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Commercial Manager – STEP Programme

Commercial Manager – STEP Programme

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 collaborative and delivery focused Commercial Manager to work on an innovative and critical UK project – Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP). You will be responsible for delivering and assisting with the elements of the commercialisation of Fusion Energy, during this exciting period of growth for UKAEA. 

You must have previous knowledge and experience of UK legal contractual frameworks and will be experienced in negotiating and operating a range of contract models. You must be analytical in your approach, whilst also demonstrating a business orientated perspective. The ability to work on multiple tasks at one time is key, whilst maintaining tight deadlines and communicating with stakeholders across all levels of an organisation. You will have worked in a commercial management role previously within a scientific / technical environment and will be qualified to degree level in a relevant subject (or with equivalent experience).

What will you be responsible for?

  • Provide relevant commercial advice, management, and direction to the STEP Team. (including contract reviews, negotiation and management as well as advising the technical teams on the correct commercial strategies for their projects).
  • Work closely with Legal, the Intellectual Property Manager and other key stakeholders to ensure the successful and timely delivery of those contracts.
  • Be a technical expert in understanding public sector spending and procurement processes, whist requiring the role holder to undertake contract management on a variety of contract types, with varying complexity.
  • Provide commercial support to the STEP Programme Executive and STEP Senior Leadership Team, through Tranche 1 and beyond.
  • Support the programme teams with the creation and management of a wide range of contracts and collaboration agreements.
  • Assist with workload allocation and distribution to the other commercial STEP Team members, working collaboratively with colleagues across the function.

Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Degree level educated in relevant subject or equivalent experience 
  • Knowledge and experience of UK legal [contractual] framework.
  • Knowledge and experience of negotiating and operating a range of contract models
  • Commercial management experience in a scientific/technical environment.
  • Delivery focused coupled with experience of working to tight/fixed deadlines.
  • Negotiation skills
  • Contract writing skills

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Knowledge and experience of EU legal [contractual] framework.
  • Knowledge and experience of OJEU
  • Experience in risk assessment and mitigation skills
  • Legal or Business degree 
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 3rd July 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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£43,396 to £46,293 excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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