Nuclear Safety Team Leader

GBP 60,000 - 80,000
Job description
What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

We are currently looking to recruit a Team Leader for the Enhanced Nuclear Safety (ENS) Team in the Surety Group which is part of the Warhead Engineering sub-function.

The successful candidate will lead a team of warhead engineers responsible for designing, manufacturing, and testing warhead components and sub-systems in accordance with AWE’s Product Lifecycle management process.

Role: Enhanced Nuclear Safety Team Leader

Location: Reading

Salary: £44,990 - £70,000 per annum

Closing Date: 09th April 2024

The Role?

The team deliver the following capabilities:
  • Manage the design of warhead safety components including the development of requirements and interfaces.
  • Provide evidence for design decisions and option selection in line with PLM and nuclear engineering methods.
  • Provide manufacturing drawings and sketches to AWE WDO standards.
  • Provide manufactured concepts and prototypes through external and internal suppliers.
  • Test concepts and prototypes in line with verification plans developed from requirements.

You will be accountable for delivering the functional capability and demand to the future programme requirements, applying the sub-function’s strategy and providing effective guidance as the main contact point for team members. You will be responsible for maintaining a technical capability that delivers critical skills and resources aligned to business requirements in order to deliver the integrated technical programme.

Key Accountabilities & Responsibilities:
  • In line with the Leadership Blueprint, lead, coach & develop the team and influence others at specialism or functional level to create & deliver our operational plans (First Level Leader)
  • Assess staff performance, measured against agreed personal objectives and accountabilities, and take corrective action to improve performance where necessary via appropriate management interventions
  • Engage with Subject Matter Experts within the team and beyond to provide expert knowledge and technical expertise in the field of technical specialism.
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality and be a great team player
  • Using the sub-functions strategy to define the teams’ operational plan while managing resources in a safe, secure and cost efficient manner
  • Responsible for the technical quality of the work undertaken by the team and/or teams through appropriate internal ( i.e. with Subject Matter Experts) and external reviews
  • Ensuring that the work undertaken by the team is consistent with AWE strategy, policies, processes, procedures, and quality standards while minimising risk to delivery of the Integrated Technical Programme
  • Responsible for knowledge capture to maintain, share, preserve and protect intellectual property
  • Providing an agile capability, delivering critical skills and resource aligned to business requirements underpinning the Programme
  • Responsible for undertaking other duties as reasonably required from time to time by line and task management
  • Be able to lead a multidisciplinary team

The successful candidate should have the following:
  • Experience of successfully leading and managing a high performing and motivated team
  • Proven record of accomplishment of driving delivery, performance and continuous improvement
  • Wiling to apply his or her own judgement/discretion
  • Approachable attitude and ability to deal with/manage sensitive staff issues
  • Demonstrate a working appreciation for business requirements
  • Willing and able to undertake UK and overseas travel
  • Willing and able to obtain and maintain the security clearance required for the role

What will you get from us?

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:
  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)
  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time
  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training
  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services
  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)
  • Life Assurance
  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending
  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family
  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site
  • Relocation package available (terms and conditions apply)
  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


Please note that you must be a British Citizen to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.
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