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Life at Reaction Engines

Our mission

Unlocking the future of space access and hypersonic flight

Our values

While what we do is outstanding, how we do it, is at the heart of what matters most to us. We have taken time as a team to think long and hard about how we do business and what is important to us and our stakeholders.

It’s important that new staff take on these values and join our team in demonstrating them from the start.

We’re committed to delivering world-beating capabilities

We’re working together to build the world’s most powerful engines, which will power the world’s fastest aircraft. With disciplines and expertise across a broad spectrum of engineering and business activities, there couldn’t be a better time to join us on the journey. Read on to find out how you can join a team which is 100-strong and growing.

We're going to power the next generation of air and space vehicles

Our team of highly skilled engineers are designing, building and testing a suite of technologies for the world's most powerful aerospace propulsion system. We're collaborating with governments and industry across the globe to integrate rocket, gas turbine and ramjet hardware with our unique heat exchanger technology.
Read our Vacancies section to find out how you can be part of it.

We innovate to succeed

Reusable launch vehicles have been the dream of every space engineer since the launch of the first orbital rocket in 1957. Our team is dedicated to realising this vision through innovation and teamwork. It's at the heart of everything we do - every component we design and every milestone we hit brings us a step closer to operational spaceplanes and hypersonic vehicles. If you're talented and creative in your approach, we want you on board.

We offer an opportunity like no other

The world's most innovative engine needs the world's most innovative people. Our highly skilled and talented team collaborate to deliver with unbeatable quality and performance, We're a growing company, and if you've got what it takes you'll be recognised and rewarded. With 30 days of leave plus bank holidays, not forgetting the company pension scheme, we'll help you maintain a great work-life balance.

Enjoy work and play

We all work hard but that doesn't mean we don't know how to have fun too. We have regular company get togethers and if you like to keep in shape the sports centre offers tennis and softball tournaments, a running club and more.

Meet the Team - Baldeep, Junior Design Engineer & Sponsored Undergraduate

Since joining REL at the age of 17, I have enjoyed an exciting and innovative experience. I'm learning a multitude of hands-on engineering skills including turning, milling, hand fitting, brazing, welding, and installation & maintenance of plant equipment. I have also gained knowledge and experience in engineering design using CAD to create assemblies & manufacturing drawings, whilst using hand calculations to verify the designs. Having completed my apprenticeship, I now work within the Design team whilst studying part-time at University to work my way towards a Mechanical Engineering degree. Reaction Engines has supported me throughout my studies so far and I aim to become a chartered engineer.

For me, the key aspects that make Reaction Engines a great place to work are being part of an innovative project which will deliver ground-breaking technology, and working with a dynamic team whilst developing my knowledge in many engineering disciplines. The company’s commitment to prove this exciting technology means that no two days are the same.

In the heart of the countryside

We're based in the middle of the Oxfordshire green belt, ideally located between Oxford, Abingdon and Didcot. We're 20 minutes from the Harwell Space Gateway and half an hour from Oxford City centre. In fact, the site has transport links to the whole of the UK on its doorstep. We also operate a cycle to work scheme for bike enthusiasts. The company has been here since 2001, starting off with a lab in the Culham Innovation Centre before moving to a dedicated premises in 2014.

A UK centre of science excellence

The UK Atomic Energy Authority site is also home to some other incredible companies developing robotic handling equipment, advanced materials and manufacturing techniques, as well as next-generation. We're well catered for with an on-site coffee shop, convenience store and restaurant plus a gym, sports facilities and a nature reserve.

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