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Waste Innovation Group Leader

UK Atomic Energy Authority
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
£63,856 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
1 Dec 2023

Job Details

Waste Innovation Group Leader
Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK

£63,856 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
Confirmed Grade: Level 6
Department: H3AT

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 ground-breaking 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.

Salary: £63,856.

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 Waste Innovation Group Leader, you will play a pivotal role in the Hydrogen 3 Advanced Technologies Division (H3AT). The division leads the delivery of high-impact research and development programmes, H3AT is also responsible for designing, delivering, and operating cutting-edge tritium life cycle facilities. The Waste Innovation Group actively seeks to minimise waste production and manage waste effectively from fusion activities. This covers a diverse range of tasks from desk-based analysts to operating pilot plant facilities that support fusion operations. The Group Leader provides leadership and strategy, as well as research and development, and project sponsorship leading to proficiency in waste and the impact of innovations on fusion fuel cycle. This will involve engaging with internal stakeholders, academia, and national and international industries.


- Lead the growth of a waste innovation team and increase the awareness of stakeholders to the interconnectivity of development areas.
- Effective & timely line management of staff across two sites - ensuring suitably qualified & experienced staff are in place to meet both current & future organisational needs.
- Setting resource allocation and recruitment requirements, knowledge transfer, welfare, setting measurable objectives and performance management, absence management, professional development, and coaching.
- Develop & implement effective strategy to grow a team.
- Provide support to and/or deliver high-value projects by providing technical and programmatical leadership.
- Represent and promote H3AT’s innovative offerings and technical specialism both internally and externally at high profile events.

The job description covers the accountabilities and responsibilities for the hold of the role, the expectation is they will achieve some of these through enabling and empowering the work of others while retaining accountability and ensuring the business needs are met.

Please note: You will be expected to be able to work in radioactive areas for this role.


Essential Requirements

- Degree or equivalent experience in relevant STEM subject.
- Experience line managing, building and leading large technical teams and coaching individuals.
- Prior radiological or contaminated waste experience.
- Able to work on major projects as a technical lead.
- Demonstrable experience of strategy and planning.

Additional Information

For a full list of benefits and to apply, select the apply button to be taken through to the UKAEA careers pages.

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.


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