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.

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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:

Experience

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

Network

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

Knowledge

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.

Senior Structural Engineer

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 for structural design and analysis. 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. Since 1987 this company has been providing engineering expertise and innovative testing for law firms, insurance companies, and corporations. The company was founded by a group of U.S. Naval Academy engineers dedicated to applying engineering principles to help clients successfully resolve a loss or litigation. Today, the company has offices in six states up and down the Eastern seaboard and into the Midwest along with engineers from most of the branches of the military and civilian expert. Key Responsibilities: 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 $110,000 to $200,000, 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.

US$120000 - US$200000 per annum
Maryland
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Forensic Engineer- Envelope Consultant

LVI partners with a leading engineering consultancy in Los Angeles, seeking an Associate Building Envelope Consultant. Gain insights from experts to boost your career at a Tier One firm. Ideal candidates: 3-8 years' experience, architecture or engineering licenese, familiarity with roofing and waterproofing. Role: Assess building enclosures and facades, generate reports. Conduct Property Condition Assessments for various structures. Monitor roof conditions and oversee installations. Ensure project alignment with design specs. Test for water and air intrusion in fenestration systems. Qualifications: 3-8 years' experience. EIT, Licensed Architect, or PE. Degree in relevant field. Architecture, roofing, waterproofing expertise. Building enclosure assessment familiarity. Benefits: 401k, PTO, Sick Leave. Flex schedule. Career progression. Ownership potential. Performance-based bonuses.

US$100001 - US$175000 per annum
California
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Forensic Structural Engineer

LVI Associates have recently partnered with a reputable, multi-disciplinary structural engineering firm based out of Raleigh. They specialise in design and assessment of mid to high rise commercial and residential structures. They have built a strong presence and depths of client portfolios through their focus on delivering a high quality of work on a wide range of technically challenging project types. They boast an award winning, collaborative culture and they heavily invest in the upskilling of their employees, offering further education opportunities, tuition, license reimbursement and hands-on mentor ship from technical leaders in the industry. With their rate of growth, they are currently expanding their forensic analysis service line, and they are looking for a licensed structural engineer with experience in forensic investigations, structural inspections, and repair & restoration to play a key role in the growth of this department. Required Qualifications Valid PE Licence 4+ years of experience in building diagnostics. Degree in structural or civil engineering from a recognised University Benefits include: Health Insurance Unlimited PTO Support of further education and professional development. Annual bonus structure

£100000 - £120000 per annum
Raleigh
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Structural Restoration Engineer

I'm working with a top tier international building envelope and parking specialist firm that are looking to expand their Cleveland Ohio office! With over 50 years in the industry the company has completed over 5,000 parking projects in the United States and overseas. Primary Duties & Responsibilities Include * Performing condition assessments, investigations, field testing, and construction observation; * Performing analysis of field data, structural analysis, computer modeling, developing repair alternatives, and spreadsheet cost estimations; * Technical reports, field reports, and other communications with clients and the design team; * Development of engineered drawings and details. Minimum Requirements * Bachelor's degree or better in civil or structural engineering. Work experience in evaluation and repair of existing structures is preferred but not required; * EIT status preferred, not required; employees are encouraged to seek professional licensure; * Strong technical communication skills (written and verbal); * Proficient knowledge and experience using Autocad, experience in Revit a plus; * Ability to work in the office and in the field. This role will require occasional travel locally and outside the local area. Strong analytical Skills: Candidates should be capable of entering data into a spreadsheet and manipulating it, analyze technical data, and review submittals. Strong writing & oral skills Skills: Candidates should be able to express themselves clearly and concisely using standard business grammar, punctuation and vernacular. Good work ethic: Candidates are expected to be punctual, self-initiating and conscientious. Candidates should be capable of working in an office environment with a business team approach and, on an as-needed basis; outside of the office at the project site for project conditions reviews and site visits. If you feel that you could be a good fit for this role apply directly or contact Ethan Randall at or on Linkedin!

US$100000 - US$120000 per annum
Cleveland
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Structural Engineer

The Company: They are a New York based company with over 40 employees and operate in a multitude of disciplines including: owners rep/project management, planning and zoning analysis, layouts and building codes, architectural design, structural engineering, material science and restoration and waterproofing. What makes them different to others? Every single employee has the ability to learn, develop and practice across all disciplines to really stack your resume. They have a huge backlog of work for you to walk into which means you are not expected to business develop as quality speaks for itself. They take a meticulous effort in training their staff in managing people and clients allowing them to be well-rounded architects/engineers. What's unique about them? They know their the best in their line of work and have never frantically made wrong hires, they always ensure the people joining them are a cultural fit. I've personally met the management team and some employees and truly felt welcome in the office culture. Not sure which parts of the market you enjoy the most? You have the ability to work on a diverse range of projects from commercial to high rises to residential to stadiums and arenas. Not to mention, you will have the ability to work on both new construction and existing buildings. Role Overview: In this role, you will be expected to perform site investigations, produce reports on your findings, design the repairs and deliver the solutions to the client. Due to the seniority of this role, there is an opportunity to progress into ownership depending if your interests lie in become a part-owner of the firm! Role & Responsibilities: Review old drawings and decipher the challenges in construction. Performs inspection on a variety of structures such as warehouses, churches, parking garages etc. on different materials like concrete, masonry, timber, glass and steel. Provide expert-level consultation to our clients to assist in answering technical questions. Produces written technical reports detailing and defending observations and conclusions. Perform construction administration services including project management, field construction observation, and project meeting attendance meetings. Coordinates other support activities and testing when needed and ensure client deliverable are addressed in a timely manner. Qualifications: BS in Civil or Structural Engineering degree or relevant engineering degree. Licensure Required: P.E Minimum 5 years of experience in structural engineering, forensic engineering or repair/restoration engineering Must have high level of analytical, technical and written skills. Work requires continual attention to detail with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Must be able to interact and communicate with clients at all levels Must be proficient in AutoCAD or Revit. Must maintain a driver's license. Benefits include Competitive Benefits: Generous matched 401k contributions, health-care, 2 weeks annual PTO etc. Salary range ($115,000- $150,000) dependent on structural engineering expertise. Bonuses based on performance. Work from home full-time and autonomy over your projects. Reach Out If this role is not specifically in line with your experience, reach out to Kane Wreford on LinkedIn to explore other opportunities!

US$100001 - US$150000 per annum
New York
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Heavy Civil/ Civil Estimator- Portland, OR

Position: Heavy Civil Estimator Salary: $120,000 + $180,000 + Bonus(s) Location: Portland, OR About Us: This General Contractor is a reputable construction company specializing in heavy civil projects in the Portland area. With a strong commitment to excellence and innovation, they consistently deliver high-quality construction solutions. As they continue to expand their operations, they are seeking an experienced Heavy Civil Estimator with expertise in HCSS HeavyBid software to join their team. Position Overview: As a Heavy Civil Estimator, you will be a vital part of their pre-construction team, responsible for accurately estimating project costs using HCSS HeavyBid software. Your role will be essential in securing and delivering successful projects in the Portland area. Experience Needed: Minimum of 5 years of experience as a Heavy Civil Estimator, with a successful track record in the Portland construction market. Proficiency in HCSS HeavyBid software, including the ability to create detailed and precise cost estimates. Comprehensive knowledge of heavy civil construction methods, materials, and equipment. Familiarity with local regulations, permitting processes, and environmental considerations in Portland. Strong analytical skills and meticulous attention to detail in bid preparation. The ability to interpret project plans, specifications, and contract documents. Experience with construction takeoff software is a plus. Qualifications Needed: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Construction Management, or a related field preferred. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills for effective collaboration with project teams and clients. Exceptional organizational skills and the capability to manage multiple bid projects concurrently. Proficiency in Microsoft Office suite, particularly Excel. Detail-oriented with a commitment to accuracy in estimating. Strong problem-solving abilities. Valid driver's license and reliable transportation. Key Responsibilities: Utilize HCSS HeavyBid software to prepare detailed, competitive, and accurate cost estimates for heavy civil projects. Review project plans, specifications, and contract documents to identify project requirements and scope. Collaborate with project management, subcontractors, and suppliers to gather necessary information for precise estimates. Conduct quantity takeoffs and material pricing to ensure comprehensive bid proposals. Prepare bid documents, including comprehensive cost breakdowns and project schedules. Evaluate subcontractor and supplier quotes for inclusion in bid packages. Contribute to the development of bid strategies and pricing models. Present and discuss estimates with project teams and clients as required. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Comprehensive benefits package, including medical, dental, and vision coverage. 401(k) retirement plan with a company match. Opportunities for professional development and career advancement. Collaborative and inclusive work environment. Access to industry-leading software tools and resources. Employee wellness programs and initiatives. Generous paid time off and holiday benefits. If you are a skilled Heavy Civil Estimator with experience in HCSS HeavyBid software and a passion for contributing to the success of their Portland projects, we encourage you to apply. To be considered, please submit your resume, thanks!

US$120000 - US$180000 per year
Portland
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Senior Associate - Structural Engineer, Hybrid (IL)

The Company: They are HQ in Illinois with offices across the Midwest and Northeast and have been actively expanding their presence in all their offices this year. They have been in the industry for over 50 years and have built a quality reputation which has reflected in their year on year growth target! They have a huge backlog of work for you to walk into which means as a Senior Associate, you are not expected to business develop as quality speaks for itself. They take a meticulous effort in training their staff in managing people and clients allowing them to be well-rounded architects/engineers. What's unique about them? They know their the best in their line of work and have never frantically made wrong hires, they always ensure the people joining them are a cultural fit. I've personally met the management team and some employees and truly felt welcome in the office culture. Role Overview: In this role, you will be expected to perform site investigations, produce reports on your findings, design the repairs and deliver the solutions to the client. Due to the seniority of this role, there is an opportunity to progress into ownership depending if your interests lie in become a part-owner of the firm! Role & Responsibilities: Review old drawings and decipher the challenges in construction. Performs inspection on a variety of structures such as warehouses, churches, parking garages etc. on different materials like concrete, masonry, timber, glass and steel. Provide expert-level consultation to our clients to assist in answering technical questions. Produces written technical reports detailing and defending observations and conclusions. Perform construction administration services including project management, field construction observation, and project meeting attendance meetings. Coordinates other support activities and testing when needed and ensure client deliverable are addressed in a timely manner. Qualifications: BS in Civil or Structural Engineering degree or relevant engineering degree. Licensure Required: P.E or S.E Minimum 10 years of experience in structural engineering, forensic engineering or repair/restoration engineering Must have high level of analytical, technical and written skills. Work requires continual attention to detail with the ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions. Must be able to interact and communicate with clients at all levels Must be proficient in AutoCAD or Revit. Must maintain a driver's license. Benefits include Competitive Benefits: Generous matched 401k contributions, health-care, 2 weeks annual PTO etc. Salary range ($115,000- $150,000) dependent on structural engineering expertise. Bonuses based on performance. Work from home full-time and autonomy over your projects. Reach Out If this role is not specifically in line with your experience, reach out to Sinatra Dias on LinkedIn to explore other opportunities!

US$110000 - US$140000 per annum + Plus Additional Benefits
Illinois
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Controls Technicians - Ashburn

One of the largest Construction Engineering firms across the US is looking for BAS/BMS Controls Technicians in DC Having recently securing million dollar contracts, we are looking to build our Building Automation group and need to leverage some controls technicians who can be part of large controls projects. They are looking for someone: 3+ Years HVAC Controls experience Hands-on Technician Background, Installing, Troubleshooting, Commissioning, Programming DDC's, Ability to interact with customers and coordinate technicians Willingness and desire to progress and improve career They are willing to offer: Salary up to $130,000 + Overtime Medical Benefits 401k saving plans Progression to Project Engineer / Project Manager Apply now to put your career in the right direction.

US$100000 - US$125000 per annum
Washington
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Forensic Architect - Charlotte

LVI Associates are partnered with a leading forensic engineering and consulting firm based in Raleigh who are looking to expand their structural forensics service line. They have built a strong presence and depths of client portfolios through their focus on delivering a high quality of work on a wide range of technically challenging project types. They boast an award winning, collaborative culture and they heavily invest in the upskilling of their employees, offering further education opportunities, tuition, license reimbursement and hands-on mentorship from technical leaders in the industry. They are looking for an experienced forensic structural engineer to join their rapidly growing repair and restorations department. Required Qualifications Valid PE License 4+ years of experience in building diagnostics. Degree in structural or civil engineering Benefits include: Health Insurance Unlimited PTO Support of further education and professional development. Annual bonus structure

US$100000 - US$125000 per annum
Raleigh
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Senior Project Manager (Commercial Roofing)

LVI are partnered with a highly reputable, multi-state roofing company that specialize predominately on commercial roofing and boast a series of high-end, industry renowned projects. They are looking to capitalize on yet another successful yea by growing their teams across the Southeast, starting with Dallas! Responsibilities: Lead and manage projects involving all types of roofing project (roofing installation, roofing inspections, re-roofing, waterproofing, estimating) on a a range of different roof types. Inspect roofs for storm/ hail damages and wear & tear damage. Evaluate roofing systems, identify problems, and suggest the best solutions for repair/replacement strategies, as well a provide estimates for cost of repair. Assist customers in selecting the most cost-effective roofing solutions. Ensure that all roofing projects are completed according to local building codes and regulations Provide customer service and support throughout the entire roofing process Qualifications Experience managing projects of varying sizes and interfacing with clients Background in roofing and waterproofing systems, and knowledge of building materials, field investigation methods, and related codes and standards 5+ years of technical experience with the roofing and waterproofing industry Degree in architecture, construction management, engineering technology, building science or a related field preferred IIBEC credentials preferred (RRO/RRC/REWO/REWC/RWC/RBEC) but by no means essential Reach out! If this role isn't specifically in line with your experience, or you're just looking for something bit different, connect with Hugh Evans at LVI Associates on LinkedIn for a confidential conversation to discuss other options and opportunities!

US$100000 - US$200000 per annum
Dallas
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Service Line Leader - Repair/Restoration/Forensics

The Company: They have been in the industry for almost 100 years and are known for being pioneers in innovation for the architecture and engineering industry. They have a team of engineers, architects, scientists, and construction professionals who are both technical savvy and personable to work with. Due to the flexibility and continued education training they offer to their employees, they have some of the most well-tenured staff across the industry! Over the past 7 years of working with their team, we've personally witnessed a revenue growth of 20%-30% year on year which is huge achievement since the pandemic and inflation affecting most industries. This is a result of planning 5 years in advance as where they want to be in the coming years, in other words they are proactive rather than reactive. They are actively growing across nationally across multiple locations as they have a huge backlog of work however, as part of their vision they are seeking talented seller-doers to continue on this pathway! Role Overview: This role is heavily centred around business development with the support of their marketing and human resources team. They already have well-established relationships in the Chicagoland area which you will have the opportunity to leverage on further. Given they cover all aspects such as repair and restoration and forensics, they are open to working on a plan with you based on your background. Since they already have technical consultants who are licensed professionals, you won't have to worry about the performance and quality of the work! Above all, they have a very collaborative culture which means they are always sharing work amongst their offices as they understand the importance of working as team. Role & Responsibilities: Actively business develop across Illinois and surrounding states Manage existing clientele and operations of the office Experience and expertise in assessment of enclosure/structural systems Investigate and evaluate current building enclosure/structural systems Identify, analyse, resolve and work together to resolve complex building system issues Examine building system models and life cycle cost analysis Quality Assurance reviews, ensuring quality of writing and analysis, and correct, clear technical remarks Quality assurance reviews to guarantee engineering quality and technical accuracy of project documents Qualifications: Bachelor in Architectural Engineering, Architecture, or relevant Engineering degree Licensed Architect or Professional Engineer Required IIBEC Credentials Preferred Ability to provide detailed reports to all stakeholders Knowledge of building codes, design guidelines, and industry standards Participating at industry conferences and events Benefits include Competitive Benefits: Generous matched 401k contributions, health-care, 3 weeks annual PTO etc. Salary range ($210,000- $300,000) dependent experience, transferable book of business, and client development skills. Ownership available for the right individual! Work from home flexibility and autonomy over your projects. Licensure and further education compensated for! Reach Out If this role is not specifically in line with your experience, reach out to Sinatra Dias on LinkedIn to explore other opportunities!

US$210000 - US$300000 per annum + Plus Additional Benefits
Illinois
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Project Manager/ Structural Engineer

Opportunity to join a growing structural engineering consulting firm with offices in Manassas, VA. Charlotte, NC., and North Miami, Florida. The premier expert in the country providing design of post-tensioned concrete structures including design of podiums, parking structures, and mixed-use residential buildings. Work is the result of decades of expertise and experience combined with state-of-the-art technology. Bringing 30 years of expertise, +3K projects, and passion to bear on every building project to deliver smarter, safer, more cost-efficient, and constructible designs setting the foundation for our client's success. Become the next to specialize in the design of new post-tensioned concrete structures; structural evaluation, restoration, strengthening services, construction engineering; and specialty post-tensioning consulting. Job Summary: Assists upper-level management in forecasting of budgets and projects' timelines. Acts as the intermediary in the structural design process between the design team and the client with the purpose of managing the structural designs in an integrated manner, along with the execution timeline and delivery milestones. Provides guidance and support to junior engineers and other team members. Participates in project meetings and takes an active role to help team resolve concerns and solve problems across all design units. Designs new commercial, residential, institutional buildings, and parking structures. Performs construction administration, including reviewing submittals, responding to contractor requests for information (RFIs), and performing site visits to the construction site as needed to help resolve construction issues. Conducts on-site condition assessments of existing structures and prepares technical memorandums summarizing observations and any required repair recommendations. Takes complete ownership of his/her portion of the structural scope, reliably working to meet schedule, budget, and quality requirements. Prepares technical and engineering correspondence and reports. Key Responsibilities: * Lead technical expertise and project management services related to building envelope systems, including roofing, waterproofing, wall systems, and fenestration systems. * Conduct building envelope condition assessments, forensic investigations, and failure analysis to determine the root cause of problems and develop appropriate remediation strategies. * Develop and oversee testing programs to evaluate building envelope performance and develop appropriate recommendations. * Oversee the design of building envelope systems, including preparation of construction documents, specifications, and construction administration services. * Provide expert testimony related to building envelope systems in legal proceedings. * Maintain client relationships and develop new business opportunities through networking and marketing efforts. * Mentor and develop junior staff members. * Participate in industry organisations and stay up-to-date with industry developments and trends. Qualifications: BS degree with emphasis on structural design. MS degree is desirable. PE Certification desirable. Project Management Professional Certification (PMP) desirable. 2 years of Project Management experience. Proficient in AutoCAD and Revit. Possess knowledge of concrete, steel, and wood designs; including ability to apply required provisions of design codes. Candidate must have a desire to work in a growing entrepreneurial company. Legally able to work in the United States. Hybrid work environment is available. Benefits: Salary: $90K-140K (Experience dependant) Yearly bonuses 401(k) matching Dental insurance Flexible schedule Health insurance Health savings account Life insurance Paid time off Parental leave Professional development assistance Referral program Vision insurance Equal Opportunity Employer.

US$90000 - US$140000 per annum
Manassas
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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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