Technical Director - Fire Engineering - Military veterans preferred



  full-time   employee   contract

United Kingdom

United Kingdom - Greater London, London

Job Summary

AECOM is seeking to appoint a Technical Director for its Fire Engineering Practice, a role with a national focus. You will be technically proficient in a broad range of applied fire engineering processes through all phases of project delivery, from design to on-site works.

This role represents a significant opportunity for a technically focused fire engineering expert to join and influence a world leading consultancy, with opportunity to work on some of the largest fire related projects across the UK.

This is a role for an established consultancy side fire engineering professional with an established track record of leadership, technical design and business development. Office locations include London (central or St Albans), Manchester or Edinburgh.

About us:

AECOM is built to modernise, expand and deliver the most iconic and complex structures ever conceived. Buildings & Places offers a one stop shop to complete some of the country’s most challenging projects by leveraging our scale, unique service offering and world-class talent. We work flexibly and cooperatively to achieve more. The Fire Protection team has achieved technical excellence and worldwide recognition. Our Fire Protection Engineers value in understanding the Building Regulations and Fire safety strategy unique requirements, providing strategic advice and developing sustainable innovative design.

Our Building & Places division provides a multidisciplinary offering consisting of a variety of consultancy services ranging from Civil, Structural and MEP Engineering, Cost Management, Quantity Surveying and Environmental.

Our building services team consists of over 400 people nationwide. The fire protection and fire strategy engineers we have in our team specialise in healthcare, industrial, education, commercial, residential, sports, and leisure. We are market leaders on large international projects as well as small scale local experts who seek to improve communities through strong design and infrastructure projects.

We are friendly, busy and motivated with an established track record of successfully delivering local and overseas projects. Some of our flagship work in recent years include; The Lusail Artscape Expressway in Qatar, NewCold International Logistic facilities, Al-Wakrah Stadium 2022 World Cup in Qatar, Boka Bay Beach Resort in Montenegro, Amazon Fulfilment Centres across UK and GE manufacturing facilities in KSA to name but a few.

Primary duties and responsibilities include:


  • Being part of the Fire Engineering Practice’s Leadership Team.

  • Shaping the Fire Engineering Practice’s technical direction of travel.

  • Overseeing technical consistency across the Fire Engineering Practice’s project teams and offices, as well as sharing best-practice approaches to ensure adequate technical rigour is applied.

  • Working with the Fire Engineering Practice’s Leadership Team to provide technical training for staff for their continued professional development.

  • Encourage and support staff membership of professional institutions, particularly the Institute of Fire Engineers.

  • Conducting technical interviews of potential candidates for AECOM’s Fire Engineering Practice

Technical guidance and design:

  • Providing technical oversight for projects being delivered by the Fire Engineering Practice.

  • Leading design and construction due diligence reviews on behalf of the Firm relating to its investment portfolio.

  • Leading peer reviews of fire engineering works being delivered by other consultancies.

  • Leading Research and Development initiatives from raising funding applications through delivery, post-project completion, knowledge dissemination and implementation.

Business development:

  • Maintaining our links and fostering collaborative working relationships with academic institutions.

  • Representing AECOM at technical fire related external conferences and sitting on technical committees.

  • Raising the technical profile of the Fire Engineering Practice, internally and externally, e.g. through producing and supporting others in the preparation and publication of technical fire engineering journal papers.

Minimum Requirements

You will good knowledge of design codes for common building types, such as those used for schools, hospitals, stations, airports and residential projects.

You will also have excellent report-writing, communication and interpersonal skills, you will be a Chartered Engineer with membership status or higher within the Institute of Fire Engineering. You will have a strong understanding of the technical fundamentals of fire engineering, including most of or all of the following:

  • Smoke control, heat transfer and fluid dynamics

  • Evacuation modelling

  • Computational fluid dynamic modelling using FDS

  • Structural fire engineer (probabilistic and deterministic)

  • Risk assessment (qualitative and quantified)

  • a broad background and experience applying common UK guidance such as; Approved Document B, BS9999 and BS9991

Preferred Qualifications

  • A clear work history and proof of professional development and learning

  • Ideally you will live locally to the St Albans or London office or be willing to relocate. Other locations will be considered.

Your benefits will include:

Helping our employees achieve a healthy work-life balance is important to us. If you join AECOM, as well as receiving a competitive salary, you’ll also have the opportunity to explore flexible working arrangements. Core benefits include 25 days annual leave, company pension scheme, private medical insurance, life assurance and one paid annual professional institution membership fee. You can also choose from a wide range of flexible benefits to suit your lifestyle.

You’ll also be able to give back to communities with up to two paid CSR days each year. Through our charity, The AECOM Foundation, you can volunteer to support children in developing countries. And if you’re a member of the Reserve Forces you’ll receive an additional 15 days paid leave for training commitments.

What We Offer

AECOM is a place where you can put your innovative thinking and business skills into high gear and work alongside other highly intelligent and motivated people. It's a place where you can apply your skills to some of the world's most challenging, interesting, and meaningful projects worldwide. It's a place that values the diversity of our areas of practice and our people. It's what makes AECOM a great place to work and grow. AECOM is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

NOTICE TO THIRD PARTY AGENCIES: Please note that AECOM does not accept unsolicited resumes from recruiters or employment agencies. In the absence of a signed Recruitment Fee Agreement, AECOM will not consider or agree to payment of any referral compensation or recruiter fee. In the event a recruiter or agency submits a resume or candidate without a previously signed agreement, AECOM explicitly reserves the right to pursue and hire those candidate(s) without any financial obligation to the recruiter or agency. Any unsolicited resumes, including those submitted to hiring managers, are deemed to be the property of AECOM.

Job Category Engineering - Fire and Risk

Business Line Buildings & Places

Business Group Design and Consulting Services Group (DCS)

Country United Kingdom

Position Status Full-Time

Requisition/Vacancy No. 223167BR

Clearance Required No

Qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or protected veteran status.