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CCFE competency frameworks

Competencies represent clusters of behaviours knowledge, skills and abilities that are required to be successful in a role here. At UKAEA, we expect our employees to demonstrate these behaviours in the workplace. We have a set of competencies for all staff and additional competencies for those managing others.

Taking accountability – Accepts full responsibility for self and contribution to the organisation; committed to the delivery of work; truthful and honest; shows strong commitment to organisational success; strong personal drive for results; overcomes difficulties and doesn’t give up.

Flexibility – The ability to plan for, adapt to and work with a variety of situations, individuals and groups; understanding the need to change approach in order to meet individual, team and organisational objectives; having a positive attitude to change; ability to cope with ambiguity.

Communication and influencing – The ability to communicate effectively and influence people at all levels, both orally and in writing; implies an intention to persuade, convince, influence or impress others in order to gain their support; listens to other’s concerns and conveys information clearly and proactively.

Teamwork and co-operation – Uses interpersonal skills to work co-operatively with colleagues, internal and external partners; works pro-actively across cultures and organisational boundaries; shares information and ideas; encourages diversity of thinking.

Self-development – Openness to feedback, using feedback effectively; willing to learn from experience and aware of impact on others; pursues learning opportunities; and modifies behaviour accordingly; shows commitment to learning and development.

Innovation and curiosity – Spots opportunities; simplifies methods; generates creative solutions to work problems; finds new ways to deal with organisational challenges and issues; implements new ideas or approaches; focuses on continuous improvement; solves problems through creative thinking and identifies patterns or connections between situations.

Systematic thinking and planning – A methodical and analytical approach to problem-solving, planning and decision making; breaks down problems systematically in order to fully understand the implications; sets priorities on a rational basis.

Commercial awareness – The ability to use commercial information in buying and selling to support decision-making; demonstrates a strong financial awareness and focuses efforts on value-added activities; appropriately manages client, partner, collaborators and third party expectations; appropriately withholds information/intellectual property that has commercial value: communicates appropriately with third parties involved in commercial activity with UKAEA.

Behavioural safety – The ability to demonstrate safe working, in particular an awareness of risks and how these are managed to prevent or minimise injury or loss; taking action where risks are not properly managed.

Setting direction (Leadership) – Supports the delivery of UKAEA’s organisational objectives ,vision, mission and strategies; translates strategies into realistic and workable solutions; ensures that decisions are aligned to the organisational strategy.

Leading and developing others (Leadership) – Leads, inspires and motivates individuals and teams; provides a clear vision, sense of purpose and direction in a way that people understand and buy into; ensures that others understand how to align their efforts to UKAEA’s objectives; is approachable and supportive; tackles poor performance and encourages people to reach their full potential.

Management behavioural safety – Visibly applying UKAEA's Safety, Health and Environment policy, taking responsibility for the management of personnel ensuring their safety in the workplace, ensuring any potential environmental impacts from UKAEA's activities associated with their work are minimised in accordance with the environmental policy and procedure.