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NTR Operations Technician

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8 May 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?

We are looking for an Operations Technician to join the Nuclear Threat Reduction (NTR) team.

This role is the perfect opportunity for individual’s early in their career, or those looking to develop their career in an operational environment. If you have knowledge or skills in the following areas, then we want to hear from you:
  • Maintaining operational equipment
  • Carrying out logistics tasks
  • Vehicle & plant operations
  • Responder Management
  • Nuclear security and counter terrorism

The successful candidate will work closely with colleagues and end users to deliver our operational capability.

Location : Reading

Salary: £21,460 - £25,000 (depending on your suitability and level of experience)

Closing Date : 8th May 2024

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

What will you be responsible for?
  • Delivery of specific practical and logistical tasks to schedule, cost and quality.
  • Undertaking scheduled maintenance of mechanical and electrical equipment
  • Supporting quality assurance in areas such as electrical testing and calibration of instruments
  • Routine checks and use of operational vehicles, plant, and equipment
  • Providing logistical support to the Off-Site Delivery training and exercise programme
  • Support to the Responder Management Team
  • Contribute to continuous improvement by identifying and reporting lessons learned and capability gaps
  • May be required to carry out safety related roles including but not limited to Work Supervisor; Instructed or Nominated Person Electrical; COSHH or Risk Assessor, Radioactive Source Authorised user.

Candidates should have or be willing to undertake training to become qualified in:
  • Category C+E licence (Including CPC & Digital Tacho)
  • Forklift Truck (B1, Lorry Mounted & Remote controlled)
  • Slinging & Lifting / LOLER
  • ADR Class 7
  • Conversant with Microsoft Office

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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