This position is available for an immediate start.

About Max Fordham LLP

As building services engineers, we combine creativity and engineering to design innovative, elegant and sustainable buildings in the UK and overseas. For over 50 years we've brought this approach to projects of all sizes across all building sectors. Our portfolio includes award winning buildings and internationally renowned landmarks, and we have had one of our projects feature on the shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize in each of the last three years.

We have also been recognised as a good employer, with regular entries in the Building Magazine Good Employer Guide (we were one of the top five Best Engineering Employers in 2017); we were named the Association of Consultancy and Engineering's Diversity and Inclusion Champion in 2017; and we have won the Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers medium-sized Employer of the Year Award three times in the last five years. We are also a Living Wage Employer.

We offer a different sort of working environment. What makes us different is that our innovative approach to building design also extends to the way in which we run our business. The Practice is owned by the people who work for us, and our unique approach to ownership and governance puts trust and transparency at the heart of how we operate.

About Our Sustainability team

Our sustainability team is a close knit team spread across four offices. We lead on sustainability strategies and assessment, building performance, embodied carbon analysis and wellbeing services within the practice. Our Sustainability consultants help our clients develop and then champion a sustainability brief within the whole project team. The sustainability team is embedded in an engineering group to encourage idea sharing and information dissemination and we also act as a hub for sustainability knowledge working with all engineers across the practice.  The work our building performance consultants have done has been rewarded by achieving BSRIA Soft Landings Practitioner of the Year.

Our sustainability consultancy provides some of the most progressive and influential work that our Practice undertakes, offering exciting opportunities to identify the fundamental issues that are most relevant to each project and client. Using a variety of techniques we focus a broad agenda down to a manageable set, from meetings to structured workshops involving a wider group of stakeholders.  We champion and monitor the sustainability agenda as the project progresses.

We work on a wide range of high profile projects and building types from single houses to masterplans working with engineers across the practice. This is an exciting time to join us as the industry is demonstrating a renewed interest in sustainability and as we add to our increasing portfolio of zero carbon consultancy for both projects and organisations.

About the role

Building performance is how a building works in practice. It encompasses functional issues such as how easy the building is to use, maintain, the quality and comfort of the internal environment – air, heat and light – and energy efficiency and carbon emissions.

We believe that being an effective building performance specialist requires experience of how buildings are designed, built and operated, and a good understanding of building services. As part of your training you will gain experience in:

  • Setting energy and carbon key performance indicators (KPIs) for a project in the context of achieving Net Zero Carbon
  • Operational energy modelling - using both dynamic simulation modelling and first principals.
  • Review of strategic and outline designs for the achievement of high building performance
  • Design of energy metering and monitoring systems to measure energy consumption
  • Design of building control systems
  • Overseeing how buildings are commissioned
  • Specification of Automatic monitoring and targeting (AMT) systems
  • Net Zero Carbon assessments

The role will involve working across a broad range of projects in different sectors and at various different stages of the project, from early stage work right at the inception of the project, through to carrying our Post Occupancy Evaluations (POE) by engaging with the building occupants after the building has been completed.

A key part of this role will be in helping the practice to achieve our delivery of net zero carbon on all our projects. This will involve carrying out POE reviews and working with a team of engineers and consultants internally to deliver these ambitions. This presents a fantastic opportunity to make a difference on how our built environment performs and influence and promote best practice in the industry.

We are appointed as Soft Landings Champion on an increasing number of projects. You will contribute to these projects by:

  • Helping to agree operational performance targets for each project.
  • Reviewing operational implications of designs.
  • Preparing Building User Guides, in collaboration with the project team.
  • Providing Aftercare on completed projects including supporting building operators technically, monitoring building performance and assisting in fine-tuning building systems to improve energy and comfort.

We would also like you to work on some broader sustainability consultancy depending on your interest and opportunities to give you a better rounded training.

About the Person

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic graduate who learns quickly and who enjoys the challenge of new experiences. You should have a good degree in engineering, architecture or physical science (minimum 2:1 or equivalent). 

The role will be based in the Bristol office and will require you to work in both the London and Bristol offices with some travel between the two.

The role requires very good communication skills and sound technical ability, and will require a flexible and organised approach in order to work across a very broad range of projects.

Some experience is the built environment or a masters degree in a relevant degree would be beneficial but is not essential.

Now what to do

If you believe you have the qualities and can demonstrate the skills we are looking for, then we would love to hear from you. Please send us your CV and a chatty letter telling us why you would like to work for us, and setting out how you meet each of the essential experience criteria, as well as any additional experience.

To apply, please use the following link:

If you have any additional queries, please contact Charmaine McKeown at You will also need to be able to demonstrate that you are eligible to work in the UK.

Closing date for applications: Sunday 24th November 2019

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