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STEP - Programme Administrator

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
Culham, Abingdon
£25,030 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

Job Details

STEP - Programme Administrator
Abingdon Road, Culham, GB
Salary: £25,030 + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Site Location: UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
Confirmed Grade: Level 2
Department: STEP

Company Description

By 2050, the planet could be using twice as much electricity compared to today. Are you interested in contributing and helping to shape the future of the world’s energy? If so, read on.

Fusion, the process that powers the Sun and Stars, is one of the most promising options for generating the cleaner, carbon-free energy that our world badly needs.

UKAEA leads the way in realizing fusion energy, partnering with industry and research for groundbreaking advancements. Our goal is to bring fusion electricity to the grid, supported by tomorrow's power stations. In pursuit of our mission, UKAEA embraces core values: Innovative, Committed, Trusted, and Collaborative.

As an employee of UKAEA, you will benefit from:

  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme, details of which can be found at the end of this advert
  • Corporate bonus scheme of up to 7% and a Relocation allowance (if eligible)
  • Flexible working options including family-friendly policies
  • Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders
  • Emergency paid leave, Generous annual leave allowance (30.5 days) increased with length of service
  • Wide range of career development opportunities
  • A vibrant culture committed to being fully inclusive

This role requires employees to complete an online Baseline Personnel Security Standard (BPSS) including The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks for criminal convictions.

Job Description

Are you looking for an exciting opportunity to make a difference? Join our team and contribute to the future of fusion energy. As Programme Administrator, you will play a pivotal role in STEP (Spherical Tokamak for Energy Production), the UK’s flagship national programme to deliver a prototype fusion energy plant, targeting 2040, and a path to commercial viability of fusion. STEP is deliberately bold and ambitious and seeks people who want to be part of a world-changing endeavour and who have credible and relevant experience in delivery.

STEP is currently led by the UK Atomic Energy Authority, which has breadth and depth of expertise in fusion science, engineering and operations built over decades. Over the next year, leadership will transition to a new Company, UK Industrial Fusion Solutions Ltd. (UKIFS) to focus on the delivery of the prototype and, in so doing, the development of a fusion supply chain. From the next government investment gate, UKIFS will lead a collaborative team of industrial Whole Plant Partners who bring expertise in engineering and construction, plus the United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) who will remain as a strategic Partner providing fusion expertise.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Diary Management and meeting co-ordination: Organise one or more managers’ diaries, arrange travel, training courses, meetings, site visits and a variety of other activities using the relevant tools and systems provided.
  • Induction and Site Access: Proactive and effective delivery of induction and orientation of new starters, visitors and placements liaising with other departments to secure IT access, site access, pass building access, and the setup of accommodation on site.
  • Data Management and record keeping: Effective management of relevant data systems and records (both electronic and paper-based) on behalf of the programme / department ensuring that this information is kept up to date and is maintained with accuracy.
  • Internal Communication: Effective internal communications (both in written and verbal form), ensuring clarity and accuracy in all internal and external emails or associated correspondence with the programme / department, and wider business
  • Purchasing: Purchase management on behalf of the programme / department as instructed and in line with financial delegations. Checking authorisations and receipts against spend, highlighting any concerns or issues linked to a requisition.
  • Recruitment Administration: Support with programme / department recruitment administration, including the scheduling of interviews, planning recruitment campaign calendars and recruitment administration support as required linked to the online system.


Essential Requirements:

  • GCSEs at grade C (grade 4) and above or equivalent in English language and mathematics
  • Demonstrable administrative experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Discreet and professional approach
  • Demonstrable ability to cope with multiple tasks and prioritise appropriately
  • Excellent IT literacy and competency with Microsoft Office software
  • Demonstrable ability to cope with multiple tasks and prioritise appropriately

Additional Information

For a full list of benefits and to apply, select the apply button to be taken through to the UKAEA careers pages. 

We welcome applications from under-represented groups, particularly individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, people with disabilities, and women. Our Executive team, supported by our 'Equality, Diversity and Inclusion' (EDI) Partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, actively promotes EDI and takes steps to increase diversity within our organisation. We reinforce best practices in recruitment and selection and evaluate approaches to remove barriers to success.

Please note that vacancies are generally advertised for 4 weeks but may close earlier if we receive a large number of applications.

For applicants applying from outside the United Kingdom or those who have spent time outside the UK in the last five years, please visit the UK Government website for information on criminal records checks. If your country of residence or previous residence is not listed on the website or if the UK Government does not have information on obtaining a criminal records check from that state, we regret to inform you that we cannot process your application.


UKAEA researches fusion energy and related technologies, with the aim of positioning the UK as a leader in sustainable nuclear energy.

UKAEA is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Energy Security and Net Zero.

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