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Group Leader Operations Manager

Reading/Basingstoke area
Closing date
24 Jul 2024

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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?

AWE is looking for a Group Leader - Operations Manager

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

We are currently recruiting for another Group Leader Operations Manager to join the Leadership Team in the Operations Function. This leader could be deployed in various large manufacturing Technology Centres throughout their career, so a background in explosives and/or nuclear operations would be desirable.

The successful candidate will have significant experience in Operations Management/Manufacturing and will lead large multi-disciplinary teams through delivery of product and functional based activities.

This is a superb opportunity to apply your knowledge and expertise to support the UK’s Nuclear defence programme and be part of a team of remarkable people achieving extraordinary things.

As AWE transforms itself to meet the needs of the UK’s next-generation nuclear deterrent we need high calibre leaders to help us adapt and deliver.

This is a role where you’ll contribute to a legacy of national security for decades to come. The right candidate will have a passion to inspire excellence, foster collaboration, and successful working relationships. So come and join us.

Closing date: 24th July 2024

Location: Reading/Basingstoke area

Salary: £Negotiable

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

What will you be required to do?
  • Provide leadership of a diverse and multidisciplinary team of managers, technicians, etc., to deliver all task outputs included in the single order book, to schedule and cost (order book value £25-50M) and projects directly related to process and capability (£1-5M).
  • Deliver improvements in performance in all aspects of operations.
  • Maintain and improve relationships with US and other international partners.
  • Maintain high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security, and quality and be a great team player.
  • Additional accountabilities for this job profile may be defined and appointed through the Chief Engineer Management Arrangements, with appointees listed within the Company Design Authorities and Technical Authorities, as held in the company management system.

Whilst not to be considered a check list, candidates should be able to demonstrate some of the following:
  • Graduate level of degree qualification or equivalent demonstrable experience.
  • The ability to lead, manage and direct key team members.
  • Develop solutions to complex problems that require regular use of ingenuity and creativity.
  • Build and maintain effective stakeholder management internally and externally.
  • Managing operations (in compliance with the permit) - Managers that have specific accountability or responsibility for operations, Maintenance inspection and testing.
  • Delivery of the single order book and positively respond to changing operational circumstances with agility.
  • Evidence of managing resources to maximise utilisation and efficiency of operations.
  • Responsible for the accuracy and maintenance of ‘Basis of Estimates’ for all production processes.
  • Establish and maintain a highly effective team, and working practices, to achieve maximum equipment and facility availability.
  • Evidence of taking responsibility for compliance with Company procedures and governance requirements.
  • Evidence of being responsible for process and occupational safety of all operations.
  • Evidence of promoting and sponsoring operational excellence and drive all actions aimed at continuous process Improvement.

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

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.


AWE are excited to launch our first Returner Programme, in partnership with, which is designed to support experienced professionals return to their field following a career break.

The programme will be a 1 year fixed term contract on either a full or part time basis with the possibility of transitioning into a permanent role at the end of the contract.

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