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Digital Capability Lead (STEP Programme)

Digital Capability Lead (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.

STEP is an ambitious programme to accelerate the delivery of sustainable Fusion Energy. The programme aims to deliver an integrated concept design for a fusion powerplant based on the Spherical Tokamak. It will develop and identify solutions to the challenges of delivering fusion energy, benefiting from Culham's breadth of expertise and its suite of research facilities. 

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

The STEP programme adopts a collaborative and innovative approach that combines the strengths of UKAEA with industry, universities, and other organisations. The ambition of STEP extends beyond the technical challenges, also breaking new ground in the commercialisation of fusion in areas such as siting, regulation, cost model, supply chain development and commercial funding. 

To be successful in the Digital Capability Lead role you will need to be a strategic, business minded thinker who is highly creative and delivery focused. You will have the ability and passion to lead and drive digital transformation across the fusion engineering design lifecycle, with a proven track record in the delivery of complex and high technology projects. 

What will you be responsible for?

  • Be the guiding mind in developing the STEP digital landscape to support the design and delivery of the world's first fusion power plants.
  • Develop and deploy a STEP wide PLM platform to support the needs of the programme (information management/digital thread) and establish delivery cadence to uplift capability in-line with evolving programmatic needs. Work closely with the Advanced Computing Department to develop “beyond PLM” capabilities that will drive UKAEA systems towards a Data Centric Engineering approach to product design.
  • Identify and deliver a STEP digital roadmap through concept into delivery phase, acting as a demonstration for wider deployment.
  • As an “intelligent customer”, work closely through co-design with the Advanced Computing Department, defining requirements and helping to deliver an initial digital multi-physics, multi-scale simulation toolset to support STEP engineering activity. Ensure that sufficient weight is given to STEP digital to productionise that toolset to increase reliability, traceability and use and design plant “in-silico” in the presence of large epistemic model uncertainty.
  • Act as point of contact and authority for development programmes within UKAEA, ensuring that STEP is a point of focus flagship programme for all UKAEA activities..
  • Report directly into Programme Chief Engineer and Programme Manager.

Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • A strong proven track record of delivering state of the art digital solutions for complex, high technology projects to quality, time and budget.
  • Understanding and experience of cultural change activities.
  • Strategic and innovative thinker.
  • Excellent collaboration skills.
  • A solid understanding of modern standards in Safety, Health, Environment and Quality Assurance.
  • An ability to work and communicate with an interdisciplinary team of engineers, technologists and physicists.
  • A broad understanding of Digital engineering and landscape.
  • An understanding of modern project management tools and methodology.
  • An advanced degree (or equivalent experience) in a relevant discipline.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Internationally recognised leader in the development of digital engineering.
  • Experience of having deployed OOTB (Out Of The Box) PLM systems for large engineering projects (especially at the ”Fuzzy Front End” of the design cycle).
  • Experience of tokamak design activities (especially around uncertainty quantification, risk analysis and management etc.)
  • Experience of having designed complex, FOAK products in-silico with minimal real-world prototyping.
  • Experience of performing advanced analysis using expertise in a related discipline.
  • Membership (or Fellowship) of a relevant Professional Institute.
  • Either Chartered Engineer or domain equivalent.
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 15th December 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.

Type of Employment
Up to £90,000 excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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