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Engineering Lead/Principal

Last Updated Date:  Jan 30, 2023

Whitehaven, CMA, GB

Company:  Babcock UK

Job Information


Altrad Babcock are a market-leading provider of products and services to the energy, industrial and petrochemical sectors. Our success is built on the quality of our people, our reputation for technological expertise and best-in-class execution, and the collaborative relationships we establish with our customers. We believe in delivering exceptional value for our clients and creating unrivalled opportunities for our people.


On the back of our PPP success, we are now growing our KDP5 Framework team in both Cumbria and Gateshead, delivering another crucial, major project at Sellafield. We’re actively looking for an experienced and dedicated Principal Engineer to join our team at Westlakes, Cumbria. This particular role would suit an individual with a Mechanical Design background and in-depth experience of project constructability phases. The role holder will work closely with the wider project team, from reviewing and feeding back changes to client specifications, to constructability reviews and eventual site delivery works.


You'll be responsible for providing technical leadership to teams of Engineers across a variety of levels. You'll need extensive experience in one or more Engineering disciplines with a proven track record of leading the delivery of technical solutions & outputs. You'll lead teams of skilled engineers, taking on a supervisory role related to technical governance and execution, ensuring standards are being adhered to. You'll take accountability for the quality and delivery of work packages and project proposals and will evaluate progress and outcomes, to determine improvements. You'll be expected to contribute to innovative technology solutions at a company-wide level and will take a leading role in client services and in influencing customer decision making.


Competitive salary and Benefits Package 

Role & Responsibility


  1. Execution: Verifies and approves technical documents related to Business Operating Procedures (BOPs)/ Work Instructions (WIs) and provides technical leadership on projects, ensuring codes and standards are being used effectively and less experienced Engineers are supervised. Develop work scopes in response to customer needs and prepare man-hour estimates/ schedules/ MPP for small and medium project proposals which will enhance company turnover and profitability (margin).


  1. Governance: Modify and write BOPs as well as carrying out discipline audits and benchmark best practice to ensure continued compliance and provide extensive support to the Section Manager for competence assurance.


  1. Innovation: Drive innovative technology solutions and contribute to company-wide best practice in order to identify continuous improvement opportunities and establish work practices.


  1. Communication:  Utilise an extensive internal and external (client) relationship network of key stakeholders (DHI, product Management) and provide an expert technical support with innovative and differentiating solutions in order to influence customer decision making.


  1. People Development: Take accountability for their own personal Professional Development Record as part of Altrad Babcock’s talent management ethos. Provide technical and functional leadership, taking a supervisory role with less experienced members of staff in order to develop technical skills and behavioural competencies which will foster the next level of talent within the organisation.

Job Requirement


  1. BSc/BEng in a discipline appropriate to one or more Engineering, Science or Technical specialisms is essential. Accredited post graduate training that would satisfy the requirements of  professional registration (e.g. CEng) of a professional institution (e.g. IMechE)
  2. Extensive and appropriate experience in one or more Engineering disciplines with a proven record of achievement and delivering fit for purpose technical solutions
  3. In-depth knowledge and application of Business Operating Procedures appropriate to allotted tasks and associated documentation
  4. In-depth Knowledge and application of the requirements of UK/EU Laws and Regulations applicable to services and products associated with Competency(s)
  5. Extensive knowledge of Altrad Babcock's operating context  and wider industry (including general issues that prevail in the industry)



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