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Principal Engineer – CCS

  1. United Kingdom
  1. Nuclear

Principal Engineer – CCS

In June 2019, the UK Government took the significant step of becoming the world’s first major economy to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by mid-century. The target now is for the UK to bring all greenhouse gas emissions to Net Zero by 2050.

A Net Zero Energy System will require the implementation of carbon capture and storage infrastructure at scale.

As one of the world’s leading engineering and design consultancies, we believe Atkins has a compelling and substantial role in advising, challenging, developing and implementing CCS projects.

As part of the SNC-Lavalin group, we have experience in the development and execution of CCS projects.

Our Energy Systems business was created to focus on Net Zero and the deployment of CCS. We support our clients across the project lifecycle and we are growing our team in order to deliver a variety of exciting, cutting edge projects.

We are looking for process engineers with a track record in CCS projects who will:

Support the development of key CCS opportunities.

Lead or support technical and project delivery.

Enhance our project and technical capability.

You will have a demonstrable track record in the CCS industry and be familiar with the various capture processes, technology and projects.

You will be passionate about the sector and understand its importance to the delivery of a net zero energy system.

The role is based within our Energy Systems business and our broader remit extends to the integration of all types of energy, its production, transportation and consumption, as such there will be a requirement to collaborate and work closely with colleagues.

You will work with a team of project and technical professionals who collaborate across disciplines to help our clients develop solutions in complex projects. Our business is diverse and therefore you will be flexible, adaptable and have a keen interest in working with a multi-disciplinary engineering team.

Development of relationships with clients, project developers and energy organisations will be essential to success and you will therefore enjoy working with others, sometimes at client sites, sometimes from our offices, and thrive on working within a collaborative and diverse project environment.

This is a great opportunity to join a high growth, high performing team in an important project delivery role.

What you’ll be doing:

As part of the Energy Systems business, you will be focused on the delivery of projects in Carbon capture and storage (CCS). This work will include:

Strategic advisory

Concept development

Technology assessment and selection



As a Principal Process Engineer, you will -

Develop and maintain relationships with our clients.

Support the development of opportunities in CCS on behalf of the Energy Systems business working with the business leadership to convert these opportunities into productive work. Therefore you can be expected to support with client engagement activities and proposal development.

Technically Lead the delivery of complex and technically challenging CCS projects across our key markets. This may be in a role of an engineering lead or technical subject matter expert.

Provide technical and project support to teams delivering to key Atkins clients.

You’ll need to have:

You’ll have excellent communication and stakeholder management skills. You’ll be able to engage constructively with multiple stakeholders and support delivery of strategic work initiatives. Through your work you will also help support and shape the development of our future business. You will have -

A degree qualification (or equivalent) in Chemical Engineering or a related discipline, and be a Chartered Engineer with a suitable engineering Institution (IChemE, etc.).

Demonstrable energy industry experience with a large part of this in the delivery of CCS projects.

Excellent interpersonal, organisational and communication skills.

Ability to build and motivate a team and demonstrate good leadership qualities. Self-motivated and able to work both independently as well as within a larger multi-discipline team.

Expertise in pre, post or oxy-combustion CCS technology.

Experience of Carbon Capture technology assessment and selection.

Experience of delivering complex projects.

Experience across the project lifecycle from concept, through FEED and implementation.

A proven track record of delivering complex technical solutions in challenging timescales.

Track record in winning work in the energy industry.

A supportive and encouraging approach to mentoring less experienced members of the team, combined with a passion for staff development.

Willingness to travel to clients' sites to assist in winning new work and delivering current projects.

A desire to be challenged and to contribute to the success of the business.

A proven track record of delivery of personal objectives.

About Us:

This is an exciting time for us – we are diversifying our portfolio to become a more global organization, while also continuing to grow our services in the Nuclear and Power New Build sector in the UK. As part of a larger SNC Lavalin global business, there will be opportunities to develop your skills and experience in the UK working across all our clients and also for international travel.

Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ and as one of the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women’. We 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.


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 program of in-house and well as external training for all of our engineers.

Rewards and Benefits:

Please refer to our Rewards and Benefits page for details on our full benefits package.

Atkins recognize that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career in engineering, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.

We are committed to providing equal opportunities and inclusion in the workforce, as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations. As an Equal Opportunities Employer, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and ability.

Security Clearance:

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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