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

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Working at AWE

We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

If you’re looking for a role with excitement, intrigue and something that really makes a difference then now is the time to join AWE. We are at the start of a once in a generation – possibly two generations – programme to design and produce a replacement warhead for the UK’s continuous at sea deterrent. We will do this while continuing to deliver the Trident programme as well as managing ambitious state-of-the-art capital and construction projects – some of which have never been done before.

We are currently recruiting right across the business: from technical roles in engineering, science, manufacturing and industrial work to business roles in areas such as IT, project management/ controls, commercial, human resources and facilities management. We also have our Evolve graduate programme, or you may be interested in an apprenticeship with our award-winning Skills Academy.

What we do is vital to national nuclear security. Keeping our nation, everyone, our environment and everything around us safe and secure is a top priority for us. So, as you would expect, that brings with it a high level of safety and security that you will see across our sites and in how everyone who works here operates.

You’ll need to be a British National and have resided in the UK for the past five years for SC clearance (and ten years for DV). We may consider dual nationality for certain roles.

A community

A positive and inclusive environment where a diverse group of people take pride in their work and in maintaining a strong community.

A Fair Deal

A modern, consistent and sustainable approach to reward across our business.

Part of the Conversation

Strong alignment with our mission. Being listened to as well as communicated with.

An Important Contribution

Making a real difference, both nationally and locally – protecting national security and giving back to the community.


An environment where people can learn, grow and contribute to unique services and products.

Career Opportunities

Science opportunities

If you’re looking for a fresh challenge, then why not join us at one of the UK’s largest high technology research and development sites.

Engineering opportunities

At AWE, you can have a rewarding career in a host of engineering roles to suit your core skills. Over the years, we have invested heavily in our sites and facilities and today, job opportunities have grown across the business in support of our work defending the nation.

Business Services opportunities

Like any business, our business support teams ensure we run smoothly and effectively. And we have lots of opportunities available across our support services from Human Resources and Project Management to Finance and Information Technology.

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Tech Stack

Our tech stack includes, but is not limited to:

Our Benefits

Time off

  • 270 hours’ leave a year
  • Allowance for Bank Holidays

Personal and professional support

  • Exceptional work-related and professional development opportunities
  • Support to gain a relevant professional qualification
  • Funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body

The AWE working pattern

  • We operate a 9-day working fortnight, which means our sites close every other Friday.

Financial Wellness

  • Competitive salary and regular pay reviews
  • AWE Group Personal Pension plan

Wellbeing benefits

  • AWE Life Insurance
  • Financial and Wellbeing Services
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Employee Discount scheme
  • Agile and flexible working
  • Cycle to Work



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