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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England, Berkshire
£44990 - £58050 per annum + pension, life insurance
Closing date
17 Jul 2024

Job Details

Location: Aldermaston, West Berkshire. We are located between Reading and Basingstoke, with onsite parking. On-site role.

Package: £44,990 - £58,050 (depending on your suitability, qualifications, and level of experience)

Closing Date: 18th July 2024

AWE's Nuclear Threat Reduction team currently have an excellent opportunity for a Senior Mechanical Engineer responsible for the design, manufacture, assembly and validation on a broad range of engineering projects.

Applicants must be able to apply engineering methods, tools and processes to complex engineering tasks; provide guidance and mentoring to inexperienced engineers; deliver engineering solutions that will maximise productivity, reliability, innovation and quality to the business.

Ideally you will have demonstrable experience of working on multi-disciplined projects and be familiar with most of the following areas:

  • Stakeholder engagement skills, and clear understanding of technical requirements

  • Mechanical design and substantiation of hardware

  • Development of assembly methods and safe systems of work

  • Awareness of systems engineering principles, techniques and management processes

  • Oversight of hardware manufacture/ assembly

  • Role model behaviours with regards to safety and security.

  • Product Lifecycle Management including configuration management and quality control.

  • 3D modelling and draughting (ideally in Siemens NX)

  • Working in a dynamic, fast paced work environment

To support technical delivery successful candidates will also be able to quickly grasp and articulate challenges and solutions. Proficiency in the following is therefore necessary:

  • Technical and management skills including problem solving and decision making

  • Oral, written and presentation skills

  • Interpersonal and communication skills to ensure effective communication across levels and disciplines (both internally and externally)

  • Ability to provide independent peer review.

  • Developing an understanding of the financial and programmatic implications of decisions taken.


  • Engineering/Quality analysis techniques (including FMEA)

  • Understanding of Finite element analysis (FEA)

  • Understanding of Geometrical Tolerancing (GD&T)

  • Member of a professional institution or working towards.

Roles are available at various levels however candidates would ideally have a degree in an Engineering discipline (with or working towards professional registration), HNC/ HND or proven working experience in a similar environment.

What will you get from us?

AWE has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • 9-day working fortnight - every other Friday off work.

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 208 hours of annual leave (plus bank holidays).

  • A market leading contributory pension scheme (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution).

  • Life Assurance.

  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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.

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending savings.

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family.

Important things you need to know:

  • You must be a British citizen who has been resident in the UK for the past 10 years.

  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.

  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.


* Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment


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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