Technical Manager

  • 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 a talented Technical Manager with a proven track record in an engineering or scientific environment to join UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) and be responsible for evaluating and allocating technical resources within Tritium Innovation Unit (TIU).

If you have strong interpersonal and communication skills, in this role you will support the professional development of engineers and scientists as well as sharing your technical experience with managers across the organisation.  As a Technical Supervisor you will ensure that projects are of a high standard and designed, built and installed on time and to budget.

You will be confident in line management and will have a proven track record of developing staff. It is essential that you have Master’s degree in an engineering/scientific discipline or equivalent qualification with proven work experience.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Managing and be responsible for evaluating and allocating technical resource to sustain project activities within the Unit. 
  • Supervising the professional development of engineers and scientists.
  • Managing technical experience to foresee opportunities for business development and contribute to related proposals and bids which may include submitting budgets and business cases. 
  • Evaluating TIU resource requirements, build talent and group capability through the recruitment of new staff and UKAEA Early Career programmes.
  • Collating and providing detailed competency requirements in order to maintain and develop compliance and training activities for staff within the TIU.
  • Maintaining local, national safety, quality and regulatory standards for projects and work within TIU.

National and international travel may be required, due to possible attendance and presentations at relevant conferences. You may also be required to deputise for Unit Leader when required.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Master’s degree in an engineering/scientific discipline or equivalent qualification with proven work experience.
  • Chartered by a professional body.
  • Proven experience of developing staff and promoting work to the wider field
  • Proven track record of proactively promoting equality, diversity and inclusion at work.
  • Line management experience, willingness to learn and develop.
  • Self-motivation with a strong ability to work as part of a team.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • 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.
  • Good background knowledge and understanding of fusion science and/or technology and engineering.
  • Excellent communication, influencing, and collaboration skills.

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 16th of April . 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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