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Chief Mechanical Engineer/Technical Director

  • Job reference: AD-000799
  • Sector: Defence, Energy, Marine & Coastal, Nuclear, Oil & Gas, Power
  • Location: Bristol, Aldershot, Epsom, London, Silchester
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Why not...

Atkins Mechanical and Facilities Engineering team within our Advanced Engineering and Technology practice is currently expanding to meet strong demand from its main clients. The team’s work supports key Defence 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 Defence establishments. We also deliver a significant amount of work outside the Defence industry, making use of our strong design and analytical skills and knowledge to deliver projects for other internal or external clients. Engineers working within the team therefore have the opportunity to challenge themselves through delivering interesting and varied projects for a range of different clients and industries.

Due to this expansion, we are looking for a highly experienced Mechanical Engineer to provide technical leadership and develop client relationships.


The role can be based in a variety of Atkins offices. A large proportion of time will be spent in the Bristol and Silchester offices and travel to various client’s sites around the country is required. Flexibility on work location is therefore a pre-requisite, with a willingness to undertake secondments to other sites beneficial.


Atkins Aerospace, Defence, Security and Technology (ADS&T) business is a technical consultancy, and we provide advice and engineering expertise to public, regulated and private sector clients.

We deliver a range of services including P3M and Business Consulting, Asset Assurance, Safety, Mechanical Design & Analysis and Technology Consulting, Communications and Systems into the Aerospace, Defence, Security & Intelligence, and Civil Government and Infrastructure markets.

The responsibilities

• Provide strong technical representation for Atkins to clients providing reassurance of Atkins’ technical ability and the overall quality of the work delivered.
• Take responsibility for the internal technical governance and quality of all deliverables to several major clients.
• Give technical leadership and oversee a wide group of project teams delivering to a number of key Atkins clients.
• Guide, mentor and support senior engineers and teams of engineers working under your purview.
• Provide suitable guidance and judgement regarding methods, approaches, standards, best practice
• Support bidding activities and the production of detailed proposal documents from a technical perspective with responsibility for final technical sign-off of proposal documents.
• Manage task delivery against Time, Cost and Quality requirements.
• Support our design/engineering process through reviewing and checking colleagues’ work.
• Develop and maintain senior technical relationships with key clients, including leading presentations and developing solutions to their problems with them.
Take an active role in the strategic development of the Mechanical Design and Analysis team and their technical capability.

The requirements

• Degree-qualified or equivalent in Mechanical Engineering or a related discipline, and preferably a Fellow Level Engineer with a suitable engineering Institution (IMechE, IStructE, etc.).

Essential Criteria

• Strong interpersonal skills
• Leadership skills with specific experience of managing mechanical engineering design teams.
• Experience of working in the defence/nuclear sector with knowledge of the related design processes and procedures.
Knowledge of the nuclear safety systems design and safety case appreciation.
o Nuclear engineering and the design substantiation process experience
o Extensive experience of delivering complex infrastructure projects across a variety of different disciplines.
o The ability and experience to advise clients on mechanical handling systems and large infrastructure projects
• The ability to apply existing technical expertise and a sound understanding of mechanical engineering principles across varied projects and domains.
• Experience of cradle to grave design from requirements capture through options development, concept design, scheme design, detailed design and manufacture through to installation, testing and commissioning.
• A proven track record of delivering complex technical solutions in challenging timescales.
• Willingness to travel to clients’ sites around the country to assist in winning new work and delivering current projects.
• A desire to be challenged and to contribute to the success of the business.

Desirable Criteria 

• Experience in the following technical areas is desirable:
• Stress analysis
• Computer Aided Design
• Mechanical handling systems e.g. cranes, hoists, pressure systems etc.
• Nuclear engineering and the design substantiation process. 

The benefits

Please refer to our website for details on our full benefits package which includes the opportunity to purchase up to 15 days extra annual leave per year.


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.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

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