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Our Vacancy

Contract Engineering Manager

  • Nuclear
  • Permanent /
  • Bridgwater
  • 12/05/24
  • On site

Assystem is an international company with one mission: accelerate the energy transition around the world.

Finding solutions to climate change is the priority of the 21st century and means switching to low-carbon energy. At Assystem, our mission is to accelerate the energy transition worldwide. To achieve this, our 7,500 Switchers combine their historical engineering expertise and project management with digital technologies.

In our 12 countries (Europe, Middle East, Asia) of operation, we are working on the production and distribution of low-carbon electricity, through the development of nuclear and renewable energies. We are also supporting the modernisation and development of energy grids, managing the setup and siting for new transmission and distribution networks, and using hydrogen to decarbonise the transport and industry sectors.

Drawing on more than 55 years’ experience in highly regulated sectors subject to strict security and safety requirements, we provide our customers with engineering and project management services, as well as digital services and solutions to optimize the performance of complex infrastructure projects throughout their life cycle. The Group is currently ranked second in the world for nuclear engineering.

To ensure a viable, efficient, and reliable energy future for all.

Job Description

The Contract Engineering Manager has the responsibility to ensure delivery of all (or part of) the engineering, procurement, manufacturing, construction, and commissioning activities for the life cycle of the contract or work package in accordance with the overall Project schedule. To ensure planning and delivery is in accordance with all safety, quality, time, and cost parameters to meet the needs of the Project. Reports directly to a Senior Project Manager and is responsible for the direction of activities associated with the full life cycle delivery of a contract or work package assigned to them.

Principal Accountabilities:

  • Assist in securing the required resources to meet their project requirements, ensuring the maintenance of SQEP for any assigned resource and promptly identifying any personnel shortfalls or issues within their project team
  • Assist the Senior Project Manager to develop and implement strategies and plans in line with the overall programme execution plan (PEP), setting out how the programme of work will be managed, organised, and executed.
  • Maintain effective communications with all stakeholders and executing the project or PEP strategies within their contract or package of work
  • Drive the delivery of the contract or package activities to ensure they are delivered safely on time, to budget, meeting business & technical requirements. Monitor and manage the progress of the programme – track progress against milestones, deadlines, budget and provide key stakeholders with reports on these matters  
  • Anticipate, manage, and resolve issues within the contact or package. Identify risks and facilitate the resolution of all issues raised, develop, and update the programme budget
  • Ensure schedules are developed and maintained for the contract or package of work. Ensure such schedules are consistent with overall Project schedules and escalate any discrepancies
  • Ensure that lessons-learnt and knowledge-capture are practiced as business as usual.
  • Interface with other programmes to ensure a high-level view of how the total project is progressing and to identify and adopt the use of best practice
  • Ensure that contract or package contractual requirements are fulfilled

The nature of the role is to independently deliver activities in the designated contracts, while recognising and managing the impacts of the programme on the wider Project.

The Contract Engineering Manager will apply a project management approach to activities relating to design principles and system design to ensure all activities are delivered safely, to quality, budget, and schedule.

The Contract Engineering Manager is responsible for the delivery of a specific set of activities to time, cost, safety, and quality including the day-to-day management of specific contracts and the Level 3 and Level 4 schedule (Detailed Control Schedules) which provide detailed weekly and monthly work execution sequences.

The Contract Engineering Manager will be required to lead diverse project team members to deliver activities within their programme, being responsible for independently setting up and managing a near term work plan to drive the delivery of work on a week by week basis, setting up and compliance with a budget for their areas of activity; development and operation of a risk log– challenging any increase in costs and developing options to reduce cost, establishing and managing the interfaces between their work scope and the work of the other project managers, setting up and operating the quality plan and the change control for their contracts.

My profile

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience:

  • Demonstrated knowledge and understanding of Leadership and its application in complex projects.
  • Working knowledge of CDM Regulations.
  • Proficient numeracy, analytical and critical reasoning skills.
  • Proficient application of estimating, scheduling, programming, risk, and Earned Value Management tools.
  • Excellent presentation, influencing and facilitation skills.
  • Understanding the needs of nuclear quality and how nuclear quality is assured and controlled.
  • A  Degree or similar qualification in engineering, construction or related field is desirable but not essential.
  • Professional Qualification in Project Management such as APM PPQ or other recognised qualification is desirable but not essential.
  • Demonstrated project management experience in:
    • Engineering design, contract, and field execution strategies for project delivery.
    • Procurement and management of complex contracts.
    • Control of costs, risk, schedule, and change.
    • Management of commercial claims and associated negotiation experience.
  • Successful experience in engaging multi-level stakeholders including contractors, consultants, and advisors in a regulated environment.
  • Experience operating within FIDIC commercial arrangements.

Due to the nature of work to be undertaken applicants will be required to meet certain residency criteria in order to attain a minimum level of UK security clearance if not already security cleared to a minimum SC level.


Benefits include:

  • Pension scheme (8% company contribution / 4% personal contribution)
  • 25 days’ paid annual leave + bank holidays + option to buy or sell days
  • Professional fees reimbursed
  • Flexible working
  • Employee referral scheme


Hybrid remote/in-office

We are committed to equal treatment of candidates and promote, as well as foster all forms of diversity within our company. We believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds and perspectives is essential for creating innovative and impactful solutions. Skills, talent, and our people’s ability to dare are the only things that matter !. Bring your unique contributions and help us shape the future.

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