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Design Office Manager

Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom

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Job Description

Will you help our clients unlock the solutions they need to their complex technical challenges that are foundational in addressing the needs of a growing world?
Through this highly rewarding role you will be shaping the world and creating a bright future for yourself.
Wood is currently recruiting for a Principal Mechanical Designer – Fired Heaters, to join our Technology and Products team based in Reading. 
The position will be based in our Reading office, on a hybrid working basis.
The Role
This is a fantastic role for an experienced Mechanical Designer with a proven working knowledge of Fired Heaters, to utilise their experience in a supervisory role having the opportunity to further their leadership skills.
As a Principal Mechanical Designer within our Technology and Products group, you will be responsible for delivering complex designs for specialised Fired Heaters across the globe for large scale projects.
You will have the opportunity to work with our highly experienced Fired Heater team within the Reading office as well as with other global teams on international projects. You will be responsible for leading the mechanical design of fired heaters, supporting in the proposal process for new work, producing and controlling man hour budgets, overseeing the production of all drawings and production materials. You will also be expected to support the delivery manager by leading some of the smaller studies. 
Our Clients and Projects  
Within Wood, Fired Heaters sits under the Technology & Products service line. As the Fired Heaters Group we have a proud legacy of serving the industry for over a century.
We provide bespoke and value-added services to the global client base across; feasibility studies for greenfield and brownfield applications, concept through FEED to detailed engineering and supply, site advisory and aftermarket services.
What we can offer 

A caring team culture; we support each other professionally and personally, encouraging knowledge sharing across all areas of the business 
Meaningful and interesting projects delivered to global clients across the energy sector
Flexible working arrangements that balance client, team and individual needs offering hybrid and remote working where relevant 
Commitment to Diversity and Inclusion; we are an organisation actively committed to diversity and inclusion across our business 
Competitive renumeration package with regular reviews to ensure we are rewarding at the right level in line with the market 
Flexible benefits package inclusive of 33 days annual leave (including public holidays), plus the potential for one additional ‘flex day’ per month. Further benefits include a generous contributory pension scheme, private medical cover, 4x base salary life insurance; all of these and more that can be adapted to suit your own lifestyle
Energy Transition Academy; join a community of experts sharing your knowledge and gaining more exposure to a variety of existing and emerging energy systems – delivered by experts in their field
Commitment to continued professional development; development plans that are tailored to your individual needs and interests 
Global connections; join experts around the world who are at the leading edge of our industry, shaping the standards of our profession 


 The key objectives for this role are:Review all client documentation including specifications, P&ID’s etc to ensure compliance and highlight any deviationsOversee and approve production of all drawings including General Arrangements, foundation loading plans, coils, manifolds, cast pressure parts, cast supports, steelwork, insulation, shipping etcOversee and approve production of all material requisitions for pressure parts, castings, bellows, tube seals, selected instruments, insulation etc. Produce or review all fabrication, equipment and sub-contract requisitionsReview of suppliers bids for the above for technical acceptance. Post order review and approval of suppliers documents including insulation, steelwork and pressure part fabrication drawingsRespond to technical queries from clients, suppliers, fabricators, and site erection contractorsKeep up to date with requirements of international specifications like ASME, ASTM, API, PED, UKCA, EPA etcMaintain and update standard drawings libraryMaintain and update the groups technical archiveProvide support as required to produce layouts for estimating, proposal drawings, man hour budgets etcContribute to engineering excellence by providing the link between engineering design theory and practical application, translating critical design concepts into workable plans for tangible end-productsPlans and carries out technical assignments of substantial variety and complexityCapable of leading assignments which involve a variety of procedures and techniquesCalculation of material quantitiesOccasional visits to job site or supplier premises for data gathering, expediting etc


You may read these details and consider not applying because your knowledge, experience and skills base doesn’t fully cover every item listed, and that’s understandable.  However, we’d still like to hear from you.  At Wood, we understand and acknowledge that everyone is different, we are committed to equal opportunities and want to access all the talent that is out there.  We are committed to attracting a broad range of skills, knowledge and experiences and embrace differences.  So even if you feel you don’t have everything listed, but think you have some of the experience, knowledge or skills to help us unlock solutions to the world’s most critical challenges and grow your potenital….do apply.  Expected:Extensive experience with the Mechanical Design of Fired HeatersAn Understanding of relevant international specifications in relation to Fired HeatersExperience supporting in the creation of proposalsPrevious experience overseeing production of all drawings in regards to a Fired HeaterExperience in using CAD and 3D modelling software Microstation, Tekla, E3D etcAn understanding of various types of heaters, boilers, WHRU’s, HSRG’S, ReformersAn understanding of Instrumentation used with Fired HeatersExperience with ASTM/ASME and Euronorm materials, including high temperature alloysDemonstration of customer focus and ability to respond to customer needs whilst achieving project and corporate objectivesExcellent communication and stakeholder management skills with the ability to collaborate at all levels of the businessPrepared to take on new tasks and learn new technical subjects / skillsHigh level of awareness and commitment to safety in all aspects of daily work  Desirable:Experience in creation and control of man hour budgetsExperience in the maintenance of office records & drawings librariesUnderstanding of Piping and Equipment used with Fired HeatersExperience with international projectsAbility to maintain archives in relation to projects 

About Us

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering, helping to unlock solutions to critical challenges in energy and materials markets. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in 60 countries, employing around 35,000 people.

Diversity Statement 

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

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