Our team are our greatest asset

Our team are our greatest asset

Careers

Careers at Booth King Partnership

At Booth King Partnership our team are our greatest asset. We offer new colleagues an opportunity to join a dynamic and expanding organisation with common goals.

This is truly an exciting time for Booth King as we continue to expand across our three offices in Ramsbottom, Manchester and Edinburgh.

We constantly strive for excellence and this is achieved through mentoring from our experienced directors and senior engineers.

Booth King Partnership prides itself on the ‘family feel’ it has achieved from its family business roots and through its continued development of the Investors in People standard.

We offer regular performance reviews, flexible core working hours and a cycle to work scheme: tax-free bikes for commuting to and from the workplace and arranged via the Government’s Green Transport Initiative.

All of the above promotes a health and wellbeing work-life balance.

We also offer an income protection scheme in case of serious illness, a death in Service benefits scheme and a workplace pension.

We enable career progression that supports and encourages employees during their time here. In 2003, Alan Isherwood started with Booth King Partnership as an apprentice engineer. Following a BSc, a PgDip and Chartership, all funded by our career progression programme, he now heads up our Edinburgh office as a Director.

Like Alan, we hope your career with us may be a long and happy one.

Latest job vacancies

We are always looking for talented civil and structural engineers, technicians and graduates who would like to develop their career with us.

If you are looking to join an established firm, with a welcoming environment free from corporate politics then please contact our Ramsbottom office on: 01706 822022 or email office@booth-king.co.uk.

Please note that we do not use recruitment agencies.

Stories of career progression at Booth King

Apprenticeship

By Jack Entwistle

I have found the time I have spent working at Booth King to be both rewarding and enjoyable. I have been lucky enough to be surrounded by experienced, competent, and intelligent engineers and technicians daily, which places me in the ideal location to progress my skills and enrich my apprenticeship portfolio.

I love coming into the office and working with my colleges because I know that despite the office being relatively small compared to some companies, the atmosphere is educational, inclusive and in my opinion, the ideal working environment.

Even during my short time working at Booth King I have been exposed to many interesting and exciting jobs and I look forward to working on more important projects in the future.

“…the atmosphere is educational, inclusive and in my opinion, the ideal working environment.”

From Junior Engineer to Director

By Alan Isherwood

In 2003, when I sat down with one of Booth King’s founding partners, Mike King, for an interview for a junior engineering position, could I have dreamt of becoming a Director and co-owner of the business? The answer of course was no, however the supportive journey that has opened up for me during my time here has made this possible.

Following the successful interview I started as a Junior Engineer, completing my BSc in Civil Engineering on a day release basis at Bolton Institute and becoming a graduate engineer. Booth King then supported my additional qualifications at Salford University, again on a day release basis, whilst obtaining vital job training. The mentoring received from Booth King, was gained from the Partners, Associates and engineers, surround by on a day to day basis.

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My goal moving forward was now to achieve Chartered Engineering Status. Booth King once again provided all the in house support I needed; from obtaining the post graduate experience, through working on a variety of projects, to in house CPD events and external training courses, in order to complete the core objectives set out by The Institute of Structural Engineers. Further inhouse guidance was provided by senior Chartered Engineers and now Directors of Booth King to help ready myself for the final exam.

Post Chartership, I worked on larger scale projects and worked to run projects as principle engineer, with ever present support from the senior directors and associates, which created a very exciting time. Working on a variety of project types and managing team members, whilst passing on experience down the chain to fresh starters and graduate engineers as they started their journey at Booth King.

In 2013, ten years after starting with Booth King, I was promoted to the position of Associate, in that role I assisted the Directors with their duties and acted as a conduit for information between the wider office and the Directors.

In 2015, one of our larger clients, Whitbread, were rolling out Premier Inn extension projects, including multiple sites in Scotland. Along with the existing work carried out with Jefcoate Anderson Architects in Scotland a permanent Scottish office was required. I put myself forward to the Directors for this position and with full backing made the move with my young family to start up the Edinburgh office. The support provided during this process, was fantastic and made the move seamless. Following the expansion of the Edinburgh office I was presented with the opportunity to join the current Directors, along with my fellow Associate Director Andrea in January 2021.

As a new director of Booth King, my goals are to drive the company forward and expand the Edinburgh office further, whilst ensuring the opportunities afforded to myself are there for all at Booth King, keeping sight of the family feel that first attracted me to the company by the late Michael King.

 

“In 2003, when I sat down with one of Booth King’s founding partners, Mike King, for an interview for a junior engineering position, could I have dreamt of becoming a director and co-owner of the business?”

Creating a supportive environment

By Barry Jefcoate

In 2021 I accepted the position of Managing Director of Booth King Partnership Ltd. This fantastic firm has more than 50 years of experience and reputation behind it, a fact which I am very conscious that I am responsible for protecting and developing.

We are very fortunate that we have many long-standing friendships with our clients so that most of our new work is provided from existing clients and recommendations.

It is my belief that there are two reasons why people will want to work with you: first they have confidence in your technical ability, and second, they think they will enjoy working with you. We intend to satisfy both.

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It is important to me that Booth King is an enjoyable and supportive environment to work and that we fully commit to the technical development of our staff through apprenticeships and investment in continuing professional development. This commitment is reflected in the fact that we are an approved employer by the Institution of Civil Engineers and our directors are called upon to provide external training for architectural students and engineers.

I am proud to be a Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, which in its founding charter contains this definition of Civil Engineering, which can be applied to all engineering:

“the art of directing the great sources of power in Nature for the use and convenience of man”

Given the challenges to our industry now, this could be re-interpreted as “the art of directing the scarce resources of Nature for the use and convenience of man.” We are committed to minimising the embodied carbon of our designs, which is why we include this criterion in our scheme design appraisals. We have also a strong background in refurbishing and re-purposing existing buildings.

I believe that, not only should our engineering activities be for the convenience of man, but also our personal activities. Which is why Booth King encourages and supports our employees with paid days to develop activities with a social benefit, whether this is STEM ambassadorships, first responding or sludge management in international refugee camps for the Red Cross.

We operate in changing times, and as a result, I am committed that we will not only respond to the changes but that we will be at forefront of adopting new practices. To this end, we have achieved our BIM level 2 accreditation with BSi and are investing in the best software tools for our analysis and presentation of information. However, at the same time, we do not allow ourselves to become blinded by the technology.

It is our stated aim to provide practical, economic and buildable solutions: to be our clients’ trusted advisor and team member, to not shy away from our responsibilities, in fact to be the engineer. All our directors are hands on engineers, first and foremost, with personal involvement in all our projects.

I am proud to say that the quality of our work has been recognised by our peers with numerous awards.

We are lucky to be doing this job, and if we are not already working with you, we look forward to doing so.

“Having access to a wealth of experience across the practice has been invaluable in preparation for my professional review.”

Chartership candidates

By Liam Heyes

My experience of working toward chartership with Booth King Partnership came at a time where I had already passed the exam. That said, having access to a wealth of experience across the practice has been invaluable in preparation for my professional review.

At Booth King, the flat hierarchy means that chartered members of staff, from seniors to directors, are always on hand to assist; whether it be reviewing IPD forms, portfolios and conducting mock interviews. I have pursued chartership with the IStructE but there is equal experience in the practice with ICE.

The route with Booth King is a natural progression as opposed to a rigid program. This conducive of the nature of the practice in that graduate and design engineers are faced with a variety of challenges daily. Exposure to less technical aspects of engineering such as commercial awareness and legalities is never restricted and this makes for a more rounded engineer and a thoroughly prepared candidate after 4–5 years.

Those seeking chartership are always encouraged to keep good record of work examples, review examples of exam folders / portfolios and keep up to date with initial professional development.

Structural engineering career

By Jude Taylor

I joined Booth King Partnership in 2017 after completing my masters degree in Civil Engineering and it has been a wonderful journey. Starting as a young, out of depth graduate I have been piloted, mentored and crafted into a proficient Engineer where I am now running my own projects. Booth King have been an ardent supporter of my progress and each day features informal tutorials from more experienced Engineers.

As part of my tenure with Booth King I have worked on a huge array of different structures. From intricate temporary works problems on fifty storey office buildings, to industrial warehouses, car showrooms, primary schools and complex structural dynamic conundrums, Booth King have enriched my structural toolbox so I can handle anything. Whilst some structures are more challenging than others, no problem has been too difficult to overcome and the skills I have learnt will continue to guide me on the next project.

“My five years at Booth King have been seminal to my structural engineering career and have made me a confident professional in my own right.”

Daily life at Booth King cannot be described as boring. Whilst we work diligently, every day is always a joyful experience filled with a merriment. This positive atmosphere makes Booth King feel far from corporate and much more wholehearted.

My 5 years at Booth King have been seminal to my Structural Engineering career and have made me a confident professional in my own right.