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.

Project Manager

Project Manager - Heavy Civil Construction Introductory paragraph: We are seeking a skilled Project Manager for a permanent position in Washington DC. Our client is a leading construction company specializing in heavy civil projects across the Mid-Atlantic Region. The successful candidate will oversee large-scale infrastructure projects. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or equivalent in Engineering, Architecture, or a related field - 5+ year's experience as a project manager in heavy civil construction Skills: - Proven track record of managing complex engineering and construction projects within budgetary constraints - Excellent communication and interpersonal abilities for collaborating cross-functionally - Ability to identify risks and develop mitigation strategies - Strong problem-solving capabilities Responsibilities: - Oversee multiple teams simultaneously - Develop comprehensive project plans, schedules, budgets, and resource allocation matrices - Manage vendor and subcontractor contracts and negotiations - Monitor progress against established timelines using appropriate tools - Identify potential problems and take corrective action or escalate if necessary Salary: $160,000-$180,000

US$160001 - US$180000 per year

Traffic Analysis Project Engineer

Traffic Analysis Project Engineer in Delaware! Our client is looking for an experienced and driven Traffic Analysis Project Engineer to join their team based in Wilmington, Delaware. As part of this exciting role, you will be responsible for conducting transportation safety studies, planning transportation projects, and analyzing traffic operations. Key Responsibilities: -Conduct various traffic engineering studies, such as those focused on transportation safety, planning, and traffic operations. -Undertake projects of varying scales, from small rural intersections to complex urban networks and freeway systems. -Utilize tools like Synchro and SimTraffic for planning, analysis, and visualization of traffic projects. -Create signal timing plans for intersections and corridors, and design traffic control devices including signals, signage, markings, temporary controls, lighting, and Intelligent Traffic Systems (ITS). -Conduct operational analyses and impact studies for government agencies. Demonstrate proficiency in traffic engineering principles and possess strong technical writing abilities. Qualifications Required: - 4-8 years of experience in traffic analysis or design -Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering -PE Licensed in Delaware -PTOE is a plus Company Highlights: -Voted 2023 ENR Mid-Atlantic Design Firm of the Year -Work share capabilities- diversity of work, heavy back log -Straight Overtime -Clear career growth path -ESOP opportunity at the Project Manager level

US$85000 - US$110000 per annum

Master Planning Senior Project Manager

Master Planning Senior Project Manager Our client is seeking an experienced and motivated individual to fill the role of Master Planning Senior Project Manager. This permanent position offers competitive pay, benefits packages, and opportunities for professional development. Responsibilities: - Overseeing large-scale water treatment projects from inception to completion - Leading project teams consisting of engineers and other professionals - Developing master plans based on clients' needs and requirements - Managing budgets, timelines, resources effectively Qualifications: - PE License Skills/Knowledge Required (not repeated from tags): - Excellent communication skills both written & verbal - Strong organizational abilities; ability to prioritize tasks efficiently Location Details : Our client operates out of their branch office located near Raleigh, North Carolina but has several ongoing projects within NC. If you are passionate about engineering , enjoy leading multi-disciplinary teams while delivering innovative solutions that benefit communities we invite your application!

US$110000 - US$170000 per annum
North Carolina

Wastewater Treatment Technical Lead

Water Treatment - Technical Lead Position Available We are looking for a highly skilled and experienced technical lead to join our client's team based in Indianapolis, United States. Our client is an industry leader with over 100 years of experience providing water treatment solutions across the United States. The successful candidate will have extensive knowledge of project management within wastewater industries. Key responsibilities: - Manage all aspects of water treatment projects from initial design through to completion. - Ensure that projects meet regulatory requirements and operate at optimal efficiency levels. - Oversee staff members involved in construction or maintenance tasks on site. Qualifications required: 1) Bachelor's degree in Engineering. 2) Certification as a Professional Engineer (PE). 3) 8+ years of experience. Skills required: 1) Excellent communication skills both verbal & written; ability to communicate complex concepts clearly. 2) Ability to manage multiple competing priorities effectively while maintaining excellent attention-to-detail. 3 ) Strong analytical thinking abilities. Salary: Starts from $120,000 and up to $160,000 depending on experience. If you're passionate about solving environmental issues using cutting-edge technology, then this could be your chance! Apply now by sending us your resume.

US$120000 - US$160000 per annum

Water Resources Project Manager

Water Resources Project Manager Needed in Prince George's County Our client, a leading water resources company is seeking an experienced and highly motivated Water Resources Project Manager to join their team. The ideal candidate will have at least 10-30 years of experience working within the water sector with expertise in designing water resources improvements including stream restorations, dam improvements, storm drain, stormwater management retrofits, and erosion and sediment control Qualifications: PE License - A valid PE license is required for this position in Maryland AutoCAD Civil 3D Experience - Knowledge of AutoCAD Civil 3D software or equivalent design tools. ArcGIS Proficiency - Ability to manipulate data using ArcGIS mapping technology Client Communication Skills - Excellent communication skills are needed as you'll be responsible for liaising between clients on various projects. Management Experience - Previous management/supervisory experience preferred but not required. Skills & Responsibilities: SWM Management - Stormwater management planning which includes designing BMPs (Best Management Practices) that minimize polluted runoff into streams/rivers etc., permit applications/processing related activities associated with stormwater discharge permits from local/state/federal agencies i.e EPA Clean Water Act requirements Drainage Designing capability - Developing drainage designs including culverts/cross drains/gutters/pipes/etc based on project specifications codes standards, Ability to analyze hydrological factors such as precipitation rates/duration/intensity/timing frequency distribution curves/travel times while ensuring hydraulic calculations like open channel flow/hydrologic routing /culvert sizing/design flows do not exceed capacities Stream Restoration techniques knowledge - Expertise regarding natural systems' processes assessment/stream morphology evaluation/restoration strategies implementation including bioengineering/natural channel design/stabilization practices/effective erosion control measures/Sediment Transport analysis methodologies Salary Offered: $100k-$150k per year Location: This role requires relocation or currently living within Maryland Application Process : Please submit your resume along with cover letter highlighting how you match up against each requirement mentioned above. Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity! Apply today if interested!

US$100000 - US$150000 per annum
College Park

Civil/Water Resources Engineer

Title: Join our team as a Civil/Water Resources Engineer in Anne Arundel County, Maryland! Introductory Paragraph: Our client is seeking an experienced and highly skilled Civil/Water Resources Engineer to join their growing team. With a minimum of 5 years of experience and possessing a PE License, the ideal candidate will be responsible for implementing drainage solutions while ensuring erosion & sediment control measures are maintained. Qualifications: * Bachelor's degree in civil engineering or water resources. * Valid PE license with knowledge of HEC-RAS software * A minimum of five years' relevant work experience Skills Required: Water Resource Management The successful applicant should possess comprehensive expertise regarding surface/groundwater management techniques such as hydraulic modeling through H&H analysis. Drainage Engineering As part of this role's responsibilities include designing effective storm-water systems that can withstand intense rainfalls. Erosion & Sediment Control Knowledgeable on best practices for reducing soil runoff into local watersheds by creating strategies to prevent sediment from leaving construction sites using E&S controls like SWM (Storm Water Management) plans. Technical Skills Needed: AutoCAD - The ability to use AutoCAD efficiently helps ensure accurate designs throughout projects. OpenRoads - Knowledge about Open Roads allows engineers who design roadways more quickly create geometric alignments within multiple different models easily. Sector Focus Area; This position lies under "Water Resources" sector focus area Joining our professional family means becoming one step closer towards advancing your career trajectory today! We encourage candidates looking for new challenges whilst expanding their horizons across various project scopes located around USA/Maryland region apply now!.


Heavy Civil and/ or Water Treatment Project Manager

Position: Heavy Civil and/or Water Treatment Project Manager Salary: $120,000- $180,000 + Bonus(s) Location: Seattle, WA Company Overview: This company is a a renowned construction firm specializing in heavy civil and water treatment projects across the Seattle/ Greater Seattle Area. With a commitment to excellence and innovation, they deliver high-quality infrastructure solutions that positively impact communities and the environment. Job Description: They are seeking a dedicated and experienced Project Manager to oversee heavy civil and/or water treatment projects from conception to completion. The ideal candidate will have a strong background in managing large-scale construction projects, with expertise in heavy civil and/or water treatment facilities. Responsibilities: Lead project planning, scheduling, and execution to ensure projects are completed safely, on time, and within budget Manage project teams, subcontractors, and vendors to coordinate all aspects of project delivery Monitor project progress and performance metrics, identifying and addressing any issues or risks that may arise Communicate effectively with stakeholders, including clients, engineers, regulatory agencies, and internal team members Ensure compliance with all relevant regulations, permits, and quality standards throughout the project lifecycle Prepare and present regular project updates, reports, and budget forecasts to senior management and clients Experience Needed: Minimum of 7 years of experience in project management, with a focus on heavy civil and/or water treatment projects Proven track record of successfully managing complex construction projects from start to finish Strong technical knowledge of civil engineering principles, water treatment processes, and construction methods Experience with project management software and tools (e.g., Primavera P6, Procore, AutoCAD) Demonstrated leadership and team-building skills, with the ability to motivate and inspire project teams to achieve goals Qualifications Needed: Bachelor's degree in civil engineering, construction management, or related field (required) Professional Engineer (PE) license or Project Management Professional (PMP) certification (preferred) Familiarity with environmental regulations and permitting processes related to water treatment projects Excellent communication, negotiation, and problem-solving skills Ability to work collaboratively in a dynamic, fast-paced environment and adapt to changing priorities Benefits: Competitive salary and performance-based bonuses Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance plans Retirement savings plan with company match Paid time off, holidays, and flexible work arrangements Opportunities for professional development and advancement within the company A supportive and inclusive work culture that values diversity and innovation Join their team and contribute to the successful delivery of transformative infrastructure projects that make a difference. To apply, please submit your resume and cover letter highlighting your relevant experience and qualifications. We look forward to welcoming you to the team!

US$120000 - US$180000 per year

Pipe/ Utility Superintendent - Portland, OR

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

US$120000 - US$180000 per year

Senior Project Manager - Land Development

Title: Senior Project Manager - Land Development, Charlotte, NC Our client is seeking an experienced and motivated Senior Project Manager to join their team for the role of managing land development projects. With over 10 years of experience under your belt, this job opportunity offers you the chance to work on exciting commercial and residential projects that will challenge you professionally. Qualifications: - P.E License - Bachelor's degree or higher in Civil Engineering Skills: - AutoCAD software proficiency - Mentoring and training abilities Responsibilities Include (but not limited to): 1. Oversee all aspects of project management from inception through completion. 2. Collaborate with clients regularly during each phase ensuring successful delivery within budgeted timelines. 3. Manage multiple teams including engineers, architects contractors etc., effectively delegating tasks while providing direction when necessary. 4.Plan construction activities; manage budgets by tracking costs against forecasts; review contractor estimates & negotiate final agreements with vendors/subcontractors/customers where applicable; 5.Provide leadership throughout process using technical expertise alongside strong communication skills both written/verbal so stakeholders are aware at every stage what is going on! If you have senior-level experience working in Civil engineering industries coupled with excellent mentoring/training capabilities then we would love hear from YOU!


Water & Wastewater Project Manager (ESOP, WFH, 15% Bonus)

Seeking a Water & Wastewater Project Manager in Cincinnati, Ohio We are currently seeking an experienced and motivated Water & Wastewater Project Manager to join our team for a permanent position based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Our client is one of the leading Civil Engineering companies specializing in water treatment facilities across the United States. Responsibilities: As a Water & Wastewater Project Manager at our company, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of projects related to designing and building new or upgrading existing water treatment plants. You will also manage teams working on various stages of these projects from concept through construction completion. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree (or higher) preferred with experience as project manager within civil engineering sector. - Proven track record delivering complex multi-disciplinary design-build contracts - Ability to balance multiple priorities while adhering strictly to deadlines The Firm: - Recently landed a $20 million, 10-year wet weather storage tank project,, alongside the worlds largest pump station and a $17 million plant. - Local projects include treatment plants, pump stations, sewers are a large portion too. - 3 offices across Ohio - Columbus, Cincinnati & Cleveland. Columbus was opened as part of their goal to double in size by 2027. - They are a 100% employee-owned firm, whereby all employees gain eligibility after a year of employment no matter what position. This creates a culture like no other where everyone has a say in the direction of the firm, projects, and all work toward the same goal. - Additionally, they adopt a very flexible hybrid schedule - most offices have 3 days from home and 2 in the office. - Extremely invested in the growth of their employees, with a Leadership Program employees can be enrolled onto, mentoring, career coaching and more! Salary Information: The successful candidate would receive remuneration dependent upon their level expertise shown during interview process along other factors discussed mutually by both parties. If this sounds like something you're interested in pursuing further please do get back touch us via email provided below so we can discuss requirements more detail together before moving ahead!

US$110000 - US$140000 per annum + ESOP, 15% Bonus, Healthcare, 401K

Water & Wastewater Engineer

Seeking a Water & Wastewater Engineer for Cincinnati OR Toledo! Are you an expert in water and wastewater engineering looking to take your career to the next level? Our client, a leading civil engineering firm based out of Cincinnati is seeking a skilled professional like yourself. As their newest Water & Wastewater Engineer, you will work alongside top-notch professionals on exciting projects that positively impact our communities. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree in Civil Engineering or related field - Professional Engineering (PE) license preferred - Minimum 4 years experience as Project Engineer with focus on water treatment systems Responsibilities: As the new Water & Wastewater Engineer at our client's office located in Toledo and Cincinnati metro areas, You'll be responsible for: * Designing complex water/wastewater infrastructure projects. * Conducting feasibility studies relating to drinking/water infrastructure upgrades. * Providing technical assistance during construction phase of project execution through quality control processes; ensuring compliance with contractual requirements. Skills required: The ideal candidate should possess these skills- - Proficient knowledge regarding various aspects involved within water and wastewater treatment, collection and piping. - Experience working collaboratively across multiple teams/departments towards achieving common goals i.e., delivering exceptional results while adhering strictly by deadlines. Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with one's experience. Client offers a fully benefits package alongside ownership opportunities and bonus eligibility. If this sounds like something interesting then please submit your application right away!

US$90000 - US$110000 per annum + WFH Flexibility, 401K, PTO, Health
Cincinnati Township

Water/Wastewater Project Manager

Title: Wanted - Water/Wastewater Project Manager in Boston Introductory paragraph: Our client, a leading water and wastewater infrastructure development firm based in the United States is seeking an experienced project manager to join their team. As part of this dynamic role, you will be responsible for managing and delivering complex projects related to water/wastewater facilities across Massachusetts. Key Responsibilities: - Manage all aspects of assigned projects including planning, scheduling, budgeting. - Ensure compliance with regulatory requirements as well as company policies and procedures - Work closely with clients throughout the entire project life cycle ensuring successful delivery on time within scope. Qualifications & Skills Required: Project Management Experience (7 + years): The ideal candidate should have at least 7 years' experience working as a Project Engineer or Project Manager handling various types of construction-related activities such as estimating costs/budgets; developing work plans/schedules; coordinating subcontractors/vendors etc. Water/Wastewater industry knowledge : Understanding how different processes are employed during drinking-water production/distribution systems can aid your management skills significantly. WATER TREATMENT : Knowledgeable about various methods used when treating/processing freshwater before distribution Location Specific Knowledge: Having previously worked around New England could prove useful due to local regulations/codes that must be adhered accordingly while executing any given tasks/projects Salary Offered : $100,000-150,000 per annum If you believe that you possess these qualifications along with exceptional communication abilities then we encourage submission through our channels for consideration by potential employers!

US$100000 - US$150000 per annum

News & Insights

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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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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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