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Principal Engineer

Lancaster University
Lancaster, Lancashire
£41,526 to £51,034 plus excellent benefits
Closing date
1 Dec 2021

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Job position
Head of
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Engineer, Facilities Manager
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Principal Engineer

Lancaster University is an internationally highly ranked leader in the provision of inspiring teaching, research, and engagement.  The University has been one of the top universities in the UK for over a decade and is consistently placed in the top ten of UK league tables.   This, together with being awarded the coveted 2018 University of the Year and Best Campus University honours by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, cements its place as a leading global university (with campuses in Ghana and Germany as many international partnerships).

Lancaster’s award-winning Facilities Division operates across campus to maintain and develop their buildings and estate and provide vital 24/7 support services throughout the year.

The University is now seeking to make the key appointment to the post of Principal Engineer within the Facilities Estate Operations team.  The postholder will take the lead role in ensuring statutory provision of a safe and compliant built estate that delivers high performing strategic and operational services. Managing a team of professional engineers, you will have comprehensive managerial experience and understanding of building engineering and site infrastructure services, planned and condition-based life-cycle maintenance, project and contract management experience. You will collaborate and support the wider Facilities Leadership Team in the development and delivery of the Facilities vision and strategy.

We are seeking an industry-leading candidate with significant experience in an engineering / building services leadership role across a large, complex organisation with a broad range of core activities.  With a background and professional qualification in building services, you will possess a proven track record understanding the fundamentals of engineering and applying them to a campus environment. 

With excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, the appointed candidate will possess the proven ability to operate successfully with a multitude of internal colleagues and external stakeholders.  

The University can support combined home / onsite working arrangements providing that campus commitments take precedence.

The candidate brochure can be viewed at:

To learn more please contact our retained search advisors David Craven ( / 07932717438) and Ben Duffill ( / 07976125010) at MRG.

Closing date for applications is 1st December 2021.  Final interviews will be held during week commencing 13th December 2021.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups. Lancaster University is a Disability Confident Committed employer.


Lancaster is a top 10 UK university and in the top one per cent of Universities in the global rankings. In 2015, the University has proved its commitment to world-class research and teaching by being consistently ranked highly in both national and global university league tables. 

Set in 360 acres of parkland, Lancaster University provides excellent facilities for our 12,000 students and 2,500 staff. We have invested £500 million into our campus since 2002, creating new academic facilities, student social facilities and improved teaching space. The last 12 months have been exceptional, with the University winning some major national awards for our facilities, including AUDE Facilities Estates Team of the Year.

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