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Software Architect

Reading, Berkshire, UK
Posting live until
5 Jul 2024

Job Details

AWE is currently recruiting for an experienced Software Architect to support a team of software developers in the delivery of a new battle modelling capability.


This is an opportunity work within our Software Development team and in collaboration with our wider Physics community to provide extensive expertise, champion the agile software development method and ensure the overall functionality of the code.



Location: Aldermaston, West Berkshire - We are located between Reading and Basingstoke, with onsite parking.


Package: £60,000-£80,000 (depending on suitability and level of experience)

A relocation package may be available - terms and conditions apply.


Closing Date: 5th July 2024



As a Software Architect at AWE you will be responsible for defining and maintaining the framework of the code, defining the interfaces between the functional elements of the code and generating the tests require to validate the code.


What will you be responsible for?

  • Implement the vision of the software Capability Lead and challenge the vision, where appropriate

  • Own the development of the software to ensure that it meets the requirements

  • Define and maintain the framework of the code

  • Define the tasks for the software developers to support the agile methodology

  • Define the software verification tests

  • Remain aware of current software best practices



What knowledge/skills will you need to be considered?

Ideally, candidates will have a degree in a relevant STEM discipline at (2:1) or higher.



  • Experience of software development and delivery with a consideration for time, quality and cost

  • Leadership of software development teams for complex projects

  • Experience developing software with scientific and/or engineering applications

  • Experience developing software that emulates the function of physical systems or environments

  • 10 years C++ development in external industry

  • Working knowledge of C++ 11

  • Familiarity with FORTRAN, C#, SQL, Python

  • Experience with GitLab, Enterprise Architect and Visual Studio



  • Post graduate qualification in computer science

  • Working knowledge of C++ 20

  • Experience working in a science or technology focused environment

  • Experience developing software for scientific applications

  • Experience with coding statistical methods, e.g. Monte Carlo



What will you get from us?

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 (including Bank Holidays).

  • 9-day working fortnight - our employees have 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.

  • Family friendly policies: Maternity Leave - 39 Weeks Full Pay and Paternity Leave - 4 Weeks Full Pay.

  • 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 market leading contributory pension scheme (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 savings.

  • 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.



Important things you need to know:

  • You must be a UK citizen who has been resident in the UK for the past 10 years.
  • Interviews will be 90 minutes in length and will be held over Microsoft Teams. You will be required to prepare a 10-minute presentation in advance.

  • Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role. This will be funded by AWE.




* Agencies: Please note that we do not out-source our recruitment


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AWE plays a crucial role in national nuclear security. Working to support the defence of our country, we’re a community of creative thinkers from all kinds of backgrounds in all kinds of roles, with one clear mission – to keep everyone, our environment and everything around us safe and secure. Our role in nuclear defence and the specialist expertise we provide to the government, is vital in the defence against the most serious threats faced by the UK – and to keeping the peace. From developing the warheads for the nuclear deterrent, to providing counter-terrorism and nuclear threat reduction solutions, the work we do is of global importance.

Why work for us
What we do is unique and so are the people who work here. We are a team of around 6500 people – proud to be part of such an important mission. We are com​mitted to equality at work and to mainstreaming diversity and inclusion in everything we do. We believe that by bringing together a diverse range of people we’ll get the diversity of thought to approach challenges in new ways.

Training and development
We believe in supporting our people through long-term investment in learning and development. Alongside in-house and on-line training capabilities, we support membership of professional bodies. We also focus on building and developing leadership skills, in pursuit of our best-in-class ambition. We do this through tailored leadership development programmes, accredited by the Chartered Management Institute, designed to equip our leaders with the skills to drive performance and bring out the best in their teams.

Graduate schemes
Our two-year Evolve programme offers four career pathways: Science, Engineering, Environment, Safety, Health & Quality and Corporate & Operations. The programme is designed to be flexible, to incorporate a range of experiences as well as business needs. You’ll undertake several placements to expand your knowledge of your discipline, enabling you to develop yourself and your ongoing career. Your line manager will work with you and support you on your journey.

What we are looking for
We are always looking for high-calibre people to join our team. Whatever stage of your career, AWE is an exciting and challenging environment to develop your skills and achieve your potential. Our ambition is to create workplaces where we recognize 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. Please note that you must be a British national to apply for a role at AWE.

Reading, UK

Number of employees

Main areas of research
Nuclear defence, nuclear forensics, radiation detection, plasma physics, hydrodynamics, high-performance computing, materials science

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Computational physics, criticality scientists, experimental physics, radiation science, high-performance computing, radiation detection

Must be a British national and have resided in the UK for 10 years for our science and engineering roles 

How to apply
Please visit our website for further information

Tel +44 (0)118 981 4111

Company info
+44 0118 98 24643
AWE Aldermaston

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