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Lead R&D Engineer -

London / Bicester

We now seek a fully experienced Lead R&D Engineer (mechanical or electrical) to be based in either our London or Oxford office (with 2 days minimum per week in our Oxford office). You will be responsible for managing a small R&D team and developing new mechanical or electrical design solutions for data centre projects. You will undertake a role in the development and design of engineering services, implementing new ideas and new technologies for Mechanical or Electrical installations, systems, equipment, etc. for data centres into test designs and work with other project teams to implement the new solutions into client projects.

Role Responsibilities

  • Responsible for Leading the R&D engineering team
  • Responsible for leading R&D engineering projects. Undertakes a role in the development and design of engineering services, implementing new ideas and new technologies for Mechanical or Electrical installations, systems, equipment, etc. in data centres
  • Researches new and emerging technologies (including renewables) in data centre engineering and where appropriate implement them into test designs
  • Innovate new designs that aim to make the operational & construction environmental Impact of data centres as positive as possible. Target – The Net Zero Impact Data Centre
  • Be at the forefront of new thinking for data centre design
  • Create designs and engineering solutions that can then be implemented into client projects.
  • Work with RED project teams to implement new solutions into live project designs.
  • Keep the RED library of concept designs up to date with new solutions
  • Present new design solutions both internally and to external clients
  • Generate white papers and technical articles for publication
  • Present innovative engineering ideas and solutions at industry events
  • Day to day decision making on project progress and direct liaison with and provides advice to client
  • Responsible for managing junior members of the team
  • Represents Company at technical meetings with customers, professional teams and contractors’ teams
  • Ensures engineering calculations and drawings meet required robust industry and legal standards
  • Leads on the project and engineering coordination
  • Takes a holistic view in the selection and application of engineering concepts and solutions

Role Requirements

  • MSc/MEng or PHD in appropriate engineering discipline
  • MCIBSE/MIEE or working towards Chartered Engineer status
  • At least 5 years’ experience in the design of building services with at least 3 years experience in the design of data centres
  • Ability to research
  • Ability to think innovatively
  • An excellent understanding of mechanical/electrical engineering from first principles
  • Ability to prioritise own workload
  • Ability to work to deadlines
  • Presentation skills
  • Technical report writing skills
  • Sound knowledge of key Health and Safety issues and legislation
  • Knowledge of MS Office applications word, excel, etc.
  • Ability to use IT based calculation and spreadsheet software
  • Good understanding of BS EN standards / UK Regulations / Codes / UTI / UKGBC
  • Good understanding of the world climate emergency
  • Mentoring
  • Understanding of patents and how they are registered


Our people work in friendly teams with a collaborative approach and mentoring support from talented leaders.

We offer a comprehensive benefits package and are an equal opportunities employer.

We are unable to offer sponsorship at this time.

Interested applicants may send their resume to

Location: London / Bicester

Region: Europe

Salary: Competitive

Ready to join the team?

If you think you have what it takes to join an award winning team and help RED continue its exciting journey, we want to hear from you.