Facility Design Authority / Chief Engineer (Nuclear & Process)

Culham, Oxfordshire (GB)
£54,896 - £61,386
25 Oct 2018
Contract Type
Full Time


Facility Design Authority / Chief Engineer (Nuclear & Process)

Job Ref: 2760

Job Title: Facility Design Authority / Chief Engineer (Nuclear & Process)

Job type: Permanent Full Time

Location: Culham, Oxfordshire

Salary: £54,896 - £61,386 (inclusive of MPP) dependent on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme

Closing date: 16th November 2018

The Opportunity

Could you offer leadership in the realisation, exploitation and future upgrade of our growing portfolio of on-site research and technology development facilities? Could you set expectations and ensure quality delivery against unprecedented technical challenges?

In one of several critical roles available via this advert, you will enable world-first facilities such as H3AT - a developmental test-bed for crucial nuclear fusion fuel cycle technologies with spin-off applications ranging from hydrogen power to fission decommissioning.

At the same time, you`ll help craft the `Design Authority function` for an organisation that is stretching its remit. We are shifting from a science led mission towards delivering engineering solutions and technology innovations necessary to transform energy generation in the 21st Century.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. We welcome versatile applicants from diverse backgrounds and actively promote equality amongst our staff. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

Also note that over half of our Design Authority team work flexible, compressed or part-time hours - we`d be happy for you to do likewise in this role 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, a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential. 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

•   Design Basis: `Design Authority` empowered to technically accept or reject all changes to the plant baseline(s), scrutinise implementation of those changes and assess plant degradation through life.

•   Technical Risk Management: Develop facility operational envelope(s) with an appropriate balance of technical risk between safety, performance, reliability and lifetime.

•   Processes & Standards: Ensure the effective application of UKAEA engineering processes and standards whilst identifying, on an ongoing basis, opportunities for improvement

•   Reviews Inquiries & Lessons Learned: Initiate, lead and deliver technical incident reviews and inquiries for unexpected plant performance with high technical, programmatic or safety impact. Utilise such reviews to highlight and share lessons learned throughout the business.

Our Mission?

Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, could play a huge part in our carbon-free energy future. UKAEA is the world`s leading nuclear fusion research establishment, with unrivaled science facilities and exciting technology development platforms. Our mission is to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow`s fusion power stations. In doing so, we will place UK industry at the forefront of the future global energy economy.


•   Ideally, you will strengthen and complement our existing team with experience that includes:

•   Transformation of engineering practices and behaviours in a large organisation

•   Delivery across the plant lifecycle for complex plant in industrial and/or research settings

•   Application of industrial regulations, codes, standards and norms with a focus on nuclear and/or process plant

•   Track-record working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams with various specialisms (e.g. Operations; Safety Case; Asset Management & Maintenance; Quality Assurance; Safety & Environment)

•   Technical Risk Assessment & Management for complex, interacting requirements (Reliability, Safety, Performance, Lifetime, etc)

•   Delivery and exploitation of creative engineering solutions to enable research progress and/or technology development

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

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

Your professional training might include IOSH Managing Safely, quality improvement techniques (e.g. Kaizen, Lean, Six Sigma) or Audit.

As a key part of our engineering governance, you`ll be a role model. Therefore we care about behaviours and you should:

•   Possess high standards with respect to delivering with quality and compliance

•   Demonstrate a clear drive for self-reflection, personal growth, organisational learning and continuous improvement

•   Be capable in decision-making and effective in delegation

•   Be able to balance attention to key details with retaining perspective on `big picture` context

•   Display personal resilience (determined, comfortable with differences of opinion and able to mediate conflict

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77D3F3ILl98

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

Selection Method

•   We`re planning on an initial remote interview if you are shortlisted.

•   An on-site interview may follow, including a chance to tour some relevant plant. This will help you understand a little more about our organisation, site and the work that we do.

•   You may also need to complete a work-based simulation exercise and a personality profile either online or onsite.

Special requirements:

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

A few final things to note:

•   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.

To apply, please click the ‘apply now’ button.