Structural Engineer

Reports to: Technical Manager
Working arrangements: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm, Monday to Friday. 
Location: A mix between London office and/or home based working with travel to inspect schemes in progress within a defined area or further afield if required.

Company background:

The Thomas Miller Group is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services. BLP (Building LifePlans Ltd), part of the Thomas Miller Group, has been providing building defects insurance and other related products and services since 1999.

Overall Objective of Role:

To work within the Technical team to provide the risk management inspection and auditing of a portfolio of projects from design through to practical completion and to recommend or otherwise the inception of insurance cover for each scheme. Portfolio of work could consist of residential as well as commercial schemes, new build and refurbishment projects within a given geographical area.

To ensure that each scheme is inspected and audited in accordance with agreed standards in terms of frequency of inspections and analysis of information received utilising the bespoke BLP risk management software.

To ensure a good level of communication with customers is maintained throughout and that work is planned and re-planned as required to meet agreed service levels and ensure insurance cover can be incepted when required.

Main Responsibilities:

  • To manage a portfolio of schemes and clients
  • To ensure that the desktop review is progressed and that key stage inspections are planned and undertaken as required in line with BLP procedures
  • To inspect building works in progress in accordance with risk at appropriate stages up to and including final completion. Provide defect reports and technical advice
  • To accept or reject construction standards for new build and conversion work against industry good practice and standards
  • To be responsible for raising any construction issues with clients at an early stage to give the opportunity of rectifying problems and to recommend schemes for acceptance or otherwise for Latent Defect Insurance cover
  • To refer issues up to the Technical Manager or Director at an early stage that may impact on BLP’s ability to issue exclusion free policies
  • To ensure that all issues raised during construction, both design and/or workmanship, are adequately dealt with prior to completion
  • To ensure that the audit process is completed and technical approval is issued in line with customer requirements
  • To be the customer’s primary point of contact throughout the construction phase
  • To develop customer relationships and confidence through delivering great service
  • To remain up to date with new materials, construction methods and legislation
  • To provide Structural Engineering support to the Technical and Underwriting Teams
  • To undertake pre-quote desktop risk assessments of schemes and produce a written report for underwriters

Projects and Other Tasks:

  • To obtain a CSCS card
  • To promote BLP at every opportunity and to be an ambassador for the company at all times
  • To assist the whole team in delivering the company’s aims and objectives
  • To actively contribute to the continuous development of the technical database
  • To keep up to date with new products, techniques and legislation
  • To train and mentor Trainee Engineers as required

Person Specification:

  • Ordinary degree or HNC/D or equivalent - essential
  • A  Full Member of the Institute of Structural Engineers, or similar - essential
  • Extensive knowledge of new house building techniques and conversion work, technology and legislation - essential
  • Relevant experience in the design and supervision of large scale office/commercial and high rise large residential schemes - essential
  • Knowledge of reinforced concrete and steel frame structures and associated cladding systems - essential
  • A current driving licence - essential
  • Ability to interpret and apply technical theory and Building Regulations to practical situations is required
  • Ability to demonstrate well-developed professional communication, interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Ability to communicate at a high level with senior managers both Technical and Underwriting from within BLP and elsewhere with varying degrees of technical knowledge
  • Ability to work as part of a team and a willingness to share knowledge and experience with colleagues
  • Good IT and computer skills; Microsoft Office, Outlook and CRM; training will be provided for internal bespoke systems
  • Effective communication and negotiation skills
  • Customer service skills
  • Self-motivated and well organised
  • Ability to work on own initiative with minimum supervision
  • Effectively organises own priorities to meet deadlines, both internal and external.


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Inherent Defects Commercial Underwriter

Reports to:  Underwriting Director
Working Arrangements: Full time, Monday – Friday 9.00 – 5.00
Location: London Office, with occasional travel mainly in the UK

Company background:

The Thomas Miller Group is an independent and international provider of insurance, professional and investment services. BLP (Building LifePlans Ltd), part of the Thomas Miller Group, has been providing building defects insurance and other related products and services since 1999.

BLP are a leading provider of both Commercial and Residential Inherent Defects Insurance acting as a bespoke Underwriting Agent of Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty SE and others. This role centres on commercial projects ranging from small logistics/distribution through mixed development residential and retail combined up to major office and retail developments. 

Overall objective:

  • Key role with responsibility for underwriting and developing growth for an existing portfolio of Inherent Defects business.

Main responsibilities:

  • Supporting clients, usually but not exclusively brokers, throughout the transaction process including:
    • Advising brokers on BLP and the product
    • Underwriting new proposals and quoting on business that fits within the Underwriting criteria Advising on the status of enquiries, quotes, policies and technical process using a combination of a DMS, CRM, Underwriting and Audit Management IT system.
  • Supporting the internal Sales and Customer Support team throughout the quotation process including:
    • Producing quotes within the agreed SLA’s; outlining in a clear and concise manner our terms, conditions and any exclusions that may be applicable.

Projects and other tasks:

  • Being responsible for broked business within the delegated Underwriting Authority levels applicable
  • Managing the quotation process, following up, closing business, policy drafting and administration and ensuring the accuracy and timeliness of the production of broker documentation
  • Implementing and acting in accordance with KYC requirements and internal processes including sanctions checking of all potential clients
  • Adding to and maintaining customer/scheme details on the CRM and Underwriting systems
  • Responding to customers and colleague queries in a timely and accurate manner
  • Having an understanding of BLP vs Competitors and be able to advise brokers of the differences
  • Having an understanding of the BLP Policy wording ensuring you’re able to support both internal / external customers with any queries they may have
  • Proactively building and maintaining excellent client relationships
  • Assisting the Senior Underwriter/Underwriting Director in managing the team 

Person specification:

  • A minimum of 5 years current working knowledge of the construction insurance sector - essential
  • Experience of Underwriting in the construction insurance sector - desirable
  • Current working knowledge of IDI, CAR, PL and PI exposures - essential
  • An understanding of current construction techniques and methodologies - essential
  • ACII or progressing towards – desirable
  • Previous experience of business networking for sales opportunities – desirable


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