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    Operations - Engineering
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    Business Manager

Principal Mechanical Engineer

Job Requirements

Principal Mechanical Engineer

The Opportunity:
We are currently looking for a Principal Mechanical Engineer, to manage the performance of business critical engineering systems through effective technical engagement ensuring a mantra of continuous improvement.

As Principal Mechanical Engineer you will have authority for all systems within this engineering discipline and will provide technical expertise and leadership on all relevant matters. With a focus on delivering safe operations at Gatwick Airport you will be ensure that the engineering infrastructure is optimally designed, constructed and maintained.

What is the Role?

As the Principal Mechanical Engineer at Gatwick, you will:

  • Be expected to initiate and maintain extensive contacts with key engineers and officials, influencing and negotiating on critical issues.
  • Display clear leadership and collaboration on a technical and practical level with all parties, both internal and external.
  • Operate as the technical lead on GAL's Environmental Social Governance (ESG) agenda regarding Energy and Carbon reduction initiatives and supporting GAL's sustainability objectives.
  • Act as the technical lead in the design, installation, use and decommissioning of all Mechanical engineering systems across Gatwick.
  • Operate as the responsible engineer (to administer statutory schemes such as PSSR, LOLER, PUWER, ACOP L8), at a strategic level, for any activities regarding Mechanical Engineering and permits to work.
  • The Principal Engineer will also author and administer all technical standards and standard operating procedures which fall under their subject knowledge.

The mechanical engineering systems will include but are not limited to the following infrastructure across all buildings at the airport:

  • Heating, Ventilation and Cooling systems to include Natural Gas and compressed air.
  • Public Health services including all potable, domestic and sprinkler / hose reel water systems as well as above and below ground drainage.
  • Building Management Systems
  • Passenger Sensitive Equipment (PSE) including Lifts, Escalators and Passenger Conveyors (LEPC) as well as the inter-terminal transit system and suspended access equipment.

Do you have what we're looking for?

  • Chartered member of Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) with experience in the design of simple self-contained building services and centralised heating and cooling networks for major infrastructure
  • Able to understand and work with technical professionals, design consultants, regulating bodies and on-site contractors as appropriate.
  • Experience in the successful participation, planning and implementation of major capital projects.
  • Knowledge of thermal modelling, BREEAM and fluid dynamics would be advantageous to this role.
  • Understanding of how to support Gatwick to achieve its sustainability targets for energy, water and carbon
  • The individual must be able to understand and work with equipment manufacturers to influence and develop the standards for PSE.
  • Management and leadership skills.
  • Customer focused approach with strong interpersonal and stakeholder management skills

Can you demonstrate?

  • Results orientated with the ability to work collaboratively across functional teams
  • Passionate to deliver the best user experience
  • Proactive in identifying opportunities and finding commercial solutions
  • A proven leader with the ability to build and shape a team, by setting direction, developing processes, and support through coaching

Do you have the following?

  • A Mechanical Engineering degree (BEng or MEng) qualification
  • Chartered member of Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) with experience in the design of simple self-contained building services and centralised heating and cooling networks for major infrastructure

What's it like to work here

Our people tell us that working here is something special. No day is like another as there are so many moving parts that make air travel possible. And it's only possible because of the people who work here. 
We want exceptional people to help us deliver the great service our passengers have come to expect. You can be part of helping Gatwick to rebuild and grow.  

Ready to join us

Click apply and complete your application. We'll be in touch soon.
Our employees enjoy a range of personal, health and financial benefits, including annual leave as standard. 

We are passionate and committed to being an inclusive and diverse employer, encouraging different perspectives and experiences to make us a more innovative and creative workplace, whilst valuing our people for their differences and valuing them for it!

Does this sound like you?

Come join the adventure! Click apply and complete your application.

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Gatwick Airport
Gatwick Airport, Gatwick, United Kingdom, RH6 0NP

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Katie Marnell



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