Head of Operations - Magnets

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Milton, Abingdon, United Kingdom

Posted on: 2023-11-21

Category: renewables

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About the company:

The world needs a clean and reliable source of base-load energy to develop sustainably into the future. That’s what Tokamak Energy is striving to achieve.

Tokamak Energy is a private company accelerating the development of fusion power.

Fusion – the energy source that powers the sun – is globally accepted as the best way to generate plentiful, safe, secure and clean energy. The tokamak is the most heavily researched and best understood of all the different paths to fusion.

It is now acknowledged that the spherical tokamak design offers the smallest and most cost-effective solution. This is our solution. Yet there are many complex engineering challenges that need to be overcome for demonstration and commercialisation of this technology.

Our team of world-class fusion scientists and magnet engineers is tackling these challenges to develop efficient and affordable fusion power. Our unique approach is centred on rapid innovation using the latest materials and technology – but building on decades of scientific research and experience. This strategy gives us – and the world – a faster way to fusion.

Once fusion electricity is achieved, our scalable technology could be rolled out across the world as a solution to one of humanity’s greatest challenges: clean and sustainable energy for all.

Company Background

Oxford headquartered Tokamak Energy is widely recognised as a world-leader in high temperature superconductor (HTS) magnet, design, numerical modelling, and prototyping. This expertise was borne from our path towards commercial fusion energy in developing spherical tokamaks with high HTS magnets. We have pioneered these technologies since 2012, long before their importance was widely recognised.

We believe that our HTS developments will usher in the high temperature superconductor era which will enable fusion for all and impact many other industries. Our new dedicated commercial HTS business unit, in collaboration with key manufacturing partners, is focussed on becoming the leading supplier of HTS  magnets to multiple markets. We aim to provide magnet systems for other fusion companies to accelerate that industry, as well as to address exciting new applications for HTS, including propulsion in water, air and space, renewable energy and science.

Tokamak Energy was founded in 2009 as a spin-off from the UK’s Culham Centre for Fusion Energy and currently employs a growing team of over 250 people with experts from the UK and around the world. It combines world leading scientific, engineering, industrial and commercial capabilities.  The company has 70 families of patent applications and has raised $250 million, comprising $200m from private investors  and $50m from the UK and US governments. Our US subsidiary, Tokamak Energy Inc, was established in 2019.

Come and be a part of a dynamic and innovative team who are striving to provide a solution to one of humanity’s greatest challenges: clean and sustainable energy for all.


Overview of the role

The MBU is new structure within Tokamak Energy. We want to usher in the HTS era. This is a leadership role within the MBU focused on creating and improving our operational structures to manage day-to-day activities across the unit. We recognise we are in our infancy, but we are ambitious have big plans to grow fast and make a global impact. We need a leader to help use shape our structure and processes to ensure we operate efficiently and effectively where every member of our unit is maximising the use of their key skills.


In this role, you will:

  • Lead the day to day running of the unit by understanding how the unit’s strategy enhances the pulse of the unit and removes blockers to allow our specialist teams (e.g., magnets, Business Development, applications) to focus on maximising their outputs.
  • Implement operational process to support BD and the delivery of products.
  • Lead on business-as-usual operational activities for such as magnet production, safety and quality, supply and procurement, and resourcing.
  • Develop metrics and KPIs then lead on monitoring MBU's delivery and performance.
  • Enhance our communication and sharing of information within the MBU ensuring standards, policies and procedures are used effectively to support our work towards our vision.
  • Support the MBU Magnets Lead and their direct reports to effectively plan resources and aid the recruiting and development of capability.
  • Support with the cultural change from an R&D focussed operation to a product- to-customer mindset.
  • Support with budget management for the Magnets team, including forecast, and monitoring.
  • Work closely with the TE portfolio, programme, project office and key senior stakeholders to follow best practices and ensure business efficiency.


  • Appropriate experience and proven track record of operations management, ideally within a company that took a novel technology to market
  • A great organiser and planner with experience of resource and budget setting and management.
  • An appreciation of a delivery focus and customer focus environment.
  • A good understanding of process development, IT tools and wider business governance and supporting processes.
  • A broad understanding of engineering design and/or software development processes is beneficial.
  • Experience of deep tech hardware production and delivery is beneficial.
  • Empathetic and able to form a strong network of effective relationships across the organisation.
  • Great communication skills (both oral and written) with the ability to report project status, issues and plans concisely and effectively in different forums.
  • Proactive, energetic and delivery focused and able to support and motivate the team to progress with good problem-solving skills.
  • Adaptable and resilient, with the ability to deal with ambiguity.


  • 25 days holiday (plus bank holidays and 3 festive days to be used between Christmas and the New Year)
  • Company pension scheme
  • Eligible for company share option scheme
  • Company bonus scheme, discretionary, dependant on performance
  • A range of financial benefits including death in service and critical illness cover
  • Cycle to work scheme

No terminology in the advert or job description is intended to discriminate on the grounds of a person’s age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation. Every candidate will be assessed only in accordance with their merits, qualifications and abilities to perform the duties of the job.

Important information for candidates Pre-employment screening

Please note that the appointment of the successful candidate will be subject to standard pre-employment screening, as applicable to the post. This will include right- to-work, proof of identity and references.

Data privacy

Please note that any personal data submitted to Tokamak Energy as part of the job application process will be processed in accordance with the GDPR and related UK data protection legislation, for more information regarding GDPR please see: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/guide-to-the-general-data-protection- regulation

Equality of opportunity

Entry into employment with the Tokamak Energy and progression within employment will be determined only by personal merit and the application of criteria which are related to the duties of each post and the relevant salary structure. In all cases, ability to perform the job will be the primary consideration. No applicant or member of staff shall be discriminated against because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage or civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, or sexual orientation.

Working arrangements

Please note this role does offer hybrid working, our model sets out a minimum 60% onsite / 40% home working split.

Part time working or job share options will be reviewed on an individual basis.

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