Principal Electrical Engineer

  1. Glasgow
  1. Water

Atkins, an SNC-Lavalin company, is a world-leader in engineering and design consultancy and construction; we have the breadth and depth of expertise to respond to the most technically challenging and time-critical infrastructure projects. Applying a networked management approach, and with a focus on staff empowerment, trust and agility, our fast-paced business can match your ambitions. The Infrastructure division is currently looking for a senior electrical and instrumentation, control and automation (EICA) engineer to join our mechanical, electrical and process (MEP) team in Scotland (Glasgow/ Edinburgh) and we plan to utilise your specialist skills to provide innovative multidisciplinary engineering solutions for our clients. 

The national MEP practice is a well-established, multidisciplinary, water engineering team. We have an extensive portfolio of UK and International projects, helping our clients address asset creation, process improvement and plant optimisation needs. Our locally focused teams incorporate expert process, mechanical and electrical engineers who provide a multidisciplinary approach to solving our clients’ problems in creating, managing, building and investing in water and wastewater infrastructure. 

By drawing on the experience and knowledge of our worldwide electrical and ICA engineering technical networks you will be encouraged to enhance your continuing professional development through developing and exploiting ground-breaking technological engineering advances within the water industry. From this class-leading technical foundation, your abilities will be developed to allow you to craft innovative, sustainable solutions and help us and our clients to take advantage of the digital revolution and embed resilience in our delivered solutions. And you will help us let the world know just how good you and we are at this! 

About you 
Degree-qualified and chartered, you will have the right blend of leadership skills and technical expertise to bring our solutions and projects to life. You will be positive and enthusiastic, a confident communicator at all levels, and a team player. You will have spent a high proportion of your career in the water industry and held positions of technical or project responsibility, and have a good understanding of the investment process (strategy, need, feasibility, design, realise, manage) as it relates to water utility projects. This is a productive role but you will be required to combine the delivery of projects with the management of the local MEP team. You will encourage and motivate those around you to work to your own high standards. Using your own and our technical knowledge networks you will both educate and learn from those around you. You will be happy to stretch yourself and work outside of your comfort zone when the need arises. 

Why work with us? 
As electrical and instrumentation, control and automation engineers we have a deep understanding of the current technologies implemented at treatment plants. We know that treating water and waste water to the right quality at the lowest whole life cost and carbon is fundamental. This is enabled with smart, efficient and experienced electrical and ICA engineering. Smart EICA engineering starts by understanding the fundamentals and current technology trends in the water/process engineering sector. By applying our knowledge, experience and tools we deliver innovative and cost-effective power and control solutions to our clients – these include LV (and HV) power systems, motor control centres, process instrumentation, process automation and state of the art control systems. We provide industry-leading EICA engineering services right through the project lifecycle, with value added in particular during the feasibility, outline and detailed design stages. Additionally, we provide several specialist service offerings such as systems modelling, DSEAR/ATEX and functional safety all of which differentiate our service offering and capability. 

We employ a range of proprietary and in-house developed digital tools. We create and use intelligent P+IDs, 3D designs, plant visualization and virtual reality techniques to immerse the designer and the operator in the solutions we create. We use industry leading electrical design packages and power systems analysis software. Additionally, we have our own suit of intelligent design schedules and MCC design tool all developed in-house by our engineers. 

Our people demonstrate thought leadership and align us with our clients’ values and desired outcomes at project and programme level. We champion sustainable, best value solutions and deliver them more effectively by being, individually and collectively, faster, smarter and more reliable. 

Rewards, benefits and career development 
We offer a comprehensive and competitive salary and benefits package commensurate with the role and your skills and experience. Please refer to our website for further details. Our teams work core hours although specific working hours can in the right circumstances be adjusted to suit the needs of the individual. Working locations, whilst needing to match the requirements of our work and our clients, can also be flexible if the need arises. If flexible working is essential or a preference for you, please let us know so we can discuss what possibilities may exist.

Detailed role requirements 
• Educated to degree level with an electrical engineering bias; Chartered Member of a recognised engineering institution 
• Computer-literate and able to work effectively work with the basic Microsoft suite of programmes as a minimum 
• Extensive experience within the water and/or wastewater engineering sector 
• Ability to provide a customer-focussed service. 
• Understanding of water and wastewater treatment technologies; an interest in developing and/or exploiting new and emerging technologies and techniques 
• Ability to complete assignments on time, within budget and to a high technical standard 
• A well-developed understanding of the design process 
• Ambition to manage and mentor teams and/or individuals and/or projects, potentially split across disciplines, locations and stakeholders 
• A well-developed external profile and reputation; a desire to raise the profile of oneself and the Company 
• Willingness to contribute to and develop our technical knowledge networks 
• Line management of the local MEP team 
• Business development 
• Grow the local team to support our client’s needs 
• Collaboration with the other UK MEP Team Leaders 

Personal qualities 
• Excellent interpersonal, verbal and written communication skills 
• Well-motivated, with a positive outlook and approachable manner 
• Capable of building and maintaining strong relationships with colleagues and clients 
• Ability to influence at a senior level, inside and outside of the Company 
• Ability to be flexible and to multi-task and prioritise when necessary 
• Flexible and able to work within the rest of the UK and overseas, as work demands and if necessary 
• Leadership qualities - motivational, a role model 

Responsibilities (will vary depending on project and client) 
• Asset surveys and assessments, using cutting-edge technologies and techniques as appropriate 
• Feasibility, outline and detailed electrical and ICA design work (transformers, generators, LVSB, MCC, instrumentation, PLC, SCADA, telemetry etc.) including equipment and system specifications, design schedules, drawings: SLDs, BCDs, earthing, systems architecture diagrams, user requirement specifications (URS/FDS), technical design risk assessments, P&IDs, cost and programme estimations 
• Electrical and ICA supplier design and equipment assessment and evaluation 
• Technical report writing at all stages of the project lifecycle 
• Liaison with clients within the UK and worldwide. 
• Support and/or lead bids, fee proposals or offers of service; development of activity schedules/work plans 
• Understanding of HAZOP, DSEAR, CDM, WIMES, British and European Standards and other statutory, regulatory and non-regulatory provisions and guidance 
• Development of standard and bespoke design solutions for the water industry and beyond 
• Meet and exceed our quality, programme, budgetary and H&S requirements on projects 
• Delivering projects as a part of multidisciplinary, multi-location, multi-party teams 
• Preparing profile-raising material such as technical papers and presentations to conferences, staff and clients 
• Support technical and ‘expert witness’ investigations and appraisals 
• Contributing to our technical networks, to broaden your and our skills, experience and technical reputation 
• Supporting and technically developing less experienced colleagues 
• Working with and developing new automated digital design tools 

Our technical networks offer fantastic opportunities for you to grow your experience, expertise and reputation amongst your peers and beyond. Our broad range of projects, and wide pool of expert people will help you and your career grow to suit your aspirations and desires. We will help you to develop professionally and personally through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. Your development plan will be regularly reviewed through an on-going career development process. We actively support staff who seek to achieve membership of relevant professional institutions. 

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.

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.

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