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Fire Engineering Team Leader - New York (2327) in New York, NY at BuroHappold Engineering

Date Posted: 1/30/2018

Job Snapshot

Job Description

Fire engineering is a vital aspect of all building design processes. Using expert knowledge of the response of people and buildings to fire, our fire engineering team facilitate architectural vision and address client needs, such as business continuity and property protection.

BuroHappold develops integrated fire strategies for a wide variety of construction sectors, using research, analysis and design flair, combined with comprehensive code knowledge, to produce tailor-made fire safety solutions suited to each project’s unique needs.

Type of contract


Area of Expertise
Specialist Engineering


Office / Project Location
New York

Closing Date

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Fire engineering at BuroHappold has developed significantly at the global level and we are currently looking to expend in the US market. We are seeking a candidate to lead this effort from our NY office. A combination of international experience and local knowledge enables our engineers to respond quickly to project demands and to fully understand the complexities of working in local markets with the latest industry innovations.

In this busy team we are keen to recruit a skilled an ambitious individual to cultivate new work and help with delivery of existing projects. Ideally you will already have been working within a Fire design Engineering environment and are familiar with performance based design, as well as prescriptive code-compliance consulting.

Naturally the role of a Fire Engineer can be very varied but this role will ask you to:

  • Work with clients and other Engineers to project manage a variety fire engineering projects.  Inform and support the building design aspirations, functionality and architectural form throughout the design process
  • Set a strong example of client care and general consultancy on both small- and large-scale projects and support less experienced Engineers and Graduates to do the same.
  • Maintain responsibility for the financial performance of your projects, ensuring timely delivery of high quality design.
  • Represent BuroHappold Fire Engineering at design team meetings, both internal and externally.
  • Liaise with approval authorities on fire safety designs and proposals
  • Carry out and review fire engineering calculations including smoke modelling and evacuation analysis from simple hand calculations to complex 3D computational modelling (previous CFD experience is welcome but not essential).
  • Identify design related issues and propose solutions as appropriate.  Be aware when assistance is necessary and seek support from experienced members of the team when appropriate.
  • Manage relationships with internal and external clients, Engineers and other stakeholders.
  • Share knowledge both within the fire engineering team and on a wider basis.

As an experienced Fire Engineering professional, it is expected that you will be able to demonstrate:

  • A sound foundation of demonstrable, relevant ‘hands-on’ professional experience.
  • Excellent consultancy skills; good communication abilities and the experience to traverse complex situations, negotiation and understanding the differing needs of our clients and within stakeholder groups.
  • Confident, proactive character, with a track record or the ability to taking the lead in challenging situations.
  • The ability of identify, develop and grow profitable commercial relationships with client
  • Capability of working autonomously or as part of a larger team on multiple projects with other professional engineers
  • Expertise in delivering fire safety engineering solutions in a multi-disciplinary environment with solid experience in developing fire strategies, undertaking engineering analysis and applying performance based designs
  • An aptitude for problem solving
  • Willingness to travel 

Ideally you will have completed or be working toward professional registration. BuroHappold is keen to encourage the professional progression of our staff and offer an excellent training and development scheme to support your advancement.

We can offer a stimulating and challenging environment, excellent scope for progression and the opportunity to work on a wide range of outstanding projects. Our close-knit team offers excellent support to help you quickly develop and progress your skills.

BuroHappold is proud to be a practice of a diverse range of professionals that reflects the countries in which we operate.  We understand that through collaboration, diverse people with different experiences develop the most innovative and elegant solutions. BuroHappold actively promotes inclusivity across the practice to enable every individual to reach their full potential. This begins with a fair and inclusive recruitment process which focuses on your skills, competencies and experiences in relation to the role.