Principal/Associate 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 Bournemouth or Reading, UK ⚠️

Principal / Associate Mechanical Engineer (Healthcare)

Bournemouth or Reading Office

A fantastic career opportunity has arisen for a creative and driven Principal or Associate Mechanical Engineer to join a leading MEP Consultancy based in Bournemouth or Reading.  You will be responsible for meeting with Clients, producing reports, specifications, and drawings, and delivering successful projects from inception to completion.

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?

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

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

You’ll advance your career, your way, thanks to our structured Career Paths framework.

The role

As a Principal / Associate Engineer you will be responsible for supporting and delivering designs for healthcare projects.  You will work within a multidisciplinary team of engineers and support staff delivering a consistent high-quality service for clients, ensuring that repeat and new business opportunities are developed, and profitability is achieved.  The role is instrumental in helping to continue to grow and develop a team of technically competent engineers within this high performing sector, as well as seeking new opportunities to develop the business.

What you’ll be doing

  • You will be in a Client-facing role, attending project meetings and disseminating the brief within the project team. You will need to be of personable nature and a good communicator.
  • You will be predominately working on healthcare projects.
  • You will lead the development of initial strategic concepts for projects ensuring solutions are appropriate for the brief and regulatory standards.
  • Taking responsibility for solid technical delivery in your work either alone or part of a team.
  • Engage with junior support staff in their day-to-day activities and offer advice and guidance to ensure that they develop their skills and we get the best out of our people.
  • You will be financially astute and work with the team leader to help monitor fee expenditure, resource and work delivered.
  • Looking at new ways of working and taking time out for innovation and research ensuring we keep abreast of our competitors.
  • Creating and maintaining a high reputation within the industry, and to ensure adherence to QM and risk control procedures is also a very important part of the role.

About you

You should have a relevant degree in Mechanical Engineering, or equivalent qualification and must have, or be working towards chartered status.  Have Membership of CIBSE/IMECHE or industry-recognised institution.

You should have excellent technical knowledge in your primary discipline and a thorough understanding of Building Services Engineering and interdisciplinary design through all stages of the design process.

Previous healthcare project experience.

You should have an in-depth understanding of modern technical delivery methods, particularly in relation to BIM, and should be competent in designing and reviewing information by others in such environments.

You will have experience working in a multi-disciplinary environment, leading, motivating, and supervising junior/senior engineers.

With excellent interpersonal and communication skills you will have proven ability in negotiating positive outcomes, resource planning, motivation, and management.

With previous consultancy experience, you will appreciate the importance of complementary specialisms such as acoustics, fire engineering, and computer modelling in the design of buildings and be adept at analysing and interpreting their impact on your work.

What we are looking for

  • Suitably qualified Mechanical Engineering, Building Services Engineers degree or equivalent qualification preferable but not essential.
  • Chartered Engineer status, or working towards submission, to either CIBSE or IMechE, or equivalent.
  • Previous consultancy or contracting experience in some or all of the following:  M&E Design & Specification, Surveying & Reporting and Project Management.
  • You will have experience working in a multi-disciplinary environment, with excellent communication skills with both internal and external clients and a team-based work approach; you will appreciate that holistic working is central to good design, and you will have experience in healthcare projects.

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
  • Car allowance and access to a wide range of lease cars (Principal & Associate)
  • 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 are 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
  • 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
    555
  • education
    122
  • consulting
    117
  • finance
    31
  • +13 more teams

Desirable Skills and Experience

  • Technical delivery
  • Client communication
  • Project management
  • MEP Design
  • Consultancy experience
  • Healthcare project experience
  • BIM competency
  • Interdisciplinary design
  • Risk control procedures

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