AWE embraces diversity & equity for all employees



At AWE, we’re committed to fostering a workplace culture that celebrates and embraces diversity, ensuring equity for all employees, and actively promoting an inclusive environment where everyone can thrive.

We are externally recognised as an exceptional employer, having been ranked in the Top 25 Best Big Companies yet again this year.

Our leading flexible and smarter working policies – including a 9-day fortnight for all, and the option to tailor your working arrangements to suit your individual needs – stand as a testament to our understanding of what it is to be a working parent.

And there is something for everyone, whatever stage you are at in your career – our opportunities are vast and varied. We offer a range of excellent career opportunities across the business, from science and engineering roles, to project management and corporate functions (such as HR, finance and supply chain management).

Female scientists

Company overview

We understand that people have different needs when it comes to working arrangements and that this can change over the course of your career. We encourage our staff to think creatively about their preferred working arrangements, which allow them to achieve the best work life balance to suit their needs. From compressed hours, to part-time, and term-time only contracts – and all the rest in between – we’re keen to ensure you have a healthy balance between work and home.

AWE is an exciting and unique place, providing interesting work that is critically important to help keep our country safe and secure.

Our mission is to support the defence and security of the UK. We do this through developing, manufacturing and maintaining the warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent, as well as supporting the UK’s counter terrorism efforts. We are a strong and supportive team, united in our mission to keep the UK and everyone in it safe.

Female scientist working in a lab

In addition, we are managing one of the largest infrastructure programmes in the UK to deliver a cutting-edge, sustainable science and manufacturing environment and maintaining an estate that spans over 1,000 acres and some very unique buildings.

We’re immensely proud of what we do and our role in keeping the nation safe.

If you choose to come and join us, you’ll be working with some of the greatest minds in the business and in some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world.

Find out more: Careers – AWE

Your job, your way

Our people are at the forefront of everything we do, and that’s why we take wellbeing and equal opportunities incredibly seriously. Our aim is to create an inclusive environment for working families – we want to make sure everybody working at AWE is able to bring their whole selves to work, whether that’s on site, or working remotely.

If you join us, you’ll be able to take advantage of a wide range of benefits that support parents in achieving a happy and worthwhile career. This includes a 9-day fortnight for all our staff, and the option to tailor your working arrangements to suit your individual needs.

And there are plenty of opportunities to move around in your career too!

Our Benefits

We understand that not all working parents can work standard hours, and that’s ok with us.

The AWE working pattern: The working structure at AWE differs from other companies. We operate a 9-day working fortnight, which means our offices close every other Friday, freeing up more of your time to spend with family.

Maternity, Adoption and Shared Parental Leave: Those who are eligible are entitled to receive full pay for the first 39 weeks of leave. Similarly, those on Shared Parental Leave will now receive full pay for 39 weeks, if leave is being taken within 39 weeks of the primary carer starting their Maternity or Adoption Leave.

We are also introducing Returners Leave, which allows employees returning from Maternity or Adoption Leave the option to have 6 months’ of working Fridays as paid time off.

Competitive salary and regular pay reviews: We use an independent company to benchmark our salaries, to ensure they’re competitive against industry standards. And we also conduct regular performance-related pay reviews.

Generous Group Personal Pension: We’ll contribute between 9%-13% of your pensionable pay, depending on your own contribution.
To view and apply to our current vacancies visit our careers page.

Stay Connected

At AWE, we are working to provide an environment where everyone can feel comfortable, be themselves and thrive.

To deliver on our crucial programme, we need to ensure we create a truly diverse and inclusive environment where everyone feels they can contribute.

We boast a range of networks, as well as a Gender Mentoring Circle, providing our people with an opportunity to connect with others and share experiences.

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