Director of STEP

Job details
Posting date: 13 November 2019
Salary: £100,000 to £120,000 per year
Additional salary information: p/a dependant on experience plus industry leading benefits including an outstanding pension scheme
Hours: Full time
Closing date: 13 December 2019
Location: OX14 3DB
Company: UK Atomic Energy Authority
Job type: Permanent
Job reference: 4148

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Fusion offers a potential solution to address climate change through carbon-free, safe, continuous and abundant electricity. Fusion is now set to deliver on this potential - with multiple UK and global facilities and experiments providing increasing proof of concept. The UK Government has committed £220M over the next five years to the conceptual design of a fusion power station - the Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production (STEP). STEP aims to demonstrate the technical and commercial viability of fusion. This unique opportunity requires a programme director with the ability to manage large programmes and handle ambiguity and uncertainty to realise this first-of-a-kind world-leading ambition.

As the STEP Programme Director, you will lead a team of ~300 scientists and engineers to deliver a programme with international visibility and high-profile within UK government and a budget responsibility of £220M over five years.

You will manage the design and build and then the safe and successful operation of unique high-tech prototypes and facilities. You will foster relationships across a diverse delivery supply chain, with businesses, universities, government departments and international partners. You will lead and direct the technical development programme and ensure the establishment of a portfolio of IP to ensure that the programme produces an investible design. You will lead liaison with UK government as well as working with the executive team to raise funding for the next phase of the programme. You will be accountable to the SRO (the UKAEA CEO) for creating and leading the STEP programme to deliver the agreed outcomes within time, cost and quality constraints

You will be expected to:

-Develop and agree the vision and success criteria for the programme in conjunction with the SRO

-Provide day to day management and leadership of the team involved in the delivery of the programme

-Provide effective leadership and management controls across the programme including robust governance and assurance;

-Identify the skills required to deliver the programme and the recruit necessary resources and oversee effective deployment of resources including. Provide support, guidance and coaching for the programme team. Enable effective individual and team performance

-Form collaborative relationships with key stakeholders both internally and externally. Build consensus across a large and diverse group of stakeholders

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. We work with industry and other third parties to develop new technologies. As well as operating two leading fusion devices, UKAEA also have centres of excellence in Robotics (RACE), Materials (MRF), Tritium (H3AT) and Fusion Component Testing (FTF), which support fusion research as well as enabling UK companies in adjacent markets. The culture at UKAEA promotes research, innovation and leading-edge technological excellence, whilst investing in its people.

You will be a senior and high calibre programme delivery professional with a strong reputation and level of influence in your current role, ideally with a background in delivering programmes in first-of-a-kind science or engineering.

You will be a leader in your field, able to demonstrate achievement against the following essential criteria:

-Proven experience in delivering large programmes (>£100M) within large and complex organisations

-Proven ability to handle ambiguity, uncertainty and high levels of complexity in project delivery. The ability to deliver at pace against a backdrop of uncertainty and continual change. Comfortable making decisions and setting direction without having the full picture; applying knowledge and experience to reduce ambiguity.

-Experience of leading large multi-disciplinary programme teams, ideally in science or engineering

-Experience of leading diverse and high-level stakeholder management with industry and academia, preferably in UK science or energy sector. The ability to build high trust relationships with very senior customers and stakeholders

-The ability to create and present a compelling vision and set clear direction, motivating others to work towards a common goal.

-International leadership profile in a relevant technical discipline

-Experience of contributing to the development and delivery of organisational strategy

-Commercial acumen along with the ability to seek out opportunities for innovation, continuous improvement, efficiency and value for money.

-The post-holder is also expected to be a graduate of (or be willing to go through) the Government`s Major Projects Leadership Academy.

Special requirements:
Travel to visit teams and stakeholders at other UK sites

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