Built Environment Client Advisor

Full time (reduced hours may be considered)

Salary: £28,000 - £32,000

The Royal Society of Ulster Architects (RSUA) is currently seeking a Built Environment Client Advisor to support its ambitious plans to help transform architecture in Northern Ireland.

As a charity RSUA seeks to promote architecture to enhance life for all citizens in the region. Our long-term plan covers two strands of work as follows.

  1. Promoting the positive role of architecture, through:
  • Guiding the response of the built environment in Northern Ireland to climate change
  • Focusing on how architecture can help those most in need
  • Leading debate and discussion on the changes to our built environment as a result of changing lifestyles – where we work, how we shop, demographic changes, how we generate, store and use energy etc
  1. Supporting the delivery of great architecture, by:
  • Attracting talent into the profession and retaining it
  • Nurturing that talent
  • Helping to create working conditions that allow architectural talent to flourish

Approximately 850 chartered architects and 300 students are members of RSUA.

Reporting to the RSUA Director, this new role is an exciting opportunity to be a key player in a small and dynamic executive team which is focused on increasing the effectiveness and impact of the organisation. This role is one of three currently being advertised.

The role will be particularly suited to those who have the ability to identify opportunities, build relationships, understand construction clients’ needs and communicate positive outcomes.

The role is offered on a permanent basis with the possibility to work flexibly or reduced hours.

 Key Responsibilities Include

  • Development of design competition models
  • Delivery of design competitions for specific projects
  • Managing the RSUA Early Career Design Competition
  • Establishing and supporting a Built Environment Client Forum
  • Developing a programme of CPD for construction clients
  • Co-ordination and promotion of the RSUA Design Quality Panel
  • Identification of opportunities for procurement efficiencies and improved outcomes
  • Development of RSUA dispute resolution services in partnership with the RSUA expert panel

​Essential Skills & Experience

  • Proven experience of public procurement
  • Knowledge of design competitions
  • Experience in chairing or providing administrative support to meetings, committees or groups
  • Experience as a construction client or working with/for a construction client
  • Experience of working with multiple stakeholders
  • A highly motivated self-starter with an ability to work independently and take initiative
  • Exceptional organisational skills with the ability to plan own workload and manage multiple projects
  • An excellent communicator with strong verbal, written and interpersonal skills.
  • Proven ability to convey complex issues clearly and effectively to a wide range of audiences
  • Rigorous attention to detail and a strong focus on accuracy
  • Proficient with Microsoft Office
  • Bachelor’s degree relevant to the role

Desirable Criteria

  • Experience of organising events
  • Expertise in public procurement
  • Experience of running or participating in design competitions
  • Established positive relationships with multiple construction clients in Northern Ireland


  • Attractive benefits package to include matched pension contribution up to 6% and generous holiday leave (35 days per annum based on FTE).
  • Flexible working
  • Beautiful and central location


To apply for this position, please email your CV and a covering letter to Jude Faloon on

Closing date for applications: 23:59 on Thursday 30th September 2021