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Group Leader - Electrical Engineering


Science and Technology Facilities Council
Salary: £49708 - £58231
Location: Didcot
Job type: Permanent
Category: Electrical Engineering Jobs
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Brief Description

Salary: £49,708 - £58,231 per annum (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual role-based allowance)
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th September 2020

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is a world leading laser facility, which provides scientists from the UK and international with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology. The CLF’s Engineering Division provides Electrical and Mechanical design, development, installation, commissioning, maintenance and troubleshooting expertise. Within the Division the Electrical Engineering Group provides software controls, motion, vacuum and gas controls, personnel interlock systems and electrical functions to enable laser scientists and users to fully utilise the laser technology for experimental research and development programmes.

We are recruiting an Electrical Engineering Group Leader to lead the electrical teams involved in delivering our large projects like EPAC (Extreme Photonics Applications Centre) and supporting the scientific programme. This is an exciting and diverse role in a dynamic and exciting environment managing wide teams covering design, implementation maintenance and decommissioning. Many systems are bespoke to meet the specific need of the facility and experiments.

You will have a wide range of experience managing teams with technical experience in some of the following fields:

* Pulse power systems at 22KV DC
* PLC control systems and logic
* Motion control systems and hardware
* Complex personnel and machine safety systems
* Safety with an IOSH or NEBOSH qualification
* Software development using modern languages like C# on both Microsoft and Linux platforms.

Responsibilities

The Electrical Engineering Group Leader is responsible for the technical and strategic leadership, the development and management of the group and the oversight and prioritisation of the day to day operations of the 30 strong team.

This key role is significant to the future of the CLF by:

* Leading the Electrical Engineering Group for the operational delivery of the facilities and the experimental programme to ensure world-class science is carried out safely and effectively
* Leading the Electrical Engineering Group on development of these facilities or new facilities to maintain the CLF’s status as a world leading provider of such facilities
* Providing software controls, motion, vacuum and gas controls, personnel interlock systems and electrical technical input to the strategic development of CLF facilities and capabilities to maintain the CLF’s status as a world leading provider of such facilities
* Supporting and overseeing the Electrical Engineering Group input to the work CLF does for external or commercial clients.

Main duties:

* Leadership and management of the Electrical Engineering Group and reporting to and advising the CLF Engineering Division Head (Band G) in all areas of electrical engineering
* Leadership of electrical safety
* Leadership and management of projects and operations so that agreed programmes are achieved in a cost effective, efficient and safe manner
* Lead the technical development of the Electrical Engineering Group both from a strategic and delivery viewpoint. You will be responsible for analysing failure modes/trends in experiments, instrumentation and technology and translating those needs into development projects proposals
* Provide expert electrical engineering input to assist in securing funding for CLF developments i.e. propose and evaluate technical design schemes and options, including cost, staffing and time estimates; risk evaluations, safety issues etc. and to assist in the preparation of specifications, cost estimates and resource requirements for projects across all CLF areas
* Manage projects or parts of technical projects and lead the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of major electrical engineering packages for projects across all areas of the CLF
* Identify and advise on electrical engineering aspects of opportunities for Knowledge Exchange with industry, and contribute to the development of a balanced programme to optimise the economic impact of the CLF and it’s industrially facing Centre for Advanced
* Laser Technology and Applications (CALTA)
* Provide electrical engineering input to assist international projects that have synergy with the CLF’s programme of work
* As a member of STFC’s Senior Management Team, contribute to leadership activities including determining priorities, allocating resources, assessing and formulating policy in response to changes in the business environment, succession planning, staff development, etc.

Contacts and Communication

You will be expected to work in close collaboration with CLF staff and our UK/international user community. Communication with suppliers and other groups in STFC will also be required.

You will:

* Provide strategic advice to Senior Management on future developments within the context of CLF strategy
* Provide expert technical advice related to the provision of electrical engineering equipment for the programme
* Make the case for and negotiate for resources both staff and equipment
* Identify and resolve/mitigate major issues in delivery of the programme
* Communicate via reports, emails, face to face meetings, seminars and talks to CLF staff, Division Heads, Group Leaders and academic PIs
* Discuss operational issues, questions and queries regarding technical support and delivery
* Provide information on projects and plans
* Discuss the design and specification of new systems and projects
* Communicate via reports, face to face meetings, seminars and talks as well as emails phone etc. with other CLF teams, teams in other departments, academic and industrial experimental teams, and suppliers
* Process general admin functions, queries over finance of project and grants, HR related issues etc.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting criteria

Essential

* Require a diverse electrical and control engineering background
* First degree in an engineering discipline relevant to the work of the group or equivalent experience/knowledge
* Will be self-motivated, a clear communicator and able to embrace change as technology evolves
* Significant knowledge/experience of several of the following disciplines (This will also be tested at interview)
* Pulse power systems at 22KV DC
* PLC control systems and logic
* Motion control systems and hardware
* Complex personnel and machine safety systems
* Safety with an IOSH or NEBOSH qualification
* Software development using modern languages like C# on Linux
* Experience of managing electrical engineering teams and projects within complex large scale scientific facilities. (This will also be tested at interview)

Desirable

* Chartered Engineer status
* A formal project management qualification e.g. Prince2
* A formal safety management qualification e.g. IOSH, NEBOSH Certificate.

Interview Criteria

Essential

* Experience of methods of motivating and developing staff
* Experience of customer/user focused delivery and in dealing sensitively yet effectively with the needs and often demanding/competing requirements of external individuals
* Self-motivated and disciplined with ability to lead from the front and motivate teams
* Ability to multitask and work under pressure to tight deadlines
* Flexible approach to work with willingness to seek responsibility
* Visionary and inspirational abilities
* Excellent inter-personal, networking, communication and presentation skills
* Logical and pragmatic problem solver
* Ability to make timely decisions where urgent/critical decisions need to be taken
* Ability to plan, prioritise and organise work cognisant with the views of the key stakeholders
* Willingness to champion change and continuous improvement.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

The closing date for applications is 20th September 2020, however early applications are encouraged as applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis.

If you would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), are unable to apply online or do not wish to create an account but would still like to apply for a specific role, please contact us by telephone.

If you have not already logged into iRecruitment (including as a current employee) you will be re-directed to the login/register page by clicking the "apply now" button. If you don't have an account with us, by choosing to register you consent to UK SBS processing the information you provide as part of the Recruitment Service. You can select appropriate job alerts and notifications as part of your account preferences, and you are able to close your account (withdraw consent) should you wish to do so. Before starting your online application and inputting your personal details, please read our Privacy Notice which contains full details of how your information is processed once you have made an application.
Brief Description

Salary: £49,708 - £58,231 per annum (dependent on skills and experience and inclusive of annual role-based allowance)
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 27th September 2020

The Central Laser Facility (CLF) is a world leading laser facility, which provides scientists from the UK and international with an unparalleled range of state-of-the-art laser technology. The CLF’s Engineering Division provides Electrical and Mechanical design, development, installation, commissioning, maintenance and troubleshooting expertise. Within the Division the Electrical Engineering Group provides software controls, motion, vacuum and gas controls, personnel interlock systems and electrical functions to enable laser scientists and users to fully utilise the laser technology for experimental research and development programmes.

We are recruiting an Electrical Engineering Group Leader to lead the electrical teams involved in delivering our large projects like EPAC (Extreme Photonics Applications Centre) and supporting the scientific programme. This is an exciting and diverse role in a dynamic and exciting environment managing wide teams covering design, implementation maintenance and decommissioning. Many systems are bespoke to meet the specific need of the facility and experiments.

You will have a wide range of experience managing teams with technical experience in some of the following fields:

* Pulse power systems at 22KV DC
* PLC control systems and logic
* Motion control systems and hardware
* Complex personnel and machine safety systems
* Safety with an IOSH or NEBOSH qualification
* Software development using modern languages like C# on both Microsoft and Linux platforms.

Responsibilities

The Electrical Engineering Group Leader is responsible for the technical and strategic leadership, the development and management of the group and the oversight and prioritisation of the day to day operations of the 30 strong team.

This key role is significant to the future of the CLF by:

* Leading the Electrical Engineering Group for the operational delivery of the facilities and the experimental programme to ensure world-class science is carried out safely and effectively
* Leading the Electrical Engineering Group on development of these facilities or new facilities to maintain the CLF’s status as a world leading provider of such facilities
* Providing software controls, motion, vacuum and gas controls, personnel interlock systems and electrical technical input to the strategic development of CLF facilities and capabilities to maintain the CLF’s status as a world leading provider of such facilities
* Supporting and overseeing the Electrical Engineering Group input to the work CLF does for external or commercial clients.

Main duties:

* Leadership and management of the Electrical Engineering Group and reporting to and advising the CLF Engineering Division Head (Band G) in all areas of electrical engineering
* Leadership of electrical safety
* Leadership and management of projects and operations so that agreed programmes are achieved in a cost effective, efficient and safe manner
* Lead the technical development of the Electrical Engineering Group both from a strategic and delivery viewpoint. You will be responsible for analysing failure modes/trends in experiments, instrumentation and technology and translating those needs into development projects proposals
* Provide expert electrical engineering input to assist in securing funding for CLF developments i.e. propose and evaluate technical design schemes and options, including cost, staffing and time estimates; risk evaluations, safety issues etc. and to assist in the preparation of specifications, cost estimates and resource requirements for projects across all CLF areas
* Manage projects or parts of technical projects and lead the design, procurement, installation and commissioning of major electrical engineering packages for projects across all areas of the CLF
* Identify and advise on electrical engineering aspects of opportunities for Knowledge Exchange with industry, and contribute to the development of a balanced programme to optimise the economic impact of the CLF and it’s industrially facing Centre for Advanced
* Laser Technology and Applications (CALTA)
* Provide electrical engineering input to assist international projects that have synergy with the CLF’s programme of work
* As a member of STFC’s Senior Management Team, contribute to leadership activities including determining priorities, allocating resources, assessing and formulating policy in response to changes in the business environment, succession planning, staff development, etc.

Contacts and Communication

You will be expected to work in close collaboration with CLF staff and our UK/international user community. Communication with suppliers and other groups in STFC will also be required.

You will:

* Provide strategic advice to Senior Management on future developments within the context of CLF strategy
* Provide expert technical advice related to the provision of electrical engineering equipment for the programme
* Make the case for and negotiate for resources both staff and equipment
* Identify and resolve/mitigate major issues in delivery of the programme
* Communicate via reports, emails, face to face meetings, seminars and talks to CLF staff, Division Heads, Group Leaders and academic PIs
* Discuss operational issues, questions and queries regarding technical support and delivery
* Provide information on projects and plans
* Discuss the design and specification of new systems and projects
* Communicate via reports, face to face meetings, seminars and talks as well as emails phone etc. with other CLF teams, teams in other departments, academic and industrial experimental teams, and suppliers
* Process general admin functions, queries over finance of project and grants, HR related issues etc.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.
The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting criteria

Essential

* Require a diverse electrical and control engineering background
* First degree in an engineering discipline relevant to the work of the group or equivalent experience/knowledge
* Will be self-motivated, a clear communicator and able to embrace change as technology evolves
* Significant knowledge/experience of several of the following disciplines (This will also be tested at interview)
* Pulse power systems at 22KV DC
* PLC control systems and logic
* Motion control systems and hardware
* Complex personnel and machine safety systems
* Safety with an IOSH or NEBOSH qualification
* Software development using modern languages like C# on Linux
* Experience of managing electrical engineering teams and projects within complex large scale scientific facilities. (This will also be tested at interview)

Desirable

* Chartered Engineer status
* A formal project management qualification e.g. Prince2
* A formal safety management qualification e.g. IOSH, NEBOSH Certificate.

Interview Criteria

Essential

* Experience of methods of motivating and developing staff
* Experience of customer/user focused delivery and in dealing sensitively yet effectively with the needs and often demanding/competing requirements of external individuals
* Self-motivated and disciplined with ability to lead from the front and motivate teams
* Ability to multitask and work under pressure to tight deadlines
* Flexible approach to work with willingness to seek responsibility
* Visionary and inspirational abilities
* Excellent inter-personal, networking, communication and presentation skills
* Logical and pragmatic problem solver
* Ability to make timely decisions where urgent/critical decisions need to be taken
* Ability to plan, prioritise and organise work cognisant with the views of the key stakeholders
* Willingness to champion change and continuous improvement.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Online applications only. Please submit a covering letter and CV ensuring that the IRC reference is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Please note that failure to address the above criteria or submitted without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

The closing date for applications is 20th September 2020, however early applications are encouraged as applications will be reviewed and considered on an ongoing basis.

If you would like to receive this advert in an alternative format (e.g. large print, Braille, audio or hard copy), are unable to apply online or do not wish to create an account but would still like to apply for a specific role, please contact us by telephone.

If you have not already logged into iRecruitment (including as a current employee) you will be re-directed to the login/register page by clicking the "apply now" button. If you don't have an account with us, by choosing to register you consent to UK SBS processing the information you provide as part of the Recruitment Service. You can select appropriate job alerts and notifications as part of your account preferences, and you are able to close your account (withdraw consent) should you wish to do so. Before starting your online application and inputting your personal details, please read our Privacy Notice which contains full details of how your information is processed once you have made an application.

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