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Senior Lighting Designer

Europe Region

A career at Arup offers you the chance to make a positive difference in the world. Independently owned and independently minded, Arup is the creative force at the heart of many of the world’s most prominent projects in the built environment. We offer a broad range of professional services that combine to make a real difference to our clients and the communities in which we work. For more than 70 years, we have helped bring to life groundbreaking projects across the globe.


We are truly global, and our 15,000 planners, designers, engineers and consultants around the world delivering innovative projects with creativity and passion. We have over 600 staff working in Ireland based in Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick.


Senior Lighting Designer


The candidate will play a key role in the leadership, growth and management of the Arup Lighting team, both in Ireland and the wider Europe Region.  With a keen interest in lighting design and technology, the candidate will support the technical development of the local lighting team whilst managing and delivering projects.


The candidate will have a proven track record in the design and delivery of technical lighting solutions.  This will include both daylight and artificial lighting projects and across a range of sectors.  The candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in effective delegation to junior staff and management of their long-term goals and development.  Prior business development experience is desirable.


The candidate will have the potential to grow the Arup Lighting offering within the Ireland and the wider Europe Region. Their role will entail:


  • Management of resources, winning working and project delivery for our Lighting Team in Ireland;

  • Supervising and delegating to junior staff to ensure the effective delivery of technical lighting design projects;

  • Communicating with clients to establish their needs and building long term trust throughout a project duration;

  • Mentoring, teaching and developing junior staff, particularly in the area of daylight design and softwares;

  • Attending and presenting at meetings with clients and collaborators;

  • Networking and business development, both internal and external to Arup;

  • Promoting the daylight design offering of Arup at key events, both internal and external to Arup;

  • Responsibility for developing business contacts and winning work;

  • Fostering a culture of creativity, innovation and collegiality within the team.


Requirements and skills

The candidate will possess the following requirements:

  • Degree in lighting design, engineering, architecture or related relevant discipline, preferably with professional qualification(s) in Lighting;

  • Proven experience in the successful delivery of lighting projects of all types, a fundamental appreciation of lighting consultancy as a technical service;

  • Proven experience in the delivery of lighting design projects using complex technical methods and software - knowledge of Radiance is of particular benefit;

  • Lighting design experience in the European lighting industry is essential;

  • Effective communication, presentation, public speaking and writing skills;

  • Experience with financial management: profit and loss, balance sheet, cashflow forecasting;

  • Experience in networking, business development and building relationships.


What to expect at Arup 

We offer a multicultural and informal international working environment where you can develop professionally by being part of a team of professionals who enjoy what they do:

  • Be part of a company with a strong corporate culture committed to its values and aims: quality of work, holistic approach, humane organization, straight and honorable dealings, social usefulness and reasonable prosperity

  • Short, long or educational assignments at Arup’s offices and projects anywhere in the world

  • Continuous training and professional development that will allow you to adapt to the growing needs of our clients being in the midst of the digital transformation

  • Employees at Arup are eligible for the Global Profit Share scheme, dependent on the firm’s financial performance. Competitive performance based salary growth

  • We offer a flexible Friday scheme. We are open to candidates seeking a more flexible working week including flexible start/finish times, planned working from home and offer the ability to purchase additional leave.


Our goal is to shape a better world. And to do that, we need to make Arup a great place to work for everyone. If we want to solve problems for people around the world, we must seek and attract the best people from the widest talent pool and create an environment that supports and includes them. We aim to encourage a culture where people can be themselves and be valued for their contribution. This includes people with disabilities so please discuss any adjustments that you may require throughout the selection and assessment process with your recruitment contact.


Shape your time with us

At Arup, you’ll be a welcomed member of the team with opportunities to participate in cultural and social events with the local community (e.g. as a STEM ambassador) or by joining one of our staff networks for women, culture or LGBT+ people. You’ll have access to a range of flexible working options – whether you’re a parent, a student, or just have a busy lifestyle - we recognise it’s not always easy to commit to standard working hours so if you're interested in flexible start and finish times, please let us know when you apply, and we'll discuss how this could work in your role.


In light of the current coronavirus (COVID) we are continuously and frequently reviewing our recruitment and onboarding processes. The health and safety of our candidates, employees, and community is our top priority. We will be conducting any interviews via video conference and other digital collaboration tools during this time. As a firm, we will continuously adapt our approach in line with any government guidelines and regulations as this situation develops.

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