Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC253170
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £48877 - £54308
Date Posted 23 March 2020
Grade RC-F
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 19 April 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £48,877 - £54,308 per annum
Grade: F
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 19th April 2020

About Us:

The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) is one of Europe’s largest science research organisations. We’re trusted to support, enable and undertake pioneering projects in an amazing diversity of fields. Through world-class facilities and people, we’re driving ground-breaking advances in science and technology/engineering.

Working at the forefront of scientific endeavour isn’t possible without a dedicated team of engineers able to turn abstract scientific ideas into reality. At STFC’s ISIS facility, a world-leading scientific research centre, each problem requires a unique solution, taking advantage of the latest technologies to deliver the seemingly impossible. Our engineers have the freedom to choose their own solution, and the responsibility to take it to completion.

STFC is one of nine partner organisations that have been brought together to create UK Research and Innovation (UKRI); an organisation with a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation.

About The Role:

We now have an excellent opportunity at the ISIS Neutron and Muon Facility for a talented Accelerator Mechanical Technical Manager to lead a multi-disciplined group of 10+ people, consisting of Mechanical Installation & maintenance, Ancillary Plant and multi-disciplined Technicians. The Group (Accelerator Mechanical Engineering Group) has responsibility for the installation, commissioning and ongoing maintenance and repair of all the mechanical systems and equipment related to the ISIS accelerator.

As the Technical Manager, you will report to the ISIS Accelerator Engineering Group Leader and will be responsible for leading and overseeing the maintenance work of the four Sections to ensure that all of mechanical systems and equipment related to the accelerator (and other areas of ISIS) are maintained to be fully operational and minimise ISIS downtime.

Responsibilities for the Accelerator Engineering Groups assets on the CMMS, ensuring all assets are correctly identified, maintained and have up to date history information available. Also managing the work requests through CMMS to each of the four sections. 

You will also be responsible for arranging and overseeing 24 hour On-Call on ISIS for each of the main disciplines.

Further responsibilities will include:

  • Contribute in the planning and co-ordination of the facility’s maintenance and shutdown programs
  • Supervise the work of the Group’s Mechanical maintenance program ensuring all work is carried out safely and with regard to the operational programs
  • Management of the CMMS for the group ensuring all assets and work requests are managed effectively and efficiently
  • Progress the implementation of the group’s obsolescence work programs with the Group leader — to include vacuum and ancillary plant systems
  • Investigate options for equipment efficiency to decide where ‘spend to save’ funding opportunities can be best utilised to maximise the capital return and improve the reliability of ISIS
  • Management control of the F-gas log book and refrigerant register for all equipment on ISIS with refrigerant liquid charge details. Ensure the correct training is achieved and maintained in line with regulation, and correct leak detection and leak checking is undertaken and recorded
  • Responsibility for the legionella risk across ISIS with reference to SHE code and water safety plan, ensure Risk assessments are carried out and actions are logged and actioned in a timely manner
  • Keep documentation up to date with legislation and ensure proper training is maintained
  • Assist in the leader of the Plant Design Section (part of the ISIS Design Division) to ensure projects are prioritised correctly in line with risk, project timescales and budgetary restraints
  • Advise ISIS senior management on state-of-the-art ancillary plant equipment to ensure that ISIS is as reliable and energy efficient as possible. Inform strategy for ancillary plant equipment for a successor facility to ISIS
  • Management of pressure systems across the group, ensuring all pressure systems are registered and have written schemes
  • Provide top-level engineering expertise to solve problems, install upgrades and new equipment, and provide bespoke manufacturing, assembly and installation
  • Project Management of assigned projects and work packages
  • Working with Thames Water to ensure process waste water is correctly monitored and meets predetermined limits before discharge to the environment
  • Ensuring all incoming water supplies for process equipment comply with current legislation
  • Monitoring project spend relative to budgets for Group spend and producing budget estimates for future Group spend
  • Ensuring production of relevant safety documentation, for example Radiation Risk Assessments for installation activities and Local Rules
  • Ensuring Health and Safety standards, codes and policies are applied, briefing staff on latest changes and new information
  • Resource planning, succession planning, and recruitment
  • Close liaison with the Accelerator operational groups - mechanical and electrical
  • Establish and develop synergies with international accelerator laboratories.

Other Information:

  • You will be required to work as a classified Radiation Worker
  • You will be required to be Legionella responsible person for ISIS
  • You will be required to be responsible for all pressure systems across the group
  • Occasional UK and overseas travel may be required.

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. More information can be found at

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.

The criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • A Mechanical Engineering HND or equivalent with experience working on Accelerators or similar facilities (S&I)
  • Successfully completed (or willing to complete) leadership/management training (S&I)
  • Successfully completed (or willing to complete) relevant safety training (S&I)
  • Experienced Mechanical Engineer with extensive technical experience and understanding of Accelerators (S&I)
  • Proven successful management and installation of projects or programs (S&I)
  • Successful leadership of a group of staff (S&I)
  • Excellent planning and organisational skills (I)
  • Skilled and active communicator (I)
  • Responsible approach to health and safety management (I)
  • Dedication, self-motivation, positive attitude, fulfilling commitments (I)
  • Able to multi-task and prioritise against a heavy work load and achieve demanding targets (I)
  • Able to motivate and empower others.(I)


  • Mechanical Engineering degree (S)
  • Legionella Responsible person training (S&I)
  • In-depth technical understanding of key accelerator technologies (I)
  • Understanding of F-gas regulations, and Training (S&I)
  • Innovative skills, able to see novel solutions to problems (I)
  • Awareness of market for state-of-the-art, energy efficient, low environmental impact ancillary plant equipment (I)
  • Established network of contacts at international accelerator laboratories (S&I)
  • Ability to contribute to strategic planning for sustainability and facility replacement. (I)

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.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK.

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