LVI Associates: Your Premier Talent Partner for Civil Engineering Talent

LVI Associates specializes in sourcing top-tier talent in the Civil sector, including highway, road, and bridge projects. We help businesses meet their workforce needs efficiently, keeping pace with transformations in the industry.

With over 15 years of dedicated experience in talent acquisition for Civil professionals, we promise excellent results in hiring, onboarding, and retention. If you're looking to refine your civil recruitment strategies, remain competitive with data-driven salary and benefits insights, and keep pace with industry advancements, request a call back today. Alternatively, submit a job specification to hasten your search for niche experts.

Whether you're seeking world-class Civil talent, or are an industry professional considering new career opportunities, LVI Associates is your dependable partner. Our dedicated team thrives on supplying top-tier talent, including Senior Project Managers, Senior Water Resource Engineers, and more.

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Benefits of working with LVI Associates

Our Civil Engineering team at LVI Associates is all about creating solid foundations in our built world. We're always on the lookout for new design methods, new tech, and sustainable practices. Demand for these skills is skyrocketing as more industries realize the need for good, sustainable, and efficient Civil projects. Trends like growing populations, urbanization, and the need for strong infrastructure that can cope with increasingly unpredictable weather, are driving this demand.

Whether you're in a rush to fill important Civil Engineering roles, or looking for the right talent for your long-term plans, we've got the resources and know-how to get you great results. Here's what you can look forward to when you work with the LVI Associates' Civil team:


We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading talent partner in the Civil sector


A vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, working worldwide across Civil


Our award-winning Civil 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 needs.

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Civil Jobs

Civil professionals will be pivotal as infrastructural demands continue to surge. Companies are consistently exploring innovative solutions for infrastructural challenges and investment in the sector is increasing, so partnering with a talent specialist who understands the Civil lanscape could propel your career to new heights. Browse through our current career opportunities or submit your CV/resume, and one of our consultants will reach out when a job that aligns with your profile becomes available.

General Superintendent

Are you an experienced leader in the construction industry, with a passion for building infrastructures that last? Look no further! We are seeking a Senior or General Superintendent to guide our team on bridge and highway projects across Prince George's County, MD. This is your chance to play a pivotal role within an organization committed to excellence in heavy civil construction. Key Responsibilities: - Oversee all phases of bridge and highway construction projects. - Ensure safety protocols are strictly followed at job sites. - Manage schedules, resources, and budgets effectively. - Lead project teams while fostering professional growth among staff members. Skills Required: Heavy Civil Experience: Proven track record managing large-scale infrastructure projects such as bridges - fundamental knowledge required for success in this position Leadership Capabilities: Strong leadership skills necessary to direct operations efficiently; ability motivate workers towards common goals Construction Expertise: In-depth understanding of modern practices related specifically toward constructing roads & bridges essential when overseeing critical aspects onsite.

US$180000 - US$210000 per year
Prince George

General Superintendent

General Superintendent - Construction Sector Are you an experienced leader in the construction industry with a focus on Water/Wastewater projects? Our client is seeking a dedicated and skilled General Superintendent to join their dynamic team, offering opportunities for growth within vibrant communities of Richmond or Virginia Beach. As a General Superintendent, your expertise will be pivotal in steering complex water treatment initiatives from conception through completion. This permanent position entails overseeing various stages of construction processes while ensuring that all work aligns with industry standards and project specifications. Key Responsibilities: - Lead teams across multiple construction sites - Manage schedules, resources, and budgets efficiently - Ensure compliance with safety regulations - Maintain quality control throughout project duration Relevant Skills Explained: 1. Superintendent Experience: Proven track record managing large-scale projects as well as coordinating manpower and materials effectively. 2. Construction Knowledge: A robust understanding of building techniques specific to Water Treatment facilities is crucial. 3. WATER TREATMENT Expertise: Hands-on experience dealing specifically with water/wastewater related constructions ensures alignment between technical requirements & execution phases.

US$90000 - US$120000 per year

Senior Bridge Engineer

Senior Bridge Engineer - Philadelphia, PA Are you ready to take your engineering expertise to new heights with a leading name in complex bridge design? We are seeking an experienced Senior Bridge Engineer based out of Philadelphia. Key Qualifications and Skills: - BS degree in Civil or Structural Engineering. - P.E. (NJ or PA) - 8 to 12 years of relevant experience - Fluency in CAD and MS Office Apply now! We invite seasoned professionals eager about embarking upon challenging yet rewarding endeavors!

US$110000 - US$140000 per annum

Construction Project Manager

Construction Services Project Manager - Transportation Engineering Are you ready to elevate your career in the realm of transportation engineering? A highly respected firm is seeking a seasoned Construction Project Manager, who will play an integral role within our dynamic team. This role can be located throughout their offices in Pennsylvania and Delaware (Bethlehem, PA, Wexford, PA, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Erie, PA, Wilmington, DE, and Dover, DE). Responsibilities: - Lead complex construction projects from inception through completion. - Utilize Bentley design software to create innovative solutions. - Manage all facets of project management including planning, execution, monitoring and closing out of projects. Preferred Qualifications & Experience: - Professional Engineer (P.E.) status preferred but not mandatory. - 10-20 years of relevant experience within the field of transportation engineering or similar sectors. - 5-10 years of project manager experience - Ability to operate Bentley Design Software, such as OpenRoads Take charge now by applying! Your journey toward steering landmark infrastructure initiatives begins today!

US$110000 - US$130000 per annum

Traffic Project Manager

Our client is a leading civil engineering firm specializing in transportation projects. With a strong presence in Texas, they are committed to delivering innovative and sustainable solutions to improve transportation infrastructure. They are currently seeking a highly skilled and experienced Traffic Project Manager to join their dynamic team in Dallas. Job Summary: The Traffic Project Manager will oversee the planning, design, and implementation of traffic engineering projects. This role requires strong leadership, technical expertise, and project management skills to ensure successful project delivery. Key Responsibilities: Lead and manage traffic engineering projects from inception to completion, ensuring they meet client expectations, budget, and timelines. Develop and review traffic impact studies, traffic signal designs, roadway safety audits, and other traffic-related analyses. Collaborate with clients, stakeholders, and multidisciplinary teams to develop innovative and cost-effective transportation solutions. Prepare and present project proposals, reports, and technical documentation. Oversee the work of junior engineers, providing mentorship and guidance to ensure high-quality project deliverables. Conduct site visits and inspections to monitor project progress and ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations. Stay current with industry trends, standards, and best practices to ensure the firm remains at the forefront of traffic engineering. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or a related field; Master's degree preferred. Professional Engineer (PE) license required; Professional Traffic Operations Engineer (PTOE) certification preferred. Minimum of 5 years of experience in traffic engineering. Proven track record of successfully managing complex traffic engineering projects. Strong knowledge of traffic engineering principles, standards, and regulations. Excellent communication, negotiation, and presentation skills. Proficiency in traffic engineering software and tools, such as Synchro, VISSIM, and AutoCAD. Ability to work effectively in a fast-paced, collaborative environment. Benefits: Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses. Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance plans. 401(k) retirement plan with company match. Paid time off and holidays. Professional development opportunities and support for continuing education. Flexible work schedule and remote work options.

US$110000 - US$160000 per annum

Geotechnical Engineer

We are partnered with an established engineering firm in Atlanta who are currently seeking a geotechnical engineer to assist with their backlog of projects across Georgia. They been a key figure in geotechnical, environmental and material testing services for around 30 years and continuing their success - shown by their recent growth. Key Responsibilities: Site Investigation: Conduct detailed site investigations, including soil sampling, testing, and analysis. Geotechnical Design: Perform design and analysis for foundations, retaining walls, slopes, and other geotechnical structures. Technical Reporting: Prepare clear and detailed geotechnical reports and documentation. Client Interaction: Communicate effectively with clients, providing expert advice and solutions tailored to their needs. Project Support: Assist in the planning and execution of geotechnical projects, ensuring they meet quality, safety, and budgetary standards. Qualifications: Education: Bachelor's or Masters degree in Geotechnical Engineering, Civil Engineering, or a related field. Experience: 4+ years of experience in geotechnical engineering. Technical Skills: Proficiency in geotechnical software and analysis tools. Certifications: PE license or the ability to obtain one within a year. Communication: Strong verbal and written communication skills. Benefits: Competitive salary Bonus 401K Hybrid Working Health Insurance Apply now with your updated resume and we will reach out for an introduction call!

US$95000 - US$120000 per annum

Vice President - Water Wastewater Lead

My client is committed to maximizing infrastructure investments and have a century-long track record of solving complex engineering challenges. Their collaborative approach and commitment to excellence ensure solutions clients trust.As a 100% employee-owned firm, my client fosters an ownership mindset that enhances a collaborative culture and ability to deliver client solutions. Join in making a meaningful impact on water management and infrastructure development. They are seeking a Water Wastewater Lead to join their esteemed Water department and lead transformative infrastructure projects in Atlanta. Key Responsibilities: Project Leadership: Direct projects from inception through successful execution, focusing on advanced water and wastewater treatment systems, pump stations, CSOs, and other vital water resource endeavors. Technical Expertise: Deliver precise engineering calculations, alternative analyses, and innovative wet weather control strategies. Cost Management: Formulate and evaluate precise engineering and design cost estimates. Budget Oversight: Maintain financial discipline, ensuring adherence to budgetary goals. Cost Control: Monitor project expenditures closely, advocating for efficient budget management. Proposal Support: Collaborate on proposals, marketing initiatives, project reports, and technical presentations. Client Engagement: Cultivate strong client relationships, attending and leading project meetings with professionalism. Professional Development: Participate in various professional gatherings, seminars, and training sessions to enhance expertise. Professional Requirements: Bachelor's Degree in Civil or Environmental Engineering required (Master's Degree preferred). Minimum 12 years of relevant experience in the municipal infrastructure space. Existing relationships in the Georgia water space is ideal Experience with working alongside clients and ensuring their needs are met. Professional Engineer (PE) registration in Georgia is mandatory. Benefits: Above industry benefits and total compensation package Flexible/Hybrid working schedule for all Work with the best clients in Metro Atlanta and work alongside leaders in the industry 5-10% base salary as end of year bonus Yearly salary increase

US$140000 - US$200000 per annum + ESOP, 401K, Bonus...

Principle Geotechnical Engineer

🚀 Ignite Your Career as a Principal Geotechnical Engineer! 🚀 LVI proudly collaborates with a world-renowned geotechnical engineering firm, dedicated to pushing the boundaries of innovation to solve intricate geotechnical challenges. We are on the lookout for an extraordinary Principal Geotechnical Engineer to spearhead our transportation, residential, and commercial projects throughout North America. This is your chance to be a trailblazer in the engineering sector and lead a dynamic team toward groundbreaking success. Job Description: As the Principal Geotechnical Engineer, you will be at the forefront of directing and managing geotechnical engineering endeavors for high-profile transportation, residential, and commercial projects in North America. Your role is pivotal in ensuring flawless project delivery, fostering innovation, and providing expert guidance to our esteemed clients and internal teams. Key Responsibilities: Project Leadership: Lead and supervise geotechnical engineering projects, covering site characterization, foundation design, and risk assessment for transportation, residential, and commercial facilities. Technical Excellence: Provide expert technical guidance, ensuring geotechnical solutions align with industry best practices and regulatory standards. Collaborative Ingenuity: Collaborate closely with multidisciplinary project teams, including civil engineers, environmental consultants, and project managers. Project Management Mastery: Effectively manage project budgets, timelines, and resources to ensure successful project outcomes. Team Development: Mentor and cultivate a team of geotechnical engineers and technicians, fostering growth and expertise. Industry Leadership: Stay at the forefront of industry trends and technologies, maintaining expertise in soil mechanics, geotechnical analysis, and foundation design. Client Relationship Building: Establish and nurture strong client relationships, addressing their needs and ensuring project satisfaction. Documentation Excellence: Prepare high-quality reports, proposals, and technical documentation. Qualifications: Educational Prowess: Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Civil or Geotechnical Engineering. PhD is a plus but not required! Professional Credentials: Hold a Professional Engineer or the ability to obtain one promptly. Seasoned Experience: A minimum of 10 years of geotechnical engineering experience, with a focus on transportation, residential, and commercial projects. Proven Track Record: Demonstrate a track record of successfully managing and delivering complex geotechnical projects. Technical Proficiency: In-depth knowledge of soil mechanics, geotechnical analysis, and foundation design. Project Management Finesse: Strong project management skills and a history of managing multidisciplinary teams. Communication Mastery: Excellent communication and presentation abilities. Commitment to Excellence: Dedication to safety, quality, and a continuous improvement mindset. Join us in reshaping the future of geotechnical engineering. Elevate your career with LVI and leave an indelible mark on the industry! 🌐💡

£150000 - £150001 per annum
New York

Senior Geotechnical Engineer

We a partnered with an established engineering firm in Texas who are currently seeking a Senior Geotechnical Engineer in their Dallas office. This person would be required to come in and assist with technical review as well as mentoring junior members of staff. Key Points on the Company: Family orientated culture with regular office parties and events. Collaborative nature with all 3 Texas offices working together on projects Growing company with an increase in market share on key commercial and transportation projects. Key Responsibilities: Lead and manage geotechnical projects from inception to completion. Perform and oversee field investigations and laboratory testing. Conduct geotechnical analysis and design using advanced software tools. Prepare detailed technical reports and presentations. Collaborate with multidisciplinary teams and clients. Qualifications: Master's degree in Geotechnical Engineering or related field. Minimum of 8 years of relevant experience. Professional Engineer (PE) license in Texas Strong analytical and problem-solving skills. Excellent written and verbal communication abilities. This opportunity offers the chance for a senior level engineer to share their knowledge and experience with an already established team. If you are interested, please apply with your resume and we will reach out to discuss the position further.


Geotechnical Branch Manager - Remote

A leading multi-disciplinary firm with offices across the US are looking for an experienced and capable individual to lead their growing branch in Houston. They are a key player in the geotechnical industry and are looking to continue their dominance across several markets including Commercial, Environmental, Oil & Gas and Transportation. Responsibilities: Provide strategic direction and leadership to the geotechnical team, ensuring alignment with company goals and objectives. Oversee the day-to-day operations of the branch, including project planning, scheduling, and budgeting. Foster a culture of excellence, collaboration, and continuous improvement within the team. Build and maintain strong client relationships, identifying opportunities for business growth and expansion. Lead project pursuits, from proposal development to contract negotiation and execution. Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements, industry standards, and safety protocols. Mentor and develop staff members, promoting professional growth and career advancement. Collaborate with other departments and offices to leverage resources and expertise effectively. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Geotechnical Engineering, or related field. Master's degree preferred. Professional Engineer (PE) license required. Minimum of 12 years of experience in geotechnical engineering, with a focus on project management and leadership. Proven track record of successfully managing geotechnical projects of varying complexity and scale. Strong understanding of geotechnical principles, soil mechanics, and foundation engineering. Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively engage with clients, team members, and stakeholders. Demonstrated leadership abilities, including team-building, coaching, and conflict resolution. Proficiency in relevant software and tools for geotechnical analysis and design. This is a great position that has the ability to accommodate full remote working, providing a great work life balance and a great opportunity for a driven individual to be part of a established and respected team. If you are interested, please apply and we will reach out to provide more details.


Landscape Architect, PM

**Landscape Architect PM - Coppell, TX** Are you a visionary in the realm of landscape architecture with a knack for project management? Our client is seeking an exceptional Landscape Architect Project Manager (PM) to join their innovative team. This permanent role located in the vibrant community of Coppell, TX offers an opportunity to lead and shape stunning environmental designs that integrate natural beauty with functional spaces. As our ideal candidate, you will be responsible for overseeing projects from conception through completion ensuring design excellence and client satisfaction. We are looking specifically for candidates who have achieved Registered Professional Landscape Architect status and possess considerable experience managing large-scale landscape architecture endeavors. Key Responsibilities: - Lead all stages of project development including conceptual design, presentation materials preparation. - Collaborate across multi-disciplinary teams delivering comprehensive solutions. - Manage timelines & resources effectively maintaining high-quality standards throughout each phase Qualifications Required: - Must hold registration as a PLA (Professional Landscape Architect). Essential Skills: * **Project Management:** You'll need proven expertise coordinating both small scale interventions and major developments efficiently while adhering strictly to budgetary constraints * **Design Excellence:** A portfolio demonstrating creative flair within various contexts-urban settings or nature preserves alike-and attention detail at every turn; able translate clients' visions into tangible results This position promises not only career growth but also participation on transformative projects reshaping Dallas's landscapes one space at time! If this challenging yet rewarding path aligns your professional aspirations apply today start journey towards creating lasting impact built environment around us.


Senior Conveyance Project Manager

Our client combines the resources of a global, multibillion-dollar company with a local, client-focused approach, delivering projects in over 500 locations worldwide. Their reputation is built on the technical expertise and dedication of our employees, working together to provide solutions for challenging projects.Are you a dedicated professional with a passion for water and wastewater management? Our Georgia Water Group is expanding, and are seeking a talented Senior/Project Manager-Waste/Wastewater to join. As a valued team member, you will contribute to a diverse range of infrastructure projects, including state-of-the-art water treatment facilities and advanced wastewater collection systems. Enjoy the benefits of a hybrid work environment while making a significant impact on the community. Your Role: Lead and Innovate: Oversee projects from the conceptual planning phase through to final plans, specifications, and bid packages. Design Excellence: Provide expert technical design support for water distribution, water and wastewater treatment, and sanitary sewer collection projects. Client Partnerships: Maintain and develop strong client relationships and identify new project opportunities. Technical Precision: Ensure the technical accuracy of projects, adhere to standard engineering practices, and include comprehensive documentation. Problem-Solving: Address technical challenges effectively, collaborating with multidisciplinary teams to identify optimal solutions. Financial Management: Achieve financial targets related to backlog, utilization, and invoicing. Mentorship: Manage and mentor technical staff, fostering a collaborative and growth-oriented environment. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering, Water Resource Engineering, or Environmental Engineering. 9+ years of relevant experience. Professional Engineer (PE) in Civil or Environmental Engineering, registered in Georgia or the ability to obtain licensure in Georgia within six months. Proven competency in technical project execution and in writing and pricing scopes of work for proposals. Strong communication, report writing, organizational, analytical, and interpersonal skills. Benefits: 3 Days WFH as Standard. Competitive base salary and total compensation. Endless opportunities for upward mobility and career progression. Work with professionals across, nationally and internationally. Great culture that fosters each employees growth and career. Employee Stock Purchase Plan.

US$130000 - US$175000 per annum + PTO, 401K, Bonus...

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Green Hydrogen: The Promising Pillar for Renewable Energy

In the quest for a sustainable future, renewable energy has emerged as the key driver to combat climate change and reduce our dependence on fossil fuels. While solar and wind power have gained significant momentum in recent years, another player is rapidly gaining attention: green hydrogen. This remarkable resource holds immense potential to transform the global energy landscape, and in this blog, we will explore what green hydrogen is and how it can serve as a vital pillar for renewable energy.What is Green Hydrogen?Green hydrogen is hydrogen gas produced through electrolysis using renewable energy sources. It involves splitting water molecules into hydrogen and oxygen using electricity from wind or solar power. Unlike conventional methods, green hydrogen is carbon-neutral and emits no greenhouse gases. It offers energy storage capabilities and has the potential to revolutionize industries, reduce reliance on fossil fuels, and lower carbon emissions.Key Advantages of Green Hydrogen:Decarbonizing Industrial Processes: Green hydrogen presents a game-changing solution for industries that rely heavily on fossil fuels. By replacing conventional fuels with green hydrogen, sectors such as steel, cement, and chemicals can significantly reduce their carbon footprint and make substantial progress toward decarbonization.Energy Storage: One of the major challenges faced by renewable energy sources is intermittent generation. Green hydrogen offers an effective solution by acting as a versatile energy storage medium. Excess energy produced by wind or solar power plants can be used to produce green hydrogen, which can be stored and later converted back into electricity through fuel cells or combustion when demand is high.Transportation: The transportation sector is responsible for a significant portion of global carbon emissions. Green hydrogen can play a pivotal role in decarbonizing this sector by powering fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs). FCEVs offer longer driving ranges and shorter refueling times compared to battery electric vehicles, making green hydrogen an attractive option for heavy-duty vehicles, long-haul transportation, and even aviation.Grid Flexibility: Green hydrogen can also contribute to grid stability and flexibility. During periods of high renewable energy generation, excess electricity can be used to produce green hydrogen. This hydrogen can be injected into the natural gas grid, blended with natural gas, or used directly for power generation during peak demand periods or when renewable energy generation is low.Embracing the Green Hydrogen RevolutionAs the world recognizes the vast potential of green hydrogen, the demand for renewable energy professionals who specialize in this domain is on the rise. Companies seeking to tap into the benefits of green hydrogen must engage with experienced and knowledgeable experts who can guide them through this transformative journey.At LVI Associates, we take pride in being at the forefront of the renewable energy sector, offering a comprehensive range of recruitment solutions to match companies with the right talent. Our team of dedicated consultants possess in-depth industry knowledge and a vast global network of professionals, and are well-versed in green hydrogen technologies and applications. With our expertise, we can assist your organization in building a sustainable and resilient workforce that can harness the power of green hydrogen and accelerate your journey toward a cleaner future.Renewable Energy RecruitmentAs organizations worldwide recognize the importance of adopting renewable energy solutions, staying informed about sustainable business practices becomes crucial. At LVI Associates, we are committed to promoting sustainability and driving the renewable energy transition. To further support your sustainability initiatives, we encourage you to download the LVI Associates Sustainable Business Practice Report.If you are a hiring manager or organization looking to tap into the benefits of renewable energy and accelerate your sustainability initiatives by hiring world-class talent, we invite you to request a call back from LVI Associates. Renewable Energy CareersRenewable energy professionals who are passionate about driving the global energy transition and have a keen interest in the renewable energy sector should explore the current opportunities available at LVI Associates. Our dedicated team of consultants understands the evolving needs of the industry and can connect professionals with leading organizations at the forefront of renewable energy advancements. Whether you specialize in solar, wind, bioenergy, hydroelectric, or energy storage, LVI Associates can assist you in finding the perfect career opportunity where you can contribute to shaping the future of renewable energy.Embrace the renewable energy revolution with LVI Associates and take the next step in your career. Take a look at our current renewable energy job openings and connect with our expert consultants who are ready to guide you towards exciting opportunities in this dynamic field. Together, let's drive the global energy transition towards a cleaner and more sustainable future.

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Interview & Hiring Guidance

​5 essential tips for employers, hiring managers, and HR on the hiring process in energy & infrastructure The interview process, from initial phone call screenings and psychometric testing, to face to face interviews with the hiring manager and onsite tours, can often be a long and laborious process. So it is imperative to keep an interview process streamlined and engaged, to ensure talent doesn’t drop out, and your organization, and yourself is represented best. Here are 5 vital top tips for employers to stick to when interviewing top talent. Be present Showing excitement to prospective candidates provides insights for them into the potential team culture and attitude. Asking them questions about themselves, on their interests, their lives, their careers, as opposed to only technical questions to vet their hard skills, goes a long way in connecting on a human level. Another way to connect is by sharing real life examples of the day to day, positive experiences about the role and team, and details about project work. These are important talking points candidates like to know, and while they understand an interview may be rigorous technically, maintaining the conversational, human aspect is important too. Being engaged may sound simple, but given how much of the interview process is over Zoom/VC/phone these days, it is easy to get distracted and check emails or open windows on your computer. Remaining attentive and interested will bring the best out of the interview process and provide a positive candidate experience. Also important is to be interesting yourself. Be in sell modeMany of the above points are indirect examples of selling your team and role. However, in a more overt way, providing exciting opportunities at present and for future career growth are always on candidates’ minds and knowing there is more to be excited about than just hands-on skills or what is in the job description on day one makes them buy into the role and organization more. As part of selling the role, explain why you took this position, and what you liked about the company and team. Be relatable to their circumstances and share with them why the position in your team, at your company, is the best move they can make.Another important aspect to highlight here is the culture. Maybe there is more to what makes the role great than just the daily tasks or responsibilities, such as company sports team, lunch clubs, charitable groups, or environmental initiatives. Highlight what else is enjoyable so that candidates are excited about this role, as well as the team and company, aside from the day to day. These days competition for top talent is so tight, that those cultural differences can distinguish you amongst the rest.Be positive Many of the above points translate to this aspect of hiring, but above all, being cordial, professional, and sharing timely feedback all contribute to a positive candidate experience. In some cases, the candidate may not be a good fit culturally, or for your position, but you should still offer them professionalism and positivity in the interview. Remember, they may have colleagues or a network of other experts that could be better suited for your role/team. You want them to have a positive experience to refer people to you, and maintain your company’s reputation in the market, as well as your own. It's also important to note that many candidates often have other processes in the mix, so if you give them any chances to doubt their experience, they could be more likely to go elsewhere. Be flexible If a professional isn’t the 100% right fit, still ask yourself if there is a place for them in the team or organization, especially if they bring something unique to the company. Keep an open mind when recruiting talent, and consider the future headcount. Potentially you can create a new role for an exceptional candidate, especially if you don’t want to lose someone good to a competitor. See the positives in a candidate’s skillset if they bring enough to the table, and find reasons to say yes, especially in this market. Outside of being flexible with the job description, can you also be flexible with the offer? Offering nuanced benefits, flexible working, and customizing offers to the individual joining can again make the difference between rejecting and accepting. Be decisive The market is still exceptionally hot, so it is vital hiring managers are mindful of how quick an interview process needs to be. “Keeping someone warm” is so important, but if you can’t commit to them you do risk them going in another direction. Therefore, be timely with your feedback, especially if it's positive, to keep the momentum up. If they are at the top of your mind, you should stay at the top of theirs. Try and push approvals quickly as well. This is often bureaucratic but affect whatever influence you can have on an interview or hiring process, and don’t allow things to slow down if you can control it.Finally, be competitive. Don’t allow back and forth negotiations to hinder a process or allow time for other processes to catch up. Put your best, most competitive offer forward so it entices them from the very start.  To hire the best candidate for your open role, get in touch with LVI Associates today. As a specialist talent partner in energy & infrastructure , we have access to industry-leading talent around the world. Find the talent you need by submitting your vacancy, or request a call back below to elevate your hiring process with the right talent partner today.

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Mini Industry Insights Report – Renewable Energy & Civil Engineering

​The Renewable Energy and Civil Engineering spaces have undergone tremendous changes in the past few years, with both offering new and exciting career opportunities.There is a renewed focus on Renewable Energy across Europe, as countries look to sustainable energy production and reduce dependencies on foreign resources. Meanwhile, Civil Engineering is seeing increased activity across the private sector due to shortened bureaucratic processes in the wake of geopolitical events.In this dynamic landscape, it is essential both businesses and professionals remain up to date on current developments. That’s why we spoke with two LVI Associates in Germany, Harry Morgan, who specializes in Renewable Energy, and Holly King, an expert in Civil Engineering, to share the top trends they’re observing in their respective markets. ​In this report, we offer useful insights into a changing landscape. ​Download your copy of the report by completing the form below. ​

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Management & Culture

Finding a company culture that fits 

For professionals seeking a new job, it’s often factors like salary, the day-to-day of the role itself, and the company brand that are central to the decision process. But each company has its own culture, customs, and values, even if they aren’t clearly defined, and they actually have more of an influence on your productivity, success, and even earnings than might be immediately clear. The world of work has undergone some remarkable transformation over the last few years, accelerated by the pandemic and the redefining of our values that it sparked - not to mention the major shift to a candidate-driven job market. As a result, experts have been given the opportunity to rethink what’s important to them in their day-to-day work life beyond the paycheck or job spec, and in large professional sectors in particular, such as technology and finance, this has positively influenced hiring companies’ approach to culture and its pivotal role in attracting and retaining top talent, as well as quality of work. A company’s culture is essentially its personality, and while some may think of it as a buzzword that signifies lunch time yoga or wearing casual clothes to work, it plays a much greater role in how an employee shows up for work every day than any promotion, bonus, or salary could. Thankfully, businesses are catching on, and companies from trendy new start-ups to corporate powerhouses are adapting to the changing needs of professionals, investing more intentionally in developing cultures focused on collaboration, positivity, and flexibility, alongside added perks that are both useful and unusual, giving them an extra competitive edge. Business cultures are just as varied as those in societies, and there can be danger in taking a job in a company where there is a cultural disconnect between employer and employee. This can lead to issues down the line as the employee becomes unhappy and the employer is dissatisfied with attitude or performance. When interviewing for a new role, it is therefore imperative that you are conducting your own assessment of their culture and how you would fit into it. It’s one thing to ask broadly about what their culture is like, but it’s important to come prepared with more specific questions in order to get a deeper sense of what life as an employee there would really be like. This article will look at what to focus on when assessing the culture of a workplace you are interviewing for, and how to get a realistic impression of the culture by doing some digging yourself before accepting a job offer. Look beyond the free gym passWhen reading about a potential role at a new company, it’s important to look beyond the shiny, eye-catching perks that they’ll want to tell you all about. While a free gym pass, pizza Fridays, a pool table, and fabulous social events are alluring, (and rightfully so, as they are a sign of a company that wants to reward the hard work of its employees) these are surface level, and your experience in the company will depend much more on deeper cultural traits and values such as flexibility when you need it, a supportive team environment, recognition, and opportunities for growth. While some perks are inventive and exciting and can certainly enhance your experience, a cool office space will never compensate for a negative work environment, and your happiness is always more important than a brand name on your CV or a bottle of beer on a Friday. Remember that perks are part of company culture, but not the culture itself, and tt is a company culture that helps businesses pull through times when money for perks isn’t on tap.What is truly important to you?You can work in a beautiful office with tastefully exposed brickwork and a designer chair, but none of this will matter if you hate your job. Approaching your job search having previously assessed what exactly you are seeking from your work life, what your non-negotiables are, and which elements of company culture will have the biggest impact on you, will help you to stay focused and land the role that’s right for you. Work out what truly motivates you and will support you to be the best version of yourself both professionally and personally, whether it’s flexible working options, a diverse workforce, or a tight-knit team, and see if this is provided by the company you are interviewing for. Consider which environments make you feel productive. How do you best work? Are you seeking more autonomy and the option to work from home? Then you may not be a fit for a company that is heavily focused on collaboration and team socialising.What is the company’s mission? Its values? Does it have a corporate social responsibility programme? A diverse workforce? Pinpoint those core values and see how they align with the messages companies are including on their employee value proposition and materials for professionals. These will inspire commitment and confidence in both your search and in the decision you land on.How to research a company culture as a professionalJust as you’ll want to get a feel for a neighbourhood before you buy a house, the same applies when you are searching for a new job. Your actual exposure to a company can be limited within the recruitment process, so we recommend using the following to research a company’s culture.Do some digging online​Have a look at employee review sites such as Glassdoor for comments from inside the company on their culture. However, keep in mind that people are potentially more likely to leave a bad review than a good one. This may mean, however, that a company with a slew of great reviews could be a particularly positive sign.​See if you have any connections within the company on LinkedIn and get the inside scoop from them. Again, don’t take these viewpoints as gospel, but rather as a building block and a way to get a general idea of employee experience. LinkedIn is also a way to find out the general tenure of people who work there as well as possibilities for progression and development. Good retention and development can be a sign of a positive company culture. Branch out during your interviewWhile an interview is a company’s chance to determine whether your skills and experience are right for the role, a large part of the decision will come down to character fit, which is essentially another way of determining how you would fit into their culture. It’s also a two-way street, of course, meaning it’s your opportunity to figure out if their culture is a fit for you, too. A great way to get the answers to this question that you need is to find an opportunity to speak candidly to your interviewer or others you meet within the business. These are likely the people you’ll be interacting with regularly and you’ll want to get a sense of how they communicate, both to you and to each other. Are they excited about the company? Do they seem to get along well? Do you have things in common beyond the professional? These are all factors that contribute to the overall culture and will impact your everyday experience.Get specificAsking a generic question will give you a generic answer, and hiring managers and other people who may be part of your interview process don’t want to hear the same old question interview after interview. Instead, show the company you’re interviewing for that you’re looking for more than to just show up, do the work, and get paid. You’re an individual with more to offer, and all parties will benefit from a good cultural fit. In addition, it’s not enough for you to take their word that they have a great company culture. Get into specifics and request examples of when company values and culture have led to success or excellent employee wellbeing. For example, say that you want to work somewhere where personal development is taken seriously, and then ask for an example where a personal development program has helped an employee achieve a promotion or a new qualification. Or if mental health support is important to you, ask about the ways in which the company offers this and whether it’s been well utilised. These stories and examples will give you a much better impression of how the culture works rather than memorised lines about remote working policies and employee engagement. And on top of that, you’ll get a much better feel for the people behind the job titles, which is half the battle when it comes to understanding where you fit into a company’s culture. No matter what position you find yourself in, use these tips to spot the work cultures that will — and will not — work for you. The company you ultimately choose should enable you to flourish rather than wear you (or your well-being) out.

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Phaidon International Findings

​As a leading talent partner, we keep our finger on the pulse when it comes to hiring trends, and 2022 was no exception. It has never been more important for companies to understand what business-critical professionals are thinking when it comes to making career changes, what compensation they’re after, and what benefits they really desire.We surveyed our vast, global network of the best, in-demand professionals, and came up with a number of valuable insights that employers need to know about if they want to attract the best talent, and just as critically, keep them.Discover what is motivating top talent around the world right now with our highlights across Engineering & Infrastructure.Download your copy of this report by completing the form below:​

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Rebuilding America’s Infrastructure: The Road Ahead for Transportation Engineering

Critically improving transportation conditions Making recent headline news around the world, the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA) provides unprecedented federal funding for infrastructure projects across the US. The bi-partisan bill, which has been years in the making, will deliver $1.2 trillion in federal spending over the next five years across a variety of infrastructure projects from renewable energy to electric vehicle manufacturing. Along with these sustainable projects, a main focus of the infrastructure funding will be $110 billion towards transportation projects including road and bridge improvements, and $11 billion for transportation safety projects. With 1 in 5 miles of highways and major roads, and 45,000 bridges across the US in poor condition, this funding will support critical projects to improve the condition, safety, and environmental sustainability of America’s transportation network. Opportunities in Transportation Engineering Transportation engineering firms across the US met news of the Bill’s signing with excitement, as they have been eagerly waiting funding of this scale for several years. The government investment in roads, bridges, and safety means that funding will finally be available for many projects that have already been awarded to firms, as well as new projects that they will have the opportunity to bid for. However, as firms evaluate their project pipeline ahead, a challenge looms questioning how they will resource these projects with the right talent. An Increasing Talent Shortage A Moody's Analytics report found that the infrastructure spending will create more than 800,000 jobs by 2025, many of which will be in the transportation engineering sector. In an industry that is already facing a talent shortage, many firms are concerned attracting and retaining transportation talent to resource the upcoming workload. “The transportation talent pipeline is currently stretched thin, and the industry is still impacted by the 2008 financial crisis that saw many engineers leave the industry. Today, this has created a talent gap at the 8-12 years of experience range, which is critical talent will be needed to manage the projects funded by government investment.” - Sarah Davis, Senior Consultant at LVI AssociatesSkillsets in Demand The bill has also accelerated the demand for talent with specific skillsets. “The infrastructure bill includes an increased focus on transportation safety, with the aim of reaching ‘Vision Zero’, meaning zero deaths on US roads. To achieve this, projects will be done in a multimodal approach to include transport safety focus, and talent with a background in transport safety and multimodal experience will be in high demand.” - George Place, Senior Vice President at LVI Associates​Supporting this demand, the Institution of Transportation Engineers (ITE) has already created two new certifications, Road Safety Professional 1 and Road Safety Professional 2, to try to bolster the talent pool with this experience. Firms are also looking for talent with experience in new technologies like Open Roads and Open Bridges, which allow for 3D Model design. George Place continues, “DOT’s are embracing technical advances in software and talent with this experience is currently in very short supply. Having these technical skills will be massively valuable for transportation engineering professionals going forward.”Renewed Emphasis on Retention In addition to securing talent with niche expertise, retention is more important than ever as firms evaluate who will work on the upcoming infrastructure projects over the next five years. What are firms doing to retain their engineers, and attract new talent to their organizations? According to Sarah Davis, “There is a huge emphasis on retaining younger engineers who can develop into the mid-level category where this is the biggest talent shortage. Additionally, many firms have also already bulked up their PE graduate programs so they have a longer-term pipeline of talent.” George Place also shares that, “Firms have opened remote work across the whole of state in a project is located. As long as employees hold the local state DOT expertise, firms are allowing flexible working options from anywhere in the state.” With candidates craving more hybrid and flexible options, meeting these needs will be essential for retention. Compensations will also be a key factor, as firms consider how pay across the sector compares to engineering roles in other sectors. Firms have got creative with compensation options, as well as 401k and PTO benefits, remote work flexibility, and more. While Covid-19 served as an initial catalyst for these initiatives, the passing of the infrastructure bill has heightened their importance. Advice to Clients and Candidates The LVI Associates team is already working with a number of clients preparing for the projects that will receive funding over the next several years. George Place advises clients to, “Start preparing now to have the right people in place when the funding is released, and projects are signed off.” He adds, “Everyone is already looking for the same talent, so consider how you will differentiate yourself and communicate a strong employer value proposition.” The job market has never been stronger for transportation engineers looking to explore new opportunities. Sarah Davis comments, “The shortage of talent will only increase, as firms look to position themselves to deliver new infrastructure projects, and private firms will be willing to pay for the best talent.”The Road Ahead As firms react to the infrastructure bill and prepare for the pipeline of work ahead, having the right talent in place now will be critical for future success. For support in securing transportation engineering talent for your team, or to discuss opportunities in the market, get in touch with the LVI Associates team.

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​The Key to Attracting Female Talent to Engineering

Women remain as scarce as ever in engineering and advanced manufacturing. By the latest estimates, women make up only 13% and 9% of the US engineering and advanced manufacturing workforce respectively. These statistics reveal the state of stagnation over the last few decades. The numbers haven’t changed since 2001, for fact advanced manufacturing, the current estimate represents a decline of one per cent. Why are less women drawn to pursue engineering? One suggestion: they are less competitive. Researchers suggest that gender differences in psychological traits contribute to gender occupational segregation. They argue that women are generally more risk averse and less competitive than men, which affects the “choice of field of study, which in turn affects future career choice.” The report cites a study from the Netherlands that found even after accounting for grades, perceived mathematical ability and socioeconomic background, gender differences in competitive can account for 20% of their subject choice.However, a study by Muriel Niederle, a professor at Stanford, and Lise Vesterlund found that women were much less confident in their abilities, and this caused them to shy away from situations in which they would have to compete with others.One way to combat this is to give women more encouragement. Among STEM subjects, engineering continues to have one of the highest rate of attrition and women have a higher turnover than men. Several reasons have been posed for this, including an inflexible and demanding work environment that made work-family balance difficult and stigma consciousness. Indeed, in a recent survey by DSJ Global, 41% of engineering professionals say that a lack of accommodation for work-life balance and family is the main challenging to increase gender diversity.Gender bias, whether incidental or deliberate, has a profound impact on attracting women into engineering roles. Dan Brook, a director of LVI Associates, comments that he has witnessed the effects first hand when it comes to recruiting female talent: “We had one individual, who got through to the final interview stage at a well-known engineering firm. She did her due diligence and saw that the board of directors were all men—so she pulled herself out of the process. She thought they wouldn’t suit her. This shows there’s a practical, as well as moral, reason to diversify your board and your company. Gender diversity, or a lack of it, has a real impact on talent acquisition. This is tangible.”​Changing the landscapeChange really has to come from the top down, advises Dan Brook, but he has observed a renewed commitment from legislators with regard to supporting diverse businesses, “I first heard about this in Texas a few years ago, where the government are supporting female or minority lead companies through a number of certification schemes, including the Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program and, nationally, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE).” The Historically Underutilized Business (HUB) Program was created to promote full and equal procurement opportunities for small business that are at least 51% owned by women or minority groups. Once their application is approved by the Texas Comptroller of Public Accounts (CPA), the company is considered ‘certified’ and agencies using them on contracts receive credit toward meeting established HUB goals.In Texas, the state-wide HUB goals for procurement are 11.2% for heavy construction other than building contracts and 21.1% for all building construction. Nationally, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) operates in a similar fashion. Where for-profit small businesses have at least a 51% interest and also control management and daily business operations, they can receive a DBE certification from the relevant state-generally the state Uniform Certification Program (UCP). As recipients of financial assistance from the Department of Transportation, state and local transportation agencies are then responsible to establish DBE subcontracting goals. Such programs play just a part in driving diversity in engineering. Not all companies can, or will be, minority-led, but they need to find ways to increase their gender balance. All firms need to create an integrated talent pipeline that hires and promotes female talent. The first step to accomplishing this is to understand why female engineers exit from the recruitment process. Download our complimentary report that takes a deep dive into the engineering, manufacturing, transport and logistics responses from Why Women Withdraw from the Recruitment Process.

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