Company: Jacobs
Skills: HVAC
Education: High School/Secondary
Employment Type: Full Time Salaried Employee
Location: London, England, United Kingdom

About the opportunity:

Our Ground Engineering and Tunnelling team provides technical support to a wide range of infrastructure projects throughout the UK, and worldwide. Tunnel ventilation and fire life safety (FLS) is a key discipline within the tunnels team and the competencies within it allow us to offer the full range of tunnelling discipline capabilities. It is also a multi-sector discipline with cross-sell activities into the Transportation, Cities and Places and Nuclear sectors.

Reporting into the Head of Discipline for Tunnels, the Head of Tunnel Ventilation and Fire Life Safety role is primarily about bringing technical expertise and oversight to allow increased growth and to develop the skills of the existing team. The candidate would also be expected to take on Project Managerial responsibility for self-delivered projects in their domain and discipline lead responsibility on larger multi-disciplinary projects.

Business development is also a significant part of the role, both as part of a wider sales team but also as part of an external profile-raising campaign out in the industry.

The successful applicant will be based in the UK.


The ideal candidate would:
  • Have a first degree in a relevant discipline. A MSc or second degree would be preferrable
  • Be a fully chartered Fire Engineer
  • Be an established figure in the tunnel FLS industry and already the leader of or in the succession plan for a similar group.
  • Be well known by key clients in the highways and rail/metro sectors.
  • Serve on a PIARC committee or similar or be involved in the UK Road Tunnel Operators Forum. Similar standing in the nuclear fire safety sector would be a good alternative profile.
  • Be experience in writing technical papers and believe in the encouragement of junior staff to do the same.

Why Jacobs?

We clear the way for inventive thinking, so you have the support, means and space to deliver the boldest solutions for the extraordinary and every day. Jacobs. A world where you can.

Our Culture:

We're invested in you and your success. Our values stand on a foundation of safety, integrity, inclusion and diversity. We put people at the heart of our business and we truly believe that by supporting one another through our culture of caring, we all succeed. We value positive mental health and a sense of belonging for all employees.

We aim to make inclusion and diversity core attributes of our identity, embedded in all our employment and business practices in all locations. We know that if we are inclusive, we're more connected, and if we are diverse, we're more creative.

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As a Disability Confident employer, we will interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for a vacancy. We welcome applications from candidates who are seeking flexible working and from those who may not meet all the listed requirements for a role.

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Successful candidates will be asked to complete a Baseline Personnel Security Standard Pre-Employment check and will be required to undergo various checks including: Identity, Right to Work; Employment/Education History and Criminal Record. If you are unable to meet this and any associated criteria, then your employment may be delayed or rejected.