Research & Development Executive

Reports to: Research and Development Manager, BLP Insurance

Direct Reports: None

Working Arrangements: 9 - 5, 5 days a week, office based, with travel to London sites and other UK wide sites as required.

Overall Objective of Role:

  • To carry out and provide research and technical support for BLP Consult opportunities.
  • Research and development tasks as required to support the technical team and the company to achieve its business objectives.
  • Equivalent to academic Research Assistant or Senior Research Assistant grades.

Main Responsibilities:

Work with the research and development team to:

  • Carry out life cycle cost and carbon fee earning projects.
  • Update BLP component data. Durability, service life data, maintenance and costs for existing and new components. Data for operational energy and carbon, embodied energy and carbon, and other metrics.
  • Assist with technical risk based assessments for example BOPAS.
  • Develop and program concepts, calculations and data for our life cycle cost, carbon and energy models.
  • Provide technical support for opportunities, client contact, presentations and publicity.
  • Assist with research for internal technical support and external research collaborations.
  • Assist in the overall aims of the BLP Consult to promote BLP as a centre of excellence.
  • Represent BLP on committees or industry working groups as required.


  • Working knowledge of construction good practice: British Standards, Building Regulations, etc.
  • Software literate: word processing, spreadsheets, power point.
  • Good communication skills: technical writing and spoken and presentational.
  • Experience and personal skills in working with a wide range of people.
  • Ability to work autonomously on own initiative as well as part of a team.

Desirable skills: Training would be provided

  • Programming capability (Excel VBA and R in particular or other languages e.g. Python).
  • Research experience, particularly in component and component durability.
  • Other areas of knowledge: BIM, data science, building costs, taking off quantities.

Key Skills: Numerate construction based research, construction science.

Additional skills: Carbon and energy calculations, Life cycle costing, Modelling, Sustainability


To apply please send your CV and a covering letter to Please include details of your current salary and notice period