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Mechanical Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Reading, Berkshire
£27960 - £41940 per annum
Closing date
13 Mar 2024

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Do you want an opportunity to work in the French countryside? AWE is currently recruiting for a Mechanical Engineer to work within our EPURE facility in France. If you have experience in product assembly or mechanical engineering solutions, we want to hear from you.

Location: EPURE, France (North of Dijon)

Salary: £27,960 - £41,940 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 13th March 2024

The Role?

EPURE is a UK/French Joint Research Facility being constructed on a French government site operated by the Commissariat à l'Energie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA). The facility will be used to conduct explosively driven Hydrodynamic experiments in a safe and secure manner with state-of-the-art diagnostics. EPURE will enhance aspects of the UK and French existing Hydrodynamic capability and enable both countries to gather key physics data in support of their independent nuclear programmes long into the future.

As a Mechanical Engineer, you will have the opportunity to contribute towards the production of containment vessel parts as well as the delivery of high-quality technical reports and presentations. You will work in collaboration with our French colleagues and multidisciplined UK team.

To provide Mechanical Engineering capability to the Trails, Test & Evaluation Sub-Function in support of AWE programmes; work closely with experienced Engineers and assist in their development in the practical use of engineering methods, tools and processes in order to reach a point where they can apply them with decreasing levels of supervision.

Key Accountabilities as a Mechanical Engineer:

  • Delivery of own agreed objectives / project deliverables.
  • Contribute to the planning and execution of tasks in order to deliver specific agreed objectives on time whilst demonstrating awareness of cost and quality.
  • Support the progress of designs through product lifecycle.
  • Understanding of the hazards and associated risks of any work conducted and, where required, safely use specialised equipment.
  • Work with Senior Mechanical Engineers to develop Safe Systems of Work for the operations teams and engage with stakeholders for approvals.
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security, and quality and be a great team player.

Key Responsibilities as a Mechanical Engineer:

  • Contribute to the delivery of conceptual designs, detail designs, manufacturing specifications, operational documentation and validation evidence for mechanical engineering solutions in relation to defined requirements.
  • Contribute to the production and delivery of high-quality technical reports and presentations.
  • Identify and support opportunities for cost savings, efficiency and business improvement.
  • Support the Team in scoping, planning, and estimating future activities.
  • Organise own training and development under the guidance of a professional mentor.
  • Assist in writing operational processes in line with company processes and stakeholder requirements.
  • The Company may require you to fulfil any other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs.

Candidates must be willing and able to:

  • Reasonably expect to spend an extended period overseas.
  • To communicate in the French language (training will be provided, to ensure you are able to converse in French, but it should be recognised that significant personal commitment and self-study will be required to reach the required level).
  • Hold a valid UK driving licence.
  • Willing to work within a high hazard environment.
  • Strong communication skills (written and oral).
  • Strong organisational and problem-solving skills.
  • Good working knowledge of Excel.

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.

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours (including Bank Holidays) of annual leave.
  • 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.

With this role being based in France, you will also be able to enjoy the following additional benefits!

  • Shipping of household belongings
  • Contribution towards pet transportation
  • Mobility allowance
  • Accommodation allowances based on family size
  • One-off lump sum payment to assist the move
  • Transportation allowance or a hire car
  • Home leave allowance
  • Support with Tax
  • Support with logistics
  • Private medical cover

All candidates must be able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.

This role will initially be based in the UK with the expectation that the employee (once visas are approved) will move to France for an assignment of up to 5 years. At the end of the assignment, the employee will be re-deployed back to the UK.



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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