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Senior/Principal Mechanical Engineer - Derby or Birmingham

  1. Birmingham, Derby
  1. Water

Senior/Principal Mechanical Engineer - Derby or Birmingham

Senior/Principal Mechanical Engineer

JOIN Atkins, an SNC-Lavalin company, is an exciting innovative 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. Following an exciting and very successful start to AMP7 in the Water Market, the Infrastructure division is seeking a senior/principal mechanical engineer to join our expanding team. The role will be based in the Midlands region, in our Birmingham or Derby office.

We have an extensive portfolio of UK, Overseas and Globally delivered projects, helping our clients address asset creation, process improvement and plant optimisation needs. Our locally focused teams incorporate expert electrical, ICA, process, mechanical and civil engineers who provide a multidisciplinary approach to solving our clients’ problems in innovating, creative, managing, building and investing in water and wastewater infrastructure.

Role requirements:

NOTE: If you do not meet all the listed items but believe you are suitable for the role then you will still be considered.

  • Degree-qualified with a mechanical engineering bias; ideally a Chartered member of a recognised engineering institution.
  • You will have extensive UK water/wastewater industry experience.
  • You will have a blend of leadership and technical expertise.
  • You will have experience of managing and mentoring teams and/or individuals and/or projects, potentially split across disciplines and locations.
  • A developing external profile and reputation; a desire and willingness to raise the profile of oneself and the Company.
  • Willingness to contribute to and develop our technical knowledge networks.


  • Lead and/or contribute on feasibility, outline and detailed design projects.
  • Liaise with internal and external clients within the UK and worldwide.
  • Support bidding and be proactive in the winning of work.
  • Take ownership of specific ‘skill areas’ or activities within our technical knowledge networks.
  • Supporting and mentoring, with the possibility of formal line management responsibilities.
  • Contributing to new innovative ideas/ making suggestions for innovation,
  • Opportunity to present your project work at company meetings or at conferences
  • Working with and developing our digital tools and products.

Why work with us?

We value collaboration, innovation, safety and integrity.  We provide industry-leading engineering services right through the project lifecycle. Our technical networks offer exciting and fantastic opportunities for you to grow your experience, expertise and reputation amongst your peers and beyond. Our broad range of projects, extensive range of opportunities and wide pool of expert people will help you and your career grow to suit your aspirations and desires. We genuinely care about our staff, we give all staff two volunteer days each year to use, we have internal recognition schemes such as #WOW awards, where anyone can nominate colleagues for rewards at all levels of the company.

Career Development

We will help you to develop professionally and personally through a portfolio of training, mentoring schemes 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 or fellowship of relevant professional institutions that the membership fee is paid for. 

Rewards and benefits

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.

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


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