The Future is Fusion.
Our brief was to design a Global Total Talent Solution to implement across permanent, temporary and contract hires. Bond Talent Partners then support all business units from Engineering & Physics to Project Management & IT bringing domain expert knowledge to help the managers achieve their hiring goals.
It’s not every day you get the opportunity to partner with an organisation on a mission to change the way the world generates energy – forever. Fusion Power has been the nemesis of Scientists for over 50 years and we are excited to play our part in this mission to generate clean energy by the 2030s.
About working with Tokamak Energy
At Bond, we are passionate about clever engineering and align ourselves with partners who are helping un-f*ck our planet.
After all, there is no planet B!
In early 2022 Tokamak Energy demonstrated a world-first by reaching a plasma temperature of 100 million degrees Celsius in their ST40 spherical tokamak, the threshold required for commercial fusion energy.
That is 6.7 times hotter than the centre of the sun!
ST80-HTS, with build completion planned in 2026, will be the world’s first high field spherical tokamak to demonstrate the full potential of high temperature superconducting magnets.
ST80-HTS will also demonstrate multiple advanced technologies required for fusion energy and inform the design of TEs fusion pilot plant, ST-E1. This in turn will demonstrate the capability to deliver electricity into the grid in the early 2030s, producing up to 200 MW of net electrical power
Bond Talent Partners are the longest serving members of the People and HR team:
When you need to find Neutral Beam Physicists, Cryogenics Systems Engineers and Plasma Physicists in a rapid scale up environment it’s clear a traditional talent strategy may not be fit for purpose. To date we have seen Tokamak Energy grow from a team of 70 to a team of 211.
Year 1 – foundations:
Re-building the HR and Talent function collaboratively from scratch:
- HR/Talent process re-design for scale
- Implementation of data in all decision making
- International hiring strategy
- Hiring Manager training and workshops
- Talent User Research. (Hiring Managers, New Starters, Candidate Rejections)
- 85 hires
- 97% retention rate
- 38% Cost Saving
Year 2 – growth:
Finding the sharpest minds in the world is a challenge we relish. Achieved through paired sourcing sessions with existing team, ultra specialism design and integration search terms and wading through Tritium papers / academic research.
Leading to mission critical hires:
- Chief Engineer for the next reactor (4 or 5 people in the World with the requisite experience)
- Head of Reactor Fuel Systems (4 people in the world) building out the team with him
- Team of 7 plasma physicists grown to a team of 30
TE asked Bond to represent the company at the University of York / White Rose Industrial Physics Academy 2022 Recruitment Fair as we were the ‘logical choice’ internally & externally to bring fusion energy & Tokamak Energy to life for 1100 Physics students, from Bachelors to PhD level.
We have supported other key projects on behalf of TE:
- National labs based in US, launching operations to benefit from the US tax systems
- Created links with academic institutions in the UK and across Europe
- Women in Engineering events
ATS Implementation Project:
Through the ATS implementation, the internal recruitment function and capability is a legacy we will leave behind. 50% of hires now come through ad responses. Supported by their EVP which we helped shape and bring to life.
hires via ad responses (0% before)
down from 41.5 days
down from 84.7 days