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Senior Structural Engineer

Posted on Feb 8, 2019 by Atkins

Aberdeen, Aberdeen United Kingdom
14 Dec 2018
Annual Salary

Senior Structural Engineer

Our successful Oil & Gas business is looking to recruit a senior structural engineer for our Aberdeen office.

Within the oil and gas division, our services are focused on upstream operations engineering i.e. maintain safe and efficient operations for operators, and offshore engineering encompassing fixed, floating and subsea facilities. Having worked on 1,000 oil and gas installations around the world, we are now the operators go to company for difficult challenges in engineering, operations, life extension and ultimately decommissioning which is expected to be a growing market. Additionally, we operate selectively in the onshore mid-stream and downstream markets. We have some 800 experts located in our operations in UK, Houston, Calgary, Trinidad, Denmark, UAE, Singapore and Australia.

Our structural Oil & Gas team works on some of the most exciting and varied projects in onshore and offshore Oil and Gas sector, including front end design, consultancy studies, integrity management of topsides and subsea structures of fixed and floating assets, and decommissioning. This opportunity is to provide day to day operational support to our clients assets including live support and offshore enactment.

Atkins are looking to fill this role with a permanent team member reporting through the structural team discipline structure via a principal structural engineer.


As a Senior Structural Engineer, you will be responsible for:

Leading the delivery of structural projects for all types of assets for key North Sea clients for all types of offshore structures including fixed, floating and subsea structures. You will be working as part of an integrated team covering client interaction and delivery from multiple locations. This will include everything from hand calculations, written reports to linear and non-linear analysis work.

Development of brownfield modification, design and integrity strategies and schemes.

Working with others to identify and develop new technical methodologies.

Contributing to and executing our structural business strategy, including supporting growth initiatives domestically and overseas. Work with others to develop an integrated asset integrity management strategy.

Building and maintaining client relationships, with a view to winning more work. Contributing to successful proposals and tenders.

Successfully managing a team of engineers to execute structural projects or as part of a multi discipline project, and utilise pool resources from other teams and external contractors, where appropriate. Manage team resources to ensure productivity targets are achieved. Developing your capabilities in line with the requirements of the Atkins career paths.

Day to day operational support to client engineers including representing the company at meetings, production of deliverables and presentations.

Liaison and leading interaction with other disciplines such as corrosion and materials, process engineering and subsea engineering for the delivery of day to day tasks.

A detailed understanding and compliance with relevant codes and standards.


Suitable candidates will possess the following qualifications and experience:

Proven success in delivering structural projects against external and internal time, cost and quality objectives. Experience of applying appropriate project governance and project management reporting.
Offshore structural analysis experience of jackets, floating and subsea systems particularly using SESAM software is preferred.
Technical understanding of environmental wave loading and/or vessel motions is preferred.
Linear and non-linear FEA experience in ABAQUS and USFOS and other comparable software packages is preferred.
Experience of managing small teams including carrying out performance reviews
Experience of managing elements of bids and engaging directly with clients
Commercial and business development acumen to assess opportunities and contribute to the solutions.
Ability to report, interpret and communicate the engineering implications of complex analysis results to colleagues and clients, including the implications of problems encountered in the delivery of work.
Ability to support winning work from new and existing clients, through clear and professional communications.
Excellent report writing skills and experience in the delivery of technical presentations to external clients.
Background in offshore structural integrity service delivery is advantageous
Understanding of structural engineering first principals, this is a primarily technical role.
Management, assessment and analysis of designs, modifications and anomalies.
An engineering degree, honours or equivalent in civil, mechanical, structural naval architecture or similar.
Chartered status with a recognised engineering considered advantageous

Candidates should also possess the following personal skills/qualities:

Potential and desire to progress to Principal Engineer status and beyond
Self-motivated, positive, enthusiastic, reliable, consistent and mature approach to work appropriate to delivering growth in the face of challenging market conditions.
Willingness to develop a wide range of skills and flexibility to work on a variety of projects.
Ability to lead small teams, provide line management capability, and an interest in developing junior staff
Ability to cope rapidly with challenging problems
Willingness to engage with and build relationships; anticipate, interpret and deliver client requirements, thereby wining work from new and existing clients
Ability and enthusiasm to work with other teams to develop cross-discipline capabilities
A co-operative and helpful attitude to colleagues and clients

Additional Information

Travel to other company sites may be necessary
Offshore trips likely to be a part of the core role
Atkins recognise that there are many well qualified people who are looking to further their career in engineering, but who cannot commit to full time employment. We support flexible working arrangements and are interested to discuss how we can accommodate individual requirements.


Atkins develops individuals through a portfolio of training and development activities designed to help you make the best of your abilities and talents. We encourage participation in all forms of training and have an active programme of in-house and well as external training for all of our engineers.

Developing your capability is key to our success, and that is why we place such an importance on it.

This role may require security clearance and offers of employment will be dependent on obtaining the relevant level of clearance. If this is necessary it will be discussed with you at interview.

If applying to this role please do not make reference to (in conversation) or include in your application or CV, details of any current or previously held security clearance.

Reference: 633208172

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