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Senior Mechanical Engineers

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Reading, England, Berkshire
£47690 - £73000 per annum + negotiable
Closing date
18 Jul 2024

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AWE are looking for Senior Mechanical Engineers

We have exciting new opportunities for Senior Mechanical Engineers with a background in design, manufacture and trials to work within the AWE Warhead Containers team. Successful candidates will be required to apply their mechanical engineering expertise to support and deliver projects for both future and in-service programmes. These projects vary across the product lifecycle from deriving requirements, developing conceptual designs and architectures, testing and verification activities required to introduce products into service.

Location: Reading

Salary: £47,690 - £73,000 (dependent of experience)

Closing Date: 18th July 2024

The Role?

As a senior engineer, you will support the definition of the future WH Container strategy, identifying the capabilities required for delivery. In addition there will be opportunities for strong involvement in the associated systems engineering deliverables. This role will offer great career development opportunities across technical, team and project leadership.

Candidates will need to be delivery focused engineers, capable of both leading and working within teams, engaging with various stakeholders from different disciplines, internal and external to the nuclear weapons enterprise.

This division of Warhead Engineering is responsible for maintaining the current container system, ensuring it is safe, secure, serviceable and meets the demands of both internal and external stakeholders, as well as supporting the development of a future container system. The team work on multiple projects from the concept phase, into service and through to disposal and are responsible for:

  • Ownership and Design Management of the current container system
  • Through life management of the current container system and its associated design
  • Carrying out Verification and Validation activities (including both onsite and offsite trials management)
  • Developing capabilities for future container systems and investigating new verification methods
  • Stakeholder Engagement with other (international and domestic) government agencies and regulators
  • Ensure the enterprise has the required capabilities to support the enduring container programme

To be considered for these roles, you will have a degree or higher qualification in an engineering discipline or proven equivalent experience working in a similar environment. An appreciation of Systems Engineering methods, tools and processes will be required.

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
  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)
  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration

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



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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