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Group Leader Engineering - Production & Manufacturing

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, Reading, England
£85000 - £115000 per annum + Bonus
Closing date
8 May 2024

Job Details

There has never been a more exciting time to be an engineer at AWE. 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. We are also managing one of the most important and challenging infrastructure programmes delivering a cutting-edge, sustainable environment for the future; introducing a new digital backbone to transform how our engineers will work in the future as well as effectively maintaining an estate that spans over 1,000 acres.

Engineering leadership is key to us achieving our goals, especially given the complexity of the products we make and the environment we operate in.

We are currently recruiting for a key leadership role, tasked with leading the development of our Production and Manufacturing capability across our current and future manufacturing processes and facilities. This role is strongly focused on people management ~ 500 engineers.

Group Leader Engineering - Production & Manufacturing

Location: Reading

Closing date: 12th May 2024

Salary: AWE offers a competitive salary, market leading contributory pension scheme and generous holiday entitlement as well as a working pattern that gives you every other Friday off and a host of benefits that fits this senior leadership role.

Reporting to the Production and Assets Director, Marc Stewart, this role would suit an experienced people leader who is passionate about developing capability and supporting our wider teams. The role will define and develop our Production/Manufacturing Engineering Capability to enable us to transition from how we operate today and into the new product and infrastructure programmes of tomorrow.

We have much to do and we would love 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

  • Developing our engineering capabilities to deliver sound engineering solutions that are safe and secure

  • Simplifying how we work

  • Focusing on delivery and issue resolution

  • Translating strategy into operational output

Key Skills, Qualifications, Experience, for the role:

  • Chartered professional status in an appropriate professional institution

  • Proven track record of driving delivery, continuous improvement and sustained performance focusing on the engineering strategy, technical direction and overall capability including people, process and technology within a manufacturing environment

  • Experience of managing high performing and multidisciplinary technical teams and programmes

  • Excellent interpersonal, negotiation and organisational skills

  • Ability to steer people through transformation and change

  • Lead by example with regards to positive behaviours and safety culture

  • Financial awareness and management of budgets

  • Excellent decision making and problem-solving abilities

  • Understanding compliance ideally with nuclear or high hazard facilities (desirable not essential)

  • Ability to champion ED&I, promoting diversity of and innovation in thought and approach

AWE cares about doing things right, valuing its people and understanding the importance of a truly engaged workforce.

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.

Please contact for additional information.

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 will consider candidates looking for part-time or full-time opportunities.


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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