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Technical Lead (TL)

Job Category:  Engineering
Contract Partner Company:  MEH Alliance
Employing Company:  MEH Alliance

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Technical Lead (TL)



Job Purpose:
The Technical Lead (TL) reports functionally to the MEH Engineering Manager (EM) and should be considered as the ‘person providing control and provide technical resolution of issues arising during the engineering phase between start of HO1 and HO3 (DTS)’. 

Over the full off-site delivery life cycle, the particular focus is to ensure any technical questions and risk to plan are resolved, mitigating delivery risks and taking ‘best for Project solutions’ where necessary in consultation with the EM. 
The TL will cooperate with Technical Client Organisation (TCO)/PWR Technology (PWRT) when the HPC Safety Case is potentially impacted – but also to achieve final acceptance of technical documents in the day-to-day business. 

A further key role also includes ensuring delivery of the review and acceptance of engineering documents by the various parties under the surveillance of TCO/PWRT. The TL is responsible for dealing with all critical issues and hot spots regarding MEH design activities, to anticipate potential issues before they impact down-stream activities. Support can be taken from the Building Coordination Managers (BCM) where applicable. This post will ensure planning and delivery of design and engineering is performed in accordance with all safety, quality and cost parameters to meet the needs of the Project. 

The TL will support the EM during their work with the Joint Design Office (JDO) to ensure the transfer of engineering responsibility from EPM to the JDO is managed efficiently and support is provided to the JDO as necessary during post HO3 activities.



MEH detailed design is delivered by the Responsible Designers, including the potential for remaining Open Points at Handover. Execution Designers translate the detailed design into a condition adequate for manufacturing and installation. Engineering issues may continue to be raised during manufacturing and installation (the latter outside the scope of this role), while changes and configuration needs to be controlled. The TL’s role is central to maintaining full control and accelerating resolution on technical issues. The following key responsibilities have been delegated by the EM to the TL:
                         •    The TL will be responsible for ensuring timely resolution of engineering issues as they arise in support of the delivery for which the Senior Project Manager is accountable.

Principal Responsibilities:
The main responsibility is to support the EM and the Project Engineer (PjE) in discharging their delivery duties. The TL’s day-to-day point of contact is the PjE. The TL will be responsible for:

•    Supporting the design delivery process and, where required, participating in HO1, HO2 and HO3 gate reviews to provide technical input to the risk assessment of any remaining design configuration issues at each stage.
•    Identifying and assessing Risks, Critical Issues and Hot Spots that may impact the MEH Programme delivery.
•    With respect to the above, propose, manage and implement action plans, in line with objectives given by the PjE or EM to both mitigate risk and resolve technical issues efficiently.
•    Supporting the process of resolution of decoupling and final value data.
•    Providing input to the assessment and implementation of Referential and Design Changes.
•    Providing support to the Project Manager in the resolution of RD & ED Contract technical issues to drive the resolution of EWNs, TQs and CEs.
•    Technical input to Change Management Board (CMB) and ROTC process.
•    With respect to the above, carry out associated ROTC activities (development of trend and change papers) applicable to Critical Issues, Hot Spots, EWNs and CEs
•    Any other specific duties that the Engineering Manager discharges to the TL.
•    Develop a list of key experts that are decision-makers (stakeholders) in all areas related to the discipline to speed up the resolution of issues 
•    Technical management of Configuration Issues raised during the HO1 to HO3 phase and support closure and develop the road map for closure of each single OP together with Configuration Management
•    Support the EM through the governance routes for engineering matters (e.g. preparation of PCR’s related to design delivery and changes in schedule)
•    Support ARM Risk Management with the PM
•    Provide contract technical support, when requested, to the RD CEL for Execution Designer contracts;
•    Assess and coordinate the implementation of Design Change proposals (‘RC-2’ and ‘Post-Freeze RC-2’) from within HPC and other entities that impact the MEH Programme;
•    Leverages on Taïshan (TSN) and Flamanville (FL3) project experience to accelerate and optimize decision-making;

Key Interfaces

The TL will support the identified stakeholders on the following tasks: 
•    Engineering Manager for the discipline
       o    Day-to-day support of Engineering Managers covering specific contracts

•    Responsible Designer Contract Engineering Lead (CEL) and Discipline Lead
       o    Support on technical issues impacting RD design
       o    Support on HO2 surveillance
       o    Support for engineering issues post HO2 (TQ’s etc)
       o    Support on HO3 surveillance

       o    PWRT retain the Intelligent Customer oversight for the Safety Case

•    Execution Designer – Bilfinger 
       o    Execution design delivery, closure of Open Points, queries and technical issues
       o    Manufacturing engineering issues resolution between HO2 and HO3 

•    JDO
       o    To be discussed and confirmed later 

•    Quality
       o    Resolution of design and manufacturing Non-Conformance Records (NCR) and more widely of any technical issue arising from quality control activities together with TST

•    Other HPC Engineering Entities (Plant Integration & other Programme DMTs)
       o    Interface with other disciplines for transverse topics
       o    Interface with Plant Integration to support configuration management


Note: the following interfaces will be primarily managed by the Building Coordination Managers:
•    Area Management (HO3 delivery, engineering work packs, schedule and priorities)
•    Plant Integration for configuration management
•    Engineering Work Packs delivery coordination and expediting by Erection Area

Nature and Scope:
The nature of the role is to provide engineering management to the discipline to ensure delivery in accordance with the principles of safety, quality, time and cost and not impeded by delayed resolution of engineering issues.

Strong discipline expertise is expected as well as facilitation skills to bring different parties to resolve engineering issues. A proper view over the entire Project lifecycle is needed to ensure that solutions for current issues will not create later impediments and delays.

The role will require frequent interaction with the Responsible Designer, Execution Designers, Fabricators/Manufacturers, TCO and JDO on site.

Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications & Experience:
•    Track record of delivering technical expertise in projects within a technically complex and dynamic environment, whilst ensuring high levels of safety, security and environmental responsibility, ideally within the Nuclear Energy sector or similar regulated environment.
•    Demonstrable awareness of integrated management system and the different policies, procedures, standards and documents applicable to technical and contractual management.
•    Demonstrate significant expertise in relevant technical discipline
•    Experience of successfully engaging, managing and influencing groups of stakeholders and facilitating issues resolution.
•    Good presentation, influencing and facilitation skills. Excellent communication and organisational skills, able to develop relationships and maintain effective networks.
•    Meticulous and rigorous approach to engineering to achieve high professional standards;
•    Proven ability to successfully deliver engineering safely to the correct quality, time and cost in a fast paced, schedule driven environment;
•    Ability to work autonomously but with awareness of own limitations;
•    Knowledge of contractual and commercial mechanisms.
•    Strong numerical and analytical skills.
•    Understanding of PWR/EPR design and experience in PWR/EPR construction.
•    Working knowledge of French language an advantage.
•    Degree and chartered status in an engineering, construction or other related field.
•    Knowledge of CDM Regulations.

The Technical Lead’s base location is the Site Delivery Centre (SDC) in Bridgwater. However, the activities require their presence in Designers Offices, hence it is expected that the TL will spend time in both Responsible Designer and Execution Designer offices across Europe in order to meet the demands of the Project.

Key Competencies from the EDF Energy Leadership Framework:
•    Clear decision-making ability with the facility to judge complex situations and assess when to escalate issues
•    Ability to balance conflicting and changing demands through prioritisation and a pragmatic approach 
•    Enthusiasm, energy, passion and conviction
•    Ability to cope in a technically complex and fast-changing environment, and to respond calmly and rationally to changing aspirations in a deadline-driven situation 
•    Respecting confidentiality 
•    Strong planning and organising skills including the ability to manage several work streams simultaneously
•    Determination and focus to drive projects through to implementation.
•    Determination and focus to drive projects through to implementation.
•    Good influencing and persuasion skills with the ability to enthuse and inspire multidisciplinary teams and build successful relationships at all levels.
•    Good team player, self motivated and able to work on own initiative



Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control, and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations.  This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly, where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.


For this role you must have evidence of right to work in the UK. As a project, we do not discriminate on the grounds of age, gender, race, colour, religion, disability or sexual orientation, and we welcome applications from all sections of the community.