Principal Engineer (MEICA)


Birmingham, UK 🇬🇧

Why Arup:

Are you passionate about building a more sustainable future? At Arup we work to find solutions for some of the world’s most complex problems – providing expertise across all areas of the built environment from strategic approach and planning to design and engineering.

Join us and you will have the freedom to push boundaries, develop new skills and work on some of the world’s most inspiring projects. We believe that by giving our people the freedom to be creative, we will produce work that continuously redefines quality across our firm. Whatever the role or specialism, our people are passionate about what they do, they believe in our values and are happy to come to work every day. And this is why people choose to work here and stay.

The Opportunity: Senior Principal- MEICA

We are seeking a senior technical leader to help create opportunities and deliver outstanding projects, primarily in the field of Mechanical, Electrical & ICA (MEICA) engineering.  We are looking for an individual who is a technical expert, passionate about people, the environment and providing an outstanding service to our clients.

You will be an active member of our Midlands Energy Water & Resources (EWR) Group Leadership Team, providing technical leadership to our MEICA portfolio.  You will lead collaborative teams on a wide variety of projects, with a strong pipeline of water company frameworks, data centres and energy advisory work. 

Playing a leading role in developing our longer-term strategy for MEICA services, linking this to the wider Arup and regional plans and will be empowered and have autonomy to develop and grow this side of our business. You will have the opportunity to make a difference – to Arup, to our staff and to the clients and communities we serve. With collaboration at its core our team works with major Energy clients, Water companies and flood risk management frameworks as well as numerous individual commissions.  Our multi-disciplinary engineers work closely together on a wide variety of water and energy projects across the UK and beyond. Our work is hugely rewarding, making a positive difference to people and the environment as well as pushing the boundaries of digital innovation. 

Is this role right for you?

We’re looking for a leader with curiosity, personal drive and technical know-how. You will be as inspired as we are by the problems we are solving and excited to help clients and lead teams delivering the solutions. Knowledge of best practice MEICA standards as well as team and client facing leadership skills are essential. In addition, we are looking for the following skills:

  • A demonstrable track record of successful delivery within a mechanical, electrical and / or control & instrumentation engineering role/environment including Control & Instrumentation systems
  • Knowledge of relevant design tools, techniques and related methods, e.g. IT systems, BIM, thermal/energy analysis, calculations packages, etc.
  • Experience of working from a wide variety of sectors in Utility Infrastructure such as Water, Electricity, Nuclear or Gas would be advantageous
  • Good knowledge of BS 7671 and related documents as well as CAD and Revit knowledge
  • Chartered status through IET, CIBSE, or other relevant body.
  • Degree qualified: likely Master’s Engineering Degree or equivalent experience.

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Rewards and Benefits 
We care about you and want you to perform at your best, which is why we offer one of the most competitive benefits packages in our sector.

As a member organisation, everyone shares in our success through a global profit share scheme (payments are dependent on the firm’s financial performance). 

We also provide Private medical insurance, Life assurance, Accident insurance and Income protection cover. In addition, you’ll have access to flexible benefits to help you look after all aspects of your wellbeing and give you the freedom and flexibility to find the best solutions for you, your family, and your individual needs. 

Different people, shared values.

At Arup, we believe when talented people collaborate, great things are possible. Arup hires people with proven skills and open minds. We are taking deliberate action to create an inclusive culture that is grounded in our purpose to shape a better world.

At Arup, we welcome candidates from all backgrounds, regardless of age, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, religion or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and any other protected characteristic. Our internal employee networks – BAME, Culture, Disability, LGBTQ+ and Women – provide a space for you to express your views and to make a positive difference –discover more about life at Arup here.

At Arup, we are committed to making all stages of our recruitment process accessible to candidates with disabilities. Please speak to our recruitment team and we will work with you to make reasonable adjustments to ensure you can perform at your best throughout your application.

At Arup, we appreciate that everyone’s circumstances are different and having the freedom to flex the way we work is essential to our wellbeing. If flexibility matters to you let us know when you apply, and we will discuss how this could work in your role.

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IHE Delft MSc in Water and Sustainable Development