Configuration 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 scale might be daunting to some, but you’ll find it stimulating.  We’ve got a long journey that we’ve only just started and we’re looking for motivated people who can take us in the right direction.  Your role will contribute directly to that shared mission.  We won’t deceive you, in some areas we’re starting from a low base, but within ten years this organisation will look very different, and you can help make that happen.  This is a role where you’ll contribute to a legacy of national security for decades to come.

So come and join us.

We are recruiting for a Configuration Manager to deliver a configuration management service in accordance with Configuration Management Plans (CMP) that supports AWE, delivering Licence Condition (LC) 22 compliance.

Location – Reading area

Salary - £48,250 - £55,000

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

Key Accountabilities:

  • Accountable for leading, coaching & developing a team at a local level to deliver team & personal objectives safely & securely to meet our operational plans.
  • Accountable to the Lead Configuration Manager for the successful delivery of a Configuration Management Service through-life.
  • Implementing AWE CM strategy across AWE.
  • Quorate membership of Change Boards (CB).
  • Drive quality into Change Request submissions.
  • Assess the impact of change accumulation, especially to safety/risk/budget/deadline/regulations is captured and communicated.
  • Maintain a full understanding of LC22, its component parts and associated LCs.
  • Maintain and promote high personal standards in environment, safety, health, security and quality and be a great team player.
  • Additional accountabilities for this job profile may be defined and appointed through the Chief Engineer Management Arrangements, with appointees listed within the Company Design Authorities and Technical Authorities, as held in the company management system.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Management duties for embedded staff.
  • Where applicable, maintain a CM oversight of Projects that are to be delivered.
  • Work with the associated Project CM personnel to ensure through life CM aspects are understood, captured and delivered.
  • Engage with the appropriate Project personnel.
  • Manage change control procedure(s) and demonstrate adherence through status accounting.
  • Undertake an assessment of change requests, providing technical support, and provide feedback on the impact of the change to all relevant stakeholders.
  • Support and contribute to the wider information and knowledge management community and identify synergy opportunities.
  • Drive standardisation across all CB.
  • Educate the user community on the purpose and value of CM.
  • Enhance the reputation of CM improving the user experience and identify opportunities to improve the level of service - this includes managing customers.
  • Prepare input to business requests, monitor progress and manage outputs that demonstrate value for money.
  • Prepare input to budgets.
  • Contribute to wider Central CM Service learning.
  • The Company may require you to fulfil any other reasonable duties aligned to your position from time to time in line with business needs.

What you’ll need:

  • Experience in Configuration Management or relevant experience within a process change environment
  • Stakeholder Engagement & Management experience
  • Strong negotiation skills
  • CM2 or ITIL Qualifications would be beneficial

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

  • CM2
  • ITIL
  • Configuration Management
  • Process Change
  • Stakeholder Management
  • Negotiation

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