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 small refurbishments 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

We are looking for a Graduate Sustainability Consultant to join us. You will be perfect for this role if you are excited about providing sustainability focused consultancy services for our clients and interested in a range of issues that cut across sustainability and climate change issues within the built environment.

Your work could encompass masterplanning, environmental building design, building fabric studies, sustainable engineering systems, materials, waste and ecology, often also coordinating with an approach to the mechanical and electrical servicing concept.  You will be providing a broad range of sustainability consultancy across a range of sectors including some high profile projects within the higher education, commercial and residential sectors, and developing sustainability briefs and strategies for often complex projects. The role involves providing strategic sustainability advice for projects, including setting headline aspirations, and advising on relevant KPIs and certification schemes and supporting the teams to implement project ambitions.

You will have a chance to work on every aspect of consultancy that our team offers – strategic and detailed sustainability advice, certification (e.g. BREEAM, Home Quality Mark, LEED), embodied carbon analysis, wellbeing advice (including WELL and Fitwel), and building physics and renewable energy analysis, Net Zero Carbon advice, building performance (Soft Landings) and even masterplanning.

Your role as a graduate consultant is also about being prepared to take on complicated and challenging tasks as part of an integrated team, and to challenge project briefs and methodologies where design can leads to inappropriate and unsustainable outcomes. You will also be expected to contribute to practice knowledge sharing, undertaken research and contribute to our understanding of various sustainability issues.

We encourage our Graduates Consultants to work towards Chartered Environmentalist or Chartered Engineer within 4 years and offer you the opportunity for career development within an award-winning dynamic practice that works with some of the most innovative and forward-thinking designers, on a diverse portfolio of interesting and challenging projects.

About the person

You should have a scientific, technical or relevant social science background with a minimum grade of 2:1 or above, or equivalent.

You will be a quick learner, and have an analytical mind. You will have excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, complemented by great organisational skills.  You will enjoy developing lasting relationships with clients and collaborators, and also with colleagues.

The role requires an engaging approach, and excellent communication skills which are complemented by great organisational skills. 

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 would be right for the role, as well as any additional experience. Please include details of 2-3 examples of where you have worked on industry related project, setting out your role and responsibilities.

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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