Join us in our mission to transform the built environment through beautiful and sustainable engineering.

This is an excellent opportunity for a skilled and ambitious MEP, mechanical or electrical building services engineer, with at least 10 years’ experience in building services design, who is looking to develop their experience, knowledge and career, with one of the UK’s leading, award-winning MEP engineering practices; a practice that is owned by the people who work there and committed to leading the industry in tackling the challenges posed by the climate and biodiversity crises.


Based in our London office, this role involves working in one of our multi-disciplinary MEP engineering groups, to act as the primary lead on projects across a range of sectors with duties covering all aspects from RIBA stage 0 to 7. Our aim is to deliver innovative, sustainable solutions that really work for our clients and are beautifully integrated with the architecture and structure.

Our Principal Engineers assemble and lead project teams which involves overseeing the design, project planning, managing Project Engineers and more junior resource, dealing directly with clients, design team members, contractors and other stakeholders. Principal Engineers will work closely with the Directors who have overall responsibility for Projects, to set the technical agenda and ensure high quality projects are delivered on time and on budget.

In addition to leading projects, Principal Engineers also take responsibility for the overall organisation, performance, welfare, learning and development of the people within their team.  

At Max Fordham we are passionate about providing beautifully engineered, low energy buildings, and pride ourselves on providing an open and supportive environment for our employees and partners.

To produce the highest quality and most innovative engineering, we are seeking engineers who can think both creatively and practically, applying a considered and rigorous approach to both design and delivery.


With at least 10 years’ experience in MEP consultancy and a track record of leading projects and teams, you will have a detailed understanding of HVAC system design and a broad appreciation of all building services systems. You will be self-motivated, capable of working well under pressure and have strong project management skills.

Good people management skills are essential, as is a strong desire to communicate and work collaboratively with others, both internally and externally.  You will be expected to contribute positively to the team and wider practice, with a demonstrable ability to prioritise a varied workload.

You will be confident in dealing with clients and collaborators and have experience of leading on the planning and delivery of MEP projects, including managing resources, handling a wide range of technical issues, and independently generating and developing ideas.

Holding a relevant degree qualification, you will be chartered, or ready to apply for chartered status.  You will also have experience working with digital design tools like AutoCAD and Revit.


  • Excellent growth opportunities for your personal and career development in a knowledge driven environment
  • Mentored support towards professional accreditation
  • An annual professional institution subscription
  • Interesting and technically challenging projects
  • An inclusive culture and cooperative environment
  • Opportunities for involvement in business-running activities
  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Competitive pay and employee bonus
  • Employee bonus
  • Future opportunities for Partnership
  • Six weeks holiday (including Bank holidays)
  • Max Fordham Pension Scheme
  • Other benefits include generous paid parental leave, sick pay, and treatment pay.

At Max Fordham we are proud to be a partnership, run by the people who work here. This ensures we are an open and supportive environment for everyone that works here, and it means everyone can be involved in how the practice is run.

Salary - Competitive, dependent on experience

Closing date – 21 June 2023


This position is available for an immediate start.

If you are interested in working with us, we are keen to hear from you. In addition to providing your CV, please apply with a conversational letter that tells us how your skills match our criteria and your interests align with our vision of a beautifully engineered net zero carbon world.

Please use this link to apply.

If you have any additional queries, please contact Lavinia Tutuianu at