Lead Pre-Operations Engineer - Mechanical Bias


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Morgan Sindall Infrastructure
Vacancy title
Lead Pre-Operations Engineer - Mechanical Bias
Contract type
Full time permanent

Lead Pre-Operations Engineer (Mechanical Bias)

Location: West Cumbria

As well as our competitive Salaries, please look at the other benefits on offer.


Talented people are the key to our success

Would you like to work for a progressive and ambitious company which is also one of the most successful within the UK construction and infrastructure industry? 

We are seeking a skilled and dedicated Lead Pre Operations Engineer to join our team. As a Lead Pre Operations Engineer, you will play a critical role in ensuring the smooth operation and maintenance of our mechanical systems and equipment.

Role Description:

As a Lead Pre Operations Engineer you will be aligned to the Start Up Commissioning and Pre-Operations delivery team throughout the project lifecycle. You will be responsible for the development and delivery of Start Up, Commissioning and Pre-Operations work scope for your assigned area throughout the lifecycle of the project. You will direct a team in delivery of work and ensure activities are delivered in line with the established Start Up, Commissioning and Pre-Operations processes.

You will lead on input to the design process based on operational knowledge and learning. You will lead on training requirements of future facility end users and deliver the “Operational Quality Management System” to enable the project to hand over the facility to the End User.

You will collaborate with an internal multidisciplined project delivery team and interface with external stakeholders/vendors. You will lead the Commissioning Engineers through the project lifecycle to ensure safe and effective delivery of Start Up, Commissioning and Pre-Operations work scope.



  • Supervision of a team delivering Start Up, Commissioning, and Pre-Operations work scope through the project lifecycle at various locations as required.
  • Safe delivery of Start Up, Commissioning, and Pre-Operations activities to the required level of quality in line with the processes.
  • Identification of resource requirements.
  • Reviewing work progress and performance and taking appropriate corrective actions where necessary.
  • Planning, balancing and prioritizing team resources to support successful delivery to an agreed strategy and plan in a timely and cost-effective manner.
  • Oversight and production of test and Pre-Operational documentation.
  • Develop and ensure delivery of asset care arrangements.
  • Provide input into other project workstreams to ensure that start up, commissioning and pre-operational requirements are included and delivered i.e. Design, Safety Case, Procurement, Construction & Completions, Project Controls.
  • Develop and execute delivery plans in line with the overall project strategies and schedules.
  • Identify relevant project risks and manage/mitigate as appropriate. This includes regular monitoring of the residual risks.
  • Ensuring effective coordination between delivery teams and all stakeholders to enable safe delivery of work.
  • Ensure training and experience is maintained in order to hold relevant appointments where necessary for project delivery e.g. Commissioning Appointments, Electrical Appointments, Mechanical Appointments etc.
  • Ongoing coaching and development within the team.
  • Use and promote Project Delivery Fundamentals and required organisational practices in the delivery of work.


  • HNC or equivalent Level 4 qualification in a relevant technical subject or Incorporated   Engineer status.
  • Experience of leading and supervising an engineering/ technical or operations group with demonstrable evidence of successful delivery of work.
  • Willing and able to travel on extended stays to various locations other than Sellafield Site in West Cumbria, the wider UK and, on occasion, overseas to meet demands of the Project delivery.
  • Computer literate (MS applications including Word, Excel) with evidence of producing commissioning test documentation and reports.
  • Experience in fault finding within a technical, engineering or operational environment.
  • Experience in setting to work of new systems or processes.
  • Experience in producing Start Up, Commissioning and Pre-Operations documentation.


  • Degree or equivalent Level 6 qualification in relevant discipline or Chartered Engineer status and able to present qualification certification.
  • Project Management experience.
  • Experience in supervising operations/commissioning activities in a highly regulated environment.
  • Have nuclear sector experience, including working within large scale projects.
  • Experience in producing Start Up, Commissioning and Pre-Operations documentation.



Key Behavioural Requirements:

  • Challenging attitude – willingness to intervene if observing unsafe acts or non-compliance – prepared to have the difficult conversation.
  • Able to work collaboratively with all levels of organisation to achieve successful project output/outcomes.
  • Ability to work autonomously with light touch supervision – including remotely from team (works testing etc).
  • A disciplined and accurate approach to data recording and record keeping.
  • A proactive and balanced approach to safety (nuclear, radiological, conventional, and environmental) to ensure that safety is optimised during project delivery and for operations.


About our Nuclear team:

Our nuclear capabilities include services from operational reactor support, new build and decommissioning, to nuclear defence facilities and more sensitive projects within highly regulated and secure sites. With an ever expanding nuclear portfolio, we are proud to support our customers in installing and maintaining existing assets.

Morgan Sindall is an equal opportunities employer and has been accredited with the Positive About Disabled People ‘Two Ticks’ accreditation.  We are also an Investors in People company.

Morgan Sindall is unable to employ anyone who does not have the legal right to live and work in the UK.

In the recruitment process all applicants are required to provide the necessary right to work information and documentation.

Morgan Sindall has a commitment to sourcing candidates directly and as such we do not accept speculative CV’s from agencies. Please note that any CV’s submitted will be deemed as gifted to Morgan Sindall and any agency terms & conditions associated with the use of such CVs will be null and void.


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