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United Kingdom
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16 May 2024

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Project Management
Full Time
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What if you could work with remarkable people on extraordinary things? What if the end result was something a little bit special? What if your role was mission critical?

For nearly 70 years, AWE has been at the forefront of nuclear weapons research and development. We have a critical mission: to provide the warheads for the UK’s ultimate deterrent - Trident. We also use our unique skills to provide wider UK government with counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions.

It takes a special sort of person to work at AWE. What if that person was you?

We’re looking for an Estimator to support the implementation of AWE Project Controls and enterprise-wide cost estimating at what is a truly history time in our history. We’re embarking on some projects which could be described as comparable to the London Olympics in terms of complexity.

We are located in the countryside (RG7 4PR) between Reading and Basingstoke with onsite parking. There are good bus links between Basingstoke and our site here at Aldermaston.

Salary: Starts band starts at £35,810 - Very much open to upwards negotiation (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

As an Estimator we would like you to have experience of the following:
  • Experience of projects, programmes, and working within a project controls environment, including stakeholder engagement at all levels
  • Experience working within construction, engineering, or regulated environments (MOD/Defence/Nuclear/Regulated) is desirable
  • Good technical skills
  • Building great relationships and engaging with people across the organisation
  • Juggling priorities and delivering within demanding timescales
  • Problem solving and reaching conclusions
  • Professional body membership IRM, ACostE or APM is desirable

A typical day for an Estimator could look like this:
  • Developing estimates through the gated project process to support investment decisions and inform budgets
  • Developing multi-disciplinary cost estimates at all stages of project lifecycle which may include whole life/through life cost estimating associated with operations. Supported by clear and auditable basis of estimate documentation
  • Understanding, interpreting, and manipulating a variety of data to support the cost estimating process
  • Providing robust cost advice and analysis to support key business decision making and reviews
  • Supporting key relationships with the Project Manager, Project Controls team, Engineering and other stakeholders as required

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

You can find out more HERE!

To apply: Please log into AWE Careers to submit your CV and a covering letter. Make sure that you highlight all relevant skills and experience for this job. Give us a clear view of what you can bring to the role and also why you want to work with the team here at AWE.

If successful, you must be willing and able to obtain and maintain Developed Vetting Clearance (funded by the AWE) in order to start with us in this role. It can take several months for clearance to come through.

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If you are successful, any opportunities for hybrid/ flexible working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post.

All duties must be carried out from a UK location and there is significant requirement for regular onsite attendance here at RG7 4PR.

Important things you need to know:
  • Interviews will be scheduled during working hours
  • Interviews will be 60 minutes on
  • All duties must be carried out from a UK location and there is significant requirement for regular onsite attendance here at RG7 4PR.

For more information about the role or the recruitment journey, get in touch with me (Sunflower) at: [email protected]

(Sorry agencies - all recruitment for this role is being managed by our internal resourcing team here at AWE)


Please note that you must be a British Citizen to apply for a role with us.

Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognise and celebrate differences, encourage diverse contributions and our employees feel able to be themselves at work. We strive to create a genuine culture of openness and inclusion and encourage diverse applicants. Any inclusion information you provide us will be used to encourage and support you through the application process and will be held only for this purpose in accordance with GDPR.


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