Principal Construction Manager

  • Full Time
  • Reading, Berkshire
  • £58000 - £70000 per annum + pension USD / Year

Website AWE

AWE is currently recruiting for a Principal Construction Manager to be responsible for providing leadership and management of a professional engineering service in support of the CASD Programme and the company’s strategic goals. You will be a focal point and signpost for advice, information and expertise about policy, best practice, construction knowledge and standards. Provide due governance and management to meet relevant Nuclear Licence Conditions, safety codes and quality standards.

Location – Reading area

Package/Salary – £58,500 to £70,000 dependant on suitability and level of experience

Closing date:8th February 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?

  • Functional/task management of a construction site-based team of managers and engineers to meet the professional standards, performance and integrity of the work and reporting information necessary to support the business objectives

  • Provide weekly and monthly construction reporting, forecasting and dashboard data.

  • Ensuring compliance with Company Assurance Environment, Safety, Health and Quality (ESH&Q) and statutory requirements. Provide construction expertise/advice throughout the lifecycle of a project.

  • Supporting the Group Leader of Construction, to ensure that appropriate resources are identified and allocated to meet business requirements; elevating areas of concern where appropriate

  • Providing improvement mechanisms based on current operating experience, wider UK commercial best practices and peer nuclear and explosive licensed organisations

  • Provide leadership and optimise the delivery of engineering service through technical and constructability reviews as required during the Design Development and Construction Phases

What will you need to be considered?

  • Previously worked in a construction leadership role with responsibility for the development of team members, meeting identified targets and objectives and delivering exceptional health and safety standards

  • Commercial experience of construction contracting, particularly NEC

  • Articulate technical complexities and have very good communication skills

  • Able to chair technical and general meetings and direct work to meet the programme

  • Ability to deliver construction management capability across a manufacturing and/or research environment comprising a range of infrastructure and associated manufacturing and/or research plant and equipment

  • An excellent understanding and ability to apply applicable legislation and standards relevant to safety within engineering (e.g. HSAWA, CDM)

  • Experience of leading multi-discipline groups

  • An awareness of supply chain methodologies


  • Engineering Degree (Hons). or equivalent experience

  • Professionally membership within an engineering register body

  • NEBOSH Certificate (preferable)


  • CSCS

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role.

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