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Deputy Facility Chief Engineer

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority, (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

Job Details

Deputy Facility Chief Engineer

  • Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK Full-time
  • Salary: £63,856 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
  • Division: Central Operations
  • Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
  • Confirmed Grade: Level 6
  • Department: Office of the Chief Engineer - Staff

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs.

UKAEA leads the way in realizing fusion energy, partnering with industry and research for groundbreaking advancements. Our goal is to bring fusion electricity to the grid, supported by tomorrow's power stations. In pursuit of our mission, UKAEA embraces core values: Innovative, Committed, Trusted, and Collaborative.

As an employee of UKAEA you will benefit from:

  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, details of which can be found at the end of this advert.
  • Corporate bonus scheme up to 7and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies and the right to request flexible working from the start of your employment. 
  • Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, 
  • Generous annual leave allowance starting with 25 days, plus 3 days Christmas closure and 2.5 privilege days, in addition to UK bank holidays
  • Wide range of career development opportunities
  • A vibrant culture committed to equality and being fully inclusive

The salary for this role is £63,856  (inclusive of a Market Premium Payment (MPP))

Job Description

This role requires employees to complete an online Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS), including The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks for criminal convictions.

The Role

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference? Join our team and contribute to the future of fusion energy. 

In this position, you'll provide support to the UKAEA Chief Engineer and Facility Chief Engineer for high or highest complexity facilities, and also assume the role of an independent Design Authority for facilities and projects within the remit of the Tritium and Process Systems area.

The scope charges you to independently oversee technical governance of Tritium and Process systems projects, facilities and experiments.

If you're interested in contributing specialized skills and experience to provide pragmatism and risk-based support to the "Engineering Authority" in governing first-of-a-kind engineering projects; and if you possess a keen eye for detail whilst also considering the bigger picture, along with maintaining high standards of quality and compliance, we encourage you to apply.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Engage proactively and hold a measure of responsibility for the long-term success of the portfolio.
  • Build effective relationships with operations leaders and authority to operate holders, supporting operations, safety, and plant protection.
  • Interact confidently with individuals across all organizational levels, offering expertise in technical governance and scrutinizing engineering activities.
  • Develop a comprehensive understanding of daily operations, safety cases, and management of unexpected events.
  • By exception be available to handle technical or operational issues outside regular hours.
  • Regularly communicate issues and status updates across the organization and beyond, promoting sharing of experiences and best practices.


Essential Requirements:

  • Extensive experience of the following, as demonstrated by track record (roles, responsibilities, projects, etc):

-Delivering and utilising complex industrial or research plant.

-Delivery across Plant Lifecycle (Need, Design, Build & Test, Commission, Operate, Monitor, Maintain & Modify, Decommission)

-Relevant industrial regulations, codes, standards, and norms together with tailoring their application within a diverse business.

  • Experience working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams, to include several specialties from the following:

-Engineering Delivery; Operations; Safety Case; Machine / Plant / Asset Protection; Asset Management & Maintenance; Quality Assurance; Waste Management; Environment; Safety

  • Advanced Degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent experience) - Membership of recognised professional body in a relevant discipline (or on a development path to achieve membership)


  • Experience in hydrogen or tritium design

Additional Information

A full list of our benefits can be found here

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, and women. Our Executive team, supported by our 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, actively promotes EDI and takes steps to increase diversity within our organization. We reinforce best practices in recruitment and selection and evaluate approaches to remove barriers to success.

Please note that vacancies are generally advertised for 4 weeks but may close earlier if we receive a large number of applications.


Do you want to help shape the future of the world's energy? If so, Culham Centre for Fusion Energy is the place to be and we can offer a range of career opportunities. These include scientific and engineering roles, as well as technical and administrative positions supporting our research programme.

We have professionally accredited training schemes for graduate engineers and apprentices, and strong links with universities around the UK for PhD placements, as well as job vacancies for various positions when they occur, working in a friendly international environment. 


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