Principal Mechanical Engineer

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  • Location

    Seascale, Cumbria

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    Power, Nuclear and Utilities

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    Rachel Troughton

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  • Published:

    18 days ago

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We have an excellent opportunity for a PRINCIPAL MECHANICAL ENGINEER based in Cumbria within the Nuclear Industry.

The successful Candidate will:

Lead functional input to own projects, including where relevant leading the input of other (possibly multidisciplinary) engineers and subcontractors, to ensure engineering delivery meets scope, time, cost and quality

Proactively generate value adding options within projects to offer to clients to improve both the chance of winning work and satisfaction with completed and ongoing work

Manage subcontracts to ensure cost effective, timely delivery.

Check and approve the work of more junior staff to eliminate errors and sub-optimal work

Generate and check engineering estimates and execution strategies to provide optimal solutions and eliminate errors

Establish and maintain technical standards to support quality engineering delivery

Provide functional support and guidance to more junior staff to develop both them as individuals and the capability of the team as a whole

Keep abreast of current technology so that technical input to projects takes account of new developments

Work along side and support Engineers, Designers and apprentices, and mentor other team members.

Liaise with other engineering disciplines, and in some instances lead.

Support the engineering manager in non project based activities such as writing procedures, resource planning, establishing policy, budgeting, recruitment etc, to support the drive to continuously improve and optimise the operation of the department

Be prepared to assist in the growth of the department.

Review Client specifications and documentation

Produce design estimates for the delivery of projects, and manage change control.

Undertake plant walkdowns and surveys in radiological environments.


Professionally qualified e.g. Chartered Engineer, or significant worldly experience.
Substantial relevant experience, typically at least 10 years of experience in relevant project design work
Team leadership of up to 30 people
Excellent technical skills
Site based experience
Competent in project management
Commercial awareness
Minimum 10 years relevant experience in the Nuclear Industry.
Knowledge and experience of the Sellafield design process.
Knowledge and experience of Sellafield Management System.
Demonstrate competency with the development of pipe support arrangements, and tie into stress analysis where required.
Awareness of Designer Role CDM regulatory requirements

This position is subject to the ability of the candidate to obtain as a minimum baseline personnel security standard clearance and obtain a Sellafield P4 pass.

Current possession of a P4 Sellafield pass and security clearance would be preferable.


Addresses and resolves any functional issues within a project through use of technical capability, commercial and engineering judgement, applying own or colleagues skills or generating innovative solutions as appropriate.

Addresses and resolves any potential failure on time, cost, quality in the engineering execution of a project.

Manages subcontractors to acceptable performance standards through application of technical, commercial and other project management experience.