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UKAEA Graduate Scheme Procurement and Supply Chain Officer

UKAEA Graduate Scheme Procurement and Supply Chain Officer

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in joining an organisation where your work will contribute and help to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, the graduate scheme provides a perfect gateway into a future career in this industry.  

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? 


Do you have an interest in public sector supply chain and procurement principles and want to help shape the future of the world’s energy?


Do you have an interest in supply chain activities and procurement and are keen to pursue a career in supply chain?


Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, can play a big part in our carbon-free energy future. The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is the worlds` leading fusion research laboratory aiming to lead the commercial development of fusion power and related technology.

We have an excellent opportunity for a supply chain graduate role to provide support in the delivery of supply chain activities, ensuring compliance of procedures and processes to both UKAEA and The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS).

You will also be part of UKAEA’s Graduate Scheme which allows 20% of your time to be spent working towards personal learning and development such as your CIPS Qualification, as well as being surrounded by fellow graduates from many disciplines.


Working in a team of 30, your key areas of responsibility will include:

  • Liaising with the Procurement team for the delivery of supply chain activities.
  • Working closely with internal colleagues as well as external suppliers and stakeholders.
  • Analysing data and producing reports on supply chain activity and performance.
  • Supporting projects within supply chain such as our social value initiatives.
  • Supporting the delivery of successful supplier engagement and events.
  • Continued personal development throughout the Graduate Programme

Our Graduate Scheme

We have an excellent opportunity for motivated and enthusiastic graduates to join our two-year graduate scheme, working in one of the specialist areas below. As part of our exciting scheme, you will spend 80% of your time developing both your general work-related skills and professional qualifications, with 20% of your working time dedicated to graduate training and development. UKAEA has a nurturing community that learns from each other. 


Within the 20% training and development, there is a core suite of tasks and activities designed to develop your professional skills. Elements of this programme are flexible and can be tailored to your personal development needs and to those of your specific job role. Our scheme is accredited by the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), the Institute of Engineering & Technology (IET) and the Institute of Physics (IoP) as a professional development scheme. 



To be considered you will be due to graduate, or you will have graduated recently, and will possess a relevant degree from within the specialisms listed. You will be motivated, which will help you to work well with others, and you will have an interest in the development of a cleaner energy that the world badly needs. Additionally, you will be passionate about self-development and you should have a proactive approach to your work with an enthusiasm to achieving your full potential.  

Additional Information

What is the recruitment process? 

If shortlisted, you will be contacted by the recruitment team to arrange a short telephone interview. Due to the current situation, successful applications will be invited to a more in depth virtual interview where you will have the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities and skills in a range of different situations which include a short presentation. 

What we offer 

  • A competitive salary 

  • A dedicated mentor who will help to develop your career and experience 

  • Encouragement and support to achieve your professional accreditation 

  • 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 

  • Dedicated Early Careers events and team building opportunities  

  • Being part of the Graduate and Early Careers community at UKAEA 

  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  

  • 30.5 days annual leave (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) increased with length of service 

  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme

  • Annual corporate bonus scheme

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.

You can find more information specifically about the graduate scheme at  

Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated 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
Starting at £29,000 + excellent benefits
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