Technical Associate

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Job Title                                  Technical Associate

Role Type                                Permanent/Full Time

Job Location                           Billingshurst, West Sussex

Reports to                               Senior Technical Associate

 

The Company

Thakeham is an infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter and proud winner of a Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For. 

The business is committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. Thakeham is a leader in the industry on sustainability and biodiversity. We are at the forefront of delivering sustainable homes, committed to ensuring every Thakeham home is carbon-neutral in production, and carbon-zero throughout its lifetime use by 2025. These core values underpin the company-wide mission to affect communities in a positive way 

Thakeham was launched in 2003. From day one, the company was driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-built developments. Today, Thakeham employs just over 200 people with a turnover of over £105m. 

People are Thakeham’s most important asset. Thakeham operates a thriving graduate recruitment programme and supports the Movement to Work initiative to help young people secure work. Thakeham has signed the HBF Mental Health Charter and recently organised a health and wellbeing programme during Lockdown. 

A Silver Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Mission Motorsport, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers. 

Away from work, Thakeham offers a range of staff events including quiz nights and participates in charity challenges including dragon boat racing.    

We pride ourselves on our ‘Infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later on in the process. Thakeham strive to not just create new homes, but genuinely amazing places to live, work and play. Thakeham delivers social, affordable and retirement housing for some of the biggest housing associations and local authorities in the country.  Partners include the NHS England Healthy New Towns Initiative, the Plunkett Foundation, Social Value UK and have been awarded a prestigious Gold Supply Chain School. 

Offering exciting career opportunities that are second to none, we are keen to develop, guide and support our employees throughout their careers. Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and fast growing business.  

 

The Department

The Technical Department has a thorough understanding of the technical aspect of construction with the ability to control, understand and manage external consultants to achieve timely delivery of value engineered solutions. This is a newly created role reporting to the Senior Technical Associate.

 

The Job Role

The successful candidate will

  • Implement Thakeham Technical Master Procedures from IMS
  • Brief External Consultants for detailed design/construction information with external consultants to include; Architects, Structural Engineers, Civil Engineers, Service consultants, SAP/Energy Assessor, Code Assessor, Landscape Architect, Air Testing, Acoustic Consultants
  • Make enquiries and arrange consultant tender bids for production information
  • Evaluate/reconcile tender returns
  • Appoint consultants and manage Appointment/Contract/Warranty queries
  • Control and monitor professional fees and invoicing
  • Hold regular design team meetings with consultants
  • Assist with specification development and review
  • Ensure consultants are working to brief and delivering to program
  • Manage consultants during technical design and respond to queries raised
  • Ensure the timely provision of production information to the project team
  • Review and comment on technical information for accuracy, co-ordination and best value engineered solutions
  • Provide information for discharge of planning Conditions
  • Manage applications for Building Control and discharge of conditions
  • Liaise with Building Control body to achieve Building Control Approval
  • Manage applications for NHBC Warranties, Robust Detail applications etc.
  • Manage Secured by Design Applications and requirements
  • Manager air testing regime and acoustic testing where required
  • Brief specialist suppliers and send out design enquiries to include beam and block floors, floor joists, lintels, trussed rafters, ventilation, plumbing and heating
  • Manage and track approval process of specialist suppliers’ drawings
  • Oversee production of Sales and Conveyance Plans
  • Liaise with Housing Association relating to technical/specification issues
  • Respond to site technical queries and attend site project review meetings
  • Respond to technical related customer care issues

This list is not exhaustive. Tasks will be allocated to reflect increasing levels of development and experience

 

The Required Skills

  • An ability to deliver the highest standards of service and achieve demanding time and quality targets
  • Industry related qualification eg. HND, Degree is preferable
  • Excellent literacy and numeracy skills
  • Good IT skills with competency at Microsoft Word and Excel
  • A willingness to attend training courses and to develop relevant knowledge, techniques and skills
  • To have good spoken and written communication skills
  • To be methodical, pay attention to detail and be accurate
  • To be good at working with people at all levels and willing to work in a team
  • To be self-motivated with ability to work on own initiative
  • To be able to co-ordinate a number of different projects at the same time
  • To be willing to accept responsibility for completing designated tasks

 

The Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • Annual holiday allowance 26 days increasing to 27 after 3yrs service and 28 after 5yrs service (plus bank holidays)
  • Life assurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health screening
  • Pension scheme
  • Bonus scheme
  • Flexible working hours in a modern office environment / Working from Home Policy
  • Excellent development and progression opportunities for the right candidate
  • Company Social events

Plus a whole range of other employee benefits that we can tell you all about, our employees are rewarded for their performance, attitude and results.

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 Thakeham is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and treating people fairly. We will treat all job applicants and employees equally regardless of age, race, religious belief, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We welcome applicants from all sectors of society and we are committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all.

 

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