Programme Manager

Culham | £70,696 to £75,414 per annum

Employer: UK Atomic Energy Authority
Sector/Specialism: Public Sector

Programme Manager
Culham, Oxfordshire or Rotherham, South Yorkshire, United Kingdom
Department: PPMO
Salary: £70,696 to £75,414 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Confirmed Grade: Level 7
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire or Rotherham, Yorkshire

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in strategically contributing to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

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. As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values (Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative) that capture the spirit of how we work.

The National Fusion Technology Platform is a £100M multi-year investment in UK based, world class, fusion technology facilities. As NFTP Programme Manager you will be responsible for leading the delivery of the facilities overseeing programme progress, cost and quality. You will prepare reports on the programme status for board and government review, and you will be able to provide support to Project Managers on commercial contract management, project execution and strategy. You will also manage and monitor the benefits and impacts of the investment which will require you to interface with external organisations across the international fusion community.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

You will deliver a unique, first-of-a-kind technology which will drive world leading innovation and development in support of delivering fusion.


Leadership, Programme Management, Project Governance, Engineering Innovation, Delivery, Quality, Budget Management, Procurement, Contract Management.

What will you be responsible for?

- Lead and manage a >£100M engineering programme, ensuring appropriate programme and project management governance is in place. Provide direction to the senior leadership team at UKAEA and the Project Managers within the programme and their delivery teams.

- Ensure formal reporting arrangements on programme and project progress are in place and the collation of high-quality Board level reporting metrics to inform decisions, including Chairing the Programme Board.

- Manage the day to day running and ongoing management of the programme on behalf of the SRO to ensure that desired programme objectives are delivered and that the expected benefits are realised.

- Provide clear leadership to the Project Managers; resolve obstacles to strategy delivery within the programme and lead the identification and employment of solutions to overcome them. Manage the programme budget, including risk allowance and management reserves.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

- Experience managing engineering programmes >£50M
- Contract Management and Procurement Experience
- Excellent leadership, communication, influencing, and collaboration skills
- Strong commercial awareness with the ability to make sound economic decisions that maximise programme value
- Experience preparing high-quality programme reporting material
- Experience driving project execution
- Experience consolidating programme financial reporting

Desirable skills, experience and competence

- Experience of public-sector procurement
- Experience with public sector reporting requirements
- Professional qualifications in project management

Additional Information

What we offer

Our comprehensive benefits package includes a vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive, an Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, Flexible working options including family friendly policies, Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service, wide range of career development opportunities, outstanding defined benefit pension scheme; Corporate bonus scheme and a Relocation allowance (if eligible).

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities and women. The Executive team with support from our ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) Partner and 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.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 06/01/2023. We may close earlier than this date 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 or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

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