Practice Manager

(and gallons of patience)

Whitby Wood is looking for a full time practice manager to take responsibility for the smooth running of our small but fast-growing engineering studio in central London. Ideally (but not necessarily) we are seeking someone with experience of working in a busy engineering, architecture or design practice. You need to be willing to take the initiative, have all-round office management and finance skills, and be able to operate effectively in a dynamic team environment.

The role covers a full range of HR and office management responsibilities, including …
— Team building and HR: looking after well-being, career development, internal communications, mentoring, HR and recruitment
— Financial management, including budgeting (with assistance)
— Office management: protocols, quality assurance
— Marketing and PR: press liaison, and assisting with … strategy development, bid preparation, online/social media content, general marketing
— Director support and liaison with overseas partners

Key skills and experience required …
— Ability to work effectively in a busy studio environment
— An in-depth understanding of the design industry and passionate support for creative endeavour
— Strong business acumen
— Astute attention to detail
— Excellent interpersonal, and spoken and written communication skills
— A positive disposition

This is a great opportunity to join a fantastic already-thriving practice with lots of potential for progression. The studio is open-plan, the atmosphere relaxed, and we offer a good work/life balance and a friendly fun ethos.

Send us your CV together with a covering letter outlining your qualifications and experience.

Applications are due by 31st October.

We do not accept applications made via agencies. Please apply by email in person to …

Sebastian Wood

For more information, call Seb on 07761 987956


Do you want to design your future?

With us you can ….

Whitby Wood is a fast-growing structural engineering studio (with a pedigree), working with fantastic architects and visionary clients — in a friendly collaborative central London office. We believe in the power of creative engineering, and we are passionate about detail.

Whitby Wood is looking for a number of lively talented engineers who are keen to take on more responsibility and further their careers. For more experienced applicants, we offer an opportunity to help shape the evolution of the practice and literally design their own futures. All applicants will be team players, and we are seeking people from a wide range of backgrounds and levels of experience, with good visual skills (sketching and/or computer modelling) built on a strong analytical background. We offer a progressive working environment with, where appropriate, an approved ICE training scheme.

Graduates for 2018, and keen students seeking work experience, should apply early.

We do not accept applications made via agencies. Please apply in person, sending a brief covering letter together with your CV to …

Whitby Wood HR team

Working with Whitby Wood

Whitby Wood is a thriving young practice with experienced leadership, working with a number of the country’s leading architects and developers. We offer structural engineering professionals an exceptional opportunity for a fast-track and rewarding career.

We also work with our associated practice in the UAE on projects throughout the Middle East and Asia.

We are led by engineers Mark Whitby and Sebastian Wood, both highly experienced and well-regarded in the construction industry. They were leaders at the award-winning UK consultancy whitbybird, a practice that was well known as a creative, stimulating place to work.

Whitby Wood works internationally from offices in London and Mumbai. We provide a stimulating working environment, supporting the development of the people who work with us and helping build the professional skills that provide a solid career platform.

We are always looking for keen talented individuals to join out multicultural team of engineers and technicians, working on a wide range of building projects, with leading developers, architects and clients.

We welcome unsolicited application, so if you are interested in joining us, please contact us directly.

Whitby Wood HR team

Graduate scheme

Whitby Wood has an accredited ICE training scheme, and offers a training and mentoring programme to new graduates. We look for exceptional people and offer the training and support that will help them fast-track their way to achieving the highest standards in the engineering profession.

The programme was developed by an in-house team and undergoes regular review and improvement. It covers the technical, coordination, integration and communication aspects of day-to-day engineering work. Each graduate is assigned an appropriate mentor, with whom they meet regularly. Tasks are set, often involving other team members, that ensure a broad training. External training modules will also be offered. We run friendly, largely open-plan, offices and work on a range of diverse projects.

If you think the graduate scheme might be for you, why not contact us.

Whitby Wood HR team

Equal opportunities policy

Whitby Wood is an equal opportunities employer. We believe that every employee has the right to work in surroundings that are free from unlawful discrimination. This principle applies to recruitment and selection, training, promotion, transfers, pay and benefits, and performance appraisal procedures, in addition to the terms and conditions of employment.