Mechanical Engineer

Location: Leatherhead, Surrey (with time at Swindon) + some international travel
Salary: £40,000-£50,000 (experience dependent), plus generous package


Our client, a large services and technology provider, requires an experienced Mechanical Engineer to work within a multi-disciplinary team providing engineering support for its Government Services (GS) Joint Operational Fuel contract with UK MOD.  The role will involve meeting requirements on deployed Operations, as well as projects and bids for other UK Government Departments, Foreign Governments and commercial organisations.

This is primarily a Design / Design support role.

There will be some overseas travel, but on a ‘business visit’ rather than a deployed basis.

This is an urgent requirement replacing the current incumbent who is leaving imminently.  A suitable ex-military technical background will be viewed very favourably.


  • Under the supervision of the Lead Mechanical Engineer (Fuels), provide engineering support to the GS Joint Operational fuel contract with UK MOD.

  • As tasked, devise initial concepts, develop detailed design, design integration and validate / review mechanical systems.

  • As required produce detailed specifications and scopes of work, and review / report on supplier’s submissions.

  • Liaise directly with suppliers and prepare purchase requisitions.

  • Perform inspections on equipment on new equipment and conditioning reports on recovered deployed equipment.

  • As tasked plan, participate in and report on equipment / systems integration trials.

  • Be prepared to adapt engineering techniques, procedures and criteria to meet unusual client requirements.  

  • Participate in preparing cost estimates and project schedules.

  • Provide technical guidance and support to other elements of the organisation, including Procurement, Project Management and Maintenance teams, and to clients as required.

  • Provide general mechanical engineering support to the GS Design and Technical team as required.



  • Skills typically acquired through an undergraduate degree in mechanical engineering plus a minimum of 5 years’ practical experience.  Though highly desirable a degree is not essential given proven expertise in Computer Aided Design (CAD) in lieu.

  • Experience in the design, trialling and manufacture of mechanical equipment / systems.

  • Practical, hands on engineering experience with good problem solving capabilities and a high level of initiative.

  • Application of relevant standards and legislation influencing design of equipment, eg ATEX Directive.

  • Ability to prepare detailed technical reports for both internal and external purposes.

  • Experience of preparing risk assessments and method statements.

  • Competence in the use of MS Office and AutoCAD.


  • Experience of aviation fuel ground support equipment in either civil or military environments.

  • Experience of Integrated Logistics Support (ILS) requirements for the supply of new equipment (reliability and maintainability cases; technical publications; training media etc).

  • Experience with the production of equipment, system safety requirements and environmental constraints.


We are looking for a degree qualified Mechanical Engineer with bulk fuelling or pumps experience, ideally in an air / aviation context from any of the 3 services; and in a perfect world with some Trials experience too.  You could be a Short Service Officer from a technical / logistics background or (provided you have CAD experience) a Warrant Officer. If you can cover off 75% of this requirement we urge you to apply.

Please apply with CV in Word and short covering letter to explaining your fit to the role and earliest availability: this is an urgent requirement.  Deadline Fri 29 March; early application may be advantageous.