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Employment Type:  Full Time
Employment Period:  Permanent
Salary:  £45,706 - £60,592

Morecambe, GB

Career Area:  Engineering

Site Architect Engineer

The Oppertunity

The Architect Engineering Branch forms part of Investment Delivery and works closely with the other Central Support Functions and Station Departments to deliver value to the business through the execution of the Medium Term Plan portfolio.  The key responsibilities of the Branch are to:

  • Provide technical leadership by leading the delivery of safety case and engineering solutions for high complexity programmes and projects
  • Deliver value engineering for the investment portfolio.
  • Provide oversight and governance of the Design Control Process.
  • Maintain the framework for the role of the Architect Engineer

Reporting to the Lead Architect Engineer the role involves providing governance and oversight of the Station portfolio of investments. This involves working closely with the project portfolio manager (PPM), project managers, other architect engineers and project sponsors to ensure the appropriate application of technical leadership and design control across the station portfolio to deliver value and the quick realisation of nuclear safety benefits. The role also invlves technically leading the delivery of integrated safety case and engineering solutions on specified schemes. Depending on the experience and capabilities of the successful candidate, this might be one large, complex scheme or a small portfolio of smaller schemes. The role requires close working with Project Managers, Station Engineering, Central Technical Organisation and other stakeholders to ensure alignment and integration of the design and safety case requirements.

  • Whilst primarily focussed on Nuclear Generation, the position provides scope to work with the wider business to embed value engineering and design control principles through the role of the Architect Engineer. For example within Structured Collaboration and Waste & Decommissioning.
  • Additionally the role is a key part of the Architect Engineering Peer Group. The prime purpose of the peer group is to provide oversight of the application of design control across the business and to deliver performance improvement across the branch. It is expected the successful candidate will engage, contribute and lead elements of peer group business.
The Person

Engages with architect engineers working on the station project portfolio and acts as an advocate for robust technical leadership and design control providing guidance and coaching as required

Ensures the station's investment portfolio maintains high standards of design control, identifies performance shortfalls and puts in place solutions to improve performance

Reviews and comments on all investment papers and attends local Project Review Committees to ensure the technical delivery risk is understood by the PRC prior to sanctioning/ approving

Undertakes deep dive design control audits on projects as part of the AE team's surveillance programme

Ensures early engagement with significant programmes and projects and uses their influence to shape and set the direction of the project in a collaborative manner with the project manager, sponsor and other early stage stakeholders

Throughout the full lifecycle of the project/ programme ensure the principles of design control are applied and the risks managed. Ensures at project gates these technical risks and mitigations are clearly communicated and understood by the project manager and PRC/ sanctioning bodies.

Takes ownership of the technical solution and proactively identifies technical risks and issues and ensures mitigations are successfully pursued

Ensures that delivery of value through the technical lifecycle is a key focus. Demonstrates strong commercial awareness of the financial implications of solutions and contracting strategies and embeds this in decision making

Responsible for building effective relationships with key stakeholders and project team members using good emotional intelligence. Uses these relationships to influence and direct the people resources to deliver the required outcomes with speed

The Skills

Curious & Open Minded - must be savvy and not take a problem at face value…they rigorously examine and test the facts to ensure they have identified the ‘real’ problem and excellent at identifying value adding solutions

Team Player, When Required - AE’s are team players… most of the time. Collaboration and consensus are important but sometimes an AE just needs to make the call. It can be detrimental to nuclear safety to try achieve consensus on every technical issue

Agility - AE’s adjust to any problem thrown at them, they can move between critical detail and strategy quickly without getting bogged down and can adapt their communications to all levels of stakeholders

Clear headed - AE’s are able to listen to complicated and sometimes confusing conversations, see the wood for the trees, present it back in a simpler way to gain group understanding and consensus on a pragmatic way forward

Strong Internal Compass - AE’s have the confidence & objectivity to speak up when they sense people are making a bad choice or heading in the wrong direction

Dedicated to Improving - AE’s have a thirst for knowledge and understanding and want to be and get better at what they do… this is key to being able to adapt to different types of problem

Outcome Focussed - AE’s are more than just being upbeat and clear in communication style and attitude, an AE comes at problem solving from a positive place. Instead of giving reasons why it cant be done, AE’s ask “How can I make it work?”

Make Judgements and Take Calculated Risks - AE’s fully embrace nuclear safety culture and also recognise that speed of delivery is good for nuclear safety. This requires AE’s to make/ ask others to make judgements to enable fast decision making

Leaders and Influencers - AE’s have a strong sense of who they are and how they relate to others. They are emotionally intelligent and people focussed. They are able to build and lead effective teams that move forward in pursuit of a common goal

Competitive Salary & Benefits

The salary range is between £45,706 - £60,592, with terms and conditions covered by the EDF Energy Nuclear Generation Company Agreement.  The starting salary for this appointment will be dependent on your existing salary, competence, experience and qualifications.  You will receive 28 days annual holiday plus bank holidays, incremental and competency based progression, a career average company pension scheme, access to benefits including gym membership, cinema tickets, technology offers and cycle to work scheme.All personal protective equipment will be provided.

Why EDF?

EDF is a core part of the EDF Group, one of the largest energy companies in Europe with key business operations in the UK, France, Italy and Belgium. We're the UK’s largest producer of low-carbon electricity, the biggest supplier of electricity by volume in Great Britain, the largest supplier to British businesses, and we employ more than 13,000 people. We operate nuclear, coal and gas power stations, wind farms, and combined heat & power plants. We have a focus on safe, dependable energy generation and an ethos of service excellence. We are playing a leading role in new nuclear build in the UK to secure a bright future for the combined business and its employees.

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