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Senior Facade Engineer

Job Profile

Start date: 21st August 2017
Closing date: 22nd September 2017
Salary: Competitive with benefits including pension

This is an exciting opportunity to join our Facades team in London.

We are looking for a strong technical experienced person with the ability to manage both staff and project technical delivery across a variety of technically challenging projects. The opportunity offers excellent leadership to work with us on some of our prestigious projects based both in the UK and overseas.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

The successful candidate will have: day to day technical management of the team reporting to a senior member of staff.

The post includes providing façade related engineering (technical) input and assisting the façade team with façade system design in respect to aspects of procurement, buildability, structural performance, weather-tightness, and durability. Work is varied, working with signature architects on landmark architectural projects at all project values.

Key duties and responsibilities will include:
  • To assist the façade team in developing projects technically from initial Client ideas
  • To participate in project design workshops, developing client requirements into technically appropriate cladding solutions
  • Providing continued support through leadership to the team on Technical content
  • To maintain good client relations
  • Input into the running of individual projects and the overall running of all projects within the team Project management in terms of resource and financial aspects
  • Preparing and Managing the project technical plans and associated project governance
  • Be able to produce clear drawings/sketches to illustrate design ideas
  • Assist in the preparation of specifications
  • Assist in the preparation of project reports
  • To provide strong leadership on Façade Issues to the client and his design team
  • To deliver work in a timely and technically competent manner
  • To review Specialist Contractor submissions
  • To review installed and manufactured works and offer technical commentary
  • To assist with technical reviews; to be able to prepare reports on failures
  • Ongoing technical training and mentoring of façade team
  • Input into the standard specifications (and performance schedules etc)
  • Input into guide documents (standardised drafting manuals, minimum expectations, standards scopes of service etc)
  • Preparation and presentation of training material
  • Development and presenting of technical papers for internal and external publication
  • Research into and dissemination of new products and supporting literature
  • Participation in major project reviews (concept, scheme, final)

Candidate Specification

The successful applicant must have:

  • Free hand sketching skills in developing ideas and explaining concepts
  • Ability to develop, and protect relationships with Clients and provide a range of services tailored to their clients’ needs.
  • Ability to develop and present concepts in meetings
  • An understanding in Façade Subcontracting or consulting fields Middle East or East Asian experience Mandatory.
  • Engineering related degree
  • Ability to work both independently and within extended work teams
  • A basic engineering background is essential; with knowledge of materials and system capabilities including but not limited: aluminium, steel, concrete, stone, glass and timber, and systems like unitised and stick curtain wall systems, aluminium framed windows and rain screen cladding systems
  • Ability to understand and react to design changes and budget constraints
  • Ability to communicate ideas clearly through legible hand drawn generated sketches, or other means as necessary
  • Ability to understand the balance of priorities on differing projects
  • Ability to work as a team player, and manage and work with others in the office, to produce drawings and reports to meet deadlines
  • Have good organisational skills
  • Experience of the practical aspects of handling and fabricating typical cladding materials
  • An understanding and use of Analytical/Design and CAD software along with the interfaces between data transfer links across packages such as Rhinoceros or Grasshopper. Growth in the use of BIM tools and CAD management systems
  • Have experience in designing façade elements which should include the following:
    • Awareness of basic weather performance and building physics issues (ventilation, solar control, thermal performance, fire, acoustics etc)
    • Awareness of typical cladding component details including glass aesthetics and performance
  • Knowledge of relevant façade & structural software, eg. Strand 7, Spacegass, Therm, Autocad, Revit.
  • Extensive knowledge of façade fabrication and workmanship
  • Experienced in façade construction with good knowledge to optimised the design

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