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Principal Mechanical Engineer

  • Job reference: R-028275
  • Sector: Atkins
  • Location: Riyadh

The Principal Mechanical Engineer will have two primary functions in their day to day responsibilities. They are responsible, under the guidance of their respective Design Director, for the development and implementation of the highest levels of Technical Excellence within their delivery environment/specialist area throughout the design centre. In addition to this technical role, they are also charged with assuming the historical HoD responsibilities for the staff members in their nominated Design Group (circa 12-15 staff members).

As well as ensuring technical excellence and resource control, Principal Engineer are responsible for ensuring BMS protocols are carried out by their Design Group in accordance with the Atkins Design Principles. Whilst a certain level of autonomy is implied in their leadership position within a Design Group, a Principal Engineer maintains a reporting line to an associated Design Director at all times.

Outside of their Design Group, Principal Engineer are tasked with providing regional technical and enquiry/bid support for their discipline under the auspices of the Design Centre Management Team.

Main Responsibilities

  • Lead the development of technical excellence within a Design Group under the auspices of the Design Director and Head of Design Operations;
  • Manage the Design Group’s transition to a Revit (BIM) design environment, and adoption of the Atkins Design Principles;
  • Take responsibility for commercial management and technical quality of all projects within a Design Group/Project Team;
  • Ensure that a Design Group works in an integrated and innovative manner that positively contributes to the core principles and the policies set by the Design Centre Dubai Management Team;
  • Ensure that the Design Groups comply with Atkins QA/QC (BMS) procedures and facilitate the implementation of these procedures;
  • Identify technical training, development and support system requirements to the Design Director;
    Manage ITTO Proposals (as directed by the Design Director or Head of Design Operations);
  • Manage, conduct or report on a Design Group’s performance with respect to:
    • Productivity (As defined by the Design Operations Manager) and Design
    • Training
    • ITTO Budgets and Cost of Deliverables
    • Non Productive Budgets
    • Discipline
    • Performance Reviews (PDR)
    • Leave
  • Support business decisions taken by the Design Director or Head of Design Operations

External Relationships:

As specifically requested by regional commercial units, Design Director or Head of Design operations


  • Degree qualified (as a minimum) in a relevant discipline
  • Minimum 15 years post graduate experience in a Design Group core discipline
  • Member of a Chartered institution (or equivalent) with associated relevant experience
    (Specific Details to be provided by relevant Design Director)
  • Complete familiarity with all steps of the Atkins design process from pre-concept to tender/contract documentation
  • Complete familiarity with Atkins site construction documentation, forms of contract
  • Excellent team management and communication skills
  • Commercial awareness and Knowledge of the Atkins Commercial Systems
  • In depth knowledge of the Atkins BMS systems and protocols
  • Ensure compliance with ITTO and RFP instructions
  • Understands the importance of accuracy and has high attention to detail
  • Customer focused, passionate about exceeding the requirements of internal and external stakeholders
  • Develops conceptually elegant solutions in close collaboration with other specialist and design groups and prepare these for Detailed Design Development in the India GDC
  • A confident presenter of concept designs
  • Demonstrate excellent planning and time management skills
  • Adaptive influencing skills, demonstrating tact, diplomacy, persuasion and the courage to challenge

Rewards & Benefits

We offer an excellent package which includes:

  • A competitive salary
  • Accommodation allowance
  • Transportation allowance
  • Medical and life insurance cover
  • Company gratuity scheme
  • Discretionary bonus scheme
  • Annual flight allowance to point of origin
  • Employee Assistance Programme – 24 hour free advice on financial, legal and family care specialists and also access to personal health, fitness and nutrition consultants

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