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Mechanical Engineer

England, Rochester, Kent
£45400 - £68200 per annum + Performance related bonus
Closing date
26 Apr 2024

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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 - Kent

Salary: £45,400 - £68,200 + performance related bonus + a range of benefits to support your finances, wellbeing and family.

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

Reporting to the Lead Mechanical Engineer, the Balance of Plant Mechanical Engineer will be part of an inclusive and high performing team, across disciplines and departments with responsibility for the power station Balance of Plant assets including Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSGs), steam systems, cooling towers and pumps.

Some of your other main responsibilities may include:

- Management of works to ensure a safe working environment & safe management of safety critical work.

- Supervise critical engineering tasks when these activities are performed by third parties including contractor management and coordination.

- Outage and project delivery for your plant area and optimising the maintenance strategy to meet with the needs of our customers / stakeholders.

- Completing route cause analysis, trouble shooting and finding engineering solutions to defects & driving innovation to achieve improvements in plant performance.

- Following industry best practice including compliance with the Pressure Systems Safety Regulations (PSSR) and statutory HRSG inspections.

- Work planning including scheduling outage work, ordering materials and parts, evaluation and preparing technical reports.

These accountabilities are in relation to the mechanical assets of the power plant.

What do I need?

To be considered for this role, the successful candidate must demonstrate:

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

- Educated to degree level or equivalent in a mechanical discipline, or equivalent experience.

- Extensive mechanical engineering knowledge, familiar with the types of equipment in the electricity, or a comparable engineering industry and experience of working with Heat Recovery Steam Generator (HRSG's) and Pressure System Safety Regulations (PSSR) would be advantageous.

- Have good knowledge of contract legislation, regulation relating to Health and Safety and legislation for mechanical systems. Experience in assessing competence of personnel would be advantageous.

- Good communication skills are essential, and you will have a demonstrable record of teamwork.

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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