Building Diagnostics

Building Diagnostics

LVI Associates: Your Premier Partner for Building Diagnostics Talent

Encompassing evaluation, planning, and compliance, our international reach and profound expertise positions us as the preferred partner of choice for permanent, contract, and multi-hire Building Diagnostics talent solutions.

With a track record of over a decade in specialized talent acquisition and executive search, we're committed to delivering exceptional results in hiring, onboarding, and the overall recruitment process. If you're looking to elevate your hiring procedures to meet key business goals, amplify your retention strategy with data-informed insights, and stay in the loop with industry advances, we're here to assist. To fast-track your search for specialized experts, request a call back today or submit a job specification.

Whether you're seeking world-class Building Diagnostics talent, or are a industry professional considering new career opportunities, LVI Associates is your dependable partner. Our dedicated team thrives on supplying top-tier talent, including Senior Building Envelope Consultants, Structural Engineers, and more.

If you're a Building Diagnostics professional looking for new career opportunities, please register your CV/resume.

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​Benefits of working with LVI Associates

The Building Diagnostics sector is central to maintaining the health and longevity of structures, powered by cutting-edge technology and predictive maintenance strategies. The need for these services is escalating as organizations of all sizes focus on optimizing the safety, efficiency, and sustainability of their built environment. Factors such as changing climate conditions, aging infrastructure, and the push for green and resilient buildings are accelerating this demand.

Whether you need immediate placements for essential Building Diagnostics roles or strategic talent acquisition solutions for long-term success, we have the resources and expertise to deliver exceptional results. Here are the many benefits of working with the LVI Associates Building Diagnostics team:


We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading talent partner in Building Diagnostics


A vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, working worldwide across Building Diagnostics.


Our award-winning Building Diagnostics talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news to help you achieve your goals.

Take the first step in overcoming your talent shortage by completing our form. Our dedicated team awaits the opportunity to discuss how we can effectively partner with your organization to fulfill your hiring goals.

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Building Diagnostics

As the Building Diagnostics field gears up for transformative growth and innovation, the demand for skilled professionals is accelerating. Changes in sustainability norms, digital applications, and advanced diagnostic methods indicate a bright future. Capitalize and help shape the future of the sector by browsing our current openings or submit your CV/resume to LVI Associates. As your trusted talent aqusition ally, we're committed to advancing your career while contributing to the future of Building Diagnostics together.

MEP Building Consultant

LVI is currently working with a well known building consulting company based in Dallas who have been market leaders for over 20 years. This is an exciting opportunity to work with a leading building consulting firm that specializes in property condition assessments for developing facilities, such as health-care, private K-12 schools and commercial buildings. As part of the team, you will have the chance to develop your skills while working on challenging projects across various industries. You will be responsible for conducting detailed analyses of various incidents involving building's MEP assessments such as HVAC, plumbing/mechanical systems and building code compliance for the repair and restoration of these systems. As part of this process, you must conduct thorough examinations by analyzing data collected during field inspections using technical knowledge gained through their education & practical work experiences. As a successful candidate, you must possess strong mechanical engineering knowledge combined with a good understanding on how to conduct property condition assessments. Qualifications: Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering Registered EIT or P.E. preferred 3+ Years experience working within MEP engineering Have a good working knowledge on conducting property condition assessments and working with existing buildings Company Benefits: Bonus based off of both company and individual performance Benefits: Health Insurance/dental. Vacation, Sick, Holiday Pay. 401K Match

£80000 - £120000 per annum

Senior Structural Engineer

The firm is looking for someone who is interested in leveraging their expertise for a variety of structural engineering projects, including the investigation, design, analysis, and/or repair of new and existing structural materials and systems, loading conditions, and construction types); preparing technically excellent client deliverables; providing high-quality reviews and oversight of work by others; and performing and training others in hands-on field work. Qualifications/Competencies: Licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the State of California; Licensed Structural Engineer (SE) preferred Master's degree in civil/structural engineering or related field Minimum eight years of relevant structural engineering industry experience, including technical and project management (e.g., failure/damage investigation; non-destructive evaluation and instrumentation; structural analysis and design for repair, retrofit, and rehabilitation of existing structures; seismic engineering; bridge engineering; civil infrastructure; and/or specialty consulting of new systems and materials from design through construction) Established expertise with some or all of the following materials, systems, and their applications: cast-in-place concrete, post-tensioned concrete, prestressed/precast concrete, structural steel, stainless steel, cold-formed steel, wood, clay masonry, CMU, etc. Effective technical, graphical, written, and verbal communication skills Ability to prioritize tasks and adapt to changing demands, while maintaining a high standard of excellence, integrity, and attention to detail

Los Angeles

Building Envelope Specialist

How would you like to own shares in one of the worlds leading building enclosure specialist firms from the day you walk through the door? At this firm, your professional development is a priority, which is why they outline your ambitions from day one and put you on a path to success by paying for any course, conference or credential that is relevant to the work done. Not only do they pay for this and allot study time, but you are also granted a salary increase between 4% - 6% for each relevant credential you earn with them! Specialising in all areas of building enclosure consulting from investigations to design, to commissioning, our partner is one of the United States leading building enclosure consulting firms. Whether you are an experienced building enclosure consultant looking for a step forward or an aspiring engineer or architect looking to get your foot in the door of a highly lucrative industry, this is a great opportunity for professional development. They offer the opportunity to work in an engaging team environment where you will work on exciting and challenging projects, discover new and developing technologies, practices, and techniques and where you will flourish in a culture of continuous learning and collaboration. Working under the guidance of leading technical specialists who broadly share their expertise, you will get to fine tune your skills and cultivate your expertise while being given the opportunity to pursue your professional goals. They are looking for project managers and field technicians to join their specialist teams based in Virginia Beach, Virginia. So if you are in the area and looking for a company that will prioritise your professional development, reach out before it's too late! Responsibilities Manage building envelope projects from conceptual design to final completion. Conduct site investigations and evaluation of building envelope systems. Formulate envelope solutions to maximise energy efficiency and achieve carbon reduction in accordance with current building codes. Design and analysis of building envelope systems and preparation of reports and studies. Coordinate with other engineering and architectural disciplines to provide technical expertise on building envelope designs. Perform contract administration/construction review while executing project requirements. Market and solicit work from new and existing clients. As the subject matter expertise, remain up to date on current and upcoming industry trends, standards and guidelines to establish and implement best practices. Experience Minimum 3 years of relevant Building Envelope Consulting or Roof Consulting experience Experience in a consulting firm would be considered an asset IIBEC Credentials are valued but not compulsory ( RRC, RWC, RRO, REWC) PE or RA license is ideal but not required. Benefits $95,000- $120,000 (depending on building envelope experience and credentials) Work from home flexibility and autonomy over your projects. Quarterly bonus structure Wellness allowance 100% employee-owned firm. Salary increases and educational support for all relevant credentials. Equal Opportunity Employer Reach Out If this role is not specifically in line with your experience, reach out to Jordan Burke on LinkedIn to explore other opportunities! Email: Phone: 2026186982

US$95000 - US$120000 per annum
Virginia Beach

Forensic Electrical Engineer - Houston

LVI is working with a well-known, multidisciplinary engineering company that has been operating for over 40 years. They are looking to recruit a Electrical Engineer with 3 years of experience in failure analysis investigations to contribute to this company's growth for 2024. They will provide you with the tools and support you need to become a well known market leader and flourish in your industry. You will be working on various cases investigating the causes and origins of electrical failures, defects, or damages in commercial and industrial facilities. Investigations will include electrical power system malfunctions, electrical equipment, power distribution failures, causes of electric shocks and electrocutions, fire and explosion causes and you must posses a great knowledge of the national electrical codes and standards. Electrical Engineering Experience: Evaluation and investigation of electrical systems on commercial and industrial facilities. Provide expert witness testimony of findings at deposition or trial. Travelling to different investigation scenes to perform inspections and gather data. Compose and submit accurate reports to clients within a timely manner. Collaborate in multi-disciplinary teams to analyze complex issues. You must possess a minimum of a bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering and have a minimum of 3 years of consulting experience. Must be P.E. Licensed Have experience marketing yourself bring on new clients What does it mean for you? Highly competitive salary. Competitive Benefits: 401k, Health-care, PTO (negotiable) etc ESOP - The opportunity to have ownership within the company. Performance bonus: Individual and Team based. A highly collaborative environment.

£100000 - £170000 per annum + 401K, Bonus, Company Shares

Structural Engineering - Project Analyst

Our client is an incredibly well-established firm in the Existing Structures space, local to South Florida. They are seeking an ambitious Project Analyst to join their team and help them to continue delivering exceptional results in forensics, concrete restoration and threshold inspection projects, spanning high-rise commercial, multi-family and hotel properties, for their vast network luxury clients. There is a great opportunity to take a hands-on role in a variety of technically-challenging projects, gain mentorship from leading technical minds in the market, receive support in gaining further licenses, and progress through an incredibly exciting firm who are still at an early stage in their long-term visions for growth! Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree in relevant engineering field. - EIT license holder in Florida, PE license is a plus. - 2/3+ years of experience as a project analyst or similar role within structural/construction engineering sector Core Responsibilities: - Collaborate with multi-disciplined teams including engineers, architects etc. - Perform field inspections for a variety 20+ storey buildings across Southeast Florida. - Generate detailing reports for findings from field inspections. - Diagnose and determine the root cause for defective structural and building envelope components. - Provide support in providing repairs/restoration design solutions. Salary : Dependent on experience but expected between $70-100k, and an extremely lucrative bonus scheme.

West Palm Beach

Pipe/ Utility Superintendent - Portland, OR

Position: Pipe/Underground Wet Utility Superintendent Salary: $120,000- $180,000 + Bonus(s) Location: Portland, OR Company Overview: Join this dynamic team, a leading construction firm specializing in infrastructure projects in the Portland, OR area. They are committed to delivering high-quality, innovative solutions to their clients while fostering a collaborative and inclusive work environment. Job Description: They are seeking a skilled and experienced Pipe/Underground Wet Utility Superintendent to oversee all aspects of underground utility projects in the Portland metropolitan area. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in managing pipe installation, sewer systems, stormwater management, and other wet utility infrastructure projects. Responsibilities: Lead and supervise field crews to ensure the successful completion of underground utility projects on time and within budget Coordinate with project managers, engineers, and subcontractors to plan and execute project activities Manage all aspects of project scheduling, budgeting, and resource allocation Ensure compliance with safety regulations and company policies on every job site Conduct regular inspections and quality control checks to maintain high standards of workmanship Provide timely progress reports and communicate effectively with stakeholders throughout the project lifecycle Experience Needed: Minimum of 5 years of experience in a leadership role overseeing pipe/underground wet utility projects Proven track record of successfully managing multiple projects simultaneously Extensive knowledge of underground utility construction techniques, materials, and equipment Familiarity with local regulations and permitting requirements related to underground utility installations Strong leadership and communication skills, with the ability to motivate and mentor field crews to achieve project goals Qualifications Needed: Bachelor's degree in construction management, civil engineering, or related field (preferred) Valid driver's license and clean driving record OSHA 30-Hour Construction Safety Certification (preferred) Experience with project management software and tools (e.g., Procore, Microsoft Project) Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance plans Retirement savings plan with company match Paid time off and holidays Opportunities for professional development and advancement within the company A collaborative and supportive work environment focused on safety, integrity, and excellence Join their team and play a key role in shaping the future of infrastructure in the Portland area! To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and qualifications. We look forward to hearing from you!

US$120000 - US$180000 per year

Structural Engineer -DC Based

Seeking an ambitious Structural Engineer with expertise in inspections, concrete construction, or structural restoration who would like the opportunity to have a mix of remote working and field engagement that leads to direct involvement with construction and repairs in your next role? Are you passionate about sharing your knowledge and experience through mentoring, training, and developing co-workers. Does working within a collaborative team of a rapidly scaling division of a well-respected company sound like the type of environment you would enjoy working within? We are looking for senior engineering leaders to help inspire and guide our technical growth. As an essential business providing critical engineering and repair services to the parking garage industry my client is growing and we would love to talk to you about the opportunities within our company. We are hiring for a Structural Engineer to join the a fast growing exciting team in a recession proof market! The Senior Structural Engineer will survey and evaluate existing structures and prepare the associated inspection reports. They will communicate the assessment results and follow up plans with business development co-workers and clients. The Senior Structural Engineer will confer with project personnel to provide technical advice and ensure issues are effectively brought to resolution. This role is responsible for providing technical sales support to enhance existing customer relationships and to assist with securing new ones. Additionally, the Senior Structural Engineer will serve as a mentor, and peer reviewer, and assist in the training and development of engineering co-workers. Responsibilities: Surveys and evaluates existing structures for maintenance and repair needs. Prepares and issues associated inspection reports for use by the customer and Territory Manager. Communicates assessments and follow up plans with business development co-workers and assists in conveying technical concepts to clients. Engineers all structural repairs within assigned territory. Reviews calculations, structural drawings, and construction documents and related questions as required. Refers questions or seeks technical advice from Senior Director. Researches building codes and specifications as required. Provides technical sales support to Business Development Representative's for prospective customers and existing clients. Provides technical advice and guidance to project personnel and subcontractors as needed. Consistently attends technical seminars and training programs to ensure subject matter expertise is up to date and honed. Assists with training new Structural Engineers as needed. Assists in the development and training of engineering co-workers which may include direct supervision and management. Important Areas of Expertise: Bachelor's and Master's degree in Civil/Structural Engineering, P.E.,S.E OR E.I.T required 7+ years of relevant experience in concrete construction / concrete repair / concrete restoration / forensic investigation Demonstrated experience in performing forensic and restoration engineering duties on existing parking structures of all construction types Key Benefits: Fully remote Flexible working hours $10,000 Vehicle Allowance Health, dental and vision contributions 401k matching Reach Out If this role is not specifically in line with your experience, reach out to Jordan Burke on LinkedIn to explore other opportunities! Or contact him at his email - or Call at 2026186982

US$80000 - US$115000 per annum + Disclosed on request

Forensic Engineer

We have a current opportunity for a Forensic Engineer on a permanent basis. The position will be based in Georgia, Atlanta. You'll have the opportunity to work for a high-ambitious and successful firm who have built their reputation as reliable experts for litigated assignments. With a strong network within the industry the firm has quickly built steam on their venture and are eager to build out the team! Maintaining an unquestionable track record in court proceedings, establishing a vast client base and an expanse of project opportunities. You will also have the chance to work with cutting edge technology to provide more details reporting/insights, and improve efficiency on the inspections and project turnaround times. they are focused on organic growth and eager to find the right cultural fit for the business. seeking a highly ambitious and motivated individual who has a passion for forensic engineering. You will be working across construction & design defects, moisture intrusion and envelope failures, cause and origin reporting for losses related to natural perils, premises liabilities and mechanical and fire loss investigation! Requirements: Minimum of a Bachelors Degree in relevant field, i.e. Structural, Civil or Architectural Engineering. P.E license in Georgia/ Multiple states preferred. At least 4 years of industry relevant technical experience Litigation experience desirable but not required Willing to go above-and-beyond, and a drive to make an important contribution to the growth of a business that you will be truly valued for. Benefits: Base compensation varies on years of experience and licenses. Remote work with travel to projects around Georgia. Autonomy over working schedule bonus structured with a share of the revenue generated above billable.

US$100000 - US$140000 per annum

Regional Building Science Leader - Toronto, Canada

Title: Join Our Team as a Regional Building Science Leader in Toronto, Canada! Introductory Paragraph: Our client is seeking an experienced and innovative individual to join their team in the role of Regional Building Science Leader. This permanent position offers a fantastic opportunity for someone who has 15+ years experience working with building science and energy systems. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing profit and loss activities while driving sustainable solutions within this exciting sector. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or higher in Engineering AND/OR Building science - Forensic/Research Experience - Licensed P. Eng Skills: SAFETY - We require our candidates to have extensive knowledge about safety procedures when dealing with various forms of construction materials, machinery or tools. Energy - A deep understanding of how different types of energy sources work together can bring value-added services to clients that want cost-effective methods without sacrificing comfort levels. Sustainability - Knowledge on implementing green practices such as re-using waste products where possible, recycling programmes etc., helps reduce environmental impact whilst maintaining quality standards. Responsibilities The selected applicant's responsibilities shall include but not limited- * Oversee all aspects related to the regional building science programs including budgeting & forecasting, * Lead projects from concept through design process ensuring designs are developed according set codes; lead project teams comprising engineers, architects; * Conduct forensic research analysis into buildings defected by water infiltration using specialized equipment like infrared cameras among others; Salary Package Details We offer competitive salary packages starting at $120-150k per annum based on relevant skillset/experience level along with other benefits such as medical insurance coverage options amongst many more perks which make us one-of-a-kind employer offerings available today!

£120000 - £150000 per annum

Forensic Structural Engineer

The Company: They are a well-known architectural and engineering company with a reputation for excellence and innovation, that prides itself on providing clients with high-quality services. We pride ourselves on our family oriented and inclusive culture. Role Overview: They are seeking to hire a structural forensic engineer with a minimum of 5 years experience in the industry. You will be expected to manage project teams made up of BIM modellers, project managers, and project designers while exercising high-level project oversight. You will also be in charge of maintaining and expanding client connections and serve as the main point of contact for clients. Role & Responsibilities: Project Management: Manage project timetables, set project scopes of work, communicate with both present and future clients, and sign and seal your construction documents. Structural Design: Assist in the production of construction papers for these projects in compliance with corporate guidelines; provide precise, suitably detailed computations for structural systems made of steel, concrete, wood, and masonry. Structural Analysis and Investigation: Use information gathered and calculations to provide opinions regarding structural condition and viability of additions or renovations as directed by the client. Provide comprehensive, expertly written letters and reports documenting work. Visit project sites to field measure structure. Investigate existing construction to ascertain structural conditions. Software: Use engineering software to model structures as needed to complete the aforementioned tasks. Provide updates on project status to the project principals through reports. Job Qualifications: Bachelor of Science degree in structural engineering, civil engineering or architectural engineering from an ABET accredited institution (Master of Science degree is a plus) Good communications and writing skills Ability to work both independently and in a team environment Attention to detail Benefits Include Salary based on skills and qualifications (exempt position with straight time pay for overtime) Paid holiday, vacation and sick time off Company paid medical, vision, and dental insurance with employee funded Health Savings Account Company paid short- and long-term disability insurance 401k plan with company matching Company paid continued education, licensure fees, and professional organization memberships. Flexible work schedule and limited overtime

US$100000 - US$125000 per annum

Senior Engineer (Forensic Structural)

We are seeking a highly experienced and qualified Senior Structural Engineer to join our market-leading engineering team. As a Senior Structural Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in providing technical expertise and project management services structural engineering and forensic operations. This position requires a deep understanding of structural engineering principles, the ability to lead complex projects from inception to completion, and a commitment to delivering high-quality work. In addition, you will be responsible for fostering client relationships, driving business development, and mentoring and developing staff members. This is an opportunity to join a specalist multidiscinary firm currently transitioning from being classed as a small to medium sized company, and are looking to bring in a new senior leader to further growth plans and continue the family feel cuture they value as they continue to grow. Whether its regualar cook outs, being greeted by smiling faces as soon as you reach the office or the tenure of all of its current employees, culture is just as important as the technicals in this case! Technical Expertise and Project Management: Provide expert-level guidance and project management services for structural design and analysis, encompassing concrete, steel, masonry, and wood structures. Conduct structural condition assessments, forensic investigations, and failure analysis to identify root causes and develop effective remediation strategies. Oversee testing programs to evaluate structural performance and generate appropriate recommendations. Develop and supervise the design of structural systems, including the preparation of construction documents, specifications, and construction administration services. Offer expert testimony on structural systems in legal proceedings. Client Relations and Business Development: Maintain existing client relationships and cultivate new business opportunities through networking and effective marketing efforts. Actively engage with clients to understand their needs, provide solutions, and ensure satisfaction with our services. Staff Mentoring and Development: Mentor and support junior staff members, providing guidance and fostering their professional growth. Industry Involvement and Knowledge Enhancement: Participate in relevant industry organizations, staying abreast of industry developments and trends to enhance knowledge and contribute to professional growth. Qualifications: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Civil or Structural Engineering. Minimum of 10 years of experience in structural engineering or a related field (preferred). Profound knowledge of structural engineering principles, including concrete, steel, masonry, and timber structures. Experience in structural condition assessments, forensic investigations, and failure analysis. Familiarity with structural testing programs. Expertise in structural system design, construction documents, specifications, and construction administration services. Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Strong analytical and problem-solving abilities. Proven capability to manage multiple projects and priorities simultaneously. Professional licensure (PE or RA or SE credential) preferred. Experience with expert witness testimony preferred. Employee Benefits: We offer a competitive salary ranging from $100,000 to $145,000, commensurate with experience. Along with professional work environments, we provide a comprehensive benefits package including: Medical, Dental, and Vision coverage, with the company contributing to a portion of the premiums. Supplemental Insurance Options: Life, AD&D, Legal Plan, Pet Insurance, Critical Illness, Hospital Indemnity, and Accident Plans. Fully company-funded Short-Term and Long-Term Disability benefits. 401(k) retirement savings plan. Join our esteemed team and be part of our mission to deliver exceptional structural engineering solutions. Apply today to explore the possibilities of this exciting Senior Structural Engineer role. Main Office in Maryland , however offices across the US.

US$100000 - US$145000 per annum

Forensic Structural Engineer

We are currently seeking an experienced and skilled forensic structural engineer to join our client's reputable engineering firm based in beautiful Vancouver, Canada. This is a permanent position offering the opportunity for growth within the company. Responsibilities: - Conducting site investigations and assessments of buildings after disasters such as earthquakes or fires - Analyzing data collected from investigations and providing detailed reports outlining findings. - Providing expert witness testimony when required - Collaborating with other departments to develop strategies that prevent future accidents Qualifications: To be considered for this role, applicants must possess the following qualifications: 1) A Bachelor's degree in Engineering with specialization in Civil/Structural Engineering 2) Minimum 5 years' experience working on in structural design and forensic structural engineering 3) Licensure through Engineers & Geoscientists British Columbia (EGBC) 4 ) Proven track record conducting successful building code compliance audits Skills: In addition to possessing relevant qualifications above we require candidates who have expertise across some of these skills below; 1. Ability to make sound decisions under pressure while dealing effectively with conflicting priorities; 2. Excellent communication skill; both verbal and written; able explain complex technical information clearly ; 3 . Detail-oriented approach ; ability analyze large amounts of data accurately 4 . Strong problem-solving abilities Salary: The salary offered by our client will be CAD 120000 per annum depending upon qualification & Experience. If you meet all requirements listed above then please apply today! We look forward hearing from qualified individuals excited at joining one BC's top-rated employers!

US$120000 - US$140000 per annum

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Negotiating the salary you deserve 

When seeking a new job, it’s imperative to know the market, understand where you fit within it, and form a realistic salary expectation to stick to. A good talent partner will help you to know your worth within the industry and organization you’re interviewing for and will assist with communicating those expectations back to the hiring manager, but no one is a better advocate for you than you. Learning how to negotiate a salary when you receive a job offer is a vital skill for both now and in the future, and when done appropriately, will put you in a better position not just financially, but also in terms of how valued you feel in your role. We know that feeling appreciated and adequately compensated for our time, effort, and expertise has a direct impact on productivity, engagement, and general happiness within a company, so salary negotiations play an important part for both sides.It can be difficult to communicate those expectations as a professional hoping to onboard with a new company, and there is certainly a residual stigma around speaking about money and asking for more that is hard to overcome. At LVI Associates, we have observed that professionals who negotiate their salary are presented with a much better job offer, so good communication skills and an understanding of your contribution can really pay off. As a general rule, always assume the offer is up for negotiation. And don’t forget to approach the process with positivity, as chances are the hiring manager isn’t crazy about negotiating, either. Here are our top tips on how to negotiate for the salary you deserve.Know the industry salary trendsTrying to negotiate for a higher salary without being familiar with industry trends will get you off to a bad start. Information is your biggest asset and conducting some research as well as speaking openly to a talent partner that knows your industry, the hiring company, and what you have to offer, will vastly improve your bargaining power. You can be a negotiating pro, but without being able to back up your requests with solid reasoning, it will be harder for the hiring company to take your expectations seriously. Pay particular attention to the most sought-after roles and skills within your industry and think about how your experience relates. Being able to recognize when your skills are transferable to a particularly in-demand area will add to your negotiation power. Start negotiating only when you have a firm offerThere is a process to be followed when it comes to receiving and accepting a job offer and understanding the etiquette will help your negotiation when the time comes. If you are interested in a position but it doesn’t meet your salary expectation, resist the temptation to bargain until the company has given you a formal offer. This is your signal that your skills, expertise, and personality are a strong match for the business and the role and is a great asset to you when it’s time to tell them why you’re worth the higher salary. Once the ball is in your court, you can use the fact that they believe you’re right for the job along with your understanding of the industry and the market to your advantage, making it harder for them to dismiss your requirements.It can also be worthwhile to take a reasonable amount of time to consider the offer rather than jump into negotiations. Tell the hiring manager that you’re serious about the offer and the position, but that you need some time to consider the whole picture. Be gracious and enthusiastic but take the time you need to prepare for negotiations and signal to them that there may be elements of the offer that don’t align with your requirements. Chances are they’ll have a counteroffer in mind for you.Build the business caseIn order for a company to seriously consider your request for an increased salary offer, it must make commercial sense for the business. Make a strong case, show that you understand the company's current financial situation, and know who has the power to negotiate. While likeability shouldn’t be underestimated in the hiring process and a large part of your job offer will be to do with character fit, it’s not enough for them to like you when it comes to financial compensation. They have to believe your worth in fiscal terms, so don’t expect your personal compatibility to get you the salary increase you want. Instead, explain precisely why your requirements are justified in a business sense; your glowing personality will just make them glad your business case checked out.Suggest an exact number for your salaryTime is of the essence, and hiring managers are particularly strapped for it while conducting interviews alongside their other duties. Therefore, they’ll likely appreciate a direct approach to your negotiation in terms of giving them the exact offer you’re looking for. It can be a powerful strategy in that it keeps the ball rolling and avoids pointless back and forth. Many studies suggest that candidates who use a specific number end up with a final offer much closer to the figure they were hoping for. Your potential employer will assume you have done your research on your market value and want to stay competitive in their offer. Don't suggest a range – you will always get offered the lowest if the manager knows there's room to haggle down.Reveal your current salary when negotiatingOutside the US, the hiring manager may ask what you are currently earning, which can be awkward if you feel you are currently being underpaid. It might be tempting to lie and state a higher salary more in line with what you’re seeking, but if you're unhappy with your current pay, it can be valuable to tell them why. Include all your benefits, bonuses and confidently explain the figure you're hoping for while making the case for why. If anything, they’ll have a more genuine understanding of what you know your worth to be, and that salary is important enough for you to walk away from a role that isn’t aligned with your requirements.Have a walk away pointKnow your limits and your expectations and keep them firmly in mind. Have a pre-considered ‘walk away’ point - the figure you’re absolutely unwilling to drop below. Base this on your financial need and the market value of the role, but keep in mind the role itself. Why are you interviewing for the position in the first place? Is your passion for the work worth lowering your salary expectations? Get help negotiating your salarySpeaking with a specialist talent partner will help you understand your worth in the context of current industry trends and the wider job market, too. At LVI Associates, we can evaluate your profile against the wider talent pool, as well as align your expectations with that of our current database of hiring companies. We'll help you pitch your value at the right price during the salary negotiation process, giving you the best chance to make your next position a rewarding and fulfilling one. Get in touch for tailored advice.

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​Jennifer Keegan, Director of Building & Science in Roofing & Waterproofing for GAF joined LVI’s Sarah Lazar to discuss how to break the glass ceiling in this male dominated industry as part of International Women’s Day celebrations. ​Watch the video or read our short summary here. ​Progression and opportunities to learn​Wherever there is an opportunity to learn and problem-solve on the job, Jennifer accepted and took on, continuing to step our of her comfort zone and recommends to ask lots of questions throughout your career. ​When asked how Jennifer progressed in her career, one point to note is that she attended and shadowed in meetings, which eventually lead to her first leadership role at ASTM. ​Jennifer managers a team of experienced enclosure consultants, architects and engineers. She translates all of their experience to support the design community. The science behind how building enclosures perform well is crucial as it helps to understand the problems, and influences building design to ensure it prevails. ​Life-long relationships​Jennifer has made a number of life-long relationships throughout her career. ASTM was her first industry association engagement, and she was surrounded by more senior, male figures, and they created opportunities for Jennifer to grow. She says she was given these opportunities because she fostered good relationships with people in the industry. And actually Jennifer was recruited into her current role at GAF through her engagement with ASTM. ​Jennifer was one of the few technical women ASTM, then National Women in Roofing recruited her to join their board. From there, she worked her way from Education Chair to then the Executive Board of Directors. ​This presented Jennifer with the chance to network with people she wouldn’t have met otherwise due to industry sector and job location, and has vitally enhanced her knowledge. ​The National Women in Roofing is also an excellent organisation that fosters a sense of solidarity and combats lack of opportunities for women within the industry. ​Career advice for women​Jennifer recommends embracing being part of a minority, and being seen as an underdog. Demonstrate to people that you can back up your capabilities, whether that is debating a technical issue or climbing the scaffolding, because this is where loyalty and respect will grow from, and relationships too. Overall, it really is a people business, and people work with the people they get on with. Therefore, get involved, reach out and ask questions. ​

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Why Counter-Offers are a Waste of Time and Money

​The global engineering and infrastructure sector has a busy market where skilled candidates, particularly with those who have experience in new and emerging technologies, are high in demand. If you face a note of resignation in your inbox, it is tempting as an employer to send back a counter-offer to retain your most valuable employees on the payroll.The sad reality is that those who wish to leave your company most likely don’t have salary as their only or primary motivating factor. Often there are underlying issues behind the reason why they have handed in their resignation, and these won’t be solved with the money of a counter-offer. In fact, most employees who accept a counter-offer leave a company anyway within six to twenty-four months of accepting that offer.This article covers the reasons why you should rethink your choice to make a counter-offer to a leaving employee, and why counter-offers are ultimately a waste of time and money for your company.

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The Benefits of Using a Specialist Recruiter to Find Talent

​Sourcing the right talent at the right time can prove arduous for any company. But the process becomes even more challenging when you work within a niche industry or sector. In these situations, a specialist recruiter can help find the perfect candidate for a hard-to-fill role.There are several benefits a specialist recruiter can offer when looking to find niche talent:Deep Sector ExpertiseA specialist recruiter will hold valuable expertise in your sector. This deep market knowledge will include knowing ‘who is who’, and where the best talent is located. Specialist recruiters can also pull on their niche expertise to provide guidance on market trends such as salary expectations, desirable skill sets, new technologies and employee expectations within your sector.Help with specific and hard-to-fill rolesAcross the engineering and infrastructure sectors, teams have roles to fill with very specific requirements and have a small talent pool in which to recruit. Roles with ‘essential to have’ skills which are rare in the market are best placed with a specialist recruiter. They can source talent with these unique skills from the databases and relationships built to headhunt exceptional professionals. Specialist recruiters can also quickly sift through and reject unsuitable job applications which do not fit these essential requirements, saving you time.Cut recruiting costOne of the most important benefits to hiring a specialist recruitment agency is lowering the costs involved in the recruitment process. Savings come from cutting out time in the recruitment cycle and using in-house recruitment who may still lack the relationships needed to make specialist hires.Resources within your company can be better spent elsewhere while specialist recruitment agencies can help source talent who will bring further value to your company.Avoid bad hiresHiring the wrong candidate for a role can be expensive, and specialist recruiters will spend extra time and effort on ensuring a hire who is not only suitable for the role but a cultural fit who is passionate about developing a long-term career at your company.Bad hires are avoided by specialist recruiters via methods such as consulting on your job brief, benchmarking your salary offer to establish it is competitive and screening candidates throughout the process.The cost of a bad hire can be even worse than employers first think, with demotivation and poor work performance often proving contagious; and high staff turnover lowering productivity and morale as a whole.Submit your details below for a full copy of the guide:

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