Westlakes Recruit are currently recruiting for an experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer to be engaged on a permanent basis within the UK nuclear defence sector. Remote working will be fully supported for the role, however, there would need to be a willingness to travel to client offices in Reading as required. The Principal Engineer provides leadership in the delivery of engineering and technical activities through the application of process, domain knowledge and experience. At this level; an experienced engineer, has a breadth of engineering knowledge & experience, resolves a range of technical issues and problems, compiles technical reports and accompanying presentations, provides, reviews and adheres to specifications in accordance with stakeholder requirements. Coaches, mentors and assists others on matters pertaining to their own discipline, developing business awareness, builds strong working relationships with stakeholders, works independently with limited technical direction or as part of a small team. Roles & Responsibilities Ensure effective management of multi discipline teams to ensure timely & efficient delivery of engineering work to meet customer agreed scope Supervise engineers/technical specialists Promote effective co-operation across Engineering and other functional teams Ensure effective management of the customer, including liaison and relationship development with existing and new customers, to aid the development of business, resolution of technical and delivery issues, and such that the customer is fully briefed and informed of progress Ensure technical management of the engineering output to ensure delivery of technical solutions in line with agreed technical scope Produce, review, verify and approve outputs including: calculations, analyses, technical reports, technical specifications and method statements Ensure that adequate review, verification and approval is undertaken on all their deliverables and for those under their direct control and supervision Ensure that procedures, codes and standards are correctly identified and applied to engineering and technical activities Ensure application of highest standards for health and safety in immediate area of responsibility and ensure all team members across engineering co-operate with respect to company standards about matters on health, safety and environment, ethics and behaviours Manage resource demands and development of capability skills to match needs of assigned work scopes Ensure project and technical audits and review are planned & executed in order to impart learning and experience as appropriate and in line with agreed standards Maintain knowledge of Industry best practice, promote a culture of engineering best practice, provide leadership and assist in driving cultural development and change Contribute to learning from experience (LfE). requirement, during and post project Support business development opportunities. Essential: Engineering degree (or equivalent qualification) in relevant engineering discipline, with significant demonstrable experience Chartered Engineer status Demonstrable experience in managing teams to deliver analysis activities on a range of project types Demonstrable experience in covering a variety of tasks across a range of complexities Excellent communications skills and the ability to interface with other disciplines Desirable: Member of relevant institute or significant demonstrable engineering experience and capable of registration with the Engineering Council Experience in managing engineering scope for Projects from concept design to full Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) Breadth and depth of experience in a range of commercial or defence projects For more information on this role or to register your interest for future job updates, please visit www.westlakesrecruit.co.uk Why We’re Different: Westlakes Recruit are a people solutions business that understands the complexities of nuclear and the importance of our clients’ mission critical objectives. Smarter, faster, more agile – we have a laser focus on nuclear, with deep sectoral knowledge. We develop nuclear talent pools before you know you need them! We do Nuclear. We only do Nuclear. We do all of Nuclear. Powering a Diverse Nuclear Future: As an equal opportunities business, we value applications from all backgrounds, cultures and abilities.