Senior Engineer - Equipment, Technology & Innovation (Ref 2021_22)

We have a fantastic opportunity for a Senior Engineer to join our Manchester team and help us advance our product portfolio and drive forward our thriving marine 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 (ET&I) group – a multi-disciplinary team of mechanical, electrical and software engineers – is focused on developing and supplying this equipment.

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

About the role

Our high-quality instruments are used by the marine research facilities worldwide to measure forces and moments on vessels and marine structures; this includes the highly-regarded Kempf and Remmers (K&R) brand which was acquired back in 2019.

Innovation and customer focus are the keys to our success.  This role will play a key part in the development of our product range, building on the K&R brand and designs associated with towing carriages to offer cutting edge technology, whilst also providing our clients with first class service.  The successful candidate will be self-motivated as they will lead in the design, fabrication and installation of this equipment, working with other members of our design team to develop the solutions required by our clients.  This equipment is precision machinery, designed to order and you will need to be able to demonstrate at least 10 years of relevant design (mechanical) experience.  Further, at least 5 years’ Project Management experience (project values > £500,000) is highly desirable.

You will support the installation and maintenance of our equipment globally, so international travel will be required.

We are proud of our reputation for quality, and we’ll expect you to work to our high standards, delivering solutions on time and within budget, whilst maintaining a safe and clean working environment.  You may work directly with both our suppliers and our clients, so please provide evidence in your application of your experience of working with both.

About you

We are looking for someone who is:

  • Technically inquisitive: you will enjoy innovating and delivering novel solutions.
  • Hands on: you will need a practical approach to help us resolve technical issues and meet deadlines.
  • A great communicator: you will need to be able to communicate design ideas and intent effectively with project teams and clients at all levels from around the world. 
  • Flexible: you will be able to work across multiple projects, responding positively and adapt to potentially changing priorities.

We would also like to see:

  • A degree level qualification or higher: First Class or Upper Second Class in an engineering discipline.
  • Relevant experience: 10 years relevant engineering experience + 5 years project management. Able to demonstrate understanding of:
    • rotating machinery and bearing design;
    • design for manufacture;
    • geometric dimensioning and tolerancing;
    • material and component selection for aggressive environments;
    • developing inspection, testing, validation and acceptance plans.
  • Membership of a professional body: IMechE or equivalent
  • CE Machinery Directive: previous experience of application / assessment of the machinery directive.
  • SolidWorks: competent user able to create parts, assemblies and drawings as well as being able to review designs.
  • Technically competent: ability to perform calculations to justify design and confirm analysis results.
  • Language skills: excellent spoken and written English.  Also, as we work all over the world, other languages would be welcome.

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

  • EtherCAT based control systems or Ethernet networks
About us

We deliver smart solutions wherever water interacts with people, infrastructure and the environment. Our specialist research and consultancy services help to protect vulnerable communities improve lives and create resilience in the built and natural environments.

It’s our exceptional people that make us who we are. A diverse range of individuals, we work together to push the boundaries of conventional thinking. We are innovators, bridging the gap between academia and industry. As a not-for-profit company, we don’t have shareholders; instead our profits are used to fuel our research and to develop our people, our tools and our technology. We value the independence this brings us; we have the freedom to make decisions that sustain our colleagues, our business and our environment in the long term, creating a company that we are all proud to be part of.

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.

Additional Information

Our excellent benefits package includes:

  • A defined contribution pension scheme (subject to eligibility criteria)
  • Life insurance x 3 salary (subject to eligibility criteria)
  • 24 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

The successful candidate must, by the start of the employment, have permission to work in the UK. As part of our process of recruitment you will need to satisfy certain conditions of employment such as the right to work in the UK; and provide appropriate documentation to verify ID, nationality, employment and/or academic history. If you don’t already have the legal right to work in the UK, you are still welcome to apply for a job with HR Wallingford. 

We strongly recommend that you use the Home Office website to review the legal requirements of working in the UK as this will give you an indication of whether you may be eligible to work in the UK under the Points Based System (PBS) for immigration.

How to apply

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

Closing date: This vacancy 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. For more information, read our privacy notice for job applicants


Contact us for more information
Sharon Draper
Sharon Draper
Personnel Advisor
+44 (0)1491 822899