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Processing & Surveillence Systems Engineer

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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 currently recruiting for a Systems Engineer to join the Warhead Processing and Surveillance (WP&S) team. The team predominantly support Production and Assembly Technology Centre operations.

Location - Reading / Basingstoke Area

Package ~ Competitive salary, plus contributory pension scheme, generous holiday entitlement, additional benefits and an excellent work / life balance including a 9 day working fortnight. AWE has been named in the Sunday Times top 25 big companies to work for in 2019.

As a member of the WP&S team, you will be required to:

  • Contribute to the production and delivery of high-quality technical documentation, including validation and verification plans and method statements
  • Support the Senior Engineers and Task Management in scoping, planning, and estimating future activities.
  • Attend reviews such as tooling design and defect review panels.
  • Actively seek to fill gaps in knowledge regarding our product.
  • Identify and support opportunities for cost savings, efficiency and business improvement.
  • Demonstrate excellent customer facing skills with both internal and external stakeholders, eliciting needs and translating them into engineering requirements.
  • Support development and delivery of viable technical solutions that meet customer requirements.
  • Organise personal training and development under the guidance of a professional mentor.

We are looking for candidates who can demonstrate strong communication skills with the ability to work with multiple stakeholders and effectively balance / prioritise their work around programme and technical requirements.


  • A working knowledge of mechanical systems and how they interface.
  • Ability to work efficiently as a self-directed individual or part of a team.
  • Competence in the use of MS Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint)
  • HNC / HND or higher qualification, or equivalent, in a STEM discipline or proven experience working in a similar environment.
  • Experience preparing technical documentation.
  • Proven track record of delivery and systems thinking approach.

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

We welcome applications from candidates who would like to discuss flexible/part time working


Please note that you must be a British National to apply for a role at AWE.

AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country’s nuclear deterrent. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Our unique expertise also assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions.

AWE is an equal opportunities employer. We value diversity and welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds. We particularly welcome applications from sections of the community which are currently under-represented at AWE, including women, BAME and people with disabilities.

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