Lead Mechanical Designer

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Date: May 3, 2024

Location: Essen, North Rhine, DE

Company: Hatch

Requisition ID: 90255 

Job Category: Engineering 

Location: Essen, North Rhine, Germany 

Join a company that is passionately committed to the pursuit of a better world through positive change. With more than 65 years of business and technical expertise in mining, energy, and infrastructure, our 10,000 colleagues in 150 countries tirelessly work toward bettering the industries in which we operate. With practical solutions that are safe, innovative and sustainable, we think globally while acting locally. 


Join our Project Delivery Group (PDG), a dynamic team of professionals passionately committed to world-class project delivery across the globe. With expertise in sustainable studies, asset building and operations, and industry-leading efficiencies, our best-in-class team leverages methodologies, governance and systems that are unparalleled in the engineering space. Are you looking for an opportunity to join a diverse group of professionals who are committed to remaining exceptional? We look forward to hearing from you.



The Lead Mechanical Designer focuses on the development of a functional plant arrangement. The Lead Mechanical Designer provides input to engineering management, engineering leads and senior designers, and is responsible for: 

  • All activities related to the physical arrangement project assets (equipment, maintenance, buildings, space, commodities, roads, rail, utilities etc.) within the boundary of the project 
  • Coordination of all changes affecting the layout with each functional group. 


Key Responsibilities 

  • Understand the owner/user requirements and the project mission 
  • Support the project kickoff meetings and site visits as required 
  • Assist in interpreting the plant PFDs, P&IDs and plant battery limits and constraints 
  • Assist with the development of the Engineering Work Packages (EWPs) for all activities  specific to layout and general arrangement development 
  • Assist with the man hour budgets for all deliverables and time related activities related to  the layout group 
  • Provides input to the deliverables list for the work to be performed by the design team (plot plan, general arrangements, models, studies, etc.) 
  • Assist with the preparation and issue of the project-specific layout design criteria (if  required) 
  • Coordinate with client representatives in all matters related to layout of the plant 
  • Responsible for development of the facility layouts within the plant to the point where  each functional group can effectively begin their design 
  • Review, coordinate and obtain approval for all layout changes 
  • Ensure continuous coordination between the functional groups as design develops that  affects the layout of the assigned plant 
  • Resolve clashes where the clash will impact the layout 
  • Prioritize allocation of space 
  • Participate in client and internal project meetings
  • Assign work (via signed off EWPs) to layout designers and continuously monitor progress
  • and quality of general arrangements 

  • Review, check and approve all facility layouts and general arrangements to ensure 
  • conformity to the project specific layout design criteria 

  • Monitor design progress and develop corrective actions if required 
  • Participate in and assist with the conduct of project reviews such as reviews for 
  • constructability, operability maintainability, HAZOP etc. 

  • Assist with development and monitoring of budgets and schedules 
  • Provide a safe, clean and maintainable plant layout 
  • Where needed, design plant layout to meet the project modularization and pre-assembly requirements. 



Qualifications and Experience


  • Minimum 10 years Mechanical design experience on major multi-discipline projects
  • Good understanding of maintainability, constructability, safety and operating issues related to the equipment 
  • Good understanding of interdisciplinary dependencies in a project environment 
  • Strong ability to analyze consequences of layout changes and prioritize best solutions as design progresses 
  • Good organizational skills and ability to manage individuals to attain quality, cost and schedule objectives 
  • Strong leadership and coordination skills 
  • Well developed communication, negotiation and interpersonal skills.
  • Essential: fluency in German and English




  • A high degree of understanding of construction methodologies 
  • A high degree of understanding of commissioning methodologies 
  • Extensive experience and understanding in the use of procedures and workflow in the execution of projects 
  • Reasonable experience and understanding in the application of design systems for the discipline that support a 3D data centric design environment. 
  • Engineering degree or equivalent. 

Why join us?


What do we offer you?

  • Flexible work environment
  • Long term career development
  • Think globally, work locally


Don't meet every single requirement? You don't need to. At Hatch, we are building a diverse, inclusive workplace that fosters innovation. If you're interested in this role, we encourage you to apply even if your past experiences don't perfectly align with the skills we've listed.


We're committed to fostering a workforce that reflects the diversity of the communities in which we operate and serve. Hatch is an Equal Opportunity Employer that considers applicants without regard to age, race, color, national origin, citizenship, religion, creed, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, veteran, or any other protected status. If you have any accommodation requirements, please let us know. We'll do our best to meet your needs in accordance with applicable local legislation.


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