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Senior (or Principal) Acoustic Consultant, Manchester




Acoustics and Air Quality

Employment type

Full time

Contract type




Opportunity for a Senior (or Principal) Acoustic Consultant to join our growing team in Manchester, working from our modern central office, just off Albert Square (M2 4DN). 

Hydrock is an independently-owned integrated multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy of over 800 staff, operating out of 20 offices in the UK. We have been consistently in the 100 Best Companies to Work For list for the last eight years. We pride ourselves on looking after our people and our values help create a unique, dynamic, working environment. Feedback from our client listening programme and employee surveys indicates we are great to work with, whether providing our services to a client or a rewarding experience for our employees. 

For some useful fast facts on us, you can check out our backstory, key numbers, recent awards and accolades, along with our pledges, commitments and memberships here.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious individual to play a part in shaping Hydrock’s Acoustics business, with the support of some great people and a very capable and successful, independently owned company. You will be working within a growing successful multi-disciplinary consultancy and operating across a matrix of projects.

Essential Attributes:

  • Collaborative
  • Ambitious
  • Positive attitude
  • Team Player
  • GSOH

Job requirements:

  • A degree or post graduate diploma in Acoustics (or related discipline)
  • Minimum 5 years of experience working in the acoustics industry
  • Holds a full clean UK Driving Licence 
  • A strong technical background, experienced in both building and environmental Acoustics
  • Acoustic software experience (ODEON, INSUL Soundplan, CadnaA)
  • Excellent written and verbal communication
  • A real team player who is collaborative with strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortable with a mixture of office and home working (3 days in the office and 2 from home in line with Hydrock’s Hybrid working policy).
  • Someone who is positive, motivated and ambitious 
  • Member of Institute of Acoustics (MIOA)
  • Capable of undertaking and managing client meetings, as well as delivering and managing a variety of different projects
  • Comfortable and capable training and guiding more junior members in the team

What you can expect in general

Inspired and motivated colleagues. A great team, office and employer (check out our 2021 wrap up here). A genuine opportunity to create and to be recognised and rewarded.

Our remuneration package includes a competitive salary and employer pension contribution, 25 days annual leave (with the option to buy/sell up to five days), healthy living bonus, well-being bonus and a wide variety of flexible benefits. There are also little things like a paid day off for good causes and free fresh fruit in every office.

We have several team, office, regional and divisional events but ‘Challenge Day’ is when the whole company comes together for a paid day of fun! You can check out our most recent Challenge Day here.

A career with Hydrock offers you the chance to achieve your potential in a strongly people-focused and values-led business that provides great opportunities for professional and personal development.

A place where we can all thrive

At Hydrock we value our diversity and place wellbeing and inclusion for all at the heart of our culture. Offering our people flexibility is an important factor in achieving these aims, so we encourage everyone talk to us about any ideas which enable you to balance your personal commitments with your responsibilities at work. Please let us know your current and/or desired flexible working arrangements in your covering letter, so we can discuss how this could work for you in this role.

Hydrock is an Equal Opportunities Employer. We consider all applications on an individual’s alignment with the required qualifications, knowledge and experience outlined in this job advert, without regard to any of the protected characteristics. So that we can provide everyone with a fair selection, assessment and employment experience, please make us aware if you have any physical or neurodiverse condition for which appropriate reasonable adjustments can be made by us.

Next steps

  • Once you have completed your application through our careers site, we aim to review and respond to you within two weeks. 
  • If shortlisted, a member of our Recruitment Team will call you for an initial pre-screen by phone (typically 30 minutes) to help us assess your motivations and interest in the position and Hydrock. 
  • If you progress following this telephone pre-screen, you will be invited to attend a formal interview by video conference (Microsoft Teams) or in our offices (if possible and in line with Covid-19 guidelines). Please let us know what you feel comfortable with.

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