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Project Engineer

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Project Engineer

Job Title: Project Engineer – Epsom

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

Work on site or off site is your preferred balance as you excel when being flexible and 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 by thinking independently and as part of a group and are sometimes challenging things that are always done the same way. You are talented and you want to play an effective role in the design of complex new schemes and projects.

However, you don't just tackle these things alone. You 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. 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 some fantastic, inspirational and challenging projects. From our office in Epsom we are involved in developing innovative, practical solutions for our clients across the UK and further afield, some of which are new build projects like Hinkley Point C, Sizewell C, Bradwell and UKAEA but also existing Infrastructure assets such as Sizewell B and Dungeness.

Within this role you will be motivated to lead and assure the longevity and integrity of existing infrastructure. As a Project Engineer, you will assess technical work, make technical recommendations, make recommendations on behalf of Client, working from Pre-concept through to Detailed Design, through to Installation and Commissioning, experiencing the full life cycle of the project. 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 technical, 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.

The opportunities we have are varied in size and nature of backgrounds and experience levels. Through this, you’ll aspire to learn, on your own or whilst supporting 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 Engineering 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:

How to work and manage work safely on construction sites, including risk assessment techniques.

Relevant international and national legislation and regulatory philosophies, practice, requirements and guidance for nuclear licensed sites, including the importance of construction quality assurance.

Relevant construction site tools including testing, sampling and surveying equipment.

Design philosophy and critical design aspects supported by experience working on design projects.

Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2015.

Project requirements including balancing time, quality and budget.

Commercial awareness including construction contract type, terms and conditions.

Acts as a nuclear professional at all times and supports a positive nuclear safety, security, quality and environmental culture.

Aware of site and worker culture, and how to adapt behaviours to work safely and effectively.

Aware of roles and responsibilities of different construction site staff and organisations.

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) with an orientation to civil / process / EC&I, plant or safety case nuclear experience.

Experience working within manufacturing industries such as aerospace, defence or automotive or equipment (Construction implementation, plant or manufacturing experience

You will need:

  • Degree qualified in a related Engineering or Science based discipline, or hold a professional Project Management 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.
  • Ability to support the development of client relationships and to win work, or secure additional funding (as appropriate), through bidding/sales/marketing/presentation.
  • Willing to challenge and be challenged to uphold the highest standards of safety and construction assurance.
  • Assertive and able to communicate effectively and defend decisions in adversarial environments.
  • 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;
  • Experience of 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;
  • 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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