Mechanical Engineer

Hoare Lea

We are an award-winning engineering consultancy with a creative team of engineers, designers, and technical specialists. We provide innovative solutions to complex engineering and design challenges for buildings. Irrespective of the scale or complexity of a project, we provide a full range of MEP, environmental and sustainability services, bringing buildings to life and ensuring that they perform in operation as well as they look.

Only considering candidates eligible to work in Exeter or Plymouth, UK ⚠️

**Senior or Principal Mechanical Engineer

Plymouth or Exeter**

Our Plymouth and Exeter offices were established to provide a local presence on our projects in the Southwest. Now with over 40 engineers and specialists, we have an abundance of expertise and knowledge that is regularly called upon throughout the firm, mainly within complex engineering sectors including Healthcare, Defence, Science & Research, and Schools.

As a vibrant and innovative office, culture is at the heart of everything that we do. We encourage and foster a collaborative working environment, which includes the widespread adoption of hybrid working and the option to work a 9-day fortnight. We are committed to creating an inclusive and diverse workplace where all employees feel valued, respected, and supported.

Guided by our vision, we are passionate about our purpose to positively influence the balance between people and the planet. We deliver high-performing buildings that respond to the challenges of climate change while creating spaces that meet the needs of modern living. Our pioneering work has built our untouchable reputation for best practice and tangible results – and our specialists are actively influencing the direction of future sustainable practices.

About us

Hoare Lea is an award-winning engineering consultancy with a creative team of engineers, designers and technical specialists. We provide innovative solutions to complex engineering and design challenges for buildings.

Irrespective of the scale or complexity of a project, we provide a full range of MEP, environmental and sustainability services, bringing buildings to life and ensuring that they perform in operation as well as they look.

Hoare Lea has joined Tetra Tech’s High-Performance Buildings Group, a global alliance of MEP firms.

Why work for us?

Collaborative Environment: You’ll collaborate with the industry’s best, working with a wide range of built-environment specialists.

Innovative Projects: You’ll be part of progressive and exciting projects, able to experience innovative schemes across all sectors.

Career Development: You’ll advance your career your way, thanks to our structured Career Paths framework. We provide robust support for professional development to help you reach your full potential.

Inclusive Benefits: Our benefits support a diverse workforce, including flexible working arrangements, enhanced parental leave policies, and specific support for employees from underrepresented groups.

The role

We have an exciting opportunity for a progressive Senior or Principal Mechanical Engineer to join our firm. This opportunity is currently available in our Plymouth or Exeter offices. As a Senior or Principal Engineer, you will be responsible for supporting and delivering designs and managing a range of project types and sizes. You will work within a multidisciplinary team of engineers and support staff delivering a consistently high-quality service for clients, ensuring that repeat and new business opportunities are developed, and profitability is achieved.

Other key aspects of the role include:

  • Working on a varied portfolio of projects both in the UK and internationally across key sectors.
  • Designing mechanical engineering systems at the highest level using the latest software design packages, including AutoCAD and REVIT.
  • Leading mechanical services design on large projects and taking overall lead on small to medium-sized projects within the office.
  • Engaging with junior support staff in their day-to-day activities and offering advice and guidance to ensure they develop their skills.
  • Ensuring technical delivery in your work either alone or as part of a team.
  • Financially astute, working with the project leader to monitor fee expenditure, resources, and work delivered.
  • Innovating and researching new ways of working, keeping abreast of competitors.
  • Creating and maintaining a high reputation within the industry, adhering to quality management and risk control procedures.

What we are looking for

  • Excellent technical knowledge in Mechanical Design Engineering and a thorough understanding of Building Services Engineering and interdisciplinary design.
  • Previous consultancy experience, with an appreciation for complementary specialisms such as acoustics, fire engineering, and computer modelling.
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively, to lead small to medium-sized projects, and deliver and control tasks required from a brief.
  • Proven client-facing skills and an appreciation of client needs.
  • Ability to mentor and supervise junior members of staff.
  • Chartered status (or equivalent) is desirable, but not essential. We are committed to supporting professional development.

Our benefits

To reward your hard work and commitment we offer both core and flexible benefits, a competitive salary and industry-leading training and development to support you throughout your career.

Core benefits

•    Private medical scheme

•    Life Assurance

•    Income protection

•    Electric Car salary sacrifice scheme (senior)

•    Travel Allowance (principal)

•    25 days annual leave, increasing to 30 with length of service

•    Contributory pension scheme

•    Employee Assistance Programme

•    Enhanced Paternity, Maternity & Shared Parental Leave

•    Season Ticket Loans

•    Professional membership subscription

•    Flexitime

Flexible benefits

•    9-day fortnight – the firm offers all employees the option to work a 9-day fortnight

•    Hybrid Working – activity-based approach

•    Employee stock purchase plan – a voluntary program which allows eligible employees to purchase Tetra Tech common stock at a 15% discount

•    Holiday buy & sell up to 5 days

•    Study Assistance

•    Cycle to work scheme

•    Employee Referral Scheme

•    Sabbatical Leave

•    Other flexible benefits include gym and retail discounts, travel & dental insurance and GAYE (Give as you Earn)

•    Flexible working - We’re happy to discuss flexible working.  There is no obligation to raise this at the application stage but if you wish to do so, you are welcome to.  Flexible working will be part of the discussion at offer stage

How to apply

To apply simply complete a CV profile and submit your application, or for further information please contact [email protected]

Diversity, equity and inclusion

We are committed to being a place where underrepresented individuals and communities are not just included, but where marginalised knowledge and experience is valued, amplified, and harnessed. So, we strongly encourage applications from candidates of all backgrounds, including women, people of the Global Majority, LGBTQ+ individuals, disabled people, neurodivergent people, and those from all other underrepresented or marginalised groups. To learn more about our approach to diversity, equity and inclusion, see our DEI strategy.

Adjustments and accommodations

If there are adjustments or accommodations that we can put in place to ensure you can participate and give your best at any stage of the recruitment process (whether relating to disability, neurodivergence, or anything else) please let us know.

Flexible working

We are committed to enabling a healthy work-life balance for all employees. So, we welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working arrangements to suit their particular needs and lifestyle, including part-time, term-time-only, and remote working.

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Leading independent engineering consultancy specializing in MEP, environmental, and sustainability services.

Working Week

We work a 9 day fortnight. That's 9 slightly longer days over 2 weeks (80 hours total), with every second Friday off.

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Our Vacation Policy

We offer 30 days of PTO, includes annual leave and additional flexible leave options

Remote Working Policy

We offer hybrid working environment with flexible location options.

Company Benefits

  • Health insurance
  • 401(k) company contribution
  • Flexible working hours
  • Generous parental leave
  • Equipment allowance
  • Life & Disability Insurance
  • Professional Development Budget
  • Opportunties for Sabbaticals
  • Mental Health Support

Our Team

We're a team of 1.2k across 17 departments:

  • engineering
  • education
  • consulting
  • finance
  • +13 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Mechanical Design
  • Building Services Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Design
  • Client-Facing Skills
  • Mentoring
  • Chartered Status

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