Mechanical Design Manager – Bamber Bridge, Lancashire

Mechanical Design Manager

James Fisher and Sons plc.

Bamber Bridge, Lancashire


Design Manager
Bamber Bridge, Preston
Permanent position.

The Company:
James Fisher Nuclear (JFN) specialise in the design and manufacture of nuclear decommissioning technologies, including remote handling systems and equipment designed for segmentation of irradiated materials. This can be standalone equipment or complete integrated turnkey systems depending on the client’s requirements.

The Role:
The Design Manager has similar responsibilities to a Senior Design Engineer, but with additional responsibilities focused on line management of a team of engineers.
The Design Manager reports to and works closely with the Engineering Manager to maximise productivity and quality, develop staff and improve processes.
It should be noted that the employee development and line management aspects of the Design Manager role should occupy up to 20% of the engineer’s working week and hence available working hours for client project work will be reduced accordingly in all resource planning activities.

An individual Design Manager will generally be associated with a specific discipline such as mechanical EC&I, or stress.

Duties & Responsibilities:

Engineering Productivity & Quality:
Supervision of engineers and their workload within the allocated group. Note that the Design Manager is not responsible for allocating work load, rather reporting on suitability and availability of those within the allocated team for future tasks.
to attend resource planning meetings to assist the Engineering Manager and Project Management team and promote adherence to JFN engineering processes and procedures to support consistency and quality of engineering work.

Promote compliance with both client and statutory requirements and also foster a close working relationship with other departments, especially Planning and Manufacturing to ensure Engineering activities work smoothly in the delivery of projects

Employee Development:
Conducting performance appraisals for individuals within the allocated group and have frequent (minimum monthly) contact with staff to ensure their professional and personal development is on track.
Developing a supportive, encouraging and learning environment whilst identifying training needs, developing, communicating and supporting training programmes and initiatives.

Working with the Engineering Manager and other internal stakeholders to recruit new employees (e.g. reviewing CVs and conducting telephone / face-to-face interviews.)

Continual Improvement:
To include ongoing assessment of engineering processes and procedures to identify and implement improvements and the implementation of continual improvement initiatives such as visual management tools and ‘toolbox’ talks.

Line Management:
Dealing with daily staff matters within allocated group including attendance, leave, sickness and assisting the Engineering Manager where required in pay reviews and grievances.
Promote adherence to JFN’s H&S Policy, for example:

  • Reporting near misses and accidents
  • Risk assessments for non-routine activities
  • Technically Responsible Person Role:

For a specific project or projects:

  • Be accountable for the technical management and delivery within time, cost and quality
  • Maintain technical compliance with the contract and resolve technical conflicts where possible
  • Ensure cross-discipline integration
  • Assist the project management staff in:
  • Understanding the technical delivery such that they may manage budget / expenditure information and work durations
  • Reviewing progress and the critical path
  • Identify and minimise JFN exposure to risk
  • Identify and report change
  • Promote cohesion across the project team

Design Tasks:

  • Carrying out design tasks to meet the time, cost and quality requirements of projects such as:
  • Scheme design deliverables
  • Detail design deliverables
  • Production of manufacturing documentation
  • Take part in client meetings, testing / commissioning activities and post project review meetings
  • Maintaining the project’s working folder
  • Checking and approving of deliverables produced by other team members
  • Tendering Tasks:

This may include but not be limited to:
Production of concept designs and the estimating durations for design of tender items along with composing technical responses to quotation requests.

Who we are looking for:
We are looking for someone who has been responsible for a variety of diverse projects or activities ranging in both size and complexity with an an ability and desire to support, motivate and develop others.
You will also need sufficient knowledge, interpersonal skills and communication skills to attract respect and exert influence within his or her assigned group of staff, proven organisational, administrative, and planning abilities and be commercially and delivery focused.
You will also need to be familiar with continual improvement methodologies.

A degree / HND / Higher Apprenticeship in a related discipline and a Chartered Engineer (CEng).

If this sounds like the role for you, then click ‘apply’ now.

Due to the volume of applications we receive for our vacancies, on occasion applications may close before the deadline, so please apply early to avoid disappointment.

James Fisher & Sons are committed to taking positive action on diversity and we strongly encourage applications from candidates from all backgrounds and as a Disability Confident employer we are committed to offer an interview to disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the role.

James Fisher and Sons plc and all subsidiary businesses are committed to creating a diverse workforce and are proud to be an equal opportunities employer. For further information on the James Fisher group please visit