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Company profile | Byrne Looby

NCE100 civil and structural consultant ByrneLooby has quadrupled its headcount in the last eight years – and is looking for almost 100 new faces by the end of this decade.

The challenge it faces is finding the right people – but for ambitious, experienced, well-educated engineers who enjoy finding technical solutions, this is a chance to work in a dynamic, cutting-edge environment.

“Management systems are not the most exciting investment, but putting robust systems in place allows the company to grow,” says ByrneLooby senior talent acquisition specialist Jason Eve, reflecting on the Deloitte Best Managed Company Award in Ireland the firm has won for the third year running.

With 156 staff, and ambitions to grow to about 250 by 2020, ByrneLooby is somewhere that staff can make a difference at all levels, he says.  

“ByrneLooby challenged me to expand my career, to create a new profitable business,” says the firm’s director David Beadman, who joined ByrneLooby in 2008 to open the firm’s Guildford office, its first outside Ireland. That office has expanded to a team of 30 staff in Guildford and Manchester with a varied client base “giving me huge personal satisfaction”.

ByrneLooby is also a good place for engineers to test their technical skills. An early project for the Guildford office was the design of the foundations for the Shard at London Bridge. In East London, the firm designed a combi-wall cofferdam to help reclaim an 8,500m2 slice of land for development. In the City, the company came up with a transfer structure to allow a new core for 22 Bishopsgate to be built ahead of the top down construction of the basement.

The firm says its combination of geotechnical and structural expertise allows the development of practical and buildable solutions. Many of its clients are contractors and as a result, temporary works form a significant portion of the workload.

There are opportunities for civil, structural and geotechnical engineers to join, particularly mid-career professionals seeking a new challenge in a smaller company, where individual contributions are quickly recognised through promotion and financial reward.  

Dave Jowett, associate director in charge of the Manchester office says: “I joined the Guildford office as a senior geotechnical engineer five years ago, and was immediately given opportunities to widen my experience. I opened the Manchester office in 2013, which has been immensely rewarding.”

Eve adds that finding people with the technical excellence and a commercial mindset is a challenge the firm will not shrink from. He adds that the benefits to the right people are manifold. There is a wealth of opportunities for people looking to come in lower down the chain and progress quickly.

“We have an extensive programme to help people achieve chartered status. Both Richard Thiemann, structural director, and David Beadman are reviewers for their respective professional bodies” says Eve. “Salaries are strong and there are opportunities for progression.  The onus is on the individual. If you can demonstrate your ability and desire to press on, then you can quickly progress up the career ladder.  We are always looking for the future leaders when recruiting.”

In association with ByrneLooby

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