Automation & Controls

Automation & Controls

LVI Associates: Your Partner for Automation & Controls Talent in Singapore and Beyond

Discover LVI Associates as your go-to source for top-tier Automation & Controls talent in engineering and beyond, with a special focus on Singapore. With a global reach and expertise, we offer comprehensive permanent, contract, and multi-hire talent solutions, providing exceptional support throughout the entire life cycle of infrastructure projects.

If you're seeking to streamline your hiring processes and gain valuable insights on salaries, skills, and benefits in the Singapore market, look no further. Our dedicated team, specializing in recruitment, is here to assist you. Access our vast global network of niche skilled Automation & Controls talent by requesting a call back or submitting a job specification today.

Whether you're in need of top talent in Automation & Controls or are a Building Controls Technician exploring exciting career opportunities in Singapore, LVI Associates has you covered. Our extensive experience ensures the delivery of exceptional professionals, including Electrical Controls Engineers, System Integration Managers, and Robotics experts, perfectly tailored to meet your specific needs.

Benefits of working with LVI Associates

The world of Automation & Controls is rapidly evolving, driven by cutting-edge technology and cybersecurity considerations. Businesses, both established and emerging, are eagerly embracing robotic automation, leading to a soaring demand for these advancements. Factors like labor shortages, supply chain disruptions, and the pursuit of sustainable and resilient operations are accelerating this transformation.

At LVI Associates, we are at the forefront of this revolution, providing exceptional solutions for Automation & Controls talent needs. Whether you require swift placements for critical automation positions or seek strategic talent acquisition, our team possesses the resources and expertise to deliver outstanding results. Partner with us and experience the numerous benefits of working with LVI Associates Automation & Controls team:

Experience

We have over a decade’s worth of experience as a leading talent partner inAutomation & Controls

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Our award-winning Automation & Controls talent specialists offer bespoke, tailored guidance on the latest hiring trends and industry news to help you achieve your goals.

Take the first step in overcoming your talent shortage by completing our form. Our dedicated team awaits the opportunity to discuss how we can effectively partner with your organization to fulfill your Automation & Controls hiring needs.

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Current Opportunities

Automation & Controls Engineers will be critical as technology continues to evolve. Companies are always seeking new ways to automate different tasks, so working with a talent partner who understands Automation & Controls engineering could put your career ahead of the curve. Take a look at our current live roles or submit your CV/resume and one our of consultants will be in contact when a job that matches your profile becomes available.

Sr. Controls Engineer

Job Title: Senior Control Engineer Location: Roswell, GA Position Type: Full-time Our client, a leading company in Roswell, GA, is seeking a highly skilled and experienced Senior Control Engineer to join their dynamic team. The ideal candidate will have a minimum of 5 years of hands-on experience in automation and controls, with a strong proficiency in Allen Bradley and Wonderware/Aveva. Knowledge and expertise in Oil and Gas operations will be considered a significant advantage. Responsibilities: System Design and Integration: Design, develop, and implement control systems, ensuring seamless integration of automation solutions. Programming and Configuration: Utilize expertise in Allen Bradley PLC programming and Wonderware/Aveva SCADA systems to develop and optimize control strategies. Troubleshooting and Maintenance: Diagnose and resolve complex issues related to control systems, ensuring minimal downtime and optimal performance. Project Management: Lead and contribute to control system projects, from conception to completion, ensuring adherence to timelines and budgets. Collaboration: Work closely with cross-functional teams, including electrical engineers, project managers, and clients, to ensure effective communication and project success. Documentation: Create and maintain comprehensive documentation for control systems, including specifications, manuals, and technical reports. Qualifications: Minimum 5 years of experience: Proven track record in the field of automation and controls. Technical Proficiency: Expertise in Allen Bradley PLC programming and Wonderware/Aveva SCADA systems. Industry Knowledge: Preferred experience in Oil and Gas operations. Education: Bachelor's degree in Engineering or a related field is highly desirable. Equivalent experience will be considered. Problem-solving Skills: Strong analytical and troubleshooting skills to address complex control system issues. Communication: Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to convey technical information to diverse audiences. If you are a seasoned Control Engineer looking to take on a challenging role with a reputable company, and you meet the specified requirements, we invite you to apply. Join our client's team in Roswell, GA, and contribute to the success of cutting-edge automation and control projects

Negotiable
Roswell
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Controls Engineer

Title: Join Our Team as a Controls Engineer in Cincinnati! Introduction: We are seeking an experienced and passionate controls engineer to join our client's team based in the heart of Cincinnati. As a permanent member of staff, you will be responsible for designing, developing and maintaining cutting-edge control systems that drive automation across multiple industries. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or higher within Electrical Engineering or relevant field (or substantial industry experience) - Minimum 5 years' experience working with Allen Bradley PLCs (Programmable Logic Controllers) - Strong knowledge of Studio 500/5000 software suite - Experience using RSLOGIX, CONTROLOGIX and SIMATIC STEP7 Skills: As well as having qualifications suitable for this role we require someone who is innovative with excellent problem-solving skills. Additionally they should have great communication abilities coupled together with project management expertise which includes ability to multi-tasking . Responsibilities include but not limited to : * Collaborating cross-functionally on design concepts. * Creating schematics from concept drawings * Developing code logic * Troubleshooting system issues * Communicate effectively both written & verbal Salary: The successful applicant can expect remuneration starting at $100000 annually dependent upon their level of qualification plus additional benefits including health insurance coverage , flexible vacation plans etc. Join us today! Become part of one the most dynamic teams involved into exciting projects involving Automation engineering !

US$100000 - US$130000 per annum
Cincinnati
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Compliance Assurance Director

We are currently partnered with a growing regional bank seeking a Compliance Assurance Director with 8+ years of banking compliance experience, particularly in the consumer compliance space. The ideal candidate will have built and managed compliance testing programs and be familiar with consumer operations. Compliance Assurance Director Responsibilities: Develop and oversee compliance testing programs in the consumer compliance space. Assess and mitigate compliance risks related to consumer operations. Stay updated on regulatory changes affecting consumer compliance. Lead audits and examinations related to consumer compliance. Train staff on consumer compliance matters. Compliance Assurance Director Qualifications: Bachelor's degree (Master's preferred) in Business, Finance, or related field. CRCM certification required. 8+ years of banking compliance experience, with a focus on consumer compliance. Proven track record in building compliance testing programs. Strong leadership and communication skills. *This role is not BSA/AML or Financial Crimes focused.

US$170000 - US$200000 per annum
United States of America
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Building Automation Sales Engineer

Overview: Commission Based Role - OTE of $250k+ This role will be responsible for the sale of Service and Project offerings to building owners, facility staff, mechanical contractors and general contractors. Provide technical solutions and operational expertise. Build and manage long term customer relationships / partnerships with target customers. Position renewable service agreements as the foundation of managed account relationships. Executes the sales process to aid in cultivating and managing long-term relationships and in seeking out, qualifying and closing new sales opportunities. Duties And Responsibilities: Sells, with minimal supervision, the Project and Service offerings persuasively, persistently and confidently to customers while reaching optimal profit levels. Seeks out, targets and initiates contact with multiple prospective customers. Qualifies and assesses potential customers. Provides quotes for projects, service repairs, change outs, upgrades, and energy solutions, including quotes for time and material as well as fixed price services. Builds partnering relationships with the assigned accounts to drive the penetration of the client's offerings. Maintains face-to-face contact with the customers who most directly influence penetration. Actively listens, probes and identifies concerns. Addresses concerns and performance lapses. Understands the customer's business and speaks their language. Develops credibility, loyalty, trust and commitment. Performs take-offs and bids the full spectrum of projects with the full spectrum of the client's offerings. With assigned consulting engineers, drives specifications of the full spectrum of projects towards the client's offering. With assigned owner accounts, drives a preference for Johnson Controls or Honeywell products and offerings. Keeps management informed of progress and account status. Calls for assistance from manager to keep the sales process moving. Demonstrates technical knowledge by writing the specification or matching the proposal to the building specifications to provide value to the customer. Teams with colleagues on individual projects based on account assignments. Develops relationships with internal operations and administrative staff to ensure customer satisfaction, and effectively and efficiently address issues. Solicits support from and communicates effectively with internal staff to ensure customer satisfaction. Develops relationships with overall sales organization to exceed customer's expectations. Utilizes applicable sales tools effectively to plan and document progress as well as increase penetration of accounts. Qualifications: Minimum of 3-5 years of solution sales experience related to commercial HVAC and Building Automation Systems. Knowledge of Johnson Controls and Honeywell etc. products and systems. Must have strong presentation skills and demonstrated experience of pricing solutions for customers. Demonstrates a commitment to integrity and quality in business. Excellent initiative and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrates the ability to influence the market at key levels.

£120000 - £140000 per annum + Unlimited Commission
Chicago
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Building Automation Application Engineer

Building Automation Application Engineer Company Overview: Our client, a leading building automation firm, is seeking a talented and experienced Building Automation Application Engineer to join our dynamic team. If you have a passion for cutting-edge technology and a desire to contribute to the future of smart buildings, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Position Summary: As a Building Automation Application Engineer, you will play a pivotal role in the planning, design, and implementation of state-of-the-art building automation systems. Your expertise will be essential in creating efficient, reliable, and intelligent solutions that enhance building performance, energy efficiency, and occupant comfort. Key Responsibilities: Collaborate with cross-functional teams to gather requirements and develop comprehensive building automation system designs. Design and engineer building automation solutions, including HVAC, lighting, data centers, security, and energy management systems. Conduct site assessments to evaluate existing systems, identify opportunities for improvement, and propose upgrades. Create detailed technical documentation, specifications, and drawings for building automation projects. Collaborate with project managers, architects, and clients to ensure designs meet project goals, timelines, and budget constraints. Stay abreast of industry trends, emerging technologies, and best practices to drive continuous improvement in design processes. Provide technical support during project implementation and assist in troubleshooting and resolving issues. Qualifications: Proven experience in designing and implementing building automation systems. Strong proficiency in industry-standard design tools and software (e.g., AutoCAD, Revit, etc.). In-depth knowledge of HVAC, lighting, data centers and energy management systems. Familiarity with relevant codes, standards, and regulations. Excellent problem-solving skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. Effective communication skills, with the ability to convey technical information to non-technical stakeholders.

US$100000 - US$120000 per annum
Chicago
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Senior Controls Technician

Are you a seasoned Controls Technician with a proven track record of excellence? We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced individual to join our dynamic team as a BAS Controls Technician. Our client is a leader in the industry, committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions, and they need a talented professional to play a key role in maintaining and optimizing clients' building automation systems. Key Responsibilities: System Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Conduct routine inspections, preventive maintenance, and diagnostics on BAS controls systems. Identify and resolve technical issues efficiently to minimize downtime. Utilize advanced knowledge to troubleshoot complex problems and provide effective solutions. System Upgrades and Optimization: Collaborate with clients to assess system performance and recommend upgrades for improved efficiency. Implement software and hardware upgrades to enhance system functionality. Optimize system settings to ensure peak performance and energy efficiency. Project Management: Lead and manage BAS controls projects, including system installations, upgrades, and expansions. Coordinate with internal teams and external stakeholders to ensure seamless project execution. Provide technical expertise and guidance throughout the project lifecycle. Client Support: Serve as the primary point of contact for clients, addressing inquiries, concerns, and providing exceptional customer service. Conduct training sessions for end-users on system functionalities and best practices. Build and maintain strong client relationships through effective communication and collaboration. Qualifications: Minimum of 8 years of experience as a BAS Controls Service Technician. Proficient in programming and troubleshooting various BAS platforms (e.g., Tridium, Distech, Siemens, Johnson Controls). In-depth knowledge of HVAC. Strong project management skills with a proven ability to lead and execute projects. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Relevant certifications (e.g., Niagara, Tridium, BACnet) are highly desirable. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance. Retirement savings plan. Professional development opportunities. Employee wellness programs. If you are a proactive, results-oriented individual with a passion for excellence in BAS controls service, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Join and contribute to shaping the future of building automation!

401k, Medical, Pension, Company Car
Dallas
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Senior Building Automation Technician

The Client This client is looking for a Building Automation Systems Programming Technician to join their team and start a great career. This position is responsible for programming, commissioning, and servicing commercial building automation systems. Purpose and Essential Duties The Controls Technician will provide on-site installation assistance to complete control systems projects. Controls System Technician's responsibilities include supporting survey efforts and to install new or retrofit control systems. Specific responsibilities include: * Provide design assistance to the controls design team. * Provide work direction to subcontractors and electrical installers as necessary. * Ensures work performed complies with state, local, and Federal legal requirements. * Implement building automation system programming modifications as directed by the project lead. * Complete start-up of control systems. * Troubleshoot control installation problems. * Ability to provide control services or retrofits for existing systems. * Ability modify and operate internal programs within control systems for diagnosis and support. * Assist in completing project closeout documentations. * Attends meetings with owners, clients, and sub-contractors. Prepares meeting notes and site observation reports. * Participates in internal and external training programs as required by supervisor. * Any other duties as assigned by Company Leadership. Required Education, Experience, and Qualifications * 3-5 years of HVAC-R Controls experience * Experience with JCI, Honeywell and/or other building automation systems. * Strong verbal and written communication skills. * Effective verbal and written communication skills. * Detail oriented and willing to tackle various ongoing projects in a fast paced environment. * Well versed in the industry and the Company's competitors. * Excellent multitasking skills, with the ability to perform duties outside of scope of work when necessary.

US$110000 - US$140000 per annum
Chicago
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BAS Programmer

Are you a skilled Building Automation System (BAS) Programmer with expertise in Niagara and Distech controls? If so, we want you to join our client's dynamic team. As a leader in Building Automation, they are dedicated to delivering cutting-edge solutions that enhance energy efficiency, comfort, and control in commercial and industrial buildings. Position Overview: As a BAS Programmer, you will play a pivotal role in designing, implementing, and maintaining advanced building automation systems. Your primary focus will be on programming and configuring systems using Niagara and Distech platforms. You will collaborate with our project teams to ensure seamless integration of BAS solutions, optimizing performance and functionality. Responsibilities: Develop and implement control strategies using Niagara and Distech platforms. Configure and program controllers, sensors, and other building automation devices. Collaborate with project managers, engineers, and technicians to ensure successful project delivery. Troubleshoot and resolve technical issues related to BAS programming and integration. Stay current with industry trends, technologies, and best practices in building automation. Qualifications: Proven experience as a BAS Programmer with expertise in Niagara and Distech controls. In-depth knowledge of building automation systems, protocols, and networking. Strong programming skills with proficiency in languages such as Niagara Workbench and Distech EC-Net. Experience in designing and implementing complex control sequences for HVAC, lighting, and other building systems. Familiarity with integration of third-party devices and protocols. Excellent problem-solving and troubleshooting abilities. Effective communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, or a related field. 5+ years of hands-on experience in BAS programming with a focus on Niagara and Distech. How to Apply: If you are a BAS Programmer with a passion for innovation and a proven track record of success, we invite you to apply. Please submit your resume and a cover letter detailing your relevant experience and achievements or apply below! LVI Associates is an equal opportunity employer. We encourage candidates from all backgrounds to apply. Join us and contribute to the future of intelligent building automation!

US$100000 - US$120000 per annum + 401k, Medical, Pension, Company Car
Dallas
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Senior Controls Engineer

Title: Seeking Senior Controls Engineer for Innovative Automation Solutions Company Introductory Paragraph: Our client, an innovative automation solutions company based in Oakdale, United States is seeking a skilled and experienced Senior Controls Engineer to join their dynamic team. The successful candidate will play a crucial role in designing and implementing advanced control systems using Rockwell/Allen Bradley technologies. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree (or higher) in Electrical Engineering or related field. - 5+ years of experience as an Automation Engineer with hands-on expertise on industrial automation projects. - Strong knowledge of programming languages such as RSLogix, Control Logix etc., including HMI development tools like Ignition & Wonderware SCADA software platforms. Skills: The ideal candidate should possess the following skills: 1. Proficient use of AutoCAD to produce clear P&IDs accurately representing process design changes 2. Excellent communication skills ensuring strong customer relationships by delivering complex technical information clearly both verbally/written format Responsibilities include but not limited to; * Designing electrical schematics/drawings utilizing various CAD programs * Troubleshooting automated equipment issues during test runs prior installation at clients' sites i.e Commissioning phase * Overseeing all aspects involved throughout project lifecycle from pre-sales support through final commissioning This position offers competitive compensation package starting from $120000 annually along with benefits that includes comprehensive insurance coverage options; Dental/Vision/Medical/Life Insurance plan(s). If you are looking for your next career move within Minnesota region then apply today!

US$90000 - US$130000 per annum
Minneapolis
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Automation Engineer

Title: Automation Engineer for Permanent Position in New Jersey Introductory Paragraph: Our client, a leading industrial automation company based in New Jersey is seeking to hire a skilled and experienced Automation Engineer. As an expert on PLC programming platforms such as Siemens TIA Portal, Step 7, PCS7 and HMI software like Wonderware Ignition along with Rockwell PLC Platforms RSLogix Control Logix Allen Bradley you will be responsible for designing automated systems that enhance efficiency while minimising errors. Qualifications: - Bachelor's degree or higher qualification in Electrical Engineering or related field - Minimum of three years' experience working with Industrial automation technologies Skills: PLC Programming - A skill set required by the ideal candidate includes expertise using Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs). The individual must have extensive hands-on experience utilising various manufacturer's equipment including Siemens TIA Portal, Step 7 & PCS7; HMI software's from Wonderware Ignition among others. Responsibilities include but are not limited to: * Designing control system architectures leveraging multiple controllers designed under different platforms; * Collaborating regularly between cross-functional teams which consist mainly maintenance engineers, production operators * Ensuring compliance with all relevant codes standards within scheduled time lines; Salary package offered is $130000 annually commensurate upon level of qualifications plus additional benefits. If you believe your skills match our requirements please submit your application today!

US$100000 - US$130000 per annum
New Jersey
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BAS Controls Technician

Are you a seasoned Controls Technician with a proven track record of excellence? We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced individual to join our dynamic team as a BAS Controls Technician. Our client is a leader in the industry, committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions, and they need a talented professional to play a key role in maintaining and optimizing clients' building automation systems. Key Responsibilities: System Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Conduct routine inspections, preventive maintenance, and diagnostics on BAS controls systems. Identify and resolve technical issues efficiently to minimize downtime. Utilize advanced knowledge to troubleshoot complex problems and provide effective solutions. System Upgrades and Optimization: Collaborate with clients to assess system performance and recommend upgrades for improved efficiency. Implement software and hardware upgrades to enhance system functionality. Optimize system settings to ensure peak performance and energy efficiency. Project Management: Lead and manage BAS controls projects, including system installations, upgrades, and expansions. Coordinate with internal teams and external stakeholders to ensure seamless project execution. Provide technical expertise and guidance throughout the project lifecycle. Client Support: Serve as the primary point of contact for clients, addressing inquiries, concerns, and providing exceptional customer service. Conduct training sessions for end-users on system functionalities and best practices. Build and maintain strong client relationships through effective communication and collaboration. Qualifications: Minimum of 8 years of experience as a BAS Controls Service Technician. Proficient in programming and troubleshooting various BAS platforms (e.g., Tridium, Distech, Siemens, Johnson Controls). In-depth knowledge of HVAC. Strong project management skills with a proven ability to lead and execute projects. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Relevant certifications (e.g., Niagara, Tridium, BACnet) are highly desirable. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance. Retirement savings plan. Professional development opportunities. Employee wellness programs. If you are a proactive, results-oriented individual with a passion for excellence in BAS controls service, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Join and contribute to shaping the future of building automation!

US$85000 - US$100000 per annum
Wilmington
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BAS Controls Service Technician

Are you a seasoned BAS Controls Service Technician with a proven track record of excellence? We are seeking a highly skilled and experienced individual to join a dynamic team as a Senior BAS Controls Service Technician. Our client is a leader in the industry, committed to delivering cutting-edge solutions, and they need a talented professional to play a key role in maintaining and optimizing clients' building automation systems. Key Responsibilities: System Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Conduct routine inspections, preventive maintenance, and diagnostics on BAS controls systems. Identify and resolve technical issues efficiently to minimize downtime. Utilize advanced knowledge to troubleshoot complex problems and provide effective solutions. System Upgrades and Optimization: Collaborate with clients to assess system performance and recommend upgrades for improved efficiency. Implement software and hardware upgrades to enhance system functionality. Optimize system settings to ensure peak performance and energy efficiency. Project Management: Lead and manage BAS controls projects, including system installations, upgrades, and expansions. Coordinate with internal teams and external stakeholders to ensure seamless project execution. Provide technical expertise and guidance throughout the project lifecycle. Client Support: Serve as the primary point of contact for clients, addressing inquiries, concerns, and providing exceptional customer service. Conduct training sessions for end-users on system functionalities and best practices. Build and maintain strong client relationships through effective communication and collaboration. Qualifications: Minimum of 8 years of experience as a BAS Controls Service Technician. Proficient in programming and troubleshooting various BAS platforms (e.g., Tridium, Distech, Siemens, Johnson Controls). In-depth knowledge of HVAC. Strong project management skills with a proven ability to lead and execute projects. Excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Relevant certifications (e.g., Niagara, Tridium, BACnet) are highly desirable. Ability to work independently and as part of a team. Benefits: Competitive salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive health, dental, and vision insurance. Retirement savings plan. Professional development opportunities. Employee wellness programs. If you are a proactive, results-oriented individual with a passion for excellence in BAS controls service, we invite you to apply for this exciting opportunity. Join and contribute to shaping the future of building automation!

US$90000 - US$105000 per annum
Raleigh
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Perks such as subsidized health care and childcare may also be included in the package, creating a mutually beneficial deal.The role may offer you a salary that is initially disappointing but puts you on a guaranteed and exciting career track with a larger reward in the near future. Also, consider the satisfaction of the job if you are offered a big step-up in pay. What demands will this new role put on you? While an impressive new wage can be attractive, it may weigh lightly against the additional stress and pressure that comes from an increase in responsibility. It’s good to be challenged from a new role, but not at the expense of your long-term happiness, so it’s important to find the balance between financial compensation and quality of life.What are the benefits?Alongside the salary, look at the break down of benefits and perks offered by the new position. If these aren’t outlined fully in your job offer, request the full details from the hiring manager. Some companies offer bumper benefits packages, which can be considered as valuable as your initial salary package. Look at the following benefits when evaluating a job offer: Annual leave - is there a generous allowance for paid time away from the office? Does the role have a good pension? What is the employer contribution to your pension? How good is the health insurance provided by the company? What does it cover, specifically? Does the role provide large money-saving perks, such as a company car, subsidized childcare, or paid memberships?How will the role affect my work-life balance?​Work-life balance is extremely important not only to your happiness, but also to your health, relationships, and even your success within your role. Consider the responsibilities of the role - are the day-to-day tasks stimulating and satisfying to you? Do they encompass the positive aspects of your previous role where you experienced success and growth? Will they challenge you to develop new skills/areas of expertise or are the tasks simply outside of your expertise or interests? Think about how the job will slot into your life, and how much control you will have over your work-life balance within the role. ​A large element to consider is whether the role offers flexible working, which may be particularly important if you have children. A role that allows employees to build their hours around their family obligations and provides regular opportunities to work from home can be far more appealing than a role that pays more but provides no flexibility. The commute also needs to be considered when evaluating a role for work-life balance. Is the role in a hard-to-reach location? Will you be dealing with daily traffic jams? Is the role reachable by public transport? How much will the commute cost in train tickets or petrol and parking? A job that requires a lot of travel can be exciting but can have a negative impact on your work-life balance as it can be tiring, costly, and time-consuming. If a lot of the role is spent ‘on the road’, you will need to consider how this will affect your quality of life long-term.​Am I a good cultural fit?​Hopefully, during your application and interview process, you will have had a taste of the company culture at your potential new organization. Review the business’s employer branding materials, their social media accounts, and testimonials on sites such as Glassdoor for more information. Your work environment is one of the most important factors to consider when deciding whether to accept a job offer. You will be spending around 40 hours a week there, so think carefully about whether that prospect makes you excited or anxious. Regardless of the job title, salary, or perks, accepting a job offer from a company where you will be glad to spend your time is what’s most important to your health and happiness.​Lean into your intuition and consider any potential red flags you may have identified. In some instances, it may be appropriate to request another visit to the office to talk to team members before saying ‘yes’ to the offer, or you may request another more informal chat with your manager to ask any lingering cultural questions. This may help you to get a good sense of the types of personalities within the company, and find out how the office operates and where you would fit in. Are teams encouraged to work collaboratively, or do they tend to work as individuals? Is there good camaraderie within the team? How do they support each other? Ask for examples to get the best understanding. ​Can I work well with my peers?​The people you work with, and indeed those you report to, can make or break a role. It is vital to your overall enjoyment of your job that you are working with people who bring out the best in you, as well as a team that will be receptive to your attempts to bring something new and beneficial to the company.​When considering a job offer, try to find out who you will be reporting to and who will be reporting to you. It is likely that the former will have been involved in the hiring process, but if you haven’t met them, you may want to arrange a meeting or a phone call to discover more about their leadership style while you consider a job offer. Ask what would be expected of you in terms of delivery and performance and run through a typical week within your team. If the ideas and working style of those around and above you don’t run alongside your own you may want to reconsider taking the job offer and keep on looking.​Does it advance my career?​You’re already on the job hunt, so your career progression will naturally be on your mind at this point. You may have an offer for a role that advances your career immediately, but the move could be a bad decision in the long term. Does the current job offer allow for further growth of your skills and talents? Or are you moving into a position that may lack the challenge you need in order to develop? It’s a good idea to investigate the training and networking opportunities provided by the role. Do you have time in your role to learn new skills, or attend sector conferences that will keep you informed of trends in the market? Does the business have a budget reserved for career development and further education of its employees? ​LinkedIn is a good website to research this. You can look into the career paths of current and former employees and see how those within the company have progressed either internally or through new roles. You may want to reconsider a job offer for a role where there is little progression or growth, or from a company that has no immediate growth plans, or any career development programs. On the other hand, you may wish to include this in your negotiation process.​Am I happy I got the job?​Now that you have considered the salary, the benefits, your work-life balance, the culture, your colleagues, and your career development goals, the final element to consider is your general ‘gut feeling’ when it comes to considering the job offer. Are you ecstatic to get the offer, or do you have your reservations? If you are reading this, there’s probably a reason you are taking your time to make a decision. Of course, there may be more personal factors at play that may incentivize you to accept a role quickly, but it is worth taking your time to consider how the prospect of starting this new position truly makes you feel. ​No job offer will be perfect, but it is important to trust your gut when an offer comes through, even if it just sparks some more honest negotiations. If you are unhappy with the lack of flexibility within the role or have doubts about opportunities for development, it may be better in the long-term to turn down the offer. Trust your instinct and intuition. If something is telling you taking the role is a bad idea, write up a list of pros and cons and weigh them up. ​Moving jobs is a big decision that affects many aspects of your life and steers your future. If you are unsure, it is always worth speaking to a trusted advisor, like our specialist consultants at LVI Associates, who will guide you through every step of the process. Get in touch for tailored advice.

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How to get the most out of a long and challenging interview process

​Interviewing, particularly for senior-executive level positions, will often entail a rigorous process that includes a lot of prep, energy, and tough technical questions to assess if you have the necessary skills and knowledge to tackle the role. In certain instances, you may even be invited to attend an all-day interview, which entails multiple rounds of exchanges with stakeholders and HR managers to determine how your skillset and character might fit into the company. This type of interview is of course intended to challenge you in a variety of ways, but while it can be tough, it is a valuable experience and an opportunity to get to know the company and the people who make it.If you are called to one of these marathon interviews, it’s important to set yourself up for success in advance, which doesn’t just mean pouring over interview questions and company information. Taking care of yourself both mentally and physically in the run up to such an exciting but demanding opportunity is equally as important as preparing your answers in that fatigue and stress can quickly derail your efforts. This article will guide you to set yourself up for a positive outcome when approaching a long and challenging interview process, whether it’s a job offer or a valuable experience to carry with you for next time. The full pictureBeing called for an interview is a great feeling. It affirms that your resume has hit the mark and that the hiring manager wants to find out more about what you have to offer. The interview itself can challenge you in ways you might not have expected, and in some cases can be a long and demanding process both mentally and physically, but it’s important to remember that if you’re not being challenged, the role might not offer you the right level of growth and development that will keep you fulfilled. Essentially, it’s not supposed to be a breeze.In particular, the idea of an all-day interview can be extremely intimidating, and a certain level of nerves can be a good thing. Single interviews are challenging in their own way, but are typically over in about an hour, while an all-day interview is an entirely different ball game involving meeting with several senior stakeholders within a company to gain different perspectives on your suitability. Depending on the role you are applying for, all-day interviews can come in a range of formats. For example, they may involve a mixture of exercises relevant to your role, plus general tests to check your culture fit, such as personality and IQ tests. This means that you are being tested on things that you can prepare for and traits that are innate to you. Therefore, while reading up on information that can support your professional assessment is one way to prepare, you’ll also need to start the day well rested and calm in order to present the best version of the full picture. Be prepared These interview processes are designed to push you out of your comfort zone and so preparation will be your greatest ally to help you keep your cool and put your best foot forward. Your potential new employers are attempting to gain a full picture of what you are about, from your skills and experience to your attitude and cultural fit and so however talented, experienced, and confident you are in your fit for the role, there will be elements of the process that will challenge you, demanding thorough preparation. Here are some tips to help you to prepare before you walk through the door. Request a scheduleThis is vital in terms of mentally preparing for an all-day interview. Knowing how the day will be laid out will help you get into the headspace of what is expected from you, helping to keep you calm and avoiding anything that might throw you off. You may have four very long interviews, or twelve very short interviews. Whatever the format, you need to make sure you are mentally prepared for what you are facing, and pace yourself around those all-important breaks. Request this a few days before your interview to give the employer time to check everyone’s schedules. Find out the names and job titles of each of your interviewersLook up their LinkedIn pages and find out their experience and expertise, and what relationship they may have with you if you win the position. If they are thought leaders, read their articles and blogs to find out their views on your industry. Researching your interviewers means you can find out how you can relate to them both personally and professionally, which will make them easier to engage with on the day. Prepare questions for your employer A day-long interview is an opportunity for you to get an impression of the institution you are hoping to work for from several angles. Think of all the information you want to gain from the different interviews and ensure you have prepared questions to ask each of them. This also takes the pressure off yourself during each interview and allows for breathing space. And in addition, your interviewers will appreciate the variation in conversation. Gather your examples and stories Prepare some notes on your most notable career achievements. Numbers work best, particularly if you’re short on time, so if your department contributed to a 20% increase in revenue, keep that number in mind. Think of your best and most impactful anecdotes, too - an example of a successful negotiation, a challenge where you were the lead problem solver, a project you managed from conception to launch. And don’t forget to let your personality shine through when telling your story as a good company will be looking for a good mix of skills and character.Stay refreshed The demanding nature of the all-day interview means you need to plan ahead and make sure you are equipped with the right items to keep you feeling fresh and help you stay mentally focused until the end. In most cases you will be offered plenty of chances to hydrate throughout the day, bring a flask of water or coffee is a good idea and will help you to stay alert. Much like a real marathon, these days require stamina, so plan your fuel to keep your brain sharp and keep your energy up between interviews. Choose healthy yet filling snacks like granola bars or fruit and avoid a sugar rush as the slump will be sure to follow. Also, be careful with caffeine. If you rely on it, regulate your coffee throughout the day to avoid any crashes in the afternoon.Having a mid-day freshen up can work wonders for your energy and focus. Packing sanitary items such as hand/face wipes, deodorant/perfume, and mouthwash may give you the reset you need, particularly after food and coffee, and will help to send you into the second half of the day feeling more awake. In addition, packing a comb or hairbrush will help you to remain presentable, which will make you feel better, too.It may be tempting to sit and scroll on your phone in between interviews, but getting fresh air and going for a walk, if you can, will help keep you mentally clear. Gentle physical exercise keeps your blood flowing, prevents tiredness and is the best way to keep fatigue at bay. Try to take a proper break without speculation and analysis of how the day is going. Your brain can’t work at full speed all day - try to slow it down and give it a rest before it goes back into full speed at the next interview. Meditation is known as a hugely beneficial practice in instances like these.Approach each interview consistently It is natural that you will exhibit both strengths and weaknesses throughout the day, and it can be difficult to approach the final interviews with the same energy as the first, but it is vital you remain consistent. Keep in mind that even though this is a marathon for you, your meeting with each interviewer is a stand-alone hour or two for them, so try to keep up with pace. Remember to shake the hand of each interviewer, introduce yourself, and be prepared to repeat yourself a few times throughout the day, however tiring it may seem. End each interview on a positive note about how you are excited to interview for the position, reiterate why you believe you are the ideal date, and that you look forward to hearing from them. However, keep in mind that your interviewers will be comparing notes, so avoid telling the same story and highlighting the same achievements during each interview, or you may risk giving the impression that your experience is more limited than it is. During your research process, think of the best information you have which will be relevant for each position. For example, the Head of Marketing may be engaged with examples where you have shown creativity or solved problems, whereas a sales director will be more interested in figures and percentages. A HR figure will be more interested to hear about your management skills, or a story about dealing with a difficult employee. Again, preparation is key.Stay on your A game Everyone is in the same boat over the course of an all-day interview. Talking for hours in a high-stakes situation can be mentally exhausting, and a mix of anxiety and disinterest can creep in, which is only natural regardless of how passionately you want the job offer. After the initial rush of your first interview, you may be facing fatigue, while your intention was to remain positive, confident, and enthusiastic throughout the day. A good way to avoid showing signs of fatigue during later interviews is to be mindful of your body language. Keep in mind that you should be enthusiastic with your gestures; lean forward towards your interviewer and show your passion for what you do through how you move as well as what you say. If you’re tired towards the end of the day, try to avoid speaking flatly and don’t forget to remain sitting up straight, as this will make you both appear and feel alert and passionate about the topic. The majority of all-day interviews will include a break for lunch mid-way through. Not only is this a chance to get a preview of the company canteen and how people interact during their break, it’s also the perfect opportunity to socialize with your possible new co-workers in an informal setting. Though you may need to refresh, you may also view your lunch break as another kind of interview relating to your cultural and personality fit. Your interviewers will be taking note of your social manner, and whether you are easy to communicate with. It is also an opportunity for you to ask questions and discover more about the company in a more casual setting.Make notes before calling it a day​Remember how you took notes during each interview? At the end of a marathon interview day, you will likely feel completely spent. But don’t give in immediately. Make yourself sit down at your computer or take notes longhand about the points your interviewers emphasized. It’s great if you can be organized about this, but stream of consciousness is fine too, if that’s all you can muster. This is a way to debrief yourself while the information is fresh. Finally, use this to send a personalized email to each interviewer the same day, and thank them by reflecting on something about your conversation and express continued interest. ​These are sure-fired ways to increase your chances of successfully getting through to the next stage, and one step closer to your dream job. ​For more advice on how to successfully navigate your way through a marathon interview process, our expert team at LVI Associates is here to help. Contact the team today and one of our specialist consultants will be in touch.

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​When seeking a new job, it’s imperative to know the market, understand where you fit within it, and form a realistic salary expectation to stick to. A good talent partner will help you to know your worth within the industry and organization you’re interviewing for and will assist with communicating those expectations back to the hiring manager, but no one is a better advocate for you than you. Learning how to negotiate a salary when you receive a job offer is a vital skill for both now and in the future, and when done appropriately, will put you in a better position not just financially, but also in terms of how valued you feel in your role. We know that feeling appreciated and adequately compensated for our time, effort, and expertise has a direct impact on productivity, engagement, and general happiness within a company, so salary negotiations play an important part for both sides.It can be difficult to communicate those expectations as a professional hoping to onboard with a new company, and there is certainly a residual stigma around speaking about money and asking for more that is hard to overcome. At LVI Associates, we have observed that professionals who negotiate their salary are presented with a much better job offer, so good communication skills and an understanding of your contribution can really pay off. As a general rule, always assume the offer is up for negotiation. And don’t forget to approach the process with positivity, as chances are the hiring manager isn’t crazy about negotiating, either. Here are our top tips on how to negotiate for the salary you deserve.​Know the industry salary trendsTrying to negotiate for a higher salary without being familiar with industry trends will get you off to a bad start. Information is your biggest asset and conducting some research as well as speaking openly to a talent partner that knows your industry, the hiring company, and what you have to offer, will vastly improve your bargaining power. You can be a negotiating pro, but without being able to back up your requests with solid reasoning, it will be harder for the hiring company to take your expectations seriously. Pay particular attention to the most sought-after roles and skills within your industry and think about how your experience relates. Being able to recognize when your skills are transferable to a particularly in-demand area will add to your negotiation power. ​Start negotiating only when you have a firm offerThere is a process to be followed when it comes to receiving and accepting a job offer and understanding the etiquette will help your negotiation when the time comes. If you are interested in a position but it doesn’t meet your salary expectation, resist the temptation to bargain until the company has given you a formal offer. This is your signal that your skills, expertise, and personality are a strong match for the business and the role and is a great asset to you when it’s time to tell them why you’re worth the higher salary. Once the ball is in your court, you can use the fact that they believe you’re right for the job along with your understanding of the industry and the market to your advantage, making it harder for them to dismiss your requirements.It can also be worthwhile to take a reasonable amount of time to consider the offer rather than jump into negotiations. Tell the hiring manager that you’re serious about the offer and the position, but that you need some time to consider the whole picture. Be gracious and enthusiastic but take the time you need to prepare for negotiations and signal to them that there may be elements of the offer that don’t align with your requirements. Chances are they’ll have a counteroffer in mind for you.​Build the business caseIn order for a company to seriously consider your request for an increased salary offer, it must make commercial sense for the business. Make a strong case, show that you understand the company's current financial situation, and know who has the power to negotiate. While likeability shouldn’t be underestimated in the hiring process and a large part of your job offer will be to do with character fit, it’s not enough for them to like you when it comes to financial compensation. They have to believe your worth in fiscal terms, so don’t expect your personal compatibility to get you the salary increase you want. Instead, explain precisely why your requirements are justified in a business sense; your glowing personality will just make them glad your business case checked out.​Suggest an exact number for your salaryTime is of the essence, and hiring managers are particularly strapped for it while conducting interviews alongside their other duties. Therefore, they’ll likely appreciate a direct approach to your negotiation in terms of giving them the exact offer you’re looking for. It can be a powerful strategy in that it keeps the ball rolling and avoids pointless back and forth. Many studies suggest that candidates who use a specific number end up with a final offer much closer to the figure they were hoping for. Your potential employer will assume you have done your research on your market value and want to stay competitive in their offer. Don't suggest a range – you will always get offered the lowest if the manager knows there's room to haggle down.​Reveal your current salary when negotiatingOutside the US, the hiring manager may ask what you are currently earning, which can be awkward if you feel you are currently being underpaid. It might be tempting to lie and state a higher salary more in line with what you’re seeking, but if you're unhappy with your current pay, it can be valuable to tell them why. Include all your benefits, bonuses and confidently explain the figure you're hoping for while making the case for why. If anything, they’ll have a more genuine understanding of what you know your worth to be, and that salary is important enough for you to walk away from a role that isn’t aligned with your requirements.​Have a walk away pointKnow your limits and your expectations and keep them firmly in mind. Have a pre-considered ‘walk away’ point - the figure you’re absolutely unwilling to drop below. Base this on your financial need and the market value of the role, but keep in mind the role itself. Why are you interviewing for the position in the first place? Is your passion for the work worth lowering your salary expectations? ​Get help negotiating your salarySpeaking with a specialist talent partner will help you understand your worth in the context of current industry trends and the wider job market, too. At LVI Associates, we can evaluate your profile against the wider talent pool, as well as align your expectations with that of our current database of hiring companies. We'll help you pitch your value at the right price during the salary negotiation process, giving you the best chance to make your next position a rewarding and fulfilling one. Get in touch for tailored advice.​

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Now that you are this outstanding applicant who received an interview opportunity. Be prepared and get ready to ace your interview with the below tips at the different stages:Pre-interviewDuring the interviewPost-interview​Pre-interviewResearch the prospective company.Bring your portfolio and any work samples.Be proactive and prepare in advance any questions to ask the hiring manager:We have previously mentioned that tenure is important for companies. Leverage the Q&A session to demonstrate that you are looking to build your career with the new employer. Ask questions about the company and their career plan for you. Check if the company has any mentorship programs to help progress your career and if there are any mentors/role models to learn from. Find out if the company has any equity scheme for employees. Asking the right questions can help convey your desire to have a long-term career with the company you’re interviewing for. ​During the interview​Explaining gaps in a CV It’s important to be transparent. According to a survey from LinkedIn, 96% of hiring managers will still hire someone who has been made redundant due to Covid-19, so don’t be afraid to share this information.  An interview is the opportunity to tell your story and get to know the hiring manager. Be prepared to share what you have achieved during time off – that can be independent consulting work, enhancing your skillsets (technical/software skills) or advancing your learning.   ​Salary - How to avoid overselling or underselling?​Step 1Identify what is important to you before heading into the interview, whether that is a higher salary, better benefits, or flexibility at work. That will impact your salary expectation.Step 2Always try to avoid answering this question. But how? Instead, reply with:"I have a full understanding of your company and the role. I would like to think/speak to my family before I come back to you by tomorrow.”"If you have never received a job description, “Can you please share the job description with me so that I can better gate the salary expectation for a role like this?”“I am looking for a salary that is reflective of my skillset. What would someone with a similar background in your company receive?”Step 3Do not give a salary range – the last thing you want is to be on the bottom rank. Give a number that you feel is feasible and competitive in the market. Currently, the market salary increment average is around 3%-6%. Opening a discussion about flexible/hybrid workWe highly advise to not discuss working from home or flexible working arrangements in the first interview. With interview processes usually around 2-3 rounds, the 2nd or final interview will be the best time to ask about flexible work arrangements. ​Rather than asking directly, you could reframe a question to “What are the current working arrangements for the team?” or “Is the current team mostly working from the office”. By rephrasing the questions, this can come across as an expression of interest for the working style and how the team operates instead of demanding the right to work from home.​Working from home or flexible work is a fairly new concept. If the arrangements have been agreed, it’s important to get this included in the contract or have written confirmation in an email when the offer letter is sent.   The must-ask question: why are you leaving your current company? It’s crucial not to speak badly about your current or ex-employers. Always turn it back into positive, you could say something along the lines of: “Everything is fine and pretty good in my current/previous company. I am looking to move because your company is the leader in the market. I want to learn from the best leader to broaden my horizon and further expand my skill set to grow within your company.” Use your research, “I want to be part of this new project that your company is doing. I believe my skill set can add value to the team/project.”  By answering smartly, it shows:You are really interested in the company.You are passionate about what they do.You are knowledgeable about the market.You have done the research and you know about their company. Post-interview Always follow up – drop a note to share your gratitude and connect with a hiring manager on LinkedIn. It’s advantageous for a hiring manager to remember you so you can establish a relationship – which is useful for referrals.​Ready? It is time.​Submit your CV to our Australia Engineering recruitment consultant team to explore your next career opportunities.SUBMIT CV​Take a step backStay Close, Stay Competitive - Top practical tips to secure your dream engineering job in AustraliaIn a highly competitive market standing out from the crowds is never easy, but it can make all the difference between success or failure. This begs the question, how can you differentiate yourself from others? Grab a copy of our tips Guide in full by filling out the form below:​​​

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