Principal / Senior Engineer, Equipment, Technology and Innovation (Ref. 2020_02)

Can you help us to make waves around the world? We have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Engineer to join our team and help us drive forward our thriving wavemaker, equipment and technology business.

As a specialist water-focused consultancy, we build and test scale models to help us explore developments in the coastal and marine environments and our facilities are some of the largest in the world. To support this work, we develop specialist equipment, software and instrumentation for our engineers and scientists, and we also supply these to other facilities around the globe.

Our Equipment, Technology and Innovation group – a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers focused on developing and supplying this equipment.

We are primarily looking for an electrical based engineer, but are willing to consider a mechanical engineer who can demonstrate competency in electrical design and control systems.

Join us, and help us to develop and deliver our class-leading portfolio to international clients.

About the role

The role is multifaceted, with responsibility for delivering projects from concept through to delivery. You will take ownership of projects and manage them through all stages of the project lifecycle, including development of specifications and design solutions, procurement and commissioning. There will be opportunities for international travel, as you will be working at our clients’ sites to commission our equipment and train end users.

Innovation and customer focus are the keys to our success. You’ll work with the team on product development to allow us to continue to offer cutting edge technology, whilst also providing our clients with first class service.

We are proud of our reputation for quality, and we’ll expect you to work to our high standards, delivering projects on time and within budget. You will work directly with our suppliers and our clients, so we’d like you to demonstrate experience of working with both.

About you

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Technically inquisitive: you will help our team to innovate and deliver novel solutions for our clients.
  • Hands on: you will need a practical approach to help us resolve technical issues and meet deadlines.
  • A great communicator: you will be dealing with project teams and clients at all levels.
  • Flexible: you will be able to respond positively and adapt to changing priorities.

We would also like to see:

  • Proven project management experience: you will have at least five years’ experience of delivering electromechanical systems.
  • A degree level qualification: preferably in an electrical discipline, but would consider a mechanical degree if they can demonstrate post degree development of electrical engineering knowledge.
  • 2D & 3D drawing experience: preferably in AutoCAD or Engineering Base. Solidworks would be a bonus.
  • Good with numbers: you will need to perform engineering calculations to validate the design.
  • Language skills: excellent spoken and written English will be the minimum requirement. As we work all over the world, other languages would also be welcome.

While not essential, experience in the following technical areas would be a real bonus:

  • Electromechanical actuators
  • PLC, particularly EtherCAT based, control systems
  • MRP systems
About us

Our people are our most important asset. We are committed to recruiting and retaining staff of the highest calibre – people who have the desire and determination to succeed and be ambitious, not only for themselves but for their colleagues and clients too. We are relentless in our drive to create an exceptional working environment and we look for energy and positivity to ensure our staff remain inspired. We offer a stimulating working environment that seeks to surprise colleagues and clients with what we can achieve. We share knowledge, ideas and experience to underpin our value of working collaboratively. Our work is authentic, based on evidence and facts, and we aspire to be aware, manage, understand and master the challenges of expanding world issues and complex customer problems.

Our excellent benefits package includes:

  • A defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10% contribution from the employer (up to 15% with matched funding)
  • Life insurance x 3 salary
  • 22 days holiday, plus three days discretionary company holiday and eight bank holidays
  • Permanent health insurance
  • Flexible working hours which allows for additional leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs
  • Onsite restaurant, gym and nursery
  • Active sports and social club
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

Our head office is based at Howbery Park near Wallingford, in Oxfordshire, United Kingdom. Applications from individuals are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage or civil partnerships.

How to apply

Click the "Apply now" button below to complete our online job application form. You will need to attach a two-page CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter.

Closing date: This position will stay open until we find the right candidate.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

Contact us for more information
Sonia Tyack
Personnel Manager
+44 (0)1491 822899