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Mechanical Engineer

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

The Design Service is an in-house, fee-earning multi-disciplinary consultancy service covering a full range of construction professional services including M&E, building and quantity surveying, architecture, landscape architecture, energy management and project management and we are looking to recruit an Assistant Project / Project Officer.


The service delivers a wide range of projects across the public realm and the expanding Council’s housing self-build programme.


This service is rare if not unique in local government and this role presents an opportunity for an experienced and customer focussed professional to make a difference in a forward looking and commercially minded Council.


As a qualified Assistant Mechanical Engineer/ Mechanical Engineer you will work closely with Stakeholders and colleagues within the Design Service.


You will need to demonstrate strong programme planning & delivery, procurement & contract management skills and an ability to effectively manage budgets. You will also need to demonstrate a thorough technical knowledge and have the ability to write technical reports and schedules of works.


You will prepare programmes, budgets, risk assessments and cash flow forecasts for individual projects and manage implementation to the highest possible quality and safety standards, delivering schemes that meet the Council’s budget, design, and sustainability objectives in line with procurement and financial procedures.


On council designated projects you will provide the following from inception to completion:


  • Technical advice
  • Prepare feasibilities, tender documentation and reports and contract documentation
  • Manage payments
  • Contract administration
  • You will monitor and keep accurate records of progress on site, including a record of any variations, snagging and health and safety records.


You will need to have the following attributes:


  • Qualified Mechanical Engineer with experience in the public sector.
  • Have a compelling track record of project managing and delivering major works contracts.
  • Experience of budgeting, estimating, interim and final accounts
  • Experience of tender procedures and contract administration
  • In depth knowledge of Sustainability and alternative energy.
  • Total IT literacy with excellent written and verbal communication skills (Autocad knowledge desirable)
  • Ability to work autonomously and to tight deadlines

We are looking for individuals with a good experience of working within the field of Mechanical Engineering. Crucially, with the ability to effectively coordinate and monitor multiple programmes of work and communicate between stakeholders and clients.


You will be an excellent communicator with a positive attitude and good organisational skills; you will have the ability to follow through your work effectively and follow through to completion, with an emphasis on high standards and quality.


You will also be solutions focused and comfortable taking responsibility for tasks and delivering results. You will be expected to manage your projects, including reporting as required to the management team. Involvement in projects can be from the initial concept through to completion.


If you want to know more about this post then please telephone Isabel Dozic Frost, Business Manager (Delivery) on 07920 184567 for an informal discussion.


We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39 paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.


In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.


Indicative Recruitment Timeline:


Closing Date: Sunday 30th January 2022

Shortlisting Date: W/C Monday 31st January 2022

Interview Date: TBC


Useful Information:


All internal applicants for this secondment must seek permission from their current line manager before applying. Failure to do so may result in the secondment not being authorised.


The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.


Please note that the advertised dates for interviews may change due to the current Covid-19 situation. If they do, we will let you know as soon as possible. Your health and wellbeing is our top priority. Should you become unwell due to Covid-19 during the recruitment process we would very much appreciate receiving an update from you as soon as possible.


Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services.


The application process for this campaign is anonymised.


We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.


Important Information:


Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

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