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Our Vacancy

Principal Engineer – Mechanical Handling

  • Defence
  • Permanent /
  • Sunderland
  • 10/06/24
  • Hybrid work

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

Every day, our 6,500 switchers located in 12 countries (Europe, Middle East, Pacific Asia & Africa) connect their six thousand billion neurons to tackle the task of the century: switching to low-carbon energy.

We are a collective committed to the actors who are making the energy switch. Sharing our knowledge, expertise and values allows us to innovate and think differently about the energy transition.

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



  1. Lead and Manage Technical Design Packages:

    • 🎯 Set project-related objectives.
    • 📊 Manage designer performance.
    • 🔧 Provide appropriate technical management responses.
    • 💼 Serve as the Subject Matter Expert (SME) within the discipline.
  2. Ensure Comprehensive Design Documentation:

    • 📄 Ensure documentation covers the required scope of operations.
    • 📅 Meet agreed standards, schedule, and budget as specified by the Project Manager.
  3. Plan for Effective Project Implementation:

    • 🗝 Identify key factors for project success.
    • 📝 Lead the project’s technical planning process.
  4. Quality Management and Compliance:

    • ✅ Ensure adherence to effective Quality Management Arrangements.
    • 📋 Operate in compliance with the Business Management System and Technical Manual.
  5. Documentation and Records Management:

    • 🗂 Ensure all processes and activities are appropriately documented.
    • 🗃 Maintain proper records with configuration and quality controls applied.
  6. Risk Management:

    • ⚠️ Ensure staff and contractors are aware of the hazards and risks associated with their work.
    • 📢 Manage and communicate risk assessments effectively.

My profile


  • 🎓 Degree in engineering.
  • 📜 Chartered Engineer registered with the Engineering Council.
  • 🚀 Nuclear course or equivalent knowledge.
  • 🛠 Knowledge of nuclear lifting techniques and processes.
  • 🏭 Design conventional mechanical handling equipment for graving dock facilities.
  • 🔒 Control and protection systems expertise.
  • 🌍 Seismic analysis of mechanical handling systems.
  • 📈 High-integrity mechanical handling systems substantiation.

Experience Required:

  • 📚 Technical management of complex design development.
  • 🧠 Expert advice to design houses.
  • 🏗 Engineering design and safety practices.
  • 📊 Project specification, planning, and management.
  • 📜 Knowledge of Design, Health & Safety, and Quality procedures.
  • 💻 Proficiency in engineering software applications.
  • ⚓ Experience with submarine and facility design support.

Why Join the Switchers Community?

  1. Career Development:
    • 📈 Opportunities for professional growth and career advancement.
    • 🎓 Access to training programs and continuous learning.
  2. Diverse and Inclusive Workplace:

    • 🌍 Work in a multicultural and inclusive environment.
    • 🤝 Collaborate with a diverse team of experts.
  3. Impactful Projects:

    • 🏗 Contribute to high-impact projects in nuclear, energy, and infrastructure.
    • 🌱 Play a role in sustainable and future-forward initiatives.
  4. Supportive Culture:

    • 💬 Benefit from a supportive and collaborative company culture.
    • 🤗 Enjoy a workplace that values work-life balance.
  5. Global Presence:

    • 🌐 Opportunities to work on international projects.
    • ✈️ Potential for global mobility and cross-border experiences.
  6. Strong Reputation:

    • 🏆 Join a company with a strong reputation in engineering and consulting.
    • 📜 Work for a well-established and respected organization.
  7. Ethical and Sustainable Practices:

    • 🌟 Be part of a company committed to ethical practices.
    • 🌍 Contribute to projects that prioritize sustainability and environmental responsibility.
  8. Employee Benefits:

    • 💼 Competitive salary and benefits package.
    • 🏖 Comprehensive health and wellness programs.

Security Clearance:

🔒 Applicants must meet residency criteria to attain UK security clearance (minimum SC level).

Commitment to Diversity:

🌈 We promote and foster diversity, valuing skills, talent, and unique contributions.

✨ Join us to create innovative and impactful solutions together.

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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