by tomorrow's power stations. In pursuit of our mission, UKAEA embraces core values: Innovative, Committed, Trusted, and Collaborative."

As an employee of UKAEA you will benefit from:

- Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, details of which can be found at the end of this advert.
- Corporate bonus scheme up to 7% and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
- Flexible working options including family friendly policies.
- Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders,
- Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service,
- Wide range of career development opportunities
- A vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive

This role requires employees to complete an online Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), including The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks for criminal convictions.

Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference? Join our team and contribute to the future of fusion energy.

As Product Engineering Design Group Leader, you will play a pivotal role in leading, developing and managing the group in the provision of advanced engineering design and analysis capability to support programmes and projects across UKAEA, with a focus on mechanical and process engineering design.

The Product Engineering Design (PED) Group Leader will lead, develop and manage a group of approx. 25 engineers (direct line management of 3 team leaders, with sub teams of ~8 engineers) in the provision of advanced engineering design and analysis capability to support programmes and projects across UKAEA.

Additional Responsibilities

- Recruit and develop engineering staff to actively set the direction and lead the Group’s capabilities development, matching this with the growing diverse project portfolio; enabling knowledge capture and transfer to maximise the capabilities of the Unit.
- Serve as a point of authority in mechanical and/or process engineering design and advise on technical solutions, designs and/or critical plant operational issues.
- Overcome cultural and procedural barriers to delivery, working across UKAEA departments to identify and execute continuous improvement in line with the evolving project portfolio.
- Provide technical and project leadership on projects for external and/or internal customers that are applicable to future fusion devices and applications of related technology.

As part of your role, you could be asked to work in radiation-controlled areas or in beryllium-controlled areas. Full training and medical assessments will be provided if this is necessary.

Essential skills, experience and competence required

- A relevant engineering degree or equivalent and attained or actively working towards Chartered Engineer status with a suitable professional institution. 
- Experience leading teams and supervising other staff. 
- A track record of delivering high technology science or technologically complex projects to time, budget, safety and quality. 
- Good working knowledge of fundamental mechanical and/or process engineering principles, e.g. structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials, process plant design.

Additional Information

A full list of our benefits can be found here on our website.

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, and women. Our Executive team, supported by our 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, actively promotes EDI and takes steps to increase diversity within our organization. We reinforce best practices in recruitment and selection and evaluate approaches to remove barriers to success.

Please note that vacancies are generally advertised for 4 weeks but may close earlier if we receive a large number of applications.

For applicants applying from outside the United Kingdom or those who have spent time outside the UK in the last five years, please visit the UK Government website for information on criminal records checks. If your country of residence or previous residence is not listed on the website or if the UK Government does not have information on obtaining a criminal records check from that state, we regret to inform you that we cannot 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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