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Subject Matter Expert - Excavations

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, England, Reading
£44990 - £55000 per annum + negotiable
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Subject Matter Expert - Excavations

AWE is currently recruiting for a Client facing Excavations - Subject Matter Expert (SME), to be responsible leading the management and oversight of excavation works within the AWE estate. The role will involve supporting a significant 'UK leading' multi-million-pound forward build programme, of new facilities and associated infrastructure.

This unique and exciting position will see the right candidate working for one of the UKs largest employers, with an attractive salary/benefits package and allow them to enjoy an excellent work/life balance.

Location - Reading

Package - Up to £55,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date - 31st May 2024

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)

  • 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

Within this position your responsibilities will be inclusive of:

Advice and support

  • Provide SME technical advice, in support of the implementation of the AWE excavations arrangements

  • Promote excavations learning and improvement

Policy setting

  • Monitor and assess the implications of existing, new, and forthcoming legislation, standards and guidance, relevant to excavations

  • Support the creation and maintenance of standards, procedures, and other arrangements relevant to excavations

Policy implementation

  • Confirm that resources (people, equipment, environment, or material) required to deliver excavations safely within AWE

  • Identify roles and the competency standards of persons required to deliver excavations safely within AWE

  • Define and maintain appropriate training, information, and support arrangements for

  • persons in roles expected to deliver excavations safely within AWE

Monitoring /Evaluation of compliance

  • Define and agree appropriate metrics for each output expected with the relevant to excavations

  • Conduct active monitoring of excavations, agreed metrics to obtain sufficient data to allow continual review of the arrangements

  • Lead excavation Risk Based Inspection and Rick Based Checks in support of surveillance activities

Skills, knowledge, and experience requirements for the role:

  • Have a suitable amount of technical excavations and site experience within the build/ construction environment, with a proven track record in managing excavations and associated works with live services

  • Hold an industry standard construction/build environment qualification, aligned to their discipline/specialism

  • CSCS (relevant level), or suitable equivalent

  • Membership of an appropriate professional institution (desirable)

  • Good understanding of current construction Health, Safety and Environmental Legislation/ Regulations, HSG47 and the 2015 Construction Design Management Regulations

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


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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