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Science Manager

Reading, Berkshire
£45000 - £60000 per annum
Closing date
25 Sep 2023

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Analytical, Defence, Materials Science
Contract Type
Full Time

Job Details

AWE is currently recruiting for a Science Manager, within the Metals and Tritium group within MAS.
This role offers an excellent opportunity for anyone looking to step up into a leadership role, a change of leadership role, or those looking to develop their people leadership skills and gain an insight into material sciences.

Science Manager

Location: Reading

Salary: £45,000 - £60,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date: 25th September 2023

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)

  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

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

  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services

  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)

  • Life Assurance

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family

  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

  • Potential opportunities to travel with work for conferences and collaboration

This role is to provide effective guidance, wellbeing support and leadership for all team members to aide delivery within one of our tech centres. The role also requires the Science Manager to maintain a technical capability to ensure the correct critical skills are in place and resources aligned to business requirements.
As a people focused role, knowledge of the technical area is beneficial, but not essential.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Leading, coaching and developing a team 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

  • Responsible for the technical quality of the work undertaken by the team and/or teams 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

  • 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

To be considered for the role, you must either have a degree in scientific or STEM subject or equivalent work experience in a science based subject or equivalent and relevant working experience and possess strong communication skills.

We are particularly interested in hearing from candidates with knowledge and/or experience in Chemistry, Material Science, or Physics and working in a hands-on experimental environment.

Additional knowledge, experience and skills that would be desirable to fulfil this role:

  • Some technical understanding of the subject matter profession of the team although can be gained in the role

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

  • 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

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.


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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