Head of Technical


The Building Engineering Services Association is the UK's leading trade organisation for building engineering services contractors – representing the interests of firms active in the design, installation, commissioning, maintenance, control and management of engineering systems and services in buildings.



This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced individual to join our professional and hard-working team. The key purpose of the role is to be the voice of technical, safety and sustainability building services issues for our members, championing technical competence and compliance across the full range of stakeholders from government to individual site personnel.



Responsible for supporting the members of the association, the role is both broad and diverse, in particular the key duties include:

  • Create the conditions for members success based on ethical, safe, technically competent and compliant building services practice.
  • Drive the development of the portfolio of published technical standards covering the full range of member current and future activities
  • Represent the Association in its relations with Government, other trade associations and appropriate professional bodies in all matters relating to technical aspects of the building services sector
  • Provide technical advice to the membership in meaningful ways including committees, responding to trends, identifying hot topics or addressing a specific issue
  • Oversee the association’s involvement in government–inspired national initiatives and responding to consultation documents on behalf of the industry across a range of subject issues
  • Collaborate with government and sector level steering groups to promote best practice and innovation in building services
  • Develop the environmental and sustainability agenda in the building services sector especially for construction, operation and maintenance, and decommissioning phases
  • Share technical knowledge and expertise across the BESA group including for training courses, publications, events and commercial activities
  • Manage the day to day business of the department and its team including budget accountability and planning
  • Contribute to the development of BESA corporate policy and business planning as a member of the group’s management team

Skills and knowledge - Essential

  • A broad working knowledge of the building and engineering services industry and facilities management sector, and a specialism within (e.g. electrical or mechanical)
  • Consummate networking and relationship building skills, diplomatic with an ability to engage effectively with a wide variety of stakeholders at all levels – able to communicate, present and influence all levels of the association, including board and committee level as well as members operational and site levels.
  • Demonstrable experience of developing member/client-focused, differentiated and achievable solutions
  • Ability to work across functional boundaries to achieve shared association goals
  • Ability to travel within the UK and hold a full UK driving licence

 Skills and knowledge - Desirable

  • A recognised professional qualification in engineering
  • Membership of a professional body or institute
  • Good working knowledge/understanding of the technical, H&S, sustainability requirements of the building services sector
  • Familiarity with the content and requirements of the Hackitt Review  

Personal attributes - Essential 

  • Self-motivated, willing attitude and readiness to take on new challenges
  • Commercially aware of the impacts to our members and the association
  • Adaptive and growth mindset, willing to question and learn
  • Enthusiastic, ready to make decisions, take the initiative, and originate action
  • A desire to exceed internal and external stakeholder needs


Working with us

The association has three main office bases across the UK; London, Lake District and Edinburgh. This role can be based from any of these offices or be home based. 

This provides for flexibility of working location AND when attending one of our office bases for meetings or other work events, you can enjoy the fast pace and historic buildings of London or Edinburgh or the country and water pursuits of the Lake District.

We are open to flexible working, you will be able to take control over your role and working week –achieve your objectives, meet the needs of our members and have a great work-life balance.

Our standard working week is 35 hours and we provide above statutory pension and holiday entitlements, with BUPA cover and other optional benefits.

We actively encourage an open working culture in our diverse and expert team which supports individual development to deliver genuine value to our members. The strengthening of our technical and sustainability offering with this role lies at the heart of the association strategy and offers the right person a unique opportunity to make a difference

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