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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:

Experience

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

Network

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

Knowledge

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.

Safety Manager

Are you a seasoned Safety Manager or Senior Safety Coordinator with robust experience in the construction industry? We are on the hunt for an experienced professional to join our team and lead safety initiatives within dynamic construction environments. This full-time, permanent position is based in the vibrant Washington DC-Baltimore Area, where your expertise will be pivotal in maintaining and enhancing workplace safety. Your Role: - Oversee comprehensive safety programs to ensure compliance with OSHA standards and other regulatory requirements. - Conduct risk assessments, site inspections, and accident investigations to identify potential hazards. - Develop training materials related to job-specific risks as well as general health & safety practices for employees at all levels of operations. We Are Looking For Someone With: - Proven track record of managing comprehensive safety protocols within the construction sector - Strong analytical skills coupled with hands-on experience conducting thorough hazard assessments In this role: You'll need proficiency in: LVI: Understanding low voltage installations which could relate closely to various aspects of safe electrical practice on-site-a crucial skill set when dealing directly with complex building projects involving intricate wiring systems. Construction Experience: Your firsthand knowledge about different phases from groundwork through completion ensures that best practices regarding worker protection remain front-of-mind throughout project lifecycles

US$107000 - US$130000 per year
Washington
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Mechanical Senior Project Manager - Atlanta

Mechanical Senior Project Manager - Atlanta, Georgia Exciting Hybrid Opportunity for Mechanical Project Manager Experienced in Construction We are looking for a dedicated and experienced Mechanical Project Managers to oversee the planning, coordination, and execution of our construction projects. Key Responsibilities: Lead and manage all aspects of construction projects from initiation to completion, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards. Collaborate closely with cross-functional teams including engineers, architects, contractors, and stakeholders to drive project success. Develop and maintain project plans, schedules, and budgets, while proactively identifying and addressing risks and challenges. Foster a culture of safety, quality, and teamwork on-site, promoting a positive and collaborative work environment. Communicate effectively with all project stakeholders, providing regular updates and reports on project status and progress. Qualifications: Bachelor's degree in Construction Management, Engineering or related field. Proven experience managing industrial & mechanical construction projects, with a minimum of 5 years in a project management role. Strong understanding of construction processes, methodologies, and best practices. Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with diverse teams and stakeholders. If you are looking for a new opportunity with a leading mechanical contractor, we want to hear from you!

US$120000 - US$160000 per annum
United States of America
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Mechanical Superintendent

CLIENT: Currently partnered with a national Mechanical contractor (TOP 50 ENR) that specializes in large Light Industrial and Commercial projects. They currently have a large backlog of work in Carolinas and Georgia, they're currently looking for experienced Piping Superintendents to join their team My client is seeking experienced Piping Superintendents o join their team. The ideal candidate will have experience and background of working on projects $15M+. This individual will also be comfortable scheduling, running the project and overseeing the manpower to ensure project is completed on-time and within budget. RESPONSIBILITIES: Develop cost estimates for the project and budget management Manage subcontractors, suppliers, and other construction personnel Monitor construction progress and quality to ensure compliance with project plans and specifications Reviewing and approving contract documentation Maintain and managing accurate records of job site activities, including daily reports, time cards, and material deliveries Communicate effectively with project stakeholders, including owners, architects, and engineers REQUIREMENTS: Minimum of 5 years of experience as a Superintendent Knowledge of construction methods and materials Experience working on projects exceeding $15M in value Strong leadership and communication skills Ability to read and interpret construction and engineering plans and specifications Proficiency in Microsoft Office and construction management software My client are offering a competitive salary and benefits package, as well as opportunities for professional growth and advancement. If you are a highly motivated individual with a passion for construction and a proven track record of success, we encourage you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Please submit your resume and project list for consideration.

US$120000 - US$150000 per annum
United States of America
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Senior Geotechnical Tunnel Engineer

Position: Senior Tunnel Engineer (Geotechnical) Locations: New York This opportunity: Working with my client in Washington DC who are searching for a Senior Geotechnical & Tunneling Engineer, Be involved in projects with our Geotechnical & Tunneling Team, take on a leadership role, and be a part of a growing organization that meets our client's objectives and solves their challenges. Your Impact Manage a team of geotechnical and tunneling engineers in the DC metro area including tracking active projects and budgets, delegating tasks, coordinating across disciplines within project teams, coordinating with subconsultants, reviewing work, and providing professional guidance. Contribute to proposal and cost estimate development and track business development opportunities, both internally and externally. Perform professional geotechnical engineering work including design for tunneling projects, subsurface investigations, soil foundation engineering, settlement analysis, soil erosion, lateral earth pressures, geological hazards, underground water, slope stability, and operations to determine conformance with applicable rules, standards, construction, or operating permits for commercial, industrial, building, environmental, infrastructure, and transportation projects. Provide guidance with collecting, compiling, and analyzing data from the physical work site, soil/water/sludge/rock samples, surveys, blueprints, GIS data, subsurface utility information, maps, hydrologic analysis, geotechnical data, and other matrices for project development, design, and construction. Apply high-level geotechnical engineering techniques and processes to identify improvements for various infrastructure project phases including concept development, preliminary design, final design, procurement, construction, and operation. Develop construction plans, specifications, and cost estimates; preparing construction safety and phasing plans, and updating infrastructure layout plans that require coordination with owners, other disciplines, sub-consultants, and clients. Interact with regulatory agencies, subcontractors, drillers, and clients in a confident and professional manner. What you would need: Bachelor's Degree in Civil Engineering with Geotechnical Engineering focus 10+ years of Tunnel experience Virginia, Washington D.C., or Maryland PE registration. (preferred) Effective self-leadership with attention to detail, results orientation, and managing multiple priorities in a dynamic work environment. Master's Degree in Civil Engineering A

£160000 - £160001 per annum
New York
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Senior Project Manager

We are looking for a Senior Project Manager with at least 10 years of experience in HVAC and Plumbing system installation across various building types. Key responsibilities include managing mechanical trade work, overseeing project construction, interfacing with clients and subcontractors, and ensuring projects stay within budget and schedule. Key Qualifications: Experience: Minimum 10 years in mechanical construction. Communication: Strong verbal and written skills. Core Responsibilities: Project Management: Oversee mechanical trade work, ensuring compliance with design, budget, and schedule. Client Interaction: Build and maintain client and A/E relationships. Financial Management: Manage all financial aspects of contracts to ensure profitability. Supervision: Coordinate and supervise company personnel on projects. Innovation: Implement effective management techniques to maximize project performance. Additional Skills: Knowledge of process piping, plumbing, HVAC systems. Experienced in managing Mechanical Construction Projects. Benefits: 401K plan with matching contributions Health, Vision, and Dental Insurance 20 Days Paid Time Off Health Savings Account, Health Reimbursement Account and Flexible Spending Accounts Health Wellness Program

Up to US$150000 per annum
North Carolina
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Commercial Roofing Project Manager

LVI currently have an opportunity open for a commercial roofing project manager to join a esteemed client based out of South Florida (Fort Pierce). The Firm: This firm is a family owned Commercial and Residential Roofing business based out of South Florida, completing work across both Fort Pierce and Vero Beach. They complete mid-large scale commercial and residential roofing projects, whether that be new construction re-roofing, or repair and maintenance. Key Responsibilities: As the Commercial Roofing Project Manager, you will be responsible for overseeing all aspects of roofing tear-off / construction from conception through completion. You will be working with a cross-functional team and coordinating with them to ensure project milestones are met on time. You will be implementing rigorous safety protocols according to industry standards alongside driving continuous improvement & efficiency. To be successful in this role, you will need to have a strong understanding of construction principles specific to commercial roofing systems. This will be crucial in managing complex building requirements effectively. Additionally, an uncompromising approach towards maintaining safe work environments is essential. You should have the ability to develop safety plans aligned with regulatory compliance needs. Minimum Requirements: 5+ Years Project Management Experience, 3 years in Roofing preferred Strong understanding of common commercial and residential roofing materials / systems (TPO, PVC, EPDM, Shingles, Metal, MB) Minimum High School Graduate/College Degree Preferred Strong relationship building skills Fluent Spanish is a plus *Competitive salary, bonus structure, and benefits (negotiable)* If this sounds like the job for you please apply for more information.

US$75000 - US$100000 per annum
Fort Pierce North
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Mechanical Project Manager

We are looking for experienced Mechanical Project Managers to oversee on multi-million dollar projects. Key Responsibilities: Lead and manage all aspects of construction projects from initiation to completion, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards. Collaborate closely with other teams including engineers, architects, contractors, and stakeholders to drive project success. Manage a team of Assistant Project Managers & Project Engineers to ensure projects are completed on budget and within schedule. Develop and maintain project plans, schedules, and budgets, while proactively identifying and addressing risks and challenges. Promote a culture of safety, quality, and teamwork on-site, promoting a positive and collaborative work environment. Communicate effectively with all project stakeholders, providing regular updates and reports on project status and progress. Qualifications: Experience managing mechanical construction projects, with a minimum of 5 years in a project management role. Strong understanding of construction processes, methodologies, and best practices. Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with diverse teams and stakeholders. Why Join Us: Top 10 ENR Contractor Highly Competitive Compensation Package Market leading Bonus Structure 3+ Weeks PTO ESOP Company Truck 100% Fully Paid Healthcare, Dental & Vision Per Diem, Car Allowance & Exciting Monthly Company Events Great 401k Match Fast Track Learning & Development Opportunities If you are looking for a new opportunity with a leading mechanical contractor, we want to hear from you!

Negotiable
Austin
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Mechanical Project Manager

We are looking for experienced Mechanical Project Managers to oversee on multi-million dollar projects. Key Responsibilities: Lead and manage all aspects of construction projects from initiation to completion, ensuring adherence to timelines, budgets, and quality standards. Collaborate closely with other teams including engineers, architects, contractors, and stakeholders to drive project success. Manage a team of Assistant Project Managers & Project Engineers to ensure projects are completed on budget and within schedule. Develop and maintain project plans, schedules, and budgets, while proactively identifying and addressing risks and challenges. Promote a culture of safety, quality, and teamwork on-site, promoting a positive and collaborative work environment. Communicate effectively with all project stakeholders, providing regular updates and reports on project status and progress. Qualifications: Experience managing mechanical construction projects, with a minimum of 5 years in a project management role. Strong understanding of construction processes, methodologies, and best practices. Excellent leadership, communication, and interpersonal skills, with the ability to effectively collaborate with diverse teams and stakeholders. Why Join Us: Top 10 ENR Contractor Highly Competitive Compensation Package Market leading Bonus Structure 3+ Weeks PTO ESOP Company Truck 100% Fully Paid Healthcare, Dental & Vision Per Diem, Car Allowance & Exciting Monthly Company Events Great 401k Match Fast Track Learning & Development Opportunities If you are looking for a new opportunity with a leading mechanical contractor, we want to hear from you!

US$120000 - US$150000 per annum
Atlanta
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Commercial Roofing Estimator

LVI have a great opportunity for a Commercial Roofing Estimator to join a high-end commercial roofing business based out of Fort Lauderdale. This client is a growing business who is looking to add an Estimator to their team - they complete work both within the residential and commercial sectors, having an emphasis on the commercial. Job Summary: As a Commercial Estimator you will generate detailed cost-analysis and scope of work estimates, utilizing vendor and subcontractor quotes as well as site surveys. An Estimator will collaborate with the Sales Team, Customer and Manufacturers to provide bids in a timely manner that meet specifications and requirements. Responsibilities: Managing bid schedule Working with roof techs to review the existing roof drawings/takeoffs turned in to Estimator Obtaining quotes from vendors Completing spreadsheets/bids and scope/proposal reviews Communication with sales team on bid schedules, pricing etc. Assembling and turning in submittal packages when required Job preparation/set-up on awarded bids. Hand-off budget/bid package to Project Manager and assist with job set-up as needed to ensure efficient job start-up Requirements: 3+ years of experience in the Commercial Roofing market, ideally with a focus on Estimation Technical knowledge of TPO, EPDM and PVC systems and various methods of attachment and Manufacturer warranty requirements Experience bidding large scale re-roofing projects ($1m+) Must be able to efficiently read plans and specifications Ability to effectively communicate technical aspects of the potential job to sales reps, education and information of all technical aspects of new roofing/reroofing projects to further reps sales abilities to explain systems/VE solutions to customer. If this job sounds of interest and you are keen to hear more, please get in touch / apply.

US$80000 - US$120000 per annum
Fort Lauderdale
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Director - Project Development & Delivery

Position Overview: We are seeking an experienced and highly skilled Director to join our client's dynamic and growing team. The ideal candidate will have extensive experience managing large-scale projects, with a strong background in project management and delivery with a focus on APAC, including projects in Singapore, Japan, HongKong, Vietnam and Australia. This position is based in Singapore. Projects would include but not limited to real estate in the industrial, retail, mixed-development and data center sectors. Key Responsibilities: Lead and manage projects from inception to completion, demonstrating strong leadership and project management skills. Conduct and review project feasibility studies independently. Possess in-depth knowledge of design, project costing, construction scheduling, and planning. Oversee data center projects and ensure compliance with relevant regulations and codes. Work closely with teams across different regions, including Japan, HongKong, Vietnam, and others, ensuring smooth project execution. Collaborate with developers, having a minimum of 5 years of experience in a developer/owner's side role. Manage project budgets, timeline, and resources efficiently. Ensure all projects meet the highest standards of quality and safety. Qualifications: 18+ years and above of project management and delivery experience. Real estate experience is a must. Proven track record of successfully completing projects in Japan. Familiarity of Japanese regulations, codes and policies will be a bonus. Strong track record of projects delivered across APAC (Singapore, HongKong, Vietnam, Australia) Strong leadership skills with a demonstrated ability to lead teams effectively. Excellent knowledge of design principles, project costing, and construction scheduling. Experience working on data center projects is a bonus. Must have work experience in a developer. Proven ability to manage projects outside of Singapore. Fluent in spoken and written English is a must. Other Information: Position based in Singapore. Open to local and foreign candidates. Reports to the Group Chief Development Officer. If you meet the above qualifications and are looking for a challenging and rewarding opportunity, we encourage you to apply. Join our client's team and contribute to their continued success and growth in the industry.

Negotiable
Singapore
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Project Manager

Project Manager Opportunity in Heavy Civil Sector - Atlanta, GA Are you a seasoned Project Manager looking for your next challenging project within the heavy civil realm? A prestigious and dynamic firm is seeking an experienced individual to lead site services for high-profile construction projects across Atlanta. This permanent position offers a unique opportunity to spearhead initiatives that shape infrastructure. Key Responsibilities: - Oversee comprehensive management of various site service projects. - Coordinate with multiple stakeholders to ensure timely delivery of objectives. - Implement robust strategies aligned with industry standards and company goals. Skills Required: *Heavy Civil Knowledge: You will need extensive experience in this sector as it requires understanding complex infrastructures peculiarities specific to large-scale construction environments. *Leadership Excellence: As a leader, guiding teams through intricate operations while maintaining morale is essential - strong leadership skills are non-negotiable. *Strategic Planning Prowess: The ability not just to create but also adapt strategic plans according based on real-time challenges ensures success over time. If you're passionate about building impressive structures that stand the test of time and have demonstrated excellence managing significant ventures in Georgia's bustling metropolis-this role awaits your drive and vision! Join us: Lead where it counts!

US$100000 - US$150000 per year
Atlanta
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Project Manager

Project Manager Opportunity in Heavy Civil Sector - Leland, NC Are you ready to lead and excel with a dynamic team on some of the most exciting heavy civil projects in North Carolina? We are seeking an experienced Project Manager who is skilled at navigating the complexities of commercial and industrial sitework. This permanent position offers the chance to make your mark within a challenging sector that values tenacity and precision. As our ideal candidate, here's what we expect from you: - Proven expertise managing large-scale construction projects within heavy civil contexts - Robust experience overseeing all stages of project management including planning, execution, monitoring & controlling - A track record demonstrating strong leadership skills: guiding teams towards successful completion amidst tight deadlines Relevant Skills for Success: *Heavy Civil Knowledge: You should have substantial knowledge about this industry's specific requirements-understanding everything from earthwork to infrastructure development will be central to your role. *Construction Acumen: Being well-acquainted with general building principles ensures that every phase is executed accurately while adhering strictly to safety standards as well as regulatory compliance. This opportunity awaits those eager professionals hungry for challenges and success in their next career move. Join us now by applying today!

US$90000 - US$130000 per year
Wilmington
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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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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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​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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