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Senior Mechanical Engineer

Senior Mechanical Engineer

Salary Negotiable DOE


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My client who connects trade, travel, visitors, and communities locally-globally, collaborating with local and international partners to create a more seamless, smart, sustainable, and tech-enabled port.

As an international ferry port and a vital gateway for the movement of people and trade, they handle £144 billion of trade per year, 33% of UK trade in goods with the EU and welcomes millions of passengers.

Every trade, travel and visitor experience is an opportunity for connection and exchange. Our operation requires a dedicated team of people working in a diverse range of roles. We are committed to developing the skills and industry knowledge of our employees to enhance performance and support the achievement of our business objectives.

Job Summary

We'd love to hear from you if you are passionate about playing a critical part in keeping the Port running smoothly. The Ports key mechanical assets range from hydraulic systems, cranes (gantry and mobile), winch drives, fender systems, mooring systems, berth and linkspan structures.

  • Act as an internal consultant, undertaking mechanical design & assessments of both new and existing assets within the operational port environment.

  • Develop the long term strategy for maintenance and replacement, and lead on reliability assessments.

  • Monitor compliance standards in line with legislative requirements and/or best practice, auditing inspections and tests to ensure the required standards are met.

  • Oversee the mechanical inspection regime, reporting on inspection findings, and applying your critical judgement to recommend an efficient programme of maintenance and repairs to be undertaken by external contractors or the in-house Engineering team.

  • Make recommendations for the adoption of innovative approaches to achieve improvements to reliability and sustainability.

  • Support other team members of the in-house Engineering team by reviewing and commenting on design drawings and specifications.

  • Prepare technical guidance for the business, providing support and guidance to both technical and non-technical audiences, to ensure safe use of the Ports assets.

Skills and Qualifications

  • BEng/Meng (or equivalent) in appropriate Mechanical or similar discipline

  • Chartered or incorporated membership with the Institute of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE) or working towards this is desirable

  • Extensive post-graduation experience of undertaking mechanical designs and calculations

  • Experience undertaking feasibility studies, design, assessments and specifications for mechanical engineering works

  • Effective communication to technical and non-technical audiences.

  • Understanding of CDM regulations

  • Hold a valid UK driving licence


  • 5 weeks annual leave + bank holidays (pro rata)

  • Generous contributory pension scheme

  • Discretionary annual bonus scheme

  • Private Health Care

  • Life assurance

  • Employee assistance programme

  • 3rd party discounts

  • Cycle to work scheme

  • Benefits and reward platform

  • Free Parking

  • Employee volunteering scheme

All offers of employment are subject to us obtaining satisfactory references (covering all education, training, employment and unemployment in the preceding 5 years) and there will be a pre-employment medical including a Drug and Alcohol test. We need to satisfy your Right to Work in the UK.

Please be aware that all employees will be subject to background security checks in order to obtain a Dock Pass.

We value the unique differences that each of our colleagues bring to work every day and are committed to creating an environment where everyone is looking after each other and respected, included and able to perform at their best.

We are happy to discuss flexible working where possible.

Interpersonnel Recruitment is operating as an Employment Agency for our client for this particular role. By applying you give consent for your data to be handled and processed under GDPR Legislation for the purpose of your current employment search 

We are pleased to receive a significant number of applications for most roles advertised. We are therefore unable to respond to individual applicants unless shortlisted. If you have not been contacted within four weeks of the closing date you should assume you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. Interpersonnel is an equal opportunities employer. All our current vacancies are on our website


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