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Science Manager - Conventional Materials

Reading, Berkshire
£41950 - £60000 per annum
Closing date
30 Aug 2022

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AWE have a fantastic opportunity for a scientist to become part of the leadership within our Conventional Materials Science department.

You will lead materials experts in the delivery of a wide range of component technology programmes and related inorganic and organic materials development and assessment activities.

This is a great opportunity to utilising your leadership skills and experience to ensure the safe delivery of a high quality experimental programme together with the maintaining development of the team to grow the technical capabilities within them.

Science Manager - Conventional Materials

Location: Reading / Basingstoke area

Package: £41,950 - £60,000 (subject to skills and experience)

AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) offers an attractive array of benefits which include:

  • Generous holiday entitlement - 270 hours a year (inclusive of Bank Holidays) plus every other Friday off

  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and international collaboration

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training

  • Market leading contributory pension scheme

  • Flexible working hours

  • Salary sacrifice scheme

  • Consideration for either full time or part time hours. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Relocation package (terms & conditions apply)

The Science Manager will be responsible for:

  • Leading, coaching and developing a team at a local level to deliver team and personal objectives safely and securely to meet operational plans

  • Assessing staff performance, measured against agreed personal objectives and accountabilities, and taking corrective action to improve performance where necessary via appropriate management interventions

  • Providing knowledge and expertise in the field of technical specialism

  • The technical quality of the work undertaken by the team 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

  • Knowledge capture in order to maintain, share, preserve and protect IP

  • Undertaking other duties as reasonably required from time to time by line and task management

  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality and be a great team player

Qualifications, Skills & Experience

  • Degree in scientific or STEM subject or equivalent work experience

  • Technical knowledge of the subject matter profession of the team

  • Competence in the use of MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)

  • Knowledge and skills in a technical area such as Analytical techniques

  • Strategic and tactical planning skills

  • Ideally experience of successfully managing a high performing and motivated team

  • Proven track record of driving delivery, performance and continuous improvement

  • Demonstrates a working appreciation of financial and business requirements

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.



AWE has responsibility for maintaining the UK’s nuclear deterrent and supporting national nuclear security from warhead safety and performance to providing support to users in the field. Our scientific and engineering expertise is second to none. As is our approach to predicting the performance of a system that can never be tested, but has to work. We’re looking to recruit specialist scientists to support our core programme. Our strength lies in our diversity. An extremely broad range of employees brings different skills and experiences to the team.

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