Fusion Safety, Systems & Components Leader (OCE)

Culham, Abingdon, UK
£55,610 - £62,197 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Feb 14, 2020
Mar 14, 2020
Contract Type
Full Time
The Opportunity
Are you an engineering leader able to connect people and engineering disciplines to achieve success? Can you set expectations and deliver against unprecedented technical and safety challenges? Are you excited by working as part of a skilled, multi-disciplinary team? To match our growing portfolio, we have a number of opportunities available across all levels within our Chief Engineer / Design Authority team that ensures effective, fit-for-purpose, safe outcomes for all UKAEA engineering activities.

This particular advert seeks a leader for our `Fusion Safety, Systems and Components` team of three sections and a growing staff of 25 covering: Safety Case Engineering, Modelling & Design; Assessment & Compliance.

The team works across all UKAEA`s facilities, integrates many technical disciplines and plays a key role in the pursuit of engineering excellence and control of risk by combining proactive works (developing our safety cases, setting key processes / standards for engineering execution, addressing technical risks before they become issues) with reactive works (understanding and resolving plant events, near misses and warning signs throughout their lifecycle).

At the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. We`re always interested in versatile applicants from diverse backgrounds and we actively promote equality among our staff. Note that over half of our Chief Engineer / Design Authority team work flexible, compressed or part-time hours - we`d be happy for you to do likewise if that`s important to you.

We also understand the special nature of our work so on the job training over many months is normal on entering UKAEA. After orienting yourself in the business and your role, diligent line managers and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential via a graded career structure. Therefore even if you feel your background matches only some rather than all of the profile below, we`d still be keen to hear from you.

Key Accountabilities and Responsibilities
See the job description in the application pack for more details, with key elements being:
-Leadership and line management for staff within the Fusion Safety, Systems & Components team with a focus on: culture, welfare, performance, resource, development.
-Enabling the team to deliver: Safety Cases in support of UKAEA facilities, scrutiny of complex plant changes via Modelling & Design including the creation and leverage of `global plant models`, striving for alignment of design / build / prolonged service with relevant good practice via targeted Assessment & Compliance.
-Personally acting across UKAEA as `Co-ordinator of Standards Development` and champion for the application of `Technical Risk Tools` throughout the plant lifecycle.
Accordingly there is an emphasis on building effective working relationships across our complex organisation with technical (e.g. engineering delivery departments) and non-technical (e.g. people, commercial) in order to be a visible, effective advocate for the team and engineering excellence.

Our Mission?
Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, could play a huge part in our carbon-free energy future. The UK Atomic Energy Authority, UKAEA, is placing the UK at the forefront of realising energy from fusion by working with industry to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow`s power stations. In a period of growth after the award of substantial funds from government, we are:
-operating two world class plasma science devices (JET, MAST-U)
-building a portfolio of diverse technology development facilities in support of the fusion fuel cycle (AGHS, H3AT), state-of-the-art robotic maintenance (RACE) together with pushing the bounds of materials and manufacturing technology (MRF, FTF)
-designing power plants partnered third parties in the UK (STEP) and Europe (DEMO).
For more information on why UKAEA is an extraordinary place to work and the challenges we face, check out our YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77D3F3ILl98

Ideally you will strengthen and complement our existing team with experience that includes:
-Delivery across the plant lifecycle complex plant in industrial and/or research settings (e.g. oil and gas, nuclear, etc)
-Application of industrial regulations, codes, standards and norms either as a professional technical engineer or as a safety case practitioner
-Track-record working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams with various specialisms (e.g. Operations; Safety Case; Asset Management & Maintenance; Quality Assurance; Safety & Environment)

Your education should include a degree (or equivalent experience) in a technical topic such as mechanical / electrical / chemical engineering, materials science, physics, etc

You have endorsed your professional progression via membership of a recognised professional body. If not, we`ll support this in your new role.

Your professional training might include IOSH Managing Safely.

As a key part of our engineering governance, you`ll be a role model. Therefore we care about behaviours and you should demonstrate
-High standards with respect to delivering with quality and compliance
-Clear drive for personal growth, organisational learning and continuous improvement

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack from our website.

Knowledge skills and experience


-Extensive experience as demonstrated by track record in complex industrial or research plant, delivery across plant lifecycle, relevant industrial regulations, codes, standards and norms together with tailoring their application within a diverse business.
-Experience working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams
-Degree in a relevant discipline (or equivalent experience)
-Membership of recognised professional body in a relevant discipline


-Experience of leading, managing and developing multi-disciplinary teams
Extensive experience as demonstrated by track record in areas such as nuclear safety cases or similar, technical risk assessment & management for competing requirements, delivery and exploitation of innovative engineering for research and development purposes, ideally leveraging personal skills or teams that have included: Project Management, Systems Engineering, Quality & Continuous Improvement
-Experience developing and embedding new ways of working within an organisation (people, process, tools) and beyond (e.g. standards development)
-IOSH Managing Safely or equivalent

Special requirements:

-Initial interviews will be held on 19th and 20th March You may be required to attend a final interview on 7th or 8th April.

-As part of the selection process you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite.

-Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

-Please note UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews.

-The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role.

-Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance - The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.