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Technical Group Leader (Manufacturing Technology and Equipment Qualification)

The UK Atomic Energy Authority has a rare opportunity for an experienced Technical Group Leader to join their team at the new UKAEA Yorkshire Facility

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 26 Jul 2020
  • United Kingdom | UK Atomic Energy Authority
  • Date posted: 19 Jun 2020
  • Job type: Government/Public sector
  • Disciplines: Engineering & instrumentation | Nuclear, fusion & energy 

Job Ref: 4628
Job type: Permanent Full Time
Location: Rotherham, Yorkshire
Salary: £58,865 – £62,746 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension scheme
Closing date: 26th July 2020

Are you an experienced scientist or engineer with a background developing leading edge and high integrity technology for extremely challenging environments (advanced manufacturing, nuclear, fusion, oil and gas, power generation)?

Are you seen as a technical expert in your field with a passion for developing others, and able to lead and motivate diverse teams of engineers, scientists, and technicians?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority have a rare opportunity for an experienced Technical Group Leader to join their team at the new UKAEA Yorkshire Facility. The team is currently being established and this is an outstanding opportunity to become one of the first key technical appointments in UKAEA`s first expansion to a new region in decades.

The Facility plans to hold 40 staff at capacity with room for 20 visiting researchers or clients. You will be a member of the local leadership team and will manage the technical direction of the research programme and the technical team.

This will be an outwardly facing technical role, where you will be responsible for:

  • Developing a strong technical network locally, nationally, and internationally
  • Building the technical reputation of the Yorkshire Facility and of the Fusion Technology Business Unit
  • Providing technical direction and guidance for research activities and development of staff
  • Recruiting and building a team of experts from the ground up, aligned to the needs of the Fusion Technology strategy
  • Applying knowledge, interpersonal skills and experience to understand, influence, drive and negotiate with internal & external customers and colleagues
  • Developing the right culture and encouraging a motivated and innovative environment

The UKAEA Yorkshire Facilities are part of the Fusion Technology Facilities, the mission is aimed at taking the UK`s fusion expertise into the age of power plant delivery. They will enable industrial partners to test prototype components in the conditions found inside fusion reactors – getting a head start in the commercialisation of fusion energy. The FTF labs will provide a suite of testing facilities and capabilities for advanced engineering and manufacturing in the UK nuclear fusion industry and beyond.

At UKAEA, we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. Our Ambassadors are actively promoting and advancing diversity and inclusion in the Organisation to help make our Organisation an employer of choice. UKAEA has a graded career structure and our mentoring scheme will enable you to reach your true potential.

The UKAEA hosts and manages the JET nuclear fusion energy experiment on behalf of the EU and is also home to the UK`s MAST-U fusion energy experiment. UKAEA also works with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies currently in Remote Handling and Materials research. Following recent UK funding, two new centres of excellence in tritium fuel handling and component testing and validation are being built. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading edge technological excellence, whilst investing in people.

For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits, please download the application pack.

Knowledge, skills and experience


  • Master’s Degree or higher in engineering, physics, technology or similar scientific field, preferably with Chartered status of a relevant institution
  • A subject matter expert in a relevant field
  • Proven experience of managing and motivating individuals and teams; encouraging people to reach their full potential behaviourally and technically
  • Highly self-motivated and demonstrable initiative
  • Demonstrable experience of initiating and executing successful R&D programmes
  • Background or experience of multi-disciplinary R&D programmes
  • Excellent verbal and written communication, able to build lasting relationships with stakeholders from all backgrounds

Special requirements

Selection methods and notes

  • As part of the selection process, you may be expected to complete work based simulation exercises and a personality profile either online or onsite
  • Please be advised that this vacancy may close earlier than stated if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received
  • Please note, UKAEA do not pay travel expenses for interviews
  • The UK Atomic Energy Authority actively promotes equality and values diversity in our workforce. We operate a number of flexible working arrangements (such as part-time working/job share/home working). Flexible working may be available with this role
  • 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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