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Manufacturing Engineering Governance and Improvement Lead

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England, Berkshire
£58500 - £90000 per annum
Closing date
13 Dec 2023

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AWE is currently recruiting for a Manufacturing Engineering Governance and Improvement Lead

AWE are at the start of a once-in-a-generation programme, critical to the defence of the UK in the ever-changing environment, and your skills could be used to ensure the UK remains Safe and Secure for another generation by supporting development of a modern, innovative manufacturing capability. We are tasked with designing and producing a replacement warhead at the same time as managing one of the most important and challenging infrastructure programmes ever undertaken, all at the same time as continuing to deliver the current programme. This means it has never been a more exciting time to be an engineer at AWE.

Now is the time to have your chance to be at the forefront of the design, development, and implementation of a new Manufacturing System into world-class facilities, revolutionising and modernising the way we work, ensuring the deterrent is available to support the Continuous at Sea Deterrent, now and for the future.

Engineering leadership is key to us achieving our goals, especially given the complexity of the products we make and the environment we operate in and even more important to the teams we have the honour of leading, developing and supporting.

Role: Manufacturing Engineering Governance and Improvement Lead

Location - Reading Area

Salary: £58,500 - £90,000 (dependent on skills and experience)

Closing date: 13th December 2023

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 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 well-being - more information available on our careers site
  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)
  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration

We are currently recruiting for leadership roles, to develop and strengthen the Manufacturing Engineering capabilities and processes. One of those roles is a Manufacturing Engineering Governance and Improvement Lead - providing the tools and process to simplify the way our teams work within the regulatory framework that we operate in.

Reporting directly into the Group Leader Engineering for Production, this role will suit leaders who are passionate about developing capability, process improvement and supporting our teams. The role will develop our Manufacturing Engineering processes to enable us to transition from how we operate and maintain our production facilities today and into the new product and infrastructure programmes for tomorrow, delivering true value to the business.

Responsibilities of the role will include:

  • Process Ownership and governance for manufacturing system procedures
  • Driving process simplification to free up effort
  • Training requirements and solutions (including partnering)
  • Early Career leadership across the Manufacturing and Assets community
  • Business Management interface for recruitment, including early career
  • Talent development and succession planning

We have much to do and we would like to hear from you if you are up for the challenge of delivering change, being part of an exceptional engineering team and are committed to:

  • Attracting, nurturing, developing, and retaining world class talent
  • Driving a culture of innovation and continuous improvement
  • Modernisation of the Manufacturing environment, digital enablement, and world-class technology implementation in a secure context
  • Developing our engineering capabilities to deliver sound engineering solutions that are safe and secure
  • Simplifying how we work and ensure responsibility, clarity, and empowerment for our key engineering leaders
  • Focusing on delivery and issue resolution
  • Translating strategy into operational output

If you want to work in a unique and innovative environment, where people are at the heart of the business, then AWE is the perfect place for you.

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role, be prepared to travel in both UK and abroad and be willing and able to work in all required areas of AWE.



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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