Principal R&D Engineer - Balance of Plant

Research & Disruptive Innovation - United Kingdom

Ref: 457 Date Posted: 28 November 2022

Do you have experience in R&D for Balance of Plant?

Do you want to work for the UK’s leading Technology, Innovation and Research Centre for Offshore Renewable Energy?

Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult is recruiting a PRINCIPAL R&D ENGINEER - BALANCE OF PLANT for the UK, to be a 'guru' for queries around this topic and provide technical leadership related to Balance of Plant infrastructure design and development for an offshore wind farm.

This role will be focused on the development of cutting-edge technology, knowledge and industry standards for this topic and ensure we occupy a leading position in industry and the R&D community.

What will I do?

  • Develop and lead a team to deliver R&D and technical activities around Balance of Plant, including cabling systems, substations, mooring systems, material durability and protection, cost, carbon emissions and transformers
  • Deliver technical research and innovative solutions for the offshore renewable energy infrastructure
  • Develop, plan and lead R&D strategy and effective programmes in this topic area
  • Develop technical reports, publications and articles for both internal and external meetings, events and conferences
  • Provide technical supervision and mentoring to the team and project delivery

What are we looking for?

  • Good knowledge of Balance of Plant topics for offshore renewable energy
  • Experience of Balance of Plant technology, including inter-array cable systems, export cables, submarine cable design and cable system solutions
  • Degree in Electrical Engineering or relevant scientific discipline, or equivalent
  • Strong experience in R&D and/or industrial design in a relevant discipline
  • Sound R&D or technical team management experience
  • Excellent communication and presentation skills
  • Experience with one or more relevant software packages including OrcaFlex, Abaqus, Ansys, COMSOL, Matlab/Simulink or equivalent
  • Experience producing research and / or technical reports

What do we offer?

  • Salary around £56k, dependent on experience
  • Flexibility on time at site and working at home
  • 38 days holidays including flexible bank holidays and option to buy 5 days extra
  • Pension, annual bonus, life assurance and health care scheme as standard
  • Electric vehicle and bike2work salary sacrifice schemes
  • Open working environment with great potential for career progression and options for Learning and Development
  • Mental Health First Aiders and different groups and networks to support your lifestyle, including an LGBTQ+ community
  • Refer a Friend scheme paying £1500

ORE Catapult understands the importance of ensuring everyone can be heard, valued, is able to put forward ideas and feels part of something bigger. In a company like ours, that's always pushing boundaries on innovation, we believe diversity of our people is key to getting a range of ideas, points of view and different perspectives that ultimately ensures our success as a business. We also understand that some candidates tend to apply only when they tick every box of the criteria stated on an advert. If you don’t tick every box but do feel you have what it takes to be successful in this role, we’d encourage you to still go ahead and make an application.  

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of race, sex, disability, religion and belief, sexual orientation, or status regarding gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity.

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