We are recruiting for a new colleague, based in our Manchester office, to support our business development and marketing functions.

This is an exciting role, within a successful and long-established company, which offers creative freedom, a varied workload, and a supportive environment in which to develop your abilities.

  • Depending on the candidate’s preference, this can be a Full or Part-time role (minimum 22.5 hours per week)
  • Based in Manchester Office, Trafford House, Chester Road, Stretford, M32 0RS
  • Relevant experience in a similar role and an understanding of engineering/building services is preferred, however previous experience is not essential nor a barrier to being successful in this position.
  • All applicants will be considered without bias, and all necessary training will be provided to the successful candidate.

Following the completion of a training period, you will be given the autonomy to manage your own workload, ensure the timely delivery of tender submissions, and be given the support you need to maximise our success rate in winning new opportunities.

We pride ourselves on having a reputation for delivering high-quality services. As such, we expect to submit high-quality tender proposals which impress our clients through well-structured, concise, and accurate responses. Your application should mirror this commitment and demonstrate your capability to continue this process.

The work of the successful candidate will be measured qualitatively, without set KPIs or targets; our priority is finding a candidate who is committed to following our successful processes, is capable of identifying where improvements can be achieved, and continue to improve our business development activities.

Business Development

Reporting to the Manchester Management Team, the successful candidate will work closely with the Business Development & Marketing Specialist (Glasgow) and will be responsible for creating submissions on behalf of DSSR for new business opportunities. This includes the completion of pre-qualification questionnaires (PQQs), Invitations to Tender (ITTs) and other bidding-related activities. It is considered beneficial to have experience in business development activities—and Adobe InDesign which is used to produce these documents—however, this is not a requisite and adequate training will be provided.

As you will be responsible for creating scored responses to tender questions, which are often technical in nature, a willingness to learn about the MEP engineering sector is essential. Technical information will be supplied by engineers, however, a level of understanding is extremely beneficial in proofing and revising tender responses for readability and optimum scoring.

The successful candidate will be a shared asset across the business and will also work on submissions for the London and Glasgow offices, with primary responsibility for the business development activities of the Manchester office.


DSSR has recently undergone a re-branding exercise and we are in the process of redeveloping our website. We are exploring new ways of expressing who DSSR is and the kind of work we are involved in—and the successful candidate will be central to helping us to tell our story. From a marketing perspective, it is a particularly exciting time to join the company.

The successful candidate will be responsible for generating content for the DSSR website and social media on the activities of the Manchester office. This will primarily relate to our work—new and completed projects, awards won, project milestones etc.—but will also feature news specific to the office (e.g. achievements of colleagues in Manchester) and responses to wider industry news items (e.g. relevant developments in the built environment). All marketing content will be led by the Glasgow office, with the successful candidate feeding in content specific to the Manchester office.

About DSSR

DSSR is an award-winning company of Consulting Engineers, specialising in all aspects of Building Services and Sustainability Consultancy. We design high-quality, sustainable MEP systems, and provide a first-class service to clients across a diversity of industry sectors.
A forward-thinking company, sustainability is a central feature within every design project; DSSR is committed to reducing carbon emissions and energy consumption through each commission to which it contributes.

The primary activity of DSSR is the design of building services. These are the systems which are installed in every building to make them comfortable, functional, efficient and safe—including mechanical components (like ventilation), electrical systems, and plumbing systems. In essence, we make buildings habitable and comfortable spaces by designing how their core systems will function.

Role Requirements


  • Experience in a business development role / with social media marketing.
    An understanding of the field of building services engineering.
    Previous experience with Adobe Creative Cloud.

Your Responsibilities

  • Working closely with the Business Development & Marketing Specialist and the Manchester Management Team to develop business development submissions which maximise our chances of winning tenders. This includes the coordination of input from Management, Engineering and Business Support functions to ensure that the content is accurate and relevant to the specific tender bid.
  • Respond to requests from other DSSR Business Development Assistants regarding information required to enable them to complete pre-qualification tenders and submissions for their individual offices.
  • Working with the Business Development & Marketing Specialist to produce engaging content for the DSSR website and social media (principally LinkedIn).
  • Assisting the Directors with the production of presentations (typically produced in either Powerpoint or InDesign) and a range of marketing materials (brochures, handouts, banners, branded merchandise etc.)
  • Regular liaison with the Business Development & Marketing Specialist and the Manchester Management Team in order to agree and set common standards for the production of materials for BD submissions and marketing materials.
  • To provide general administrative support to the Directors and Manchester Management Team.

Salary & benefits of working with DSSR

The main asset of DSSR is its people; prospective employees can expect significant investment in their development and well-being.

  • DSSR is a Living Wage Employer, providing a salary commensurate with experience for every position
  • Excellent Group Life Assurance Cover 5 x Salary
  • Contributory Pension Scheme with 6% Employers Contribution & 3% Employee Contribution
  • 25 Days Annual Leave and 8 Public Holidays (pro-rata where part-time)
  • Professional Subscriptions
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Standard working hours: Monday to Friday, 8:45 am to 5:00 pm


Please send your covering letter and CV to p.fagan@dssr.co.uk