Principal Engineer

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The Opportunity
Are you able to connect people and engineering disciplines to achieve success?
Can you set expectations and ensure quality delivery against unprecedented technical challenges?
Are you excited by working as part of a skilled, multi-disciplinary team?
To match our growing portfolio, The UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) is recruiting a number of Principal Engineers that ensure effective, fit-for-purpose, safe outcomes for all UKAEA engineering activities.You will form part of the Office of the Chief Engineer, which is a cross cutting team performing the Design Authority function for UKAEAs operational fusion devices and related experimental facilities. In this role you will be supporting Facility Chief Engineers, bringing your knowledge to bear across the UKAEA portfolio of facilities and programmes in order to identify and manage technical risks and support the successful delivery of UKAEAs goals.

We are interested in recruiting Principal Engineers with knowledge and experience relevant to one or more of the following areas:

-Magnet Systems (resistive, low temp & high temp super conductors),
-Cryogenics and Vacuum Systems,
-Plasma Facing Components,
-Machine Protection Systems for complex or experimental plant.

We understand the special nature of our work so on the job training over many months is normal on joining UKAEA. After orienting yourself in the business and familiarising yourself with your role, our graded career structure, mentoring scheme, and additional training in fusion technologies will enable you to reach your true potential. Even if you feel your background matches only some rather than all of the role profile, we`d still be keen to hear from you.

Key accountabilities will include:
-Design Basis: To provide specialist knowledge of and/or translation between several engineering disciplines to allow acceptance or rejection of plant proposals, modification, exceptional operations, and non-conformances.
-Technical Risk Management: To ensure that the operational envelope of the facilities is defined with an appropriate balance of technical risk between performance, reliability, and lifetime. In turn, seeking improved operational performance, utilisation, and reliability on an ongoing basis.
-Processes & Standards: To apply UKAEA Quality Management System and ways of working. Strives to enshrine accrued knowledge and lessons learned in improved training, processes, and ways of working that can be leveraged across UKAEA.

At UKAEA we strive to make everyone feel welcome and fully supported. We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particular from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. Our Inclusion 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 its people.

For further information on why UKAEA is a great place to work please review our recruitment video via the following link:

Our Mission?
Nuclear fusion, the process that powers the Sun, could play a huge part in our carbon-free energy future. UKAEA, is placing the UK at the forefront of realising energy from fusion by working with industry to deliver the ground-breaking developments that will underpin tomorrow’s power stations. In a period of growth after the award of substantial funds from government, we are:
-Operating and upgrading two world class plasma science devices (JET, MAST-U)
-building a portfolio of diverse technology development facilities in support of the fusion fuel cycle (AGHS, H3AT), state-of-the-art robotic maintenance (RACE) together with pushing the bounds of materials and manufacturing technology (MRF, FTF)
-designing power plants partnered third parties in the UK (STEP) and Europe (DEMO).


Knowledge skills and experience


Ideally you will strengthen and complement our existing team with experience that includes:
-Delivery across the plant lifecycle for novel, potentially complex plant in industrial and/or research settings (e.g. manufacturing, medical devices, aerospace, academia)
-Application of industrial regulations, codes, standards and norms
-Track-record working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams with various specialisms (e.g. Operations; Safety Case; Asset Management & Maintenance; Quality Assurance; Safety & Environment)
Your education should include a degree (or equivalent experience) in a technical topic such as mechanical / electrical / chemical engineering, materials science, physics, etc
You have endorsed your professional progression via membership of a recognised professional body, and either hold chartership or be working towards it. If not, we’ll support this in your new role.
Your professional training might include IOSH Managing Safely, but if not this can be provided.
As a key part of our engineering governance, you’ll be a role model. Therefore we care about behaviours and you should demonstrate
-High standards with respect to delivering with quality and compliance.
-Clear drive for personal growth, organisational learning and continuous improvement.
-A collaborative, supportive, and enabling mindset, working in such a way as to get the best out of those around you regardless of seniority.
-The ability to understand complex technical matters and communicate clearly with others at any level within the organisation, from CEO to graduate, of either a technical or non-technical background.For full details on the role, UKAEA and our benefits please download the application pack.


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.

-We actively promote equality and value 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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