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Technical Director - Acoustics
Abingdon, Birmingham, Brighton, Bristol, Leeds, London

The role could be based in our Brighton, Manchester or Bristol offices.

Other locations would be considered including Birmingham, London, Oxford or Leeds.

About the role:

RPS is recruiting a key role to further develop the acoustics business which has grown from being a small team based in Brighton, to a team that includes Bristol, Manchester and Southampton.

You will provide strong and reliable leadership to the established Acoustics team and contribute to the management and operation of business unit. You will be a technical specialist in acoustics and take a collaborative approach to working with the wider management team.

The role will give you the opportunity to expand the enthusiastic team, enable you to provide strategic oversight and gain experience of the RPS Acoustics business in the UK. You will be working alongside other teams within RPS that typically feed the Acoustics Team some project work, while at the same time actively developing and marketing the external market to expand the work flow.

In this leadership role you will also need to have an excellent technical understanding and genuine experience in managing and directing projects within the development and infrastructure sectors.

You will be working with private sector clients as well as negotiating with regulators and other statutory consultees. Existing expert witness experience is an advantage, but we would not preclude candidates with the right potential to develop in this area.

Key responsibilities of the role:
• Overall responsibility for the management and performance of RPS’ UK Acoustics Team and working collaboratively to contribute as part of a wider business-unit management team
• Project management, direction and delivery of acoustics assessments
• Providing technical expertise to clients and other RPS teams in the UK and overseas
• Negotiating with regulators and statutory consultees
• Preparation & technical review of reports and deliverable
• Manage, mentor and motivate team members
• Business development
• Prepare and review bid proposals.

Skills/experience required:
• BSc/BEng and MSc/Meng
• Proven leadership qualities with a reputation for technical excellence.
• Extensive experience in the field of acoustics, noise and vibration, preferably within a consultancy context to support development projects.
• Direction on day to day team operations, including staff resourcing, project planning and changing workloads.
• Thorough knowledge of associated legislation, technical guidance & codes of practice along with ability to assist on a range of daily technical and/or commercial queries.
• Excellent problem-solving attitude and extensive experience in working with regulators.
• Ability to influence and provide guidance in all aspects of project delivery.
• Ownership for ensuring projects are delivered on time and within budget (along with project managers).
• Ability to work directly, or via existing team members, with senior colleagues throughout the business stream on bids and proposals to understand client needs and ensure bids meet the required deadlines and criteria.
• Excellent client management skills with proven success in developing and maintaining key contacts and with a network of contacts across the industry.
• Proven experience for development, progress and success of business development strategies i.e. networking, presentations and marketing campaigns.
• A history of line management experience; including staff mentoring, appraisals, training and team motivation.

What we offer you:
With an enviable client list, and the highest calibre multi-disciplinary back up team, we can offer unparalleled opportunities to showcase your talents and truly develop your career.

Our benefits include: 24 days holiday + bank holidays, Option to purchase up to 5 extra days per year, Company pension scheme, Private Healthcare, Group disability scheme, Share incentive scheme, Life assurance, Cycle to work scheme, Health screening, Employee Assistance Programme, Professional Membership

About RPS :
RPS is a leading global professional services firm of 5,600 people. We define, design and manage projects that create shared value in a complex, urbanising and resource-scarce world.

Connecting with our global expertise we make it easy for our clients to create winning solutions for their communities and their clients. By being confidently pragmatic we solve problems that matter. We make complex easy.

Consultants in our Acoustics, Noise & Vibration team are members of the Institute of Acoustics and RPS is a member of the Association of Noise Consultants. Senior team members are also active on British Standards Institution committees drafting and revising key noise & vibration related standards.

We provide specialist acoustic, noise & vibration consultancy services covering both environmental and building acoustics at various stages of a project's lifecycle as well as robust assessments and reports including mitigation solutions for developments across a wide range of sectors for both public and private sector clients

RPS is an equal opportunity employer.