LVI Associates: Your Construction Recruitment Partner

LVI Associates is a leading global talent partner with a specialized focus on the Construction sector. Leveraging our deep market insights and extensive network, we're ideally positioned to connect businesses with the highly sought-after talent they need to meet the growing demand within the sector. Our team understands the rapid pace of change in Construction and adeptly aligns professionals with opportunities that fuel both their careers and organizational growth. With LVI Associates, you gain a trusted partner in recruiting exceptional talent that can navigate the expanding Construction landscape.

Whether you're in search of high-caliber talent, or are a Construction Engineer exploring career opportunities, LVI Associates is here to support you. Our dedicated team specializes in providing exceptional professionals for roles such as Construction Project Managers, Estimators, Site Supervisors, and Civil Engineers.

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​Benefits of working with LVI Associates

We're at the heart of transforming blueprints into reality. More industries are now focusing on the need for sturdy, efficient, and green construction projects, making the demand for skilled professionals incredibly high. Trends like urban expansion, population growth, and the need for durable buildings that can withstand changing climates are just some of the drivers of this demand.

Whether you're in a hurry to fill key construction roles or looking for the right talent to fit into your long-term vision, we've got the people and expertise to give you outstanding results. Here's what you get when you work with the LVI Associates' Construction team:


We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading Construction talent partner.


A vast, global network of the best, in-demand active and passive Construction professionals, working worldwide.


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

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

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Construction Jobs

The field of Construction is set to experience unprecedented growth and innovation. The emergence of sustainable methods, digital technology, and advanced construction approaches signals a rising demand for proficient Construction talent. Embrace this opportunity to be part of the industry's future. Explore our current roles or submit your CV/resume to LVI Associates. As your trusted talent partner, we'll assist in propelling your career forward, shaping the future of construction together.

Substation Estimator

Our client is a leading provider of electrical infrastructure solutions, committed to delivering reliable and innovative services to our clients. We specialize in the design, construction, and maintenance of electrical substations, transmission, and distribution lines, ensuring the efficient and safe distribution of power across various sectors. We are seeking a skilled and detail-oriented Substation Estimator to join our dynamic team. The Substation Estimator will play a critical role in the project life cycle by accurately estimating the costs and resources required for the construction and maintenance of electrical substations. Responsibilities: Analyze project specifications, drawings, and other documentation to prepare accurate cost estimates for substation projects. Evaluate labor, materials, equipment, and subcontractor costs to determine project expenses. Collaborate with project managers, engineers, and other stakeholders to understand project requirements and constraints. Prepare comprehensive bid proposals, including detailed cost breakdowns, schedules, and scope of work. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Construction Management, or related field. Minimum of 3-5 years of experience in substation estimation or a similar role within the electrical utility industry. Proficiency in using estimation software and tools. Strong analytic, mathematical, and problem-solving skills.

New York

General Superintendent (Water/Wastewater Construction)

Our client, a highly reputable construction company with expertise in building water and wastewater treatment plants, is seeking a skilled general superintendent to join their team in Atlanta. This permanent position offers competitive salary packages, 401k, Company Truck + Gas Card, and all industry standard health benefits. Job Description: As our new general superintendent, you will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of on-site project management from pre-construction through completion. You will work closely with the Project Manager and other key stakeholders to ensure that projects are completed within budgetary constraints and meet high-quality standards. Your primary role will be to manage the entire construction team, including subcontractors and vendors, to ensure that the project is completed on time and within budget. Qualifications: The ideal candidate for this position should possess a bachelor's degree or equivalent experience. In addition, you should have a minimum of 5 years' experience as a Superintendent in managing large-scale water treatment plant constructions across the Tennessee region. You should also have a proven ability to manage multiple tasks simultaneously while maintaining attention-to-detail. Skills: The ideal candidate should possess strong leadership skills, which are necessary for leading teams working under them during challenging situations such as changes orders, etc. You should also have excellent communication abilities, which are essential when dealing with clients, contractors, subordinates, and vendors alike - both verbal and written. You must be able to read blueprints effectively, ensuring timely delivery without compromising the quality assurance protocols set forth by this industry sector. You should also have excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work under pressure. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please apply now! You will be joining a dynamic team of professionals who are passionate about delivering outstanding results. We offer a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, and vision insurance, as well as a 401(k) plan. We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants from all backgrounds to apply.

US$140000 - US$165000 per year

Technical Program Manager - Data Center - Construction

Technical Program Manager (Data Center Construction) Base Salary: $140K - $250k We are seeking an experienced Technical Program Manager specializing in Data Center Construction to join our dynamic team. In this role, you will play a critical part in overseeing the planning, execution, and delivery of Data Center construction projects. You will collaborate closely with cross-functional teams to ensure that projects are completed on time, within budget, and to the highest standards of quality and safety. The ideal candidate will possess a deep understanding of Data Center construction processes, technical expertise in relevant areas, and a proven track record of successfully managing large-scale construction projects. Company Overview: Join one of the fastest growing Social Media Technology Disruptors Developing Data Center Division Hyperscale Division overseeing multiple large projects across the looking for people to mentor and grow Backlog of work for the next 7 years Excellent opportunities for progression Competitive Salaries and Benefits Flexible working hour Responsibilities: Lead the end-to-end planning, execution, and delivery of Data Center construction projects, ensuring alignment with project goals, timelines, and budget constraints. Collaborate with cross-functional teams, including Engineering, Architecture, Operations, Procurement, and Facilities, to define project requirements, scope, and deliverables. Develop and maintain detailed project plans, schedules, and budgets, tracking progress and identifying potential risks and issues proactively. Coordinate with external vendors, contractors, and suppliers to procure materials and services, negotiate contracts, and ensure compliance with project specifications and industry regulations. Oversee construction activities onsite, conducting regular inspections, monitoring progress, and addressing any deviations from the plan in a timely manner. Manage project documentation, including drawings, permits, specifications, and change orders, ensuring accuracy, completeness, and accessibility for all stakeholders. Communicate project status, updates, and key milestones to stakeholders at all levels, including senior leadership, providing regular reports and presentations as needed. Drive continuous improvement initiatives to optimize construction processes, enhance efficiency, and minimize costs while maintaining high standards of quality and safety.

US$140000 - US$250000 per annum

Leiter Kalkulation / Kalkulator-Schlüsselfertigbau

Unser Kunde sucht einen Leiter der Kalkulation / Kalkulator für den Schlüsselfertigbau! In Berlin - für Hochbauprojekte! Der erfolgreiche Kandidat muss über einen technischen Hintergrund verfügen und mindestens 8 Jahre Erfahrung für die Position des Leiters und mindestens 3 Jahre für die Juniorposition mitbringen. Das Unternehmen baut sein Berliner Büro aus - es ist bereit, den erfolgreichen Bewerbern ein über dem Markt liegendes Gehalt zu zahlen - außerdem werden die Mitarbeiter in diesem Unternehmen sehr geschätzt - das Unternehmen möchte Mitarbeiter in höhere Positionen mit einer langfristigen strategischen Perspektive für Wachstum entwickeln - was viele Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten bedeutet, die in einem durchschnittlichen Unternehmen nicht möglich wären. Da das Unternehmen Niederlassungen auf der ganzen Welt unterhält, können sich auch internationale Reisemöglichkeiten ergeben - das Unternehmen legt großen Wert auf eine "globale Perspektive". Zu den Projekttypen gehören: Industrie, Logistik, Büro und Gewerbe. Bis zu 150 Millionen Euro. Zusätzlich ist Home Office an 2-3 Tagen pro Woche verfügbar! Aufgaben / Verantwortlichkeiten - Selbstständige Kalkulation von regionalen Projekten - Erstellung von Kalkulationen und Angeboten für kleine bis große Projekte mit dem Schwerpunkt Hochbau und Schlüsselfertigbau - Einholung und Prüfung von Nachunternehmerleistungen - Nachvollziehbare Dokumentation aller Berechnungsschritte - Pflege von Standardkalkulationsdaten - Erstellung und Übergabe der Arbeitskalkulation - Unterstützung bei laufenden Projekten und Erstellung von Nachträgen Profil / Anforderungen - Technischer Hintergrund im Bereich des Bauingenieurwesens oder Ausbildung zum Bautechniker (m/w/d) - Mehrjährige Berufserfahrung im Bereich Kalkulation, Bau- und Projektmanagement oder in einer vergleichbaren Position ist von Vorteil - Gute IT-Kenntnisse - Kenntnisse in einer Kalkulationssoftware, RIB-iTWO - Konzentrierte und analytische Arbeitsweise - Wirtschaftliches Verständnis, Verantwortungsbewusstsein und Organisation - Überdurchschnittliches Engagement und Teamfähigkeit Wenn diese Gelegenheit für Sie von Interesse ist! Sie können sich über diese Anzeige bewerben oder Ihren Lebenslauf an Alex Lyke - LVI Associates: alex.lyke@lviassociates ODER rufen Sie einfach an: +49 69 509554040 Mit freundlichen Grüßen


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

Construction Project Manager

Title: Experienced Construction Project Manager Needed for Hyperscale Data Center Projects in Virginia Introduction: Our client, a leading construction company specializing in data center projects, is seeking an experienced and skilled Construction Project Manager to oversee their operations based out of Virginia. The ideal candidate should have at least 10 years of experience with completed projects over $100 Million. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or equivalent work experience - Proven track record as a successful Project Manager overseeing large-scale construction sites - Strong communication skills both verbal and written - Ability to manage budgets effectively while maintaining high-quality standards Skills: Mission Critical - Prioritizing the importance of mission-critical installations within Data Centers Leadership Skills - Demonstrated ability managing teams consisting from contractors/vendors across multiple disciplines including HVAC/electrical/plumbing If you possess all these qualifications, we would love your application! Our client offers competitive salary packages starting around £150k alongside benefits like health insurance coverage plans. We look forward reading yours soon.

£150000 - £210000 per annum

Preconstruction Director

We are currently leading a confidential search on behalf of a leading design build commercial contractor (Healthcare, Commercial Office, Education and Industrial Construction). Are you a seasoned professional with a passion for construction and a knack for meticulous planning? Look no further! Our commercial general contracting firm is seeking an exceptional Preconstruction Director to join our dynamic team. Role Overview: As our Preconstruction Director, you will play a pivotal role in shaping the foundation of our projects. Your expertise will set the stage for seamless transitions from planning to execution. Here's what you'll be responsible for: Project Analysis: Dive deep into project requirements, including architectural plans, engineering specs, and client expectations. Collaborate with the project team to identify potential challenges, risks, and opportunities during the pre-construction phase. Budgeting and Scheduling: Continuously monitor and update project budgets to reflect changes throughout pre-construction. Develop realistic schedules that align with project milestones. Resource Allocation: Efficiently allocate resources, ensuring optimal utilization of manpower, materials, and equipment. Foster strong relationships with subcontractors, suppliers, and stakeholders. Risk Mitigation: Anticipate and address potential risks, proactively implementing strategies to minimize disruptions. Keep a keen eye on industry trends and best practices. Qualifications: To thrive in this role, you'll need: Strong Communication: Clear and effective communication skills are essential. Self-Motivation: Drive and initiative to lead pre-construction efforts. Civil Engineering Knowledge: A solid understanding of construction principles. Understanding of Pre-Construction Requirements: Familiarity with code compliance, permits, and regulations. Procurement Expertise: Knowledge of Tier 1 procurement processes. Confidence with MS Office: Proficiency in using software tools. Why Join Us? Impact: Shape the success of high-profile projects from the ground up. Collaboration: Work closely with a talented team of professionals. Growth: Opportunities for career advancement and skill development. Ready to make your mark? Apply now and be part of our exciting journey toward excellence! 🏗️💡

US$200000 - US$200001 per annum
South Carolina

Project Manager VA - DC

We have a current opportunity for a Project Manager VA - DC on a permanent basis. The position will be based in This company is known for its commercial construction works. We are urgently looking for a Superintendents in the DMV space, Company currently has over 400 million in active projects. Responsibilities · Oversee the daily operation of construction projects · Ensure safety, compliance, and quality regulations are followed · Communicate project progress with clients and project managers · Manage subcontractors and construction site organization Qualifications · Minimum 4+ Years experience in construction preferably in Commercial Construction · Ability to read construction documents · Familiarity with regulatory construction standards

US$120000 - US$150000 per annum

Senior Project Manager

Are you an experienced project manager looking for an exciting opportunity in Belize? Join our team as a Senior Project Manager in Belize City and Caye Chapel, overseeing a prestigious Four Seasons Hotel project with branded residences and auxiliary facilities. Key Responsibilities: Lead the ground-up development of a Four Seasons Hotel project, managing all aspects from conception to completion, including branded residences, back-of-house projects, support facilities, infrastructure, employee housing, and auxiliary buildings. Utilize your 15-20 years of experience in the Caribbean, hospitality, and Central America, with a strong preference for Belize market knowledge. Proficiency in Spanish is essential for effective communication with stakeholders and subcontractors. Experience with Procore, Bluebeam, MS Project, and P6 will be instrumental in project documentation and scheduling. Oversee project lifecycle activities, including scope development, contract management, subcontractor solicitation, scheduling, estimating, procurement, and financial controls. Leverage your understanding of the local subcontractor base in Belize to assemble a skilled project team, comprising Superintendents, project engineers, and project administrators. We offer: Competitive salary package commensurate with experience. Opportunity to work on a prestigious project with a globally renowned brand. Accommodation and travel allowances provided for the duration of the project. Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to lead a transformative project in the heart of Belize. Apply now to be part of our dynamic team and contribute to the success of this landmark development!

US$200000 - US$250000 per annum
Belize City

Senior Project Manager

Join our team as a Senior Project Manager in San Juan, Puerto Rico, overseeing a transformative $83 million project! We're seeking an experienced leader with a background in Caribbean hospitality and a passion for excellence in project management. Key Responsibilities: Lead the conversion of a 17-story office building into a branded hotel and residence, managing the project from inception to completion. Utilize your 15-20 years of experience in the Caribbean and hospitality industries to ensure project success. Proficiency in Spanish is preferred to effectively communicate with stakeholders and subcontractors. Experience with Procore, Bluebeam, MS Project, and P6 will be advantageous in managing project documentation and schedules. Oversee all aspects of the project lifecycle, including scope development, contract management, subcontractor solicitation, scheduling, estimating, procurement, and financial controls. Leverage your knowledge of the local subcontractor base in Puerto Rico to build a skilled project team, including Superintendents, project engineers, and project administrators. We offer: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Accommodation and flights provided for the duration of the project. Opportunity to lead a high-profile project that will make a significant impact in San Juan. Don't miss out on this exciting opportunity to join our dynamic team and contribute to the transformation of San Juan's skyline. Apply now to learn more about this position and take the next step in your career!

US$200000 - US$250000 per annum
Puerto Rico

Project Executive- Casino

Title: Project Executive Wanted for Multi-Billion Dollar Casino Hotel project in Charlotte, North Carolina Introductory Paragraph: We are currently seeking a highly skilled and experienced project executive to join our team. Our client is embarking on an exciting new venture with the construction of a multi-billion dollar casino hotel located in Charlotte, North Carolina. The successful candidate will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of this high-profile commercial buildings project. Key Responsibilities: * Lead and manage the overall delivery of projects from inception through completion * Develop strategic plans that deliver value whilst meeting business objectives * Ensure quality control throughout every phase of construction * Build strong relationships with key stakeholders including clients, consultants, contractors etc. Qualifications & Skills Required: - A degree or diploma qualification related to Commercial Buildings/Construction sector would be advantageous; - MUST HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH CASINO / HOTEL PROJECTS OR EXPERIENCE MANAGING PROJECTS OVER $500 MILLION - Proven ability at delivering large-scale complex projects successfully; Our ideal candidate must have excellent communication skills both written and verbal as well as demonstrated leadership abilities along with being commercially astute which essentially means having knowledge about markets around them so they can make informed decisions when it comes down towards running their department efficiently while maintaining profitability levels high enough where everyone benefits equally without sacrificing anything majorly important like safety protocols or compliance guidelines set forth by regulatory bodies governing such activities across different jurisdictions globally. Salary Package Offered: £200000 If you feel that your qualifications match what we're looking for then please don't hesitate - apply now!

£200000 - £200001 per annum

News & Insights

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Architects Look to Termite Mounds to Improve Building Ventilation

Nature has always been an incredible source of inspiration for human innovation. From the streamlined design of high-speed trains, modeled after the kingfisher’s beak, to the invention of Velcro inspired by burdock burrs, biomimicry – the design and production of materials, structures, and systems modeled on biological entities and processes – has significantly impacted the way we create and innovate.One of the most fascinating examples of this is the study of termite mounds by architects and scientists. Believe it or not, these seemingly insignificant structures have been a goldmine of insights for sustainable and efficient building design, particularly when it comes to ventilation.The Wonder of Termite MoundsTo the untrained eye, termite mounds might just appear as large piles of dirt. But inside, they are marvels of architectural design. Termites, despite being blind, manage to build towering mounds that maintain a remarkably stable internal environment. Regardless of the outside temperature, whether it's sweltering hot or chillingly cold, the inside of a termite mound remains stable, hovering around 30°C (86°F).The Secret: Natural Air ConditioningThe key to this impressive thermal regulation is ventilation. Termites have designed their mounds with a complex network of tunnels and chambers that facilitate airflow. The outer wall of the mound is thick and effectively absorbs heat during the day, while the inner wall is thinner and releases heat during the night.Furthermore, the mound is constructed in such a way that when hot air rises (as it naturally does), it gets expelled from the top, drawing in cooler air from the base and surrounding areas. This continuous circulation of air ensures that the temperature remains constant and that the termites, as well as their fungus gardens (their primary food source), thrive.Lessons for Human ArchitectureThe principles demonstrated by termite mounds have been eyed by architects and builders as a potential blueprint for designing buildings that require less energy for cooling and heating.Passive Cooling and Heating: By incorporating design principles from termite mounds, it's possible to reduce our dependence on artificial heating and cooling. This means a significant reduction in energy consumption and associated costs.Natural Airflow: Buildings designed with termite-inspired ventilation can benefit from enhanced airflow, minimizing the need for fans or air conditioning.Sustainability: Leveraging natural systems for building regulation reduces its carbon footprint, making the construction process more sustainable and eco-friendly.One notable example is the Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe. This building, designed by architect Mick Pearce in collaboration with engineers at Arup Associates, draws inspiration from termite mounds. By using a passive cooling system inspired by the termites, the Eastgate Centre uses 90% less energy for ventilation than conventional buildings of its size.The Way ForwardAs the world grapples with the challenges of climate change, energy consumption, and sustainability, looking to nature for solutions has never been more pertinent. The study of termite mounds by architects offers a tangible reminder that sometimes, the best answers to modern challenges have already been worked out by nature over millions of years.For hiring managers who recognize the value of innovative thinking and are in search of architectural skill and expertise that champions sustainable design, LVI Associates is here to help. Our consultants understand the nuances of the architectural world and have a keen eye for talent that understands and appreciates the delicate intricacies of design.Request a call back from one of our consultants at LVI Associates to ensure that your next architectural hire can support your journey towards the future of sustainable design.

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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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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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​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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