Principal Mechanical Engineer

Country/Region:  GB
Field:  Engineering

York, Manchester, Reading, Bir, GB

Type of Contract:  Permanent
Level of experience:  Any
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Around the world, SYSTRA’s specialists plan, design, integrate, test, commission, project manage and deliver mass transit and mobility solutions that are relied on by more than 50 million people every day.

For more than 60 years, the Group has been committed to helping cities and regions contribute to their development by creating, improving and modernising their transport infrastructure with sustainability, accessibility and innovation at the heart of our designs. With over 8,250 colleagues globally and around 1000 in the UK & Ireland we are growing significantly and seeking out the very best talent to join the SYSTRA signature team and be part of leading the way in infrastructure design.


We currently have an opportunity for an experienced Principal Mechanical Engineer to join our engineering team.  This position within our MEP engineering team will suit a committed and ambitious engineer who can demonstrate strong leadership and interpersonal skills combined with commercial awareness and the ability to play their part in a dynamic high-performance team.

This role could be based in any of our UK offices, adopting a hybrid working model blending home working with time in the office as benefits your projects. Our priority is finding the right individual to excel in this role and we would be very interested to hear from you if you believe you fulfil the requirements listed below.

The Principal Mechanical Engineer will be accountable for the design delivery of Mechanical Design allocated to MEP Projects.


Main Duties

The Principal Mechanical Engineer’s main duties will be to lead a team of Mechanical Engineers reporting to the Discipline Lead M&E and act as MEP Contractors Responsible Engineer (CRE) and/or Lead Engineer on MEP projects allocated to them by the Discipline Lead M&E and to be responsible for:

  • Ensuring projects are completed to meet all client’s requirements and applicable standards.
  • Ensuring projects are completed to the agreed project programme.
  • Ensuring projects are completed to the agreed budget.
  • Plan the project works and provide forward view resource forecasting to enable the team leader to allocate suitable resource to the projects.
  • Identify changes to the projects client requirements and raise the changes with the SYSTRA Project Management Team.
  • Provide monthly cost to complete forecasts to the SYSTRA Project Management Team
  • Ensuring the training and development needs of the mechanical team are met to serve the clients’/projects requirements.


Experience Required

  • Minimum HNC qualified in Mechanical Engineering or demonstrable equivalent experience. Ideally Chartered status.
  • This role requires considerable experience and expertise in order to manage complex or non-standard design solutions.
  • Detailed knowledge of mechanical services design within the built environment or transport infrastructure including HVAC, Public Health, Building Physics and BIM
  • Detailed knowledge of multi-disciplinary issues associated with M&E and building services
  • Detailed knowledge of construction principles and standards
  • Have a good understanding of CSM/CDM regulations and requirements.
  • Good communication and presentation skills for external presentations to clients.
  • Management of a team of Mechanical engineers on allocated projects
  • Maintaining good relationships with all external parties to enhance the reputation of the company.
  • Maintaining good relationships with Engineers from other internal discipline teams to promote good inter-discipline working relationships and a “One Team” ethos.








Our three core values: Excellence, Connected Teams and Bold Leadership are kept at the heart of everything we do. We strive for the highest levels of technical excellence, achieving the best results through teamwork, both locally and internationally, and reward innovative thinking through encouraging all colleagues to think as leaders. We offer clear and well supported pathways for career development and qualification attainment, a competitive remuneration package including a bonus and private healthcare, an electric car scheme and a broad suite of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

Because we value who you are as much as what you do, we want you to feel supported at work. We offer hybrid working, balancing the benefits of working from home with time in our modern, well-equipped offices for that crucial in-person contact, team development and collaborative working. We also recognise that life doesn’t always run to the same schedule for everyone, so we have a dedicated flexible working policy to support you in tailoring your work life to reach your full potential, for more details on this, please get in touch.

Diversity & Inclusion

We provide a warm welcome and encourage applications from a diverse range of people who can enrich our company and offer perspectives which will drive better solutions in a truly inclusive environment. Our employee led working groups and clearly defined strategy help us to keep at the leading edge of important issues and keep us accountable. We want our colleagues to feel comfortable to bring their whole selves to work and continually seek new ideas and contributions to ensure we continue to grow and develop in this space.


It’s no surprise that people do their best work when they feel physically and mentally supported. Our SYSTRA Wellness Programme offers a wide range of support; from Wellness champions, to free health checks, healthy eating workshops and regular seminars, alongside access to a wide range of external support. We offer two paid days for charity work and an ever-growing social calendar.

Apply and find out more about how Systra can support you in your career journey. If you require any adjustments to support you in your application or interview process please email:  where your request will be treated confidentially and with respect. We pledge to offer an interview to any candidates with a disability who apply for a role and meet the minimum criteria.

As we are always looking to expand our team, we would still be interested in hearing from you if you fulfil most, but not all, of the relevant criteria for the role – you could still be just what we are looking for.