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Are you an electrical design engineer with leadership skills and experience and possess the relevant qualifications to support this?

Have you obtained substantial knowledge and industry experience working on 11kV/415V Non-Pulsed Power Distribution networks and 415V UPS systems?

The UK Atomic Energy Authority has an excellent opportunity for an Engineering Section Leader to join the Electrical Services Group which is responsible for the operation, maintenance and enhancement of the Culham site power supply infrastructure, including high voltage and low voltage distribution and control systems.

You will lead and manage a section of engineers and technicians, allocating tasks appropriately, conduct appraisals and lead recruitment within the section.

Key accountabilities include:
-Lead and manage multidisciplinary teams comprising staff, agency workers and external contractors in support of UKAEA operations.
-Be responsible for all aspects of staff management & development.
-Be the Asset Manager for the 11kV/415V Non-Pulsed Power Distribution network and all 415V UPS systems on site.
-Take full ownership of relevant work packages ensuring all technical criteria are satisfied, current legislation and codes of practice are complied with and that work is carried out in a safe and cost-effective manner.
-Provide assurance by calculation, analysis and review of existing electrical transformers, switchgear and cabling.
-Act as Project Engineer, and occasionally Project Manager, for projects within and beyond the Department providing electrical engineering support as required.
-Act as the point of contact for Scottish and Southern Energy Power Distribution (SSEPD) Limited onsite activities.
-Prepare HV/LV switching schedules, engineering procedures, method statements and local rules in support of ESG requirements.
-Provide technical lead to responsible officers for electrical maintenance & installation activities

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.

To find out more about the department or role please contact the hiring manager who will be happy to discuss in more detail with you.

All successfully shortlisted applicants will be required to attend an interview, and in some instances further technical exercises to assess suitability for the role. If you require interview support or would like some tips on how to prepare for an interview, please follow the link below or speak to either your HR Business Partner or the Recruitment Manager who can arrange some mentoring with you.

Interview tips link https://nucleus.ukaea.uk/Interact/Pages/Content/Document.aspx?id=3091

Knowledge skills and experience


-Bachelor`s degree, HND or equivalent in Electrical Engineering. Other qualifications may be considered depending on the level of experience offered.
-Proven experience leading and managing personnel
-Extensive knowledge of large distribution networks.
-Possess a high level of understanding of electrical safety and work control system components.
-Experience with protection, control and interlock systems.
-Membership of an appropriate Professional Institution.


-Authorised Person (Electrical) appointment
-Authorised to carry out electrical isolations and issue appropriate certificates.
-Authorised to switch HV and LV equipment in support of UKAEA and SSEPD operations.

Special requirements:

-Work Order Manager for NPPS Electrical Projects and Electrical Engineering budgets.

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.

Selection Method(s):
-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.
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