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Senior Mechanical Design Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, England, Reading
£44990 - £67000 per annum
Closing date
28 Feb 2024

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Location: Aldermaston, Berkshire (On-Site role).

We are located between Reading and Basingstoke, with onsite parking. There are good bus links between Reading, Basingstoke, and Newbury.

Package: £44,990 - £67,000 (depending on suitability and level of experience

A relocation package may be available - terms and conditions apply.

Closing Date: 28th February 2024

About Us

AWE is one of the UK's 25 best big companies to work for. Join our 'One Engineering' culture and you will benefit from a supportive, friendly, and flexible environment that powers your career to chartership (if desired) and onwards to reach your professional goals. Achieve your full potential through mentoring, tailored training, and horizon-expanding secondments. At AWE you will find that diversity, equity, and inclusion are 'baked in', from Executive Team ownership to employee-led guidance networks. Bring your unique perspective to our critical mission.


We are currently recruiting for several roles across engineering. Below is a brief summary of the different opportunities.

  • Design - providing design integration and through life support for current and future systems from concept to substantiation, validation & verification and Trials.

  • Trials - Design, build and fielding of extraordinary engineering tests, underpinning the UKs Nuclear Deterrent using pioneering science and computational methods to substantiate safety and effectiveness. These roles can offer the opportunity to get hands on experience, testing in extreme environments at unique facilities in the UK and abroad.

  • NTR - Providing Nuclear threat reduction support to the UK government over a wide variety of areas.


  • Provide mentoring to junior engineers

  • Be able to work as part of a team and independently to deliver packages of work as per the customer requirements

  • Understanding customer requirements and being able to translate these into engineering solutions

Qualification and Education Requirements

A Degree, HND/HNC or an equivalent vocational qualification, in an engineering discipline, with or working towards professional registration.


  • Experience of successfully managing a team of 7-10 people

  • Proven track record of driving delivery, performance and continuous improvement

  • Demonstrates a working appreciation of financial and business requirements

Preferred skills

Experience/understanding of any of the following would be advantageous, but not essential as career and role specific training will be given:

  • Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) including configuration management and quality control

  • Computer Aided Design (CAD) systems

  • Engineering drafting to BS8888 with GD&T

  • Substantiating engineering designs for safety and performance

  • Finite Element Analysis (FEA) and its limitations

  • Machine tools and manufacturing processes

  • Additive manufacturing processes and technologies

  • Static and dynamic environmental testing

  • Material selection and testing

  • Working to British and ISO Standards

  • Technical and management skills including problem solving and decision making

What will you get from us?

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 (including Bank Holidays).

  • 9-day working fortnight - our employees have every other Friday off work.

  • Flexible working hours.

  • 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.

  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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 market leading contributory pension scheme (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 savings.

  • 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.

Important things you need to know:

  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.

  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.


* Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment


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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