Company: Jacobs
Skills: Mechanical Engineering
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: Warrington, England, United Kingdom

Jacobs are recruiting for a Principal Mechanical Engineer to join our Engineering Development team, which has recently won several important projects and has a host of exciting new opportunities in nuclear fusion, new reactor development, nuclear decommissioning, operational reactor maintenance and support.

As one of the fastest growing departments in CMS-I, we are regularly involved in delivering a variety of exciting bids and projects within a number of different industries and as such the ideal candidate needs to be someone with a good broad ranging technical background, who is used to taking the lead and has a demonstrable track record of contributing to projects effectively within a highly regulated environment. We are looking for candidates who can encourage and develop others in their team whilst accustomed to taking a hands-on approach.

This role will be based in our Birchwood office in the North West of the UK but there will be a need for periodic visits to client sites, as projects require.

Key Responsibilities include:

The successful candidate will support the delivery of tasks within a project and bid environment. An ideal role for an ambitious person to join a team with a strong focus on development and growth opportunities for capable individuals. Your responsibilities will be supporting various and diverse nuclear clients providing Front End Engineering Design through to full life cycle project requirements including:
  • This person must be capable of working without direct supervision and have the ability to translate a client requirement into a meaningful engineering solution.
  • Good communication and negotiation skills are essential and the aptitude to drive a team of engineers is crucial.
  • Engineering design experience is fundamental and nuclear experience is preferable but not essential.
  • Responsible for the Engineering Quality of the project delivery, ensuring compliance with client specifications and engineering standards.
  • The role works alongside the Project Manager to ensure scope changes and time are managed.
  • Responsible, in co-operation with Client Project Engineers, for the technical quality of all conceptual designs, design schemes and detail drawings and associated design documentation.
  • Maintains compliance with Engineering Standards and applicable legislation
  • To participate in Design Reviews and, where appropriate, organise such reviews. Ensure that subsequent design meets the projects' requirements.
  • Maintain the technical capability of the delivery team, identify and cover capability shortfalls.
  • Ensuring the confidentiality and security of data and information received from clients
  • Ensuring the requirements of the Health & Safety of Work act, CDM, Machineries Directive, and the COSHH regulations are understood and complied with
  • Report to the Project Management Team when project risks have been realised, or additional risks arise.
  • To be the principle focal point for liaison with Client Engineering Management Personnel
  • Maintain effective discipline.
  • Maintain an overview of the project and provide direction on project process, communications and consistency of approach
  • Promote a good working relationship



  • Educated to HNC / HND or degree in a relevant engineering discipline
  • Chartered engineering & member of an appropriate institute.
  • Demonstrable ability to communicate clearly, both verbally and in writing, and present complex arguments in a well-structured manner, suitable for a varied audience
  • Demonstrable communication skills with stakeholders both internally and externally
  • Awareness and understanding of the purpose of Safety Cases in the Nuclear industry
  • Ability to work in a team in a multidisciplinary environment, potentially in a construction site environment
  • Ability to think innovatively and solve complex problems
  • Experience of working in a safety and safety case environment within either the nuclear industry, or a similar highly regulated industry such as petrochemical or rail (preferable)
  • Knowledge and experience of the application of some or all of the following techniques would be beneficial: mechanical plant, rotating equipment, piping, structural steelwork, HVAC, building services
  • Knowledge/experience of operating in an environment with a graded approach to quality processes


  • Currently SC security clearance would be desirable