AWE is at a once-in-a-generation moment supporting national security, managing the in-service Trident warhead and embarking on the development of a replacement warhead. This unique challenge requires innovative and curious minds to ensure the safety of the UK’s nuclear deterrent throughout its lifecycle.
We are seeking nuclear safety engineers with diverse skillsets, who are at various stages of their careers to join our dynamic team. We are proud to have such a friendly and supportive group for you to join and offer excellent development opportunities for our staff to progress within the team (e.g. training upto MSc level if desired).
Nuclear Safety Engineer (Office Based)
Location: Thames Valley Area
Salary: £33,850 - £65,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)
AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:
- Generous holiday entitlement 270 hours a year (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off
- Flexible working hours
- Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration
- Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
- Market leading contributory pension scheme
- AWE Life Insurance
- Salary sacrifice benefits scheme
- Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
Key aspects of the role will be to provide an in-house warhead safety assessment capability in support of delivering the company's strategic objectives. The role will entail effective delivery of warhead safety assessments and providing advice on warhead safety, systems, electrical or mechanical design, explosives, nuclear and process engineering.
Key accountabilities and responsibilities
- Deliver warhead safety assessments on time and in full, aligned with company management procedures
- Conduct safety analysis against requirements and standards across the full engineering lifecycle
- Ability to apply appropriate safety methods, tools and techniques to a product (HAZID, HAZOP, FTA, FMEA, bowtie analysis, etc.)
- Ability to consider higher level system and detailed component or material issues
- Liaise with a range of stakeholders as part of a wider system design and verification team, balancing conflicting priorities and perspectives
- Support external activities as required as part of the Outreach and Engineering Programme, i.e. through presentations to external conferences/symposia
Skills and experience
- Honours Degree (or equivalent) in science, engineering or closely related discipline or equivalent level of experience
- Experience of high consequence safety assessments or are looking to develop within a nuclear safety focussed role
- Experience in high hazard environments or related industries
- A practitioner able to demonstrate good engineering and scientific judgement and with broad experience in using fundamental engineering and scientific skills
As you would expect for such a role, the highest security clearance is required. You must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary clearance which may take some time. Occasional international travel will be required as part of the role.