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Lead Mechanical Engineer

Kent, England, Rochester
£51600 - £77400 per annum + Performance Related Bonus
Closing date
5 Oct 2023

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About our Business

SSE Thermal is on a mission to deliver the flexible energy needed today while powering the transition to net zero. Our 600+ employees play a crucial role in keeping the lights on across the UK and Ireland and we're rising to the low-carbon challenge with our teams at the cutting-edge of vital technologies. We're developing ground-breaking carbon capture and storage projects and progressing plans for what could be the world's first hydrogen-fired power station, as well as a major hydrogen storage facility and exploring other exciting options as we decarbonise. We've already achieved a lot - but we're just getting started. As part of SSE, which is investing £24bn this decade, we're at the forefront of the energy transition - so come join us as we continue to grow and power change.

To find out more, read this blog from Catherine Raw, our Managing Director, on our critical role in delivering net zero.

About the Role

Base Location: Medway Power Station

Salary: £51,600 - £77,400 + performance related bonus of up to 15% + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

Working Pattern: Permanent | Full Time | Flexible First options available

Reporting to the Engineering Manager, the Lead Mechanical Engineer/Lead Balance of Plant Engineer will build an inclusive and high performing team, with responsibility for the management of the power station Balance of Plant assets including Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSGs), steam systems, cooling towers and pumps.

In addition to leading the Balance of Plant team, some of your other main responsibilities will include;

-Technical governance, guidance and industry best practice including compliance with the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) and statutory inspections.

-Delivery of an effective outage strategy and management of projects, optimising the planned maintenance strategy to meet with the needs of our stakeholders to maximise reliability and minimised plant downtime.

-Budget ownership and contract management of key strategic suppliers and management of our primary mechanical contract partners.

- Provide technical expertise and advice to other departments in relation to mechanical engineering, with emphasis on maximising efficiency, plant performance and safety.

These accountabilities are in relation to the mechanical Balance of Plant assets of the power station.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, we would love you to have:

-Excellent communication skills are essential and ability to successfully manage teams.

-Educated to degree level or equivalent in a mechanical engineering discipline or similar.

-Experience within a similar role in the electricity, or a equivalent engineering industry and experience of working with HRSGs and PSSR would be advantageous.

-Extensive mechanical engineering knowledge, familiar with the types of systems and equipment used in power generation.

-Have good knowledge of Health and Safety legislation and regulations in relation to mechanical systems.

-A passion for safety and successful delivery against key stakeholder requirements.

What's in it for you?

We offer an excellent package with 34 days annual leave entitlement. Enhanced maternity/paternity leave, discounted healthcare, salary sacrifice car leasing and much more, view our full benefits package on our careers site.

As an equal opportunity employer we encourage diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We encourage applicants from all protected characteristics and commit to providing any reasonable adjustments you need during the application, assessment and upon joining SSE. Search for 'Inclusion & Diversity at SSE' to find out more.

What happens now?

All applications should be made online, and I'll be back in touch after the vacancy closing date to let you know the outcome.

If you would like to discuss any working flexibly requirements or adjustments you may require throughout the recruitment and selection process, please contact Hannah on 01738 341147

Before commencing your role with SSE, you'll need to complete our pre-employment screening process. This will consist of a criminality and credit check.


We are driven by our purpose: to provide energy needed today while building a better world of energy for tomorrow.

We are a leading generator of renewable electricity and one of the largest electricity network companies in the UK.

We develop, own and operate low carbon infrastructure to support the zero-carbon transition.  This includes onshore and offshore wind, hydro power, electricity transmission and distribution grids, and efficient gas-fired generation, alongside providing energy products and services for businesses, and we have interests across Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Japan, Spain, Portugal, Denmark and Poland.

Our twin focus of practicality and inspiration is a strategy that has seen us through more than 70 years.

We are UK listed, employing 10,000 talented and skilled people and are real Living Wage and Fair Tax Mark accredited.

Because we’re SSE, and we’re for a better world of energy – for everyone.


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