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Head of Engineering - Delivery

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
England, Reading, Berkshire
£90000 - £110000 per annum + Great benefits
Closing date
2 Jul 2024

Job Details

We are currently recruiting for an exciting new delivery role, within our One Engineering Function.

The successful candidate will have significant experience delivering high value, complex infrastructure programmes and will lead large technical multi-disciplinary teams through the lifecycle of delivery.

This role will give the successful candidate the opportunity to build and leverage delivery partnerships to achieve engineering solutions that are both regulatory and meet programme requirements.

Head of Engineering - Delivery

Closing date: 30th June 2024

Salary: AWE offers a competitive salary, a market leading contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, excellent work/life balance including a 9-day working fortnight and flexible working hours (role dependent). A salary sacrifice scheme and other associated benefits which you would expect from a senior leadership role are also available. We will consider candidates looking for full time or part time hours.

This is a pivotal role combining your technical and leadership ability with the experience to deliver strategic goals and objectives.

You will need gravitas, resilience and passion to engage with and influence those at the most senior levels to deliver our programmes of work from cradle to grave.

Key Responsibilities:

We are looking for exceptional candidates who will bring their wide engineering qualifications, experience and skill sets, to make a personal, positive difference and:

  • Provide inspirational leadership to a multi-disciplinary team with diverse skills and experience and build high performing teams associated with Engineering Infrastructure projects

  • Act as the Senior Accountable Design Authority

  • Deliver engineering solutions across the life cycle (conception, design, construction, commissioning and handover)

  • Create a positive, collaborative and diverse working environment where you can easily identify and grow talent whilst increasing the quality and speed of performance

  • Lead engineering regulatory interfaces to ensure Engineering solutions meet associated regulatory requirements

  • Deliver holistic engineering solutions and delivery strategies across the portfolio that improves efficiency, effectiveness and quality

  • Demonstrate strong business and commercial acumen

  • Act as an ambassador for AWE demonstrating excellent interpersonal, engagement and presentation skills

  • Have experience operating confidently at a strategic level and to assimilate and analyse information quickly to assess and debate complex issues at the highest level

We would encourage applications from candidates who can demonstrate:

  • Chartered Membership of an appropriate professional institution

  • Technical ability to act as Senior Accountable Design Authority

  • Experience of successfully delivering high value engineering programmes through the life cycle (conception, design, construction, commissioning, and handover)

  • Experience of delivering engineering programmes safely, with a clear understanding of CDM

  • Directing high performing and motivated engineering teams with the ability to embrace diversity of thought and constructively challenge people's behaviour and work methodologies

  • Thought leadership and drive innovation for first of a kind standardisation across the engineering solution

If you think you've got what it takes, are up for a challenge and want to join a team who is dedicated to make a difference across nuclear security technologies, please apply or reach out to Vicky Hearmon for further 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’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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