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Senior Mechanical Engineer (Plant & Building Services)

Atomic Weapons Establishment (AWE)
Berkshire, England, Reading
£47690 - £66000 per annum + + Allowance & Excellent Benefits
Closing date
15 Jul 2024

Job Details

Working within our Facility Engineering team, we are looking to appoint an experienced Senior Mechanical Engineer to deliver professional engineering services across our plant and equipment.

This is an excellent opportunity for you to apply your expertise to deliver engineering solutions during the lifecycle of our facilities and in return receive excellent training and development to help you further your career.

Senior Mechanical Engineer (Plant & Building Services)

Location: Reading/ Basingstoke area

Salary: £47,690 - £66,000 (depending on experience) plus allowances

As part of our People Promise, AWE (one of the best 25 big companies to work for in the UK) has a range of benefits to suit you. These include:

  • Time to recharge your batteries with 270 hours of annual leave (plus every other Friday off work)

  • Consideration for flexible working arrangements so that your work may fit in with your lifestyle. Just let us know on your application if you wish to work part time

  • Opportunities for Professional Career Development that include funding for the annual membership of a relevant professional body, access to mentors and training

  • Employee Assistance Programme and Occupational Health Services

  • A generous defined contribution Group Personal Pension (we will pay between 9% and 13% of your pensionable pay depending on your own contribution)

  • Life Assurance

  • Discounts - access to savings on a wide range of everyday spending

  • Special Leave Policy including paid time off for volunteering, public service (including reserve forces) and caring for your family

  • A host of voluntary & core benefits to suit your health and wellbeing - more information available on our careers site

Key responsibilities:

  • Applying extensive expertise in mechanical building services and associated plant to oversee delivery of engineered solutions within the operational lifecycle phase. Review or originate modification packages, manage or review configured plant changes, and act as intelligent client in acquiring or specifying engineering services or products. Mentor/advise colleagues in this respect

  • Demonstrate leadership in escalating business risk or opportunities arising from the condition of engineered systems and structures in the interests of safety, regulatory compliance, quality, and reliability. Advise colleagues or senior stakeholders in this respect

  • Take ownership of engineering issues or opportunities. Plan, manage, and collaborate to deliver sound, safe solutions to enable delivery of the programme and our obligations to society. Assist Task Management in setting strategic priorities, management of resources, and ensuring compliance with our regulatory framework or process arrangements

  • Provide advice, guidance, progress reports, and supporting documentation (or review) to stakeholders including Senior Leadership, Operations Management, Process Owners, Operators, Maintainers, and Occupants. Provide, develop, and maintain extensive domain knowledge and/or extensive subject matter expertise

  • Adherence to Company Management System requirements, relevant Technical Standards & Legislation, and business controls. Capacity to advise and oversee others in this regard. Influencing or proposing development of processes. An exemplar of professional, ethical, and courteous conduct

  • Overseeing application of Maintenance & Reliability Principles; review output from Failure Modes & Effects Analysis. Analyse relevant metrics and contribute to Key Performance Indicators and other reporting as required. Assist in Reliability Centred Maintenance planning and perform Root Cause Analysis. Advise colleagues or senior stakeholders in this respect

  • Opportunity to undertake compensated and non-compensated secondary roles providing various advisory or support capabilities, in particular of senior or delegated authority nature

This role will give you the opportunity to work for one of the area's largest employers where you will have the opportunity to develop your expertise whilst making a direct and visible contribution to the successful running of our business.

Whilst NOT to be considered a checklist, we are particularly interested to hear from candidates with experience in some or all of the following:

  • Extensive experience within Mechanical building services (HVAC, water systems etc.) and industrial processes (compressed gases & pneumatics, hydraulics, steam, packaged units, lifting equipment, cryogenics), with good awareness of associated electrical & control systems

  • A good awareness of relevant legislation, supporting ACOP, best practice, and common industry standards

  • Experience within the higher hazard / regulated industries (e.g. nuclear, petro-chem, pharma etc.)

  • Experience leading projects/tasks and/or supervising, influencing or mentoring other/junior engineers or stakeholders

  • Membership of an engineering institution and/or Incorporated/Chartered Engineer or equivalent

  • Previous experience as an installer or maintainer likely beneficial, although this role is more akin to consultancy services in lieu of hands on technical tasks

We would love to hear from individuals with a minimum qualification L4 NQF (HNC) with suitable additional experience (a degree in an engineering discipline & chartership desirable), who are looking to further their career in a company that can offer superb training and development opportunities.

Candidates must be willing and able to obtain and maintain the necessary security clearance for the role and be willing and able to work in designated areas.


We’re looking for talented and ambitious people to join us in our work at the forefront of nuclear defence engineering, science and technology.

To work at AWE is to play a valuable part in keeping our country safe and secure.

Working at AWE gives you access to exceptional technologies, facilities and projects no ordinary company can provide – and the support of world-class professionals at every stage of your career.

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