Applications Manager


AWE plays a crucial role in the defence of the United Kingdom, by providing and maintaining the warheads for the country's nuclear deterrent. Our unique expertise assists the UK Government in developing and delivering a range of innovative and integrated support services, including national nuclear security and counter-terrorism solutions. We are a centre of scientific, engineering and technological excellence, with some of the most advanced research, design and production facilities in the world. Follow us on Twitter 👉@AWE_plc Follow us on Instagram 👉@AWE_plc

Only considering candidates eligible to work in Reading, UK ⚠️

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?

Information Services and Security have a vital role to play in a crucial national mission.  We’re here to enable the organisation to deliver through the use of technology.  As AWE transforms itself to meet the needs of the UK’s next-generation nuclear deterrent, we need to adapt to deliver data-driven decision making, flexible and future-proofed IT services, adaptable cyber security, support to a multi-billion Pound building programme, and many more.

The Enterprise Applications team here at AWE sit as part of the wider CIO business function. They are currently seeking an experienced Application Manager who will be accountable to the Head of Enterprise Applications for delivering fit-for-purpose software solutions that meet AWE Business requirements now and in the future and; driving continuous improvement in order to gain maximum benefit from our software investments. You will be experienced in leading teams, both internal and external, through impactful change which will underpin how we improve our service offering to the business and; you will be adept at managing stakeholders of all levels, both technical and not, and be familiar operating with COTS, SaaS and in-house software.

Location – Reading area

Salary - from £62,740 - £90,000 per annum DOE

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

The Role:

This is a leadership role where you will:

  • Own the challenges in front of you – be curious and seek out improvement.  Demonstrate a high degree of independent judgment and decision making.
  • Show drive to make a difference to the team, individuals and the leadership community.
  • Deliver stakeholder needs, understands the Business and Programme requirements and describes how the team’s work delivers stakeholder needs.  You will become a trusted representative of Enterprise Applications and develop constructive relationships with senior management, external suppliers and customers.
  • Engage and direct people to commit to the work and to the organisation, facilitating and encouraging communication both within own team and other teams.
  • Drive team results through setting challenging objectives for self and team then working to achieve or exceed these objectives.
  • Collaborates with teams across IS and the business to achieve results.
  • Seeks and delivers continuous improvement.  Guides, influences and directs the team to understand, embrace and deliver change.
  • Champion the Function. Markets the service and benefits and maintain a positive relationship with customers.
  • Have commercial awareness when dealing with vendors and be conscious of attaining value for money and ensuring 3rd parties deliver appropriately.
  • Make decisions through identifying issues, problems and opportunities; using data and insights to make pragmatic decisions to meet objectives.
  • The Company may require you to fulfil any other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs.

The Candidate:

  • Extensive management experience within an IT environment.
  • Tech savvy.
  • Able to communicate with internal & external stakeholders at varying levels.
  • Tenacious can-do attitude.
  • Keen to affect change.
  • Proven problem solver.
  • A background in Application Support or Software Programming/Development would be advantageous.
  • A commercially astute professional.

All 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 provides warheads for the UK’s nuclear deterrent and offers solutions in counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction.

Working Week

We work a 9 day fortnight. That's 9 slightly longer days over 2 weeks (80 hours total), with every second Friday off.

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer a generous leave policy calculated in hours to accommodate the unique working pattern

Remote Working Policy

We offer opportunities for agile working with a mix of onsite and remote options

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Transparent Salaries
  • Generous parental leave
  • Equipment allowance
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Professional Development Budget

Our Team

We're a team of 1.5k across 18 departments:

  • engineering
  • human resources
  • business development
  • operations
  • education
  • information technology
  • media and commmunication
  • consulting
  • finance
  • +9 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • COTS software
  • SaaS
  • Team leadership
  • Stakeholder management
  • Software solutions
  • Continuous improvement
  • Commercial awareness

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