About the Role

We’re looking for a knowledgeable Principal Project Engineer to join our growing Engineering team at NPL. Reporting into the Head of department, you will play a vital part in stretching our capability and taking our research to the next level. In this hybrid role you will spend approx. 2 – 3 days a week on site in Teddington, and 2 – 3 days working remotely. We value your work-life balance and are open to discuss flexible or part-time working arrangements to accommodate your needs.

As the Principal Project Engineer, you'll act as the lead technical input to all site infrastructure projects and ensuring that the highest quality technical solutions are applied, cost-effectively and within schedule. You’ll 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 ensure that all safety procedures are followed and reported. Your work will have a tangible impact on our business and the UK as a whole. You will work with a team of professionals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, celebrating the unique contributions that everyone brings to the team.

What you’ll be doing: 

  • Managing the engineering delivery of a work package or project across a broad range of technologies and disciplines
  • Working closely with internal stakeholders: 
    • To support the implementation of the NPL project delivery framework, ensuring that the quality and content of projects is appropriate, whilst respecting budgets and timescales
    • To provide engineering and strategic direction for projects or work packages and conveying their needs, risks, and successes
    • To provide the technical expertise to assist with the development and implementation of the technical strategy, helping to shape our site infrastructure
    • To monitor and deliver infrastructure-based projects
  • Producing and maintaining a suite of technical project documentation (System Engineering Management Plan, system design documentation, system requirements and technical specifications, test, and commissioning plans)
  • Delivering and executing Engineering Projects to a high standard
  • Advising the project team on technical solutions, designs and/or critical equipment operational and commissioning issues
  • Building technical specifications ready to tender the supply chain
  • Reviewing and supporting commercial opportunities and bids
About You

What you can bring to the role:

  • Previous experience of delivering projects in a regulated and high technology environment (with a focus on engineering)
  • Knowledge and experience of Systems Engineering and Requirements
  • A project management qualification
  • Excellent Stakeholder Management skills

If it sounds like you would be a good fit, we look forward to hearing from you. In return for your expertise, inclusive approach, and commitment, we will provide an attractive salary + benefits package and the chance to join a passionate and welcoming team.

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.

We actively recruit citizens of all backgrounds, but the nature of our work in specific departments means that nationality, residency and security requirements can be more tightly defined than others. You will be asked about this throughout the recruitment process.

About Us

The National Physical Laboratory (NPL) is a world-leading centre of excellence that provides cutting-edge measurement science, engineering and technology to underpin prosperity and quality of life in the UK. 

NPL and DSIT 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 black, Asian and minority ethnic 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. 

At NPL, we believe our success is a result of the diversity and talent of our people. We strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, as part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we hold memberships and accreditations to ensure we’re creating an environment where all our colleagues feel supported and welcome, please see our Diversity & Inclusion page.

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. Our values are at the heart of what we do, and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success. 

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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