Principal Technical Authority Scientific Computing

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30th November 2023




£90000 - £110000

Salary Notes

Salary depending on suitability and level of experience



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AWE is located close to the towns of Reading, Newbury and Basingstoke. We care passionately about doing things right, valuing our people and understanding the importance of a truly engaged workforce.


There has never been a more exciting time to be a Scientist at AWE as we are at the start of a once-in-a-generation programme to design and produce a replacement warhead for the UK's continuous at sea deterrent.

Within our Science Function we have an exciting new leadership opportunity Principal Technical Authority for Scientific Computing which will sit under the AWE Chief Scientist.

This role will be responsible to assuring standards in the scientific work carried out in this area and the governance of key technical decisions and, where necessary and appropriate, arbitration of key technical decisions relating to scientific computing at AWE.


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

Performance related bonus

Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body

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


This role will be accountable for developing and overseeing a strategy for the development of standards, processes, tools, skills, science and information for Scientific Computing at AWE. The role holder will sponsor and strategically lead the development of business cases to support this strategy. The role holder will work with across AWE to ensure that a capability plan that delivers their strategy is well defined, appropriately resourced, managed and governed.

The role holder will develop strategies for the provision of scientific computing platforms needed to support AWE's science and engineering programmes. They will lead to ensure that appropriate software development standards are being maintained across the scientific disciplines consistent with AWE's Software Management Procedure and relevant good practice. They will strategically lead AWE's computer science strategy, ensuring we have a strategy to ensure our software products can take advantage of High Performance Computing evolutions and can survive revolutions.

The role holder will be responsible for driving innovative thinking in the performance of AWE's Scientific Computing mission.

Whoever is appointed to this role, will have accountability for the ensuring Suitably Qualified and Experience Person (SQEP) standards in the area and will appoint AWE's Science Technical Authorities for Scientific Computing.

The role is accountable for managing relationships with external partners, both in the UK and internationally, as the key point of contact for Scientific Computing.

Leadership is key to us achieving our goals, especially given the complexity of the products we make and the environment we operate in. As this is a senior leadership position, candidates will need to have a significant record of experience and achievement as well as a deep knowledge of Scientific Computing, both the in terms of platforms and applications.

If you want to work in a unique and innovative environment, where people are at the heart of the business, then AWE is the perfect place for you.

All candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role, be prepared to travel in both UK and abroad and be willing and able to work in all required areas of AWE.



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