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Advance Nuclear Fund – Head of AMR

Grade 7

Policy, Project Delivery, Science

Salary Range:

£50,305 - £61,145

Department and Location:

Department for Energy Security & Net Zero

Aberdeen, Birmingham, Cardiff, Darlington, Edinburgh, London, Salford

Advert Closing Date:


Contract Type:


Available Working Pattern:

Flexible Working, Full-time, Job share, Part-time

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Job Description:

The directorate is already delivering some of the UK’s most exciting projects to develop clean technologies – including the UK’s first Carbon Capture & Use plant in Cheshire, global first of a kind fuel switching demos for industry, demonstration of a nuclear advanced High Temperature reactor and the ERM Dolphyn “Engineer Magazine Project of 2021” to eventually make hydrogen offshore. There are ten theme areas within the NZIP; advanced carbon capture, usage and storage (CCUS), bioenergy, direct air capture and greenhouse gas removal (GGR), disruptive technologies, energy storage and flexibility, future offshore wind, homes and buildings, hydrogen, industry and nuclear advanced modular reactors (AMRs).

We are an inclusive, friendly and supportive multi-disciplinary directorate of about 170 people, and we encourage applications with diverse backgrounds, viewpoints and experiences. We encourage applications from those who require flexible working patterns.

We are looking for and Innovation Programme Manager, with a science/engineering background, to help run our Advanced Modular Reactor programme, part of the wider Advanced Nuclear fund. You will work alongside a (Grade 6) theme lead in the design and delivery of this high-value programme, which seeks to implement the Government’s commitment to a High Temperature Reactor Demonstration by the early 2030’s. You will also work collaboratively with colleagues to ensure the programme remains relevant to the dynamic policy environment and learning is transferred.

Candidates for a Science and Engineering Practitioner Allowance will be tested on their ability to ‘provide technical and commercial leadership’ at interview stage. Further details of this competence can be found in Competence C of the Incorporated Engineer Standard in the Engineering Council’s UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC).

Person Specification:

Person specification
Skills and experience

We would love to hear from you if you have:

Essential requirements: Qualifications: Science, engineering or mathematics degree or equivalent experience.

Proven track record in programme management, ideally with experience in developing and delivering large and complex energy programmes.

A good understanding of risk management, and its application to innovative projects with uncertain outcomes.

Experience in bringing together specialist knowledge to build a broad understanding of a specific technical area; skills in communicating technical detail with specialist and non-specialist audiences

An ability to engage, influence and work collaboratively with internal and external partners;

Relevant STEM degree

The post holder will also need to work flexibly and be prepared to tackle new responsibilities or support other areas of work within the team or across SICE.

Familiarity with nuclear, energy or net zero sectors is desirable, but not essential, although a STEM background and degree is required for eligibility for the Science and Engineering Practitioner Allowance which this role attracts (please clearly set out your qualification in the personal statement). However, you must be comfortable working with a range of technical and analytical colleagues.

Above all else we welcome people with an inquisitive mind, eager to pick up new skills and committed to self-development.

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