Project Manager Programme Delivery

  • Abingdon Rd, Culham, UK
  • Full-time
  • Department: H3AT
  • Salary: £49,396 to £52,293 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
  • Confirmed Grade: Level 5
  • Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs. UKAEA are at the forefront of realising energy from fusion, working with industry and research partners to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow's fusion power stations with the aim of bringing fusion electricity to the grid.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking an experienced project manager to be responsible for a wide range of project activities associated to the design, installation and commissioning of experimental apparatus as part of the fusion science programs and their enabling technologies.

You will be confident in managing multi-discipline teams to ensure appropriate completion of work and development as well as demonstrate a true passion for ensuring good project management practices and culture. 

An exciting time to join UKAEA, this is a great opportunity to further develop your career in a complex yet fascinating industry. You must have a track record of delivering complex engineering projects to budget, time and cost and will possess chartered status in relevant STEM discipline.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Coordinating and managing science project activities associated to the H3AT fusion science programs and their enabling technologies.
  • Managing and leading individuals within the H3AT Business Project and Technical support team.
  • Managing and reporting on programme performance, particularly planning, cost forecast and monitoring to senior H3AT managers.
  • Developing a business case and project management plan that defines how the projects within your respective programme will be delivered.
  • Allocating and coordinating resource to sustain project activities within the Unit.
  • Overseeing and use your experience and knowledge to ensure that work is completed to a high standard according to established project and technical management processes.
  • Working closely with other internal managers and group leaders to ensure that projects are delivered to a high standard and comply with safety, quality and regulatory standards.
  • Collaborating with external partners and national and International travel may be required to attend and present at a range of conferences.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Previous experience of people Management - covering the full range of people responsibilities
  • Ability and passion for taking ownership to achieve quality outcomes
  • Ability to understand, influence, drive and negotiate with internal and external customers, suppliers & colleagues
  • Awareness of and experience of inputting into budgets.
  • Chartered status in relevant STEM discipline
  • Project management qualification (PMP or equivalent)
  • Passion for ensuring good project management practices and culture
  • Track record of delivering complex engineering projects to budget, time and cost
  • A pro-active approach to safety, with good appreciation of UK compliance requirements in design
  • Strong commercial awareness with the ability to make sound economic decisions that maximise project value
  • Proven track record of proactively promoting equality, diversity and inclusion at work

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Background knowledge and understanding of fusion science and/or technology and engineering

Additional Information

What we offer

  • A competitive salary  
  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  
  • Emergency leave (paid) 
  • 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 
  • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme  
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible) 

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our dedicated ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner, with the support from our Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10-minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 11th April 2021. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

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.

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