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Senior Project Development Specialist

  • Job reference: EN-002339
  • Sector: Energy, Power
  • Location: Bellshill
Are you an experienced Project Development Specialist looking for your next career opportunity? This could be the role for you.

Are you interested in working for a world-leading engineering and design consultancy? If so, we’d love you to apply for this role.

Please note: The closing date for this role is Friday 28th July.

The Role
Our Energy business has been operating for over four decades and the pace of change has never been greater than it is now. These are critical times in how the world generates and uses Energy. Our Design and Engineering team is key to the multi-disciplinary design and assurance services that we provide to our Clients in the Renewables, Conventional Generation, Oil & Gas, Energy from Waste, Energy Storage and Petrochemical Markets.

Our work in Power Generation includes specialist engineering support to operating power stations as well as new power station and energy from waste developments both in the UK and further afield.

The team is involved at all stages of the project life cycle through feasibility and development, design and build, asset management, life extension, decommissioning and demolition. Our main areas of business include:

• Project development support and consultancy services including feasibility, FEED studies, owner’s / lender’s engineering services for a wide range of new build, retrofit and life extension power generation projects. This could typically include new build OCGT and CCGT stations, CHP and tri-generation, new build biomass and biomass conversion, new build supercritical coal, hydro and waste to energy plants.
• Specialist operational & maintenance technical support including: trouble-shooting, condition assessment, failure investigation, performance optimisation, legislative compliance and process safety to operational thermal power stations.

With new project opportunities, we are aiming to grow our team in the development and delivery of major capital projects in the power generation sector. This senior level post offers a challenging and rewarding opportunity to have a leading role in the development of major power generation projects and supporting a growing portfolio of new and existing clients in the UK, Europe and beyond.

You will work with the teams in our Glasgow, Bellshill and other UK offices, leading the management of multi-discipline Projects to the Energy Sector. You’ll be working closely with our Clients, completing site and client office visits in the UK and occasionally overseas; as such location is not a critical factor but you will need to be prepared to travel as the role requires. Management of large and complex multi-disciplinary consultancy assignments. Your role will include:

• Project management of large scale owner’s / lender’s engineer assignments.
• Provision of project development advice and consultancy to a wide variety of clients.
• Representing Atkins in the public arena in relation to project development.
• Liaising with wider Atkins to coordinate technical, commercial and environmental input to major power related projects.
• Maintenance and implementation of technical governance for project development. - Specification of equipment to achieve a process objective.
• Supervision of detailed design for new build power generation plant and retrofits / modifications to existing facilities.
• Review of plant equipment, systems and operating regimes to identify problems and develop improvement and upgrade plans.
• Review and assessment of plant in the role of both owner’s and bank’s engineer. - Technical due diligence assessment of assets to support potential acquisitions.
• Lead and/or support preparation of tenders and proposals.
• Write technical reports and produce/deliver presentations to a high standard in accordance with best practice
• Coordinating and organising work schedule of self and others to ensure successful delivery of defined packages of work to required technical quality within time and budget.
• Developing & mentoring of more junior members of staff.
• Developing and maintaining customer relationships.
Other aspects of the role will include supporting the growth of our capabilities in Energy through building a reputation for excellence, mentoring others, supporting business development and bidding activities.

The Person
You’ll have excellent communication, listening, stakeholder management and influencing skills. You’ll be able to manage client relationships, engage constructively with multiple stakeholders and lead delivery teams. Through your work you will also help support and shape the development of future business.

You’ll enjoy turning your hand to new challenges and will be keen to learn, whilst also wanting to support others within our diverse multi-disciplinary teams. You must also be able to successfully manage the commercial and quality performance of projects and proactively deploy a range of techniques to control delivery, cost, manage risk and change.

In addition to having excellent people and problem solving skills, you’ll also be able to demonstrate the following:
• Honours degree in relevant engineering discipline or equivalent qualifications & experience. - Chartered Engineer status (preferable).
• Extensive understanding of power generation technologies and plant.
• Substantive track record of project development and delivery.
• Ability to understand a wide range of processes through review of P&IDs, operating instructions, etc and to be able to communicate this to a variety of levels within a client organisation.
• Thorough understanding of commercial issues and financial drivers for power generation related projects.
• Project management experience and the ability to coordinate multi-disciplinary teams and develop solutions to solve complex and high impact problems.
• Thorough understanding of the stages in an engineering project – applicable both to small plant upgrade/modification and the implementation of a major new plant installation.
• Flexible approach as required for site work on new and existing power plants and applying skills in new areas.
• Excellent numeracy, written and verbal communication skills with ability to present arguments both verbally and written.
Additional Information
• Some work outside normal office hours may be necessary. Travel to and from client sites and/or temporary secondment to client’s offices may also be required.
• This is an exciting time for Atkins; we are diversifying our portfolio to become a more global organisation, whilst also continuing to grow our Energy sector in the UK. There will be opportunities for international travel and applicants with a desire for non-UK based assignments will be welcomed.
• We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. These are reviewed with individuals through an annual appraisal process. We actively support staff in achieving corporate membership of relevant institutions.

Rewards and Benefits
Please refer to our Rewards and Benefits page for details on our full benefits package.


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