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Senior / Principal Mechanical Engineer

Building Services - Mechanical

We are an independent firm of designers, planners, engineers, consultants and technical specialists offering a broad range of professional services. Through our work, we make a positive difference in the world.  

The Role  

We are seeking an experienced mechanical engineer to join our 80 strong buildings team in Newcastle, part of our 190 strong Buildings North region covering the North East of England, Scotland and Northern Ireland. Our current portfolio of projects include local, national and international projects across a range of sectors including data centres, science and industry, commercial, residential and healthcare projects. We put sustainability at the heart of all our projects and are committed to shaping a low carbon future. 

Our Mission Critical offering is focused largely on the Data Centre and Financial Services sectors. We have seen significant growth over the last few years and this has created the opportunity for a Senior Data Centre focused Mechanical Engineer to join the team.  

Arup have been designing data centres since the birth of the industry. We understand our customer’s needs, supplier and contractor base, and drivers for on-time, on-budget and quality delivery.  

Although the team is based in Newcastle we will consider someone who works part of the week remotely and the rest of the week in Newcastle.

Successful projects delivered by Arup’s Mission Critical team include:  

• The world’s first LEED Platinum data centre.  

• Facilities for the largest cloud providers within the data centre sphere.  

• Complex supercomputing facilities such as the Swiss National Computing Centre.  

• Confidential facilities for a number of hyper scale providers.  

The successful candidate will be expected to:  

• Join a team that seeks to set new standards in the built environment such as the world’s first LEED Platinum rated data centre.  

• Challenge orthodoxy.  

• Seek in their own way to change the world.  

• Possess ambition on the Digital front and seek to lead its evolution in the built environment.  

Key responsibilities:  

• Leading the design of the mechanical building systems.  

• Leading the development of appropriate building energy strategies and sustainability strategies for buildings, including communicating and agreeing these plans with the project team members and relevant authorities.  

• Developing and encouraging sustainable building design on projects pushing the boundaries for data centre design.  

• Developing concepts, appraising and recommending optimum design solutions. 

• Leading the spatial and technical co-ordination of the building services and their integration into the building design.  

• Produce engineering designs, calculations and specifications, using appropriate technical software.  

• Supervising and coordinating the work of others and coordinating work with engineers of other disciplines including in-house specialists.  

• Undertake a client facing role in the development, design and coordination of engineering solutions.  

• Working across multiple projects with different design teams.  

• Technical leadership of mechanical design and providing technical guidance and mentoring to junior members of the team.  

• Attend Factory Acceptance Test (FATs) for key plant and equipment.  

• Spend time on site during construction and commissioning to ensure successful project delivery.  

• Support the Project Manager and Project Director in the commercial management of the project.  

• Participate in and lead bids for new opportunities including developing fee proposals and attending interviews.  

• Maintaining a wide array of professional relationships (clients / suppliers / competitors.etc).  

Projects will include the design of new build data centres as well as improvement of existing facilities. 

About You  

Excellence leaves a lasting impression, bring your vision to shape a better world.   

We are looking for an enthusiastic engineer with excellent modelling, design, technical, and software skills who enjoys working collaboratively in multi-professional design teams, taking responsibility for projects from inception to completion to achieve outstanding results.  

You will be chartered with solid experience in the field of Building Services Engineering.  

You will be committed to your own professional development and looking for challenging work to develop your engineering skill.  

Skills and Capabilities  


• Degree qualified in Mechanical or HVAC Engineering, ideally to Masters level.  

• Have achieved Chartered Engineer status via an appropriate professional institution such as IMechE or CIBSE.  

• Proven experience in data centre design and mission critical standards and best practice, including a varied portfolio of medium to large scale completed projects with experience across a range of project scales and building types.  

• Knowledge of current regulations, best practice and emerging technology.  

• Experienced in sustainable building design and in satisfying the regulatory and voluntary codes associated with sustainability and energy strategy.  

• Ability to think outside your specialism and integrate multi-disciplinary requirements into holistic co-ordinated solutions.  

• Demonstrable enthusiasm in driving a Digital agenda including automation via software such as Revit to deliver organisational value, as well as utilising visualisation tools to communicate engineering concepts.  

• Able to understand the balance of engineering priorities on differing projects.  

• Able to quickly develop successful client relationships.  

• Experience of working in multi-disciplinary teams.  

• Proven people management skills and experience of managing staff at all levels.  

• An ability to work under pressure and meet strict deadlines is essential.  

• A good understanding of industry software packages including Excel, IES/TAS and Revit.  

• Excellent planning and organisation skills.  

• Excellent communications skills, written and verbal.  

• Able to demonstrate strong commercial awareness.  

• Highly motivated and willing to take on new challenges.  

• Familiarity with design guides published by ASHRAE, Uptime Institute and TIA942 which govern data centre design.  


• Proven experience with Computational Fluid Dynamics software and comfortable in leading the mechanical simulation design, using software such as 6SigmaDC.  

• Experience of site based projects.  

• Design project management of data centre projects.  

Shape your time with us

Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a great place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

Join us in shaping a better world.

Reward and Benefits:

We offer a competitive salary at all levels, and one of the best benefits package in our sector.

Core benefits include cover under the UK Healthcare Plan (private medical insurance), Life Assurance, Accident Insurance, and Income Protection (long term disability) cover. Core benefits are funded by us and made available to all permanent staff in order to support and safeguard your financial, physical and mental wellbeing. You will also have access to a grade-related Flexible Benefits Fund which you can choose to take as extra cash, or spend on a wide range of Choice Benefits to help with your work/life balance and financial security.

In addition, all permanent employees are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme. Subject to scheme rules employees can receive two Profit Share payments per year, which are dependent on the firm’s financial performance.

How can we best work with you?? Whether you’re a parent, a carer, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle, it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours. At Arup you have access to a range of flexible working options – including flexible start and finish times, working from home or working part-time. If you're interested in any of these options, please let us know when you apply and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.

If you share our passion, why not talk to us about a rewarding career with Arup?

Closing date for applications is 21st January 2021


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