Principal Instrument Engineer

Requisition ID
Work Location
Department / Discipline
Instrumentation - Engineering
Position Type
Staff / Permanent

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood is recruiting for an experienced Principal Instrument Engineer to work on an ongoing EPCm contract based at a Pharmaceutical site in the Hertfordshire area.


This is a staff based role and will suit someone with experience working in the Pharmaceutical and/or FMCG and Building Services industries.



  • Estimate and execute instrument engineering activities (Concept, Front End Engineering Development, Technical Study & Detailed Design)
  • Achieve safety standards as defined in personal performance contract
  • Responsible for assessing effectiveness of working practices and systems with a view to continuously improving systems
  • Carry out work in accordance with company and project Health, Safety, Environmental and Quality systems
  • Maintain the required technical quality or work
  • Identify scope and schedule changes in accordance with Change Control Process
  • Ensure that designs comply with the relevant procedures, standards and regulations
  • Ensure, as far as practically possible, that all assigned work is carried out in compliance with agreed budget and schedule
  • Keep up to date with technical developments, National and International standards and legislative requirements related to the discipline.
  • Prepare estimates and schedules and assist in their review
  • Maintain good communication with the Client and visit Assets when necessary
  • Provide cover for the contract C&I focal point where required.






Skills / Qualifications

  • Experience running multiple concurrent small modifications projects (multi-discipline and C&I lead projects).
  • Pharmaceutical experience (Secondary sites desirable).
  • Experience with control and safety system upgrades and modifications (experience with Building Management Systems & Environmental Monitoring Systems is desirable).
  • Experience with specification of field instrumentation and automated valves (experience with instrumentation in building services, utilities and secondary pharma facilities is desirable).
  • Experience with specification of fire detection equipment and the application of BS5839-1 (desirable).
  • Knowledge of GAMP and FDA requirements (desirable).
  • HNC or equivalent in appropriate engineering subject
  • Experienced engineer with sound technical background and expertise
  • Experienced in the use of appropriate codes of practice, standards and relevant sections of statutory documentation
  • Experienced in the use of design and assessment methods used within discipline
  • Competent in use of analytical methods used within discipline including theoretical background for analysis programs
  • Significant experience in planning, progress monitoring, forecasting and reporting activities for the C&I discipline.
  • Conversant with other discipline key project activities and their interaction with/impact on the C&I scope.
  • Aware of commercial, contractual and administrative aspects of engineering
  • Able to estimate man-hours and materials for delegated aspects of work
  • Able to work with other disciplines and draughting sections to meet delivery dates
  • Experienced in quality control requirements and quality assurance for engineering work
  • Competent in design safety / environmental requirements and procedures



Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 40,000 people.

Diversity Statement

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