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Engineering Operations Leader

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Berkshire, Reading
£62020 - £85000 per annum + negotiable
Closing date
3 Jun 2024

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AWE plays a crucial role in nuclear defence, providing the warheads for the UK's nuclear deterrent. What we do is unique and so are the people who work here. We currently have an exceptional opportunity to join us as Engineering Operations Leader. The successful person will have significant experience supervising multi-disciplinary operations, strategically identifying technology development programmes and will be accountable to the Operations Group Leader for delivery of the order book.

Location: Reading

Salary: £62,020-£85,000 per annum

Closing Date: 03rd June 2024

The role holder will be responsible and accountable for;

  • The delivery of the Target Fabrication orderbook to time, cost and quality.
  • The maintaining safe operations across the Target Fabrication capability.
  • Leading change in new technologies of interest to the customer i.e. working with strategic materials.
  • The interaction with the supplying resource functions to ensure overall shape and size are adequate for future demand.
  • The oversight of direct spend and labour costs from the delivery unit.
  • Ensuring that robust plans are delivered to meet milestone targets.
  • Overseeing and leading new and existing capabilities in accordance with programme demand.

The role holder will have some of the following skills and attributes;

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience.
  • Extensive experience working and supervising work in operational environments.
  • Excellent communications skills - able to inspire, motivate and engage widely across the business.
  • Ability to develop solutions to complex problems that requires regular use of ingenuity and creativity.
  • Resolution focused with the ability to be flexible and creative in approach and able to work across functions to reach the conclusions, decisions and ways forward collaboratively.
  • Project Management experience delivering a wide range of projects.
  • Experience of Leading and building multi-disciplinary teams to achieve complex outcomes.
  • Ability to influence and manage stakeholders.

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 (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.
  • 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.

Candidates must be willing to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and on occasions travel within the UK and overseas.



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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