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Head of Construction

United Kingdom Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA)
UKAEA Culham, Oxfordshire
£66,897 to £70,874 (inclusive of MPP) + excellent benefits including outstanding pension
Closing date
16 Jan 2022

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Job position
Head of
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Construction Manager
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Head of Construction

Company Description

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

As we work towards our mission and goals, UKAEA has devised values that capture the spirit of how we work. These values include being: Innovative, Committed, Trusted and Collaborative.

Job Description

Who are we looking for?

This post will transform the built environment for UKAEA.  It includes the development of offices, righall's, roads and bespoke science estate, both at Culham and elsewhere in the UK.

The successful candidate will need to have construction experience within the public sector and preferably on a science estate. They will need to have the ability to see and act strategically, whilst leading and managing a team. Stakeholder engagement and management will be a key aspect to this role to ensure that the built environment meets business requirements.

What will you be responsible for?

  • Lead the design, management and implementation of the £2300m portfolio of construction projects for UKAEA at Culham and elsewhere.
  • Lead the team of construction project managers.
  • Lead the engagement with stakeholders across UKAEA to ensure the developments meet user requirements, business needs, evolving government procurement and construction standards.
  • Ensure all projects are appropriately coordinated, resourced and supported by relevant infrastructure requirements; meet campus/masterplan objectives and whilst delivering to time and budget
  • Travel may be required across the UK.


Essential skills, experience and competence required

  • The post requires a wide range of technical and engineering skills to deal with the wide variety of building and project types including ability to apply engineering principles to design and construction requirements, and familiarity with design and installation of building and process services.
  • Significant experience of delivering high profile construction projects from initial concept to completion, and acting from the client side in the public sector.
  • Demonstrable experience of managing internal; and external stakeholders at different levels.
  • Contracts: Demonstrable knowledge and extensive experience of the administration of the NEC form of contract and working with government procurement.
  • Working knowledge and understanding of current construction legislation, government policy and objectives
  • Safety Management: A good working knowledge of the Construction Design and Management Regulations with demonstrable experience of site safety management.
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent in an engineering or construction discipline (eg: mechanical, electrical, other)
  • Proven track record in Project Management including project planning and implementation, financial control, the assessment of contract strategies, contract supervision safety and associated environmental management.

Desirable skills, experience and competence

  • BEIS/CAB Approvals experience
  • Membership/Chartered status of an appropriate professional body, e.g. CIOB; RICS, others

Additional Information

What we offer

  • A culture committed to being fully inclusive, supported by a Being Inclusive Strategy and Inclusion Ambassadors 
  • An Employee Assistance Programme and trained Mental Health First Aiders, with a full calendar of health and wellbeing initiatives 
  • Flexible working options including family friendly policies  
  • Emergency leave (paid) 
  • 30.5 days annual leave increased with length of service (including privilege days and 3 days between Christmas and New Year) plus bank holidays
  • Wide range of career development opportunities (e.g professional registration, internal promotions, coaching and mentoring programme)  
  • Outstanding defined benefit pension scheme  
  • Annual corporate bonus scheme
  • Relocation allowance (if eligible)

We welcome applications from underrepresented groups, particularly from individuals from black and other ethnic minority backgrounds, including nationality and citizenship, people with disabilities, (visible and hidden) and women. The Executive team with support from our EDI ‘Equality, Diversity and Inclusion’ (EDI) partner and Inclusion Ambassadors, is actively promoting EDI and taking steps to increase the diversity of our people through reinforcing best practice in recruitment and selection, and revaluating approaches where it is clear we can remove barriers to success. We are easily accessible by car and are a 10minute walk from Culham Railway Station in Oxfordshire.

Please be advised that this vacancy is due to close on 16/01/2022. We may close earlier than this date if large or sufficient numbers of applications are received.

Please note all employees working at the UK Atomic Energy Authority will be required to complete an online Disclosure Certificate application as part of their clearance – The Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) checks will show the details of all current criminal convictions (convictions considered unspent under the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974) or will confirm that there are no such convictions.

Note for applicants who are applying for employment with UKAEA either from outside the United Kingdom or who have spent time outside the United Kingdom in the last five years. Please visit the government website. If the country you are resident in or have resided in is not listed on this website or that the UK Government is not aware of how to obtain a criminal records check from that state then we are unable to process your application.

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