Design & Build Director - Heat Networks - UK

Ross Hoare

Hyperion Executive Search have been exclusively retained to recruit a Design and Build Director for a leading end-to-end solutions provider of community and district heating schemes.


The business make a success of heat networks owned by local authorities, housing associations and private developers. They help to optimise energy efficiency, manage renewable energy, and focus on well performing schemes, whilst minimising costs to the resident.


Their extensive experience of operating residential and commercial heat networks gives them an unrivalled opportunity to ensure their designs are appropriately engineered to meet realistic peak demand and long-term operational efficiency goals. They optimise their heat networks right from the start. With their access to “big data” heat network analysis, they ensures that they have the most up to date specific diversification information to ensure designs are at optimum size; avoiding capital costs and ongoing distribution costs, ultimately reducing tariffs for customers. Their experience in heat networks makes sure that their heat networks are never oversized, understanding the pitfalls of this only too well.


There are currently over 17,000 heat networks in the UK, connecting nearly 492,000 buildings, homes and retail outlets. Whilst heat networks are used in just over 2% of the UK’s heat demand, the requirement of Government backed schemes to increase their use and cut the country’s carbon emissions has seen their popularity rise substantially. By 2030 it is expected heat networks will be used to fulfil 14% of the country’s heat demand and, by 2050, 43%.



Business Context and Main Purpose of the Role


Whilst the business has focused and built a fantastic reputation around supplying metering and HIUs, billing and metering services and service and maintenance, the design and build area creates huge opportunities.


This role will have direct accountability for all design and build projects. The successful candidate will oversee the delivery of construction information to facilitate the achievement of the required project cost, efficiency and quality. The role will lead on the strategic direction and development of the Design and Build business unit including new initiatives, projects and procedures.


Main Accountabilities/Key Result Areas


Project Management


  • To lead on all construction aspects, providing strategic and professional guidance to internal and external teams  
  • Provide advice and expertise on critical issues regarding the project and implementation
  • Plan, co-ordinate and monitor all development activities, requirements and people to ensure quality, profitable and timely completion of assigned projects
  • Overseeing external and internal project teams
  • Liaising with other teams and departments
  • Feasibility and site construction due diligence
  • Design, implement and manage best practice process models
  • Monitoring progress, ensuring financial control and ensuring project quality
  • Generate clear information schedules that provide design information


Management of Client Relationships


  • Working with clients to ensure that their requirements are fulfilled, and expectations met
  • To build an effective partnering culture to ensure collaborative effort is applied where appropriate
  • Meeting regularly with clients, third parties and managers to report progress


Management of Supplier Relationships


  • Build effective relationships with both equipment manufacturers and contractors and manage project contracts


Environment, Health and Safety


  • Health and Safety Management and working procedures on all design and build projects, ensuring compliance with company procedures and statutory health and safety requirements.


Financial Awareness and Management


  • Support in the creation of and manage project budgets
  • Maintain and control accountability of project budget
  • Devising cost effective plans and methods to enable effective completion of projects


Contract Authority


  • Overall responsibility for ensuring contractual obligations are fulfilled
  • General contract management




  • Support contract renewals and bid management activity
  • Development of a strategy for all design and build activities and plan for divisional growth
  • Management of risks and opportunities
  • Identify opportunities for business improvements
  • Support wider business strategic aims in providing expertise and information in shaping strategy and subsequent operational models


The Person. Experience and competencies


The successful candidate will have:


  • Degree in related field
  • Professional design and build qualification
  • Organisational skills, including project planning and management
  • Ability to lead a motivated team
  • Aptitude for financial analysis
  • IT literate
  • Demonstrates sound knowledge of business and ability to make business decisions
  • Extensive experience of managing stakeholders and external suppliers
  • Budget management experience
  • In depth knowledge of contractual framework



The Opportunity


The Design and Build Director will have the opportunity to grow this exciting new area for the business and benefit from creating significant value into this well-established, successful company.  

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