Technical Director – Building Services Design


  • Salary: Competitive
  • Location: Flexibly remote from one of our offices in Bristol, London or Manchester
  • Closing: This role has no specific closing date.

Job Description

 Anthesis is the Sustainability Activator. We are here to deliver sustainable performance. As the largest group of sustainability experts globally, we're making it happen. Since establishing in 2013, Anthesis Group has grown to more than 1000 experts, through organic growth and strategic acquisitions. Our activator model empowers multi-expert teams to design and deploy solutions that grow productive, resilient organisations, ecosystems and communities. 

Summary of role:  

This exciting new role sits within the Energy Systems community but has potential to develop into a cross-community endeavour covering circular economy, waste infrastructure and climate adaptation. Energy Systems has undergone a period of sustained growth over the past few years and now includes for 25 engineering consultants and subject matter experts with a primary focus on the built environment. To support further growth the Energy Systems team needs to recruit a Technical Director – Building Services Design reporting to Director, Energy Systems.  This is a wide-ranging, senior role undertaking a variety of technical engineering consulting projects, including new development, retrofit, distributed heat networks and multi-site portfolios. Key areas of the role will include design, project management, client management, developing new propositions, supporting construction and operations plus strategic input to the rapid growth of our established team. 

 Key Accountabilities: 

 Project delivery: 

  • Supervising less experienced mechanical and electrical engineers and leading on Learning and Development 

  • Challenging the status quo to achieve sustainable performance for buildings and engineering systems 

  • Working with clients to develop technical and commercial strategies, producing designs and specifications, preparation of project cost estimates, supporting the tender process and overseeing the delivery of projects.   

  • Project management including the co-ordination of technical, commercial and procurement advice from internal and external associates. Delivering projects on time and on budget to high customer satisfaction. 

  • Acting as clients representative to ensure best value is obtained from contractors. Advising clients on options, risks and mitigation. Operating embedded within the client’s office where required. 

  • Supporting our wider consultancy practice as to deliver high quality technical analysis and reports including energy audits, Dynamic Simulation Modelling, stock assessments, scoping studies, options appraisals and detailed engineering design, identifying and prioritising cost-effective energy efficiency solutions (supply and demand). 

  • Peer review and authorisation of colleagues’ work. 

  • Oversight and inspection of installations of measures, commissioning, organising and assessing the work of contractors. 

 Relationship Management: 

  • Manage multiple client relationships, liaise with clients to determine their requirements, assist clients with on-going enquires.  

  • Manage relationships into key industry bodies such as CIBSE, BSRIA, BEIS, GLA and the REA  

  • Develop strategic partnerships with other companies and institutions that enhance the effectiveness of the work we deliver  


  • Achieving project profitability. Tracking costs, managing and forecasting spend, ensuring that work is kept to budget. Manage resources. Manage invoicing. 

  • Providing technical sales support to Sales colleagues ensuring proposals are correctly scoped and priced. 

  • Ultimate point of escalation for Quality Assurance on engineering design 

  • Managing design risk for the business through effective risk mitigation strategy 


  • Support the development of new propositions, identifying market needs and subsequent opportunities. Spotting innovations and making the business case for pursuing them.  

  • Supporting the development of IP and systems that enhance the quality and efficiency of our client work  

  • With anticipated growth, the role has the potential to develop, leading a team of engineers and responsibility in mentoring less experienced staff.   


  • The role has the option of line management responsibility and representation of the team at the Senior Management level, though this is not essential. Should this be agreed to be appropriate then this would likely cover a current team of up to 10 Engineers. This includes team appraisals, reviews, and training & development.  

 Relevant experience required: 

  • A minimum of 10 years’ experience in the energy and wider building services/energy efficiency industry, with evidence of delivering programmes of design work leading to sustainable outcomes. 

 Knowledge/expertise required: 

  • Expertise in generation technologies and renewable or low carbon heat/power sources including CHP, heat pumps, gas/ biomass boilers, controls. 

  • Expertise in heat distribution systems including hydraulic modelling. 

  • Expertise in design of HVAC, air conditioning, cooling and water services.  

  • Knowledge of building services within residential, commercial and public sector operations 

  • Knowledge of current Building Regulations and other relevant statutory guidance. 

  • Knowledge of electrical building services from transformers, photovoltaics, distribution, lighting, pumps & motors, etc.  

  • Monitoring of installation works on site, particularly meeting technical compliance and site H&S matters including CDM2015, where acting as principal designer.  

 Skills/competencies required: 

  • Very strong technical skills including applying engineering first principles. 

  • Ability to calculate carbon savings, fuel cost savings and whole life costings of measures. 

  • Client and stakeholder management (internal and external), interpersonal and communication skills, managing client’s expectations, promoting excellent working relationships. 

  • Negotiation and persuasion to support Sales colleagues through both account management and successful tender submissions. 

  • Project management skills to deliver technical, multi-stakeholder projects on time and on budget. 

  • Advance excel skills. spreadsheet manipulation, complex calculations and production of graphics. 

  • Reviewing and utilising DSM models and BIM within construction 

  • Experience of line & operational management. 

 Qualifications/education level required: 

  • Degree in Engineering subject or equivalent. 

  • Chartered Engineer with CIBSE or IMechE. 

 Desirable experience, knowledge, skills, qualifications: 

  • Knowledge of the UK / global decentralised energy / district heating market 

  • Experience in dealing with commercial businesses (retailers, manufacturers, etc) 

  • Experience in dealing with Local Authorities. 

  • Experience in dealing with managing third party contractors. 

  • Experience working with process loads or engineers 

  • CIBSE Low Carbon Consultant. 

  • CIBSE Heat Networks Consultant. 

  • AutoCAD and modelling software such as EnergyPro, IES, TAS and Revit. 

 Special requirements: 

  • As the role includes travel, visiting clients across the UK and on occasions overseas, and keeping in contact with internationally based clients there is a requirement to be flexible around hours of working. 

  • Full UK driving licence 

Anthesis is an equal opportunity employer. The aim of our policy is to ensure that no job applicant or employee receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. 

Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

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Removing bias from the hiring process

  • Your application will be anonymously reviewed by our hiring team to ensure fairness
  • You’ll need a CV/résumé, but it’ll only be considered if you score well on the anonymous review

Start your de-biased application