Research Engineer - Financial Metrics

BRE is undertaking a major four-year R&D programme in the construction sector together with a consortium of partners and stakeholders, supported by a £72m grant from UKRI. This is to deliver the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH), which mission is to be a catalyst for transforming the UK construction sector through manufacturing technologies and digital ways of working, boosting productivity, exports and asset performance to benefit the society.

A major element of this programme will be the development and management of key performance indicators (KPIs), methods, tools and benchmarks. These will cover a range of different leading and lagging indicators, including those that measure the economic, social and environmental impact of buildings and infrastructure across their whole life cycle (pre-design, design, construction, operation and end of life or re-purposing).

This role will provide research support to the Whole Life Value workstream in the delivery of its overall strategy. The individual will use his/her skills to research and develop this suite of indicators, measurement tools, data strategy and applications, focusing on Financial aspects. You will work closely with many stakeholders and delivery partners across the UK to develop compelling, well-thought-out recommendations.

This is a great opportunity to work on leading edge research in the construction sector, working with a number of expert organisations.

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Role Profile

The role of the Research Engineer will be to:

  • Perform research into the definition and measurement of economic metrics in the construction sector.
  • Agree a practical set of metrics for the programme with a complex range of stakeholders.
  • Research financial data collection and evaluation methods.
  • Map the range of existing financial data sets and define benchmarks.
  • Develop decision-making tools for measuring whole-life value in construction.
  • Support the scoping and development of project proposals.
  • Work independently and collaboratively with a range of teams.
  • Write technical reports and presentations underpinned by robust evidence.


Skills and Experience

The candidate should have the following:

  • A degree related to construction and project management, quantity surveying, architecture, finance, economics, building science, information management or data science.
  • Excellent communication, report writing and presentation skills.
  • Self-motivated with the ability to meet deadlines, work independently and as part of a team.
  • Previous experience in similar research projects or through work experience
  • Excellent interpersonal and organisational skills.
  • Good problem-solving skills.



Based at BRE in Garston, Watford, with some travel to partners & events across the UK.

BRE is an equal opportunities employer.

Whilst this advert may state a specific location or hours, we encourage flexibility and are happy to have a conversation on how this role could be fulfilled in a different way.

Please also note that should we receive a large number of applications for the role, we may close the advert sooner than the specified closing date, so do apply at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.