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Project Manager

Project Manager

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?

RACE develops and produces world class, first-of-a-kind remote handling solutions in response to a broad array of technical challenges faced by UKAEA. This fosters a uniquely interesting, challenging and rewarding environment for project management.

What will you be responsible for?

Reporting to the Group Leader, the main responsibilities of the role will be the delivery of complex technical projects from conception to delivery. This will include:

  • Providing leadership of complex technical projects from concept to delivery, including regular reporting and proactive stakeholder management of internal and external customers.
  • Inspiring and mentoring project team members, instilling good practice and transferring knowledge. Cultivating an environment that promotes intelligent working and a SHEQ culture, through effective project delivery.
  • Establishing robust project plans and proposals and for delivery of work to plan and budget, escalating any issues for resolution when necessary.
  • Defining resource requirements for the projects, as well as providing line management to all direct reports including any development and performance issues.
  • Setting and monitoring standards in area of specialism and managing risk effectively, ensuring UKAEA policies and processes are followed.
  • Actively identifying opportunities for improvement and working with the Group Leader and Head of Operations to drive performance.  Contributing to the strategy of RACE through participation in the senior leadership team.
  • Ensuring lessons learnt and are captured from projects and applied, implementing mitigating strategies. 

Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • Engineering degree or equivalent qualification
  • Proven leadership experience through a track record of success in Project Management; delivering complex technical projects to budget, time and quality criteria in an engineering and / or technology environment
  • Experience of managing project financials – budget, forecasts, actuals and earned value
  • Passion for ensuring good project management practices and culture
  • A proactive approach to SHEQ, with good appreciation of UK compliance requirements in design
  • Strong commercial awareness with the ability to make sound economic decisions that maximise project value
  • Excellent influencing and collaboration skills
  • Experience of document control and change control systems

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • Professional project management qualification
  • Experience of leading market engagement / procurement campaigns (including managing the preparation of tender and contract documentation) and contract management
  • Experience of delivering works ‘on-site’ under CDM regulations
  • Good background knowledge and understanding of fusion science, technology and engineering
  • Chartered status in relevant STEM discipline
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 30th June 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.

RACE Operations
Type of Employment
Project Management
£60,317 to £63,855 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
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