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Mechanical Engineer II

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Mechanical Engineer II

Job Title: Mechanical Engineer - Epsom

If you are an experienced Mechanical Engineer with ambition to prove and develop your delivery and leadership abilities, we are waiting for you to join our team. You’ll have exceptional stakeholder communication, people management skills and thrive on working within a dynamic and diverse project delivery environment.

We are looking for someone who doesn’t need to be told what to do next and likes nothing better than solving challenging goals. Known for your high energy, you are a natural motivator with a demonstrable aptitude for your disciplined, and innovative thinking.

Work on site or off site is your preferred balance as you excel when being busy in different ways which give you a feeling of achievement at the end of each unique day.  You find engaging with others exciting and you are always the first to liaising with clients due to your exceptional communication skills. With a nurturing yet commercial approach to ideas generation, proposition development and delivery, you clearly want to deliver - for yourself, for your organisation and for your client.
You enjoy approaching things in different ways to find the best possible fit – you love making improvements and consider different approaches, trying to find the best approach to fit whatever is the current context. You are talented and strive to play an effective role in the design of complex new schemes and projects.

However, you don't just tackle these things alone. You like to engage with others and are stimulated by encouraging others to develop and grow. You relish in explaining complex ideas, helping people to 'get it', and then watch them go on and achieve more. You want nothing more but to pass on your knowledge and experience and train part of what will be the next generation of engineers.

Building and developing relationships is a key part of who you are. Overall, you get satisfaction from building relationships, with clients and with colleagues, valuing emotional capital. You have a neck for networking that would help your team to delivery efficiently and that could also prove you have an eye to spot and push for new opportunities. You enjoy getting to know people and working out how you can have a positive impact on them — whether that's delivering something that a client needs or helping someone to progress within the organization

What you will be doing

Through this role you will be working within our Nuclear and Power business in Epsom, where you will be in a unique position of being able to engage with a range of fantastic, inspirational and challenging projects. From our office in Epsom we are involved in developing innovative solutions for our clients across the UK and further afield, opportunities include new build projects like Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C, Bradwell and UKAEA but also existing power generation assets such as Sizewell B and Dungeness.

Within this role you will be motivated to lead the delivery of mechanical engineering projects for nuclear and power stations at various stages of Engineering, Procurement, Construction, Commissioning and Decommissioning (EPCC) of a plant’s lifecycle. You will love nothing but resolving a complex practical, technical and commercial challenge as you will be able to showcase your ability to assess topics and take and justify decisions that find the appropriate balance between safety, cost, schedule and quality while using your influencing skills on projects and programmes or work directly for our clients embedded into their major programmes.

You will be demonstrating your practical grasp of engineering and apply critical improvements, modification or changes towards existing operating nuclear power stations

The opportunities we have are varied in size and nature and suit a range of project or roles. Through this, you’ll aspire to learn, whilst also wanting to support and work with others within our diverse multi-disciplinary teams and love showing your support towards the growth of our capabilities through building a reputation for excellence, mentoring others, supporting business development and bidding activities.

Our Team

With the COVID-19 pandemic, the first half of 2020 has been unprecedented in the challenges that the world and the UK nuclear industry has faced.  Despite these challenges, the UK Nuclear industry remains a key sector to deliver Net Zero and provide low carbon energy for future generations, and as such we are delighted to re-start our recruitment campaign to attract the best talent into Atkins.

Our growing New Build business of 270 people is based in Bristol, Epson and Warrington within our wider global Nuclear business. We have been involved in nuclear since the first generation of Magnox reactors, and now specialise in taking on the most challenging nuclear engineering projects and opportunities. With existing relationships with the major operators in the nuclear sector, we offer a stimulating variety of work, within a team which is still growing to meet the challenge of new nuclear build.

We are heavily involved in all aspects of Nuclear new build including Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C, Bradwell B, UKAEA and Small Modular Reactors with a growing portfolio of multi-disciplinary design. 

Atkins support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations. Our commitment to staff development is underpinned by numerous stable and long-term framework agreements with key clients.

We are one of the world’s foremost engineering and design consultancies, operating in most regions of the world, and in virtually every market. Our Mechanical Team based in Epsom is home to brilliant minds and characters and is aiming to expand in order to support the need of the growing nuclear industry and our Clients. Choosing to work for Atkins will provide you with the opportunity to engage on some of the most exciting engineering challenges of our time. Together with our rewarding and flexible packages, you’ll have the perfect balance to bring your personal and career goals to fruition.

Topics and techniques, you have experience or knowledge of may include the following:

Working in highly regulated environments

Design, installation of mechanical plant and process systems

Procurement of mechanical equipment.

Good knowledge of the relevant codes, standards and regulations, including experience of using these in practice.

Understanding of the principles of nuclear safety

Excellent technical communication skills.

Experience in the following areas would be of particular interest:

Nuclear sector experience including design, construction and decommissioning (including CDM, IOSH, supplier and contractor management).

Experience working within manufacturing industries such as aerospace, defence or automotive or equipment.

Commissioning mechanical systems

Delivery of complex technical projects and services.

You will need:

  • Degree qualified in a related Engineering related qualification.
  • Direct experience of taking full responsibility as an Engineering Lead, demonstrating accountability for quality, time, cost and technical performance parameters agreed with client.
  • Experience of leading and directing local and geographically disparate teams and resources.  Able to motivate self and teams, deal with conflict and create a strong delivery culture.
  • Hold a responsible attitude towards safety and security.
  • You have been a technical practitioner able to demonstrate good engineering judgement and with extensive experience in using fundamental engineering skills;
  • Proven record of delivering challenging projects;
  • Motivated and driven to meet delivery/cost targets without compromising quality;
  • Awareness of their own limitations, and using the help and support of others to deliver;
  • Commercial awareness
  • Leading multi-disciplinary teams
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with the desire to develop others 

    Reward & Benefits

    Please refer to our website for full details of our benefits package, which includes competitive salary package, opportunity to purchase up to 15 days additional annual leave per year on top of our standard 25 days paid annual leave. Flexible working arrangements.

    Additional Information and Benefits:

    Travel to and from client sites may be required;

    This is an exciting time for Atkins which is part of the SNC-Lavalin Group and whilst already a truly global organisation we continue to diversify our portfolio while growing our Nuclear and Power business in the UK. There will be opportunities for international travel and applicants with a desire for non-UK based assignments will be welcomed.

    Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house and well as external training for our engineers.

    ATKINS, part of the SNC Lavalin Group, is committed to having a diverse and inclusive workforce. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

    This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary, it will be discussed with you at interview. 

    If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.



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