Product Engineering Design Group Leader

Full Time
  • Job Reference 4358
  • Salary Range £50,000+, £60,000+
  • SALARY & BENEFITS £39,543 - £44,936 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
  • Job Level Experienced (non manager)
  • INDUSTRY SECTOR Engineering
Job Description

Are you an experienced senior engineer/project manager with excellent communication and influencing skills?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have an excellent opportunity for a Product Engineering Design Group Leader to join their team within the Central Engineering Department.

The Product Engineering Design (PED) Group supports the Central Engineering Department by undertaking advanced design and analysis as well as the management of design and procurement projects for the acquisition of new systems & components and provides technical support to projects run by other Groups and Departments. Senior Engineers in the Group also act as Lead Engineers for projects and work packages where appropriate.

The PED Group Leader will lead, develop and manage a group of up to 50 Mechanical Engineers and Engineering Analysts in the provision of advanced engineering and design work to support programmes and projects across the Culham site. The successful candidate will enhance the capability of the group using a combination of leadership skills, development of staff, implementation of procured resource initiatives and will help to create and maintain a capacity plan for the group.

Key accountabilities/responsibilities include:
  • Leadership, management and safe and efficient running of the Group in line with division and department requirements.
  • Management of design activities through the inception, definition, calculation and development of engineering designs for nuclear fusion-related components and systems.
  • Where appropriate, lead the delivery of significant engineering design projects and bids.
  •  Contribute to the Unit Strategic plan. Identify growth areas and desirable areas of capability to contribute to UKAEA`s mission and goals.
  •  Lead the creation and maintenance of Engineering Design and Analysis processes and initiatives to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of the group in line with Unit Strategic Plans, ensuring the quality of output is maintained.
  • Lead the Group`s capability development ensuring that Single Points of Failure are eliminated, and Succession Planning is undertaken in a timely manner.
  • Lead the development of an innovation culture within the group.
  • Lead the Group`s recruitment activities, ensuring suitably qualified and experienced staff are hired.
  • Lead the Group`s resource allocation activities, ensuring the right staff are allocated to the right projects at the right time.
  • Develop and encourage Group behaviours to maintain the Group`s status within the UKAEA and further develop its status within the national and international fusion community.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the organisation to help make our organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in remote handling and materials research. Following recent UK funding, two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

Knowledge skills and experience

– Qualified as a professional engineer in a relevant discipline holding Chartered status
– Leading teams and supervising other staff
– Good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials
– Excellent communicator who is able to build first class relationships internally, externally and in a multinational community

– Experience in leading large multidisciplinary teams
– Experience in Nuclear engineering or other highly regulated industries

Special requirements:
As part of your role you could be asked to work in radiation-controlled areas or in beryllium-controlled areas. Full training and medical assessments will be provided if this is necessary.

Selection Method(s):
– Initial telephone interviews
– Final interviews on site at Culham, Oxfordshire

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.

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