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Assistant Project Manager

  • Job reference: EN-002429
  • Sector: Energy, Nuclear
  • Location: Derby
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Why not...

We are seeking an Assistant Project Manager with a strong background in Mechanical Engineering to join our Energy team in Derby.

Are you interested in a project management career opportunity within the Energy sector? This could be the role for you.

The Role

As part of our Energy business you will lead the delivery of Atkins technical projects and programmes, with accountability for the complete project life cycle; from developing project proposals through project execution and project completion, to the subsequent identification and growth of future business opportunities.

The role will entail a broad range of both client and internal Atkins business interactions. Through your role as a project manager you will have the opportunity to lead multidisciplinary technical teams engaged in a range of consulting activities on behalf of our clients.

Working closely with our clients, you will capture project requirements. Subsequently working with Atkins teams you will be responsible for the development of plans, bids and solutions to meet these needs. You will proactively manage all aspects of projects delivery, including forecasting, control, change management, risk management and reporting on project progress. You will be accountable for instilling client confidence in Atkins’ project delivery through your professionalism and care.

Other key aspects of the role include working with line managers to secure and develop resources required to deliver tasks, and initiating and managing projects in line with Atkins internal Business Management System processes. You will support the development, implementation and sharing of best practice for project management. You will also support our operational management through project financial planning & reporting, resourcing and management of cash flow within projects.

The Team

The Derby Energy team’s work supports a number of key nuclear programmes including the UK Submarine programme (both in-service and next generation vessels, as well as dockyard equipment and facilities) and high integrity structures for new nuclear establishments. We also deliver work to the wider Energy industry, making use of our strong design and analytical skills to deliver projects for other internal or external clients. Joining our team gives you the opportunity to challenge yourself through delivering interesting and varied projects for a range of different clients and industries.

The Person

During your early career you will have developed a strong foundation in Mechanical Engineering. You will have excellent communication, listening, stakeholder management and influencing skills, and will be able to manage client relationships, engage constructively with multiple stakeholders and lead delivery teams. You’re confident, having dealt with complex client interactions, and motivated, with a desire to be challenged and to contribute to the success of the business. You have a responsible attitude towards safety and security.

Your experience will be throughout the complete project lifecycle. You’ll have direct experience of applying a range of project management principles and skills to deliver successful project outcomes, with specific examples of managing complex technical challenges, and, direct accountability for quality, time, cost and technical performance of engineering projects.

You will be able to demonstrate the following:
  • Degree qualified in Mechanical Engineering or related discipline. 
The following additional requirements are desirable:
  • Chartered Engineer, or in the advanced stages of working towards this.
  • Hold a professional project or programme management related qualification.
  • Nuclear sector experience including mechanical design and analysis.
  • Delivery of complex technical consultancy projects and services.
Although the team is based in Derby, the wider Energy business has locations around the country, and opportunities also exist at various client sites. Flexibility on work location and a willingness to undertake secondments to other sites is beneficial.

About Us

Atkins is ranked as one of ‘The Sunday Times 25 Best Big Companies to Work For’ and as one of the ‘The Times Top 50 Employers for Women 2015’. We support flexible working and equal opportunities as we believe that diverse teams provide the best mix of interpersonal and technical skills needed to exceed our customers’ expectations

We are one of the world’s foremost engineering and design consultancies, operating in virtually every region of the world, in virtually every market. Choosing to work for Atkins will provide you with the opportunity to engage on some of the most exciting engineering challenges of our time. Together with our rewarding and flexible packages, you’ll have the perfect balance to bring your personal and career goals to fruition.

Additional Information
  • Successful candidates will be required to undergo a security vetting process and offers of employment will be subject to relevant security clearance being granted.
  • Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development courses designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have a programme of in-house and external training for all of our staff. 

Reward & Benefits

Please refer to our website for full details of our benefits package, which includes the opportunity to purchase up to 15 days additional annual leave per year on top of our standard 25 days paid annual leave. Flexible working options will be considered for this vacancy.


This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance.  If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

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