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Principle Mechanical Engineer

Job Description

To provide technical and project leadership on large, complex, cross-disciplinary projects within RACE, influencing the direction of UKAEA Projects and the customer organisation. The Role holder provides specialist technical knowledge and direction in a complex field of Remote Handling in a safety regulated, high-radiation environment. They propose, define, manage, and deliver the major projects and lead the project teams. They serve as a point of authority across the multiple disciplines working on the projects (mechanical, electrical and control) and advise on technical solutions, designs and/or critical plant operational issues.


· Accountable for leading projects on major fusion systems and related technologies, from concept through to detailed design on enhancement programs for RACE's facilities as well as for future fusion devices.

· Specify and lead projects involving critical plant with site-wide implications. Such projects might be international/external.

· Accountable for ensuring timely delivery of assigned projects within specification, quality and informing and controlling project budgets. Manage all project activities and co-ordinate and deploy resources effectively.

· Authorise completion of project milestones and major documentation to ensure quality.

· Assume a position of technical expertise and lead in setting the direction of site level projects in this capacity, acting as an authority and advisor for design solutions and/or critical plant operational issues.

· Author and assist in the authorship of proposals in response to Technical Specifications including costings and schedules. Propose additional projects as well extensions and additional scope to existing projects. Ensure the risks to RACE reputation, financial position, etc are minimised.

· Develop and implement organisational as well as technical improvements. Ensure compliance with UKAEA technical control procedures and within own team to management systems, policies, and procedures.

* Competent in the application of analysis using classic and numerical methods to support design studies.

· Use engineering experience to foresee opportunities for business development, and contribute to related proposals and bids which may include submitting budgets and business cases.

· Use expertise and experience across a range of fields to analyse and critique engineering systems, recommending alternative design routes or courses of action, which may draw from an outside discipline or are truly novel.

· Build and maintain positive relationships with external parties such as European or international laboratories, universities, strategic customers or supplies, professional networks. Position and area of expertise are recognised by external parties.

· Communicate technical expertise by producing technical reports, departmental notes and journal / conference papers where relevant. Represent UKAEA in external forums. Adapt communication style to suit a broad range of situations and receivers.

· Proactively transfer knowledge. Accountable for the development of more junior engineers in areas of expertise, using Coaching and Mentoring as tools or other approaches as deemed appropriate.

* The post holder may be required to undertake any other duties that are reasonable and commensurate with this role that may not be specifically referred to in this document.

Budget Responsibility:

* Manage projects or responsible for contracts of a value of ~€5 M.

* Expected to deliver technical scope to budget and schedule.

Specific Qualifications/Experience:

* A relevant engineering degree or equivalent.

* Chartered Engineer status with a suitable professional institution.

* Ability to perform exploratory design calculations using first principles.

* Proven capability in engineering analysis and a good working knowledge of engineering materials and their properties.

* Experience with relevant environmental factors such as vacuum and transient magnetic fields.

* Good working knowledge of structural and thermal engineering, solid mechanics and engineering materials.

* Experience with working to design standards.

* Leading teams and supervising other staff.

* Good communication and technical writing skills.

* Excellent interpersonal skills.

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