Blue Pebbles

Principal Mechanical Engineer

Vacancy Title: Principal Mechanical Engineer
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Ellesmere Port
Salary: Competitive
Start Date: 2024-05-08
REF: J91978787
Contact Name: Jack Elliott
Contact Email:
Vacancy Published: 15 days ago

Vacancy Description

Principal Mechanical Engineer (Chartered Engineer)

Location: Chester
Hours: Hours - 38 + Duty Rota applies so one in eight rotations, this is paid for

Very Competitive Salary + Excellent Benefits including car, 10% pension, 15% bonus.

About the Company
Our client is a leading UK-focused downstream energy company whose main asset is their Manufacturing Complex, one of the most advanced refineries in Europe and situated close to the major cities of Liverpool and Manchester. The site is a national asset, annually producing over 16% of the UK's Road transport fuels, while playing an important part in Britain's petrochemical industry by providing key feedstocks.

The Role
We currently have an exciting opportunity for a dynamic and experienced individual to join our client's Engineering department as a Principal Mechanical Engineer.

The role will require you to act as the Subject Matter Expert for Mechanical Engineering support principally to the Asset Production Unit (PU). There is also a requirement for the role holder to line Manage responsibility for the PU based Mechanical engineering team and provide Engineering Technical Assurance to specific PU/Maintenance/Inspection organisations for all aspects involving mechanical assets. The role will be responsible for the development of the PUs annual Non-Standard Revenue Expenditure (NSR) - typically $3.5mln per year.

Primary Accountabilities:
Mechanical Engineering Design, Operational Support and Execution

• Lead in the provision of visible day to day Mechanical Engineering support to Operations, Maintenance and Technology to optimise Plant availability, performance, equipment reliability and cost, and ensure compliance to good engineering standards.
• Lead in the provision providing engineering assurance for the Production Unit with regards to the management of Corrective Action Inspection Request and Inspection events, with responsibility to ensure all activity deferrals for Category 1 CAIRs and Inspection events are managed in line with the required processes.
• Responsible for the Production Unit's Reliability Centred Maintenance process, both for new build and existing assets.
• Responsible for the evergreening' of the RCM database and the consequential PM schedules.
• Responsible for development/'evergreening' of Unit LIFE Plans.
• Maintain focus on providing dedicated day to day Mechanical engineering support to Production Units, whilst ensuring the longer-term asset engineering aspects of the role are maintained and acted upon in a timely manner.
• Provide out of normal working hour support and be part of a site duty rota.

Strategic Development and Monitoring Planning:
• Responsible for development and maintenance of a 5-year Non-Standard Revenue Expenditure Plan, including budget management and justification aspects (typically $3.5mln per year).
• To undertake roles/ actions as defined in the Site's RACI matrix.
• Acts as PU Focal Point for Capex projects. Responsible for developing 5-year capex plan.
• Work closely with the PU Manager in translating engineering strategy and Life Plans into specific Production Unit delivery.

Health, Safety and Compliance:
• To undertake actions for critical equipment asset assurance as defined by the Production Unit's COMAH Safety Case.
• Manage the Production Units Management of Change (MOC) process to ensure compliance with PU and site KPIs.

Leadership and Team Management

• Develop and coach subordinates to ensure the broadening and deepening of their skill base and act as role model.
• Drive a culture of safe and reliable delivery through the Team.
• Support ongoing Professional Development throughout the Team
• Actively support and input into Graduates Programmes and Chartership Development
• Work with the wider Principal Engineers within to ensure there are coherence and effective communications across the Engineering discipline.
• Lead the Production Unit Mechanical Engineering Team on a day-to-day basis whilst ensuring delivery against Site objectives. (Performance and line management)

About You


• Essential- Relevant Mechanical Engineering Degree
• Essential- Chartered Engineer

• Substantial working knowledge of Petro-chemical process equipment, safety procedures and systems.
• Substantial experience in working as member of multi-disciplined as well as single discipline teams.
• Experience of working on an upper Tier COMAH site is essential for the role
• Experience would ideally consist of both static and rotating equipment however static is essential.
• Proven experience in leading Mechanical Engineering Teams.
• Proven experience of delivery and overcoming problems in a complex environment.
• Proven experience of previously working at a similar level.

Skills and Attributes

• Strong analytical and problem-solving skills.
• Strong ability to multitask and oversee multiple projects at once.
• Clear ability to see the bigger picture' of the organisation's requirements.
• Experience in developing a team that delivers in line with the Company objectives.
• Experienced in coaching and mentoring teams, including developing talent through Chartered Status.
• Strong communicator, who can concisely evaluate a problem and resolution to a range of people, up to and including Chief Executive Officer Level.
• Has the ability to professionally challenge.
• This role is required to be or become a Nominated Engineer (Management of Change signatory).
• In this role it is preferred that you already be or become an Authorised Engineer (Permit Signatory).

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