National Physical Laboratory

Principal or Lead Engineer

NPL Teddington
Competitive + Benefits
25 Jul 2019
22 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

About the Role

The Environment Department at NPL is currently seeking an experienced Principal or Senior Lead Engineer to deliver the Environment Departments wide portfolio of projects maintaining the development of the scientific facilities and capabilities within the departments’ four groups.

The Environment department supports and undertakes research within industry, academia and policy making and is organised into 4 groups - Earth Observation, Climate & Optical. Emissions & Atmospheric Metrology. Gas & Particle Metrology. Nuclear Metrology.

The Environment Department develops, maintains and applies a UK national science, metrology and measurement capability for two main aims; to enable the balance of energy sources, energy vectors and the adoption of energy efficiency to fulfil the needs of human society and to assure the long term healthy interaction of humanity with the earth environment.

This is achieved by undertaking cutting edge engineering and scientific work in areas ranging from fundamental nuclear metrology to earth observation satellite missions and from the development of atmospheric monitoring standards to research supporting the hydrogen economy.


About You

To lead and inspire a team of this calibre, not only will you need to be a world-class expert in your field, you’ll also need experience of motivating a high calibre team to excel and meet their highest potential. Inspirational, influential and a great relationship builder, you have the commercial awareness to help us achieve our ambitions.

You'll be taking cutting edge scientific developments and applying creative engineering solutions to enable the realisation of higher TRL solutions/products.

Experience transforming engineering practices and behaviours in a large, preferably scientific or high technology organisation will be needed along with the selection and application of design codes, standards and industrial regulations to equipment and facilities/processes.

To be successful you'll have previous experience of:

  • Leading the technical delivery of complex scientific or engineering projects
  • Writing, reviewing and approving of functional and technical specifications
  • The ability to apply technical risk management during projects and/or product development
  • Leading HAZOP studies and staged/gated design review processes
  • Implementing, development and improvement of engineering and management processes and standards
  • Previous experience working within and leading multi-disciplinary teams and possess high standards with respect to delivering with quality and to time and budget.


  • Chartered engineer status (or equivalent & demonstrable experience)
  • Degree qualified in a scientific / engineering disciple (or relevant industry experience to a senior level.)

Beyond that, we’re looking for someone who’ll thrive in an environment like ours. At NPL, we learn from each other, respect each other and work together to do better. For ourselves and for our customers. And whilst we’re always looking to stretch beyond what we know, we don’t make things more complicated when there’s no need.

Together, we’re helping make the impossible, possible.

For further information please contact Thalia Jones on or call 02089438760.

About The Company

We’re transforming. As a national laboratory, we’re exploring even more commercial routes to market and that’s presenting us with greater opportunity – for you and us. Our success relies on the diversity and talent of our people, we strive to nurture and respect individuals to ensure everyone feels valued and supported to excel in their chosen field. This value is at the core of our organisation.

We believe in a culture of fairness by treating everyone on the basis of their own individual merits and abilities regardless of their own or perceived identity, background or any other factor irrelevant to a person’s work. At NPL we are committed to the health and well-being of our employees. Flexible working and social activities are embedded in our culture to create a positive work-life balance, along with a broad range of benefits. NPL’s values are at the heart of what we do and they shape the way we interact, develop our people and celebrate success.

As part of our commitment to diversity & inclusion, we signed up to the Institute of Physics' Project Juno in 2015 as a Juno Supporter. NPL were proud to be awarded Juno Practitioner status in 2018. NPL also joined Stonewall as a Diversity champion in 2015, participating in their annual Workplace Equality Index for the equality of LGBT+ community at NPL. In 2018, NPL became a member of the Business Disability Forum and joined the disability confident scheme as level 1 committed employer.

To ensure everyone has an equal chance, we’re always willing to make reasonable adjustments to the recruitment process. If you would like to discuss, please contact us.


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