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Principal Engineer

The National Physical Laboratory has a vacancy for a Principal Engineer

  • Closing soon
  • Closing date: 21 Jun 2021
  • United Kingdom | National Physical Laboratory
  • Date posted: 26 May 2021
  • Job type: Research facilities
  • Discipline: Engineering & instrumentation

About the role

Put simply, we set the standards by which everything is measured. In doing so, the National Physical Laboratory is helping to combat issues on a global scale such as climate change, curing diseases and the development of cutting-edge communications technology. To do what we need to do, our site infrastructure needs to be up to the job. As our Principal Engineer, you’ll provide the technical expertise that informs the technical strategy that helps shape our site infrastructure. At NPL, we touch ordinary lives in extraordinary ways and you could too.

Our site needs to work with us as we evolve, grow and build on our success. So, we have to adapt. Behind these site evolutions sits our technical strategy. Working closely with the Technical Infrastructure Manager, you’ll assist with the development and implementation of the technical strategy. This means working with facilities management to monitor and deliver infrastructure-based projects, as well as acting as the lead technical input to all site infrastructure projects. At every stage you’re looking to see that the highest quality technical solutions are applied, in a cost-effective way and within schedule. You’ll also review technical submissions, generate business cases and use your technical knowledge to appraise equipment and make recommendations for further efficiencies and compliance. What’s more, you’ll see that all safety procedures are followed and reported.  

About you

NPL develops highly-accurate metrology instruments, sensors and artefacts. We design, manufacture and deliver innovative technical solutions based on state-of-the-art measurement science and precision engineering expertise. The Instrumentation and Engineering Department supports the science areas across the whole of NPLs range of activities.

Role responsibilities

You will be involved in the full project lifecycle from capture of requirements, providing design input and oversight for assemblies, systems and installations to ensure the design is safe, functionally adequate for the defined technical specification and in line with the appropriate design codes. 

You will play a central technical role within project delivery and therefore will need to have good communication & technical management skills, to ensure that the interface with the project manager and other technical disciplines is efficient & effective.

As a Principal Engineer you will be expected to successfully lead design review meetings and contribute to the project delivery plan demonstrating strong technical and commercial awareness. The ability to develop processes and procedures to drive continuous improvement and efficiency, and to be able to work with a high degree of independence using own initiative and motivation, is required.

Essential experience

  • Degree level qualification (or equivalent) in a relevant field (Engineering, Physics).
  • Demonstrable experience of the development and delivery of complex instrumentation systems, and/or facilities, across the full engineering project lifecycle from concept and initiation to commissioning and operations.
  • Well versed in the application of appropriate engineering standards.
  • Good interpersonal, communication and influencing skills.

Desirable experience

  • Chartered Engineer or working towards.
  • Experienced in bid development, both technically and commercially.
  • Experience of team and technical leadership of Engineers and Designers.
Please note:  Applications will be reviewed, and interviews conducted throughout the duration of this advert therefore we may at any time bring the closing date forward.  We encourage all interested applicants to apply as soon as practical.

About the company

NPL and BEIS have strong commitments to diversity and equality of opportunity, and welcome applications from candidates irrespective of their background, gender, race, sexual orientation, religion, or age, providing they meet the required criteria. Applications from women, disabled and BAME candidates in particular are encouraged. All disabled candidates (as defined by the Equality Act 2010) who satisfy the minimum criteria for the role will be guaranteed an interview under the Disability Confident Scheme.

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits. NPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics’ Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.


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