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Principal Asset Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Reading, Berkshire
£58500 - £88000 per annum + + Excellent Benefits
Closing date
11 Dec 2023

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Principal Asset Engineer

Location: Reading

Package: £58,500 - £88,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours (including Bank Holidays) of annual leave - plus every other Friday off work!

  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training

  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services

  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)

  • Life Assurance

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family

  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

  • Relocation assistance (terms & conditions apply)

AWE is embarking on a large construction programme of complex, high-hazard facilities and pre-operational engineering teams are being formed to prepare for handover of the new buildings - ensuring that they transition into operation as smoothly as possible.

You will be required to:

  • Represent the Engineering (Production & Assets) organisation at the concept and detailed design stages, influencing to ensure that the buildings and processes delivered are supportable for their demanded availability

  • Develop and deliver the Asset Engineering, Production Engineering and Maintenance Delivery resource plans for new facilities, leading these teams as their members are recruited and ensuring that construction and commissioning activities are exploited for knowledge transfer

  • Engage with the leaders of the other supporting functions as part of the operational readiness process

We are looking for candidates with both project-facing and operational experience who can contribute to the success of our new capabilities at Principal Engineer level, as part of a wider leadership team.

Though not to be considered a checklist, we are looking for candidates to have:

  • Previous experience leading multi-discipline teams through the engineering lifecycle

  • Asset management and reliability engineering experience

  • Ability to articulate technical complexities to a range of stakeholders

  • Previous experience of delivering a reliability engineering / maintenance capability in a highly-regulated environment

  • An understanding of and ability to apply legislation and standards relevant to safety within engineering

  • Excellent interpersonal, engagement, leadership and presentation skills

  • Willingness and aptitude to develop less experienced engineers

  • Degree qualification in an engineering discipline or proven experience

  • Professional registration at IEng or CEng level or equivalent experience

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in radiologically-designated areas.


We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology.

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career.

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