Principal Mechanical Engineer, Cape Town – Ref: 1156222-1


Ref: 1156222-1

Job Description:

Our client currently has an opportunity for a Principal Mechanical Engineer. The successful incumbent will be a highly experienced, technically-proficient leader who will manage their project delivery and mentor the in-country teams towards the successful delivery of detailed design of high-end building projects based in the Middle East.

Responsible for the development and implementation of the highest standards of technical delivery in mechanical engineering design that ensures the delivery of high-quality, detailed design output. Liaise with the building services engineering leadership teams to maintain a holistic overview of the delivery of projects to meet the time, quality and budgetary targets.

An essential component will be to monitor and maintain resources requirements for all current and future projects, through careful planning with the Building Services MEP Discipline Lead based in the Middle East. Significant experience of being based in the Middle East, delivering and leading high-end building project is preferred.

Position details:

Ensure for all projects at the commencement of each stage that the full briefing documentation has been received and reviewed for completeness and handovers have been conducted.
Provide technical leadership and support to the engineering teams undertaking all Mechanical Engineering packages.
Responsible for ensuring the detailed design is delivered to the required quality and industry best practice, which includes but not limited to:
o The preparation of design documents including calculation packages.
o Reports.
o Presentations.
o Most importantly – strict adherence to the specifications of Middle East codes and standards.
Responsible for ensuring quality is consistently achieved through the regular monitoring and review of work, which includes but not limited to:
o Reviewing design work carried out by the team is in line project specific requirements and company standards.
Critically evaluate, review and provide recommendations for improvements for all aspects of the technical design processes.
Provide mitigation strategies and enhancements to drive continuous improvement processes.
Support project leads in the leadership of technical interfaces and coordination of design across multidisciplinary interfaces and at a project level.
Lead and partake in providing support, guidance, mentoring of individuals and the development of programmes that enhance the knowledge and capability of the local workforce, towards the delivery of Middle East project delivery.
Develop and maintain relationships within the discipline, across the GCC design teams and senior leadership towards the positive collaboration of project delivery teams.
Overview all work stage budgets for projects, through the detailed monitoring and forecasting of resource demands.
Deliver work packages and ensure project delivery is in budget and provide mitigation strategies to address potential budget issues.
Attend all design team meetings, briefing sessions and project reviews as required.
Travel to any of the GCC offices as needed for the project and determined by your line manager.
Lead risk management throughout the project, ensuring that both GCC technical and commercial risks are identified, mitigation strategies are put in place as discussed and agreed with the Discipline Lead of MEP as necessary.

Location (country, city): Cape Town

Job Qualification & Experience:

A recognised BSc or MSc in Mechanical Engineering or related field of study.
Minimum of 20+ years of professional experience.
Significant experience of being based in the Middle East, delivering and leading high-end building project is preferred.
A professional registration such as CIBSE is an advantage.
Ability to demonstrate strong technical knowledge of Mechanical Engineering, HVAC, Public Health.
Technical expertise and experience of relevant local GCC design standards and codes to include, specifically, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
Technical expertise and experience of European/US-based design codes/standards and Statutory Regulations.
Proven track record in leading project delivery and people towards the delivery of major Middle East building projects.
Excellent planning, time management and communication skills.

Company Description:

Rapidly-expanding, multidisciplinary and world-class construction project delivery specialists in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) Region with expertise in architecture, engineering, infrastructure an construction over the past 50 years.

This advert is being advertised in collaboration with our recruitment partner MCHIR.

Principal Mechanical Engineer, Cape Town – Ref: 1156222-1


Principal Mechanical Engineer

Principal Mechanical Engineer


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