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Current Opportunities

Associate Mechanical Engineer

Position/Title:        Associate Mechanical Engineer

Department:         Design team

Reporting to:        Divisional Director

Location:                Head Office, Stevenage


Purpose/Main Functions of Position:

A key position within the design team intended to provide a high degree of technical expertise and design-management skills in building services engineering, from inception through to completion.

The Associate Mechanical Engineer shall be degree qualified in a relevant field of engineering and shall either be a chartered member of The Engineering Council (UK), or working towards obtaining chartered status. The role holder shall have a strong background in the design and design-management of building services engineering, particularly in business-critical environments, through all RIBA stages.

Whilst the Associate Mechanical Engineer will have a bias towards an engineering discipline (mechanical or electrical), he or she will be capable of acting as lead-designer in managing a multidisciplinary design team, (incl. outsourced resource), through the whole lifecycle of a project.

This person will be engaged in supporting the other JCA Engineering divisions, as well as producing, managing and delivering consultancy-based solutions to clients. In liaison with the Divisional Director, the role holder shall be responsible for the development of project bids, contracts, resource and fee forecasting.

The Associate Mechanical Engineer will at all times portray the business in a positive manner ensuring all activities remain professional and ethical at all times.

Role and responsibilities:

  • Design, plan and coordinate projects through all RIBA Stages.
  • Maintain a working knowledge of appropriate engineering and industry standards.
  • Manage and co-ordinate design project teams, including any external design resource.
  • Attend client and stakeholder meetings, including presenting and justifying proposals.
  • Build working relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Close liaison with the delivery teams to ensure technical accuracy at construction stage.
  • Actively oversee any key site-based operations that warrant a high level of technical expertise be present.
  • Liaison with the other divisions with JCA engineering such as the Estimating department, as required.
  • Checking and quality assurance of designs developed by others, including outsourced resource.
  • Ensuring that the designs and proposals meet legislative and statutory requirements.
  • Mentor, guide and support less experienced members of the design team.
  • Development of fee proposals and financial management of project team, including sub-consultants, through the whole project life-cycle.
  • Ensure that the company’s Health, Safety & Environmental policies and procedures are constantly adhered to in all aspects of building services design.
  • Be conversant with the company standards, associated guidance manuals and technical standards, regulations relevant to the design & technical engineering needs of the Company.


Skills, knowledge and competencies required:

  • Degree qualified in a relevant field of engineering.
  • At least 8 years’ post-graduate experience within Mechanical Engineering Design within the built environment.
  • Working knowledge with statutory and industry guidelines such as British Standards and CIBSE guidelines.
  • Experience working in a client-facing role.
  • Good commercial awareness.
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of a high degree of technical and design-management expertise.


Desirable skills, knowledge and competencies:

  • Data Centre experience.
  • Chartership or working towards Chartership with a relevant institution.


You will also be asked to undertake projects and any other duties, which reasonably fall within the scope of the position and you will also need to demonstrate capacity to develop within the role and take responsibility for driving own professional development.

In addition to the duties and responsibilities listed, the jobholder is required to carry out such other duties as may be required and as may be assigned by the management team from time to time.

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