Head of Technical - The BESA

Head of Technical

Manager: Chief Executive 

Date: August 2019


The Association

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.


Head of Technical

Key purpose of the role is to enhance the building services sector profile, effectiveness and commitment on technical, safety and sustainability issues.


Key duties

Reporting to the Chief Executive, the post-holder is responsible for the development of BESA policy and the implementation of work programmes relevant to their area of responsibility -

In particular this will include:

  • The development and maintenance of a portfolio of published technical standards covering the full range of member contracting activity


  • Keeping abreast of relevant developments and represent the Association in its relations with Government, other trade associations and appropriate professional bodies in all matters relating to technical and safety aspects of the building services sector


  • The provision of technical advice to the membership


  • Oversight of the Associations involvement in Government–inspired national initiatives as appropriate and responding to consultation documents on behalf of the industry across  a range of subject issues


  • Representation and collaboration at Government level and working with steering groups to promote best practice and innovation in building services Setting the environmental and sustainability agenda in the building services and construction
  • Contributing technical knowledge and expertise in the context of BESA information sessions, courses and publications


  • Managing the day to day business of the department and its team


  • Accountability for budget planning and monitoring in respect of the department


  • As a member of the Group’s management team contribute to the development of BESA corporate policy and business planning



Skills and knowledge


  • A sound working knowledge of the building and engineering services industry and facilities management sector, or 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


  • Ability to communicate, present and influence all levels of the Association, including Board and Committee level


  • Demonstrable experience of developing member/client-focused, differentiated and achievable solutions


  • Ability to work across functional boundaries to achieve shared Association goals


  • Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office applications


  • Ability to travel within the UK


  • Hold a full UK driving licence




  • A recognised professional qualification in engineering


  • Membership of a professional body or institute


  • Familiarity with standards and guidance appertaining to the building services sector



  • 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


  • Technical/report writing skills


Personal attributes




  • Ability to communicate effectively with Association members


  • Self-motivated


  • Willing attitude and readiness to take on new challenges


  • Commercially aware


  • Enthusiastic, ready to make decisions, take the initiative, and originate action


  • A desire to exceed internal and external stakeholder needs


To apply for this position please email a CV and covering letter FAO Carol West to HR@thebesa.com. 

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