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Principal Technical Authority Criticality Safety

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, Reading, England
pension, bonus
Closing date
28 Dec 2023

Job Details

AWE is located close to the towns of Reading, Newbury and Basingstoke. We care passionately about doing things right, valuing our people and understanding the importance of a truly engaged workforce.

There has never been a more exciting time to be a Scientist at AWE as we are at the start of a once-in-a-generation programme to design and produce a replacement warhead for the UK's continuous at sea deterrent.

Within our Science Function we have an exciting new leadership opportunity Principal Technical Authority for Criticality Safety which will sit under the AWE Chief Scientist. This role will be responsible for assuring standards in the assessment of criticality safety and the governance of key decisions and where necessary, arbitration of criticality safety decisions.

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

  • Performance related bonus

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body

  • 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

In this role you will be accountable for developing and overseeing a strategy for the development of criticality safety standards, processes, tools, skills, science and information at AWE. The role holder will sponsor and strategically lead the development of business cases to support this strategy. The role holder will work with and challenge the AWE Science Function to ensure that a capability plan that delivers their strategy is well defined, appropriately resourced managed and governed.

The role holder will be responsible for driving innovative thinking in the performance of criticality safety and will be expected to apply this thinking to developing ways of tackling the resource shortages in this critical area.

Whoever is appointed to this role will be AWE's Criticality Safety Authority and will have accountability for the ensuring Suitably Qualified and Experience Person (SQEP) standards in the area of criticality safety and will appoint AWE's Criticality Safety Technical Leads.

The role is accountable for managing relationships with external partners, both in the UK and internationally, in the arena of criticality safety and as the key point of contact for criticality safety.

Leadership is key to us achieving our goals, especially given the complexity of the products we make and the environment we operate in. As this is a senior leadership position, candidates will need to have a significant record of experience and achievement as well as a deep knowledge of criticality safety and its practical implications for nuclear safety cases.

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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