Mechanical Engineer

Req ID #:  142792

Margate, GB, CT9 4LT

For 70 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.


IMPORTANT:   In order to be considered for this position, a resume/CV must be uploaded and submitted during the application process.  Please make sure work history and education are added correctly.   



Salary D.O.E + On Call Allowance 


Mechanical & Steam Engineer



Rota - 35 Hrs per week


Monday - Thursday 8.00 am - 4.30 pm

Friday 8.00 am - 1.00 pm


Out of hours callouts - rostered - 1 in 4 weeks (Paid at additional rate) 


* Please not due to nature of role flexibilty surrounding core hours is essential.

Overall responsibility


To be responsible for site steam systems and the maintenance, modification of all site mechanical services and equipment as directed by the Facilities Manager. To carry out mechanical repairs, tests and reports as and when necessary. 

Main duties/responsibilities


  • To carry out mechanical and steam system repairs and improvements to Company properties, both on a responsive basis and strategic basis. 
  • To carry out Mechanical tests and reports on steam Boilers/plant, company property and carry out the necessary repairs. 
  • To maintain a high stranded of both safety and efficiently on all steam plant.     
  • To promote customer satisfaction through the PPM system and improvements process. 
  • To advise the Maintenance Supervisor and Facilities Manager re. future mechanical maintenance requirements, and any changes to Mechanical practice and legislation. 
  • Use Mechanical/Steam skills in an effective manner to complete tasks as detailed by the PPM system.
  • Repair defective systems or components as and when necessary both inside and outside of battier rooms.
  • Monitor mechanical stores to ensure that sufficient stock levels are held to accomplish tasks as laid down by the PPM system.
  • Provide on call cover to ensure correct operation of systems and equipment out of normal working hours.
  • Assist with training of new team members on department procedures.
  • Complete specific tasks or projects as requested by the Facilities Manager or Operations Manager.
  • Promote good work practices and enhance working relationships.
  • Assist with the maintenance of an efficient Quality Management System.
  • Contribute to continuous improvement.
  • Ensure that all Health and Safety regulations are adhered to, liaising with the H&S officer where appropriate.
  • Ensure a safe and tidy work area.
  • Provide cover for other members of the team as and when necessary including the on call rota.


Qualifications, Skills & Abilities


  • At a minimum City& Guilds Mechanical installation
  • 5 years’ work experience
  • Steam qualification / or equivalent time served  
  • Some IT literacy 
  • Experience of working in a busy environment to tight deadlines.
  • Maintaining Steam Boilers 
  • Planned preventive maintenance
  • HVAC 
  • LTHW Boilers
  • Some controls experience
  • Installation experience
  • Fault finding


Benefits: Life assurance, bonus, career development, training opportunities, free onsite parking, subsidised staff room, pay for participation on volunteer days, on-site team building, charity fundraising days, employee engagement programs.


Pension plan: 1st year employee -Company contribution 4% - Employee 4%, after one year: Company 5% -Employee 3%. After three years: Company contribution 9% and employee 1%


Holidays - 26 days + 8 for Public holidays



IMPORTANT: A resume is required to be considered for this position. If you have not uploaded your resume in your candidate profile, please return to upload field and attach your resume/CV. 

About Research Models & Services 
Fundamental to basic research and discovery is the use of in vivo models to help identify disease targets and determine potential biological pathways that regulate the condition.  As the world’s leader in the production and distribution of the highest quality research animal, with 1 out of 2 animal models produced for preclinical research globally, we understand the importance of this step. With seven decades of experience, our expertise is unmatched, allowing us to provide you with the perfect model, including disease-specific and preconditioned options, for basic research and beyond. 

About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.

With over 17,000 employees within 90 facilities in 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. And in 2019, revenue increased to $2.62 billion.

At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of ~85% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2019.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Charles River Laboratories is an Equal Opportunity Employer - M/F/Disabled/Vet.

If you are interested in applying to Charles River Laboratories and need special assistance or an accommodation due to a disability to complete any forms or to otherwise participate in the resume submission process, please contact a member of our Human Resources team by sending an e-mail message to This contact is for accommodation requests for individuals with disabilities only and cannot be used to inquire about the status of applications.

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