Engineering Realisation Group Leader
By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in strategically contributing 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.
We are looking to recruit a Group Leader who will joining the Fusion Technology - Technical Department. You will be managing a team developing the technological solution to fusion power. The group is a multi-disciplinary team that delivers emergent technology concepts, working on a broad portfolio of projects across the UKAEA organisation. Their primary focus is on delivering practical, innovative technology solutions which support the realisation of commercially viable fusion power.
If this sounds like a role that motivates you, then we would love to hear from you.
Who are we looking for?
As a successful Engineer or Scientist, you are expected to have a strong academic or industrial track record in a range of fields as well as a strong track record of industrial engagement and attracting grant-based and commercial funding. You will be building and leading a group of professionals that work on a variety of challenging projects, by directing and mentoring a high-performing and evolving team.
You will be a customer-focused leader in your regular dealings with contractors and other government bodies as well as maintaining good working relationships within the team and with colleagues across our organization.
Excellent leadership is essential, together with proven verbal communication skills and the ability to deliver technology innovation to support our growth.
Additionally, you must be able to work as part of a multi-disciplined team, possess good risk awareness when planning and undertaking tasks and be able to challenge those who do not.
What will you be responsible for?
As a Group Leader you will be responsible for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the team including supporting the section leaders, the allocation of resources to projects, the quality of the work delivered, recruitment and training.
The Engineering Realisation Group Leader also provides expertise and leadership for the technical execution of projects. The role encompasses the full project lifecycle support, from concept development, developing a technical execution strategy, through delivery of the engineering solution, to pre-commissioning and handover to the operations team. The job-holder will also play a key role in identifying and securing new grant funding. In this capacity, you will have the opportunity to show your ability to contribute and influence in the area by engaging with internal stakeholders, academia and national and international industry.
Your key responsibilities will include, but not be limited to the following:
• Develop and implement organisational and technical improvements on component performance including magnets, in-vessel components and remote devices.
• Develop more junior scientists/engineers in areas of expertise, using Coaching and Mentoring as tools or other approaches as deemed appropriate. Ensure training plans are in place for staff within the Group, supporting training at all levels including apprentices and graduates.
• Use expertise and experience across a range of fields to analyse and critique systems, recommending alternative routes or courses of action, which may draw from an outside discipline or are truly novel.
• Project management of assigned projects concerning technology development. Assure these activities are undertaken in line with statutory requirements and UKAEA policies, including the production and approval of procedures as appropriate.
• Lead the transition of mature capabilities developed within ERG to form other specialist groups where it enables the long-term ambitions of Fusion Technology.
Essential qualification, skills, experience and competence required
•Qualified as a professional Engineer or Scientist in a relevant discipline holding Chartered status or working towards chartership with a professional body
• Significant experience delivering technology innovation
• Strong experience of collaborative working with external bodies including universities, research agencies, and industry
• Excellent communicator who is able to build first class relationships internally, externally, and in a multinational community
• Experience of leading a research team and a passion for supporting individuals and teams with their development
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 29/04/2021. 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.