Xavier Knight is one of Sydney’s fastest growing engineering consultancy firms in Sydney. Due to the continuous success of our Structural division, we are now looking for an Associate to join our senior leadership team and lead one of our structural engineering teams at XK.

This position will provide an excellent opportunity to join an established boutique consultancy with excellent career progression opportunities, an attractive salary, and benefits for the right candidate.

We want to meet people who are passionate about innovation, designing with people in mind while increasing the standards of engineering services in the built environment. As a key member of our Leadership Team, you will contribute to XK’s big-picture business plans, strategy development and new initiatives.

You will be part of a dynamic, progressive engineering company that is disrupting traditional firms by challenging the status quo in the built environment. Pushing boundaries to create innovative, well-balanced, and sustainable environments that positively impact people’s lives.

Our values are at the heart of what makes us different.

  • People Centric – We have a fun and flexible team culture
  • Excellence – We are at the forefront of engineering excellence, committed to achieving the best outcomes
  • Curiosity – We celebrate innovation and encourage ourselves to think like there is no box
  • Stewardship – We take on our client’s projects as if they were our own, delivering practical and well-balanced solutions
  • Integrity – We have the best interests of our people, clients and communities at heart.


People Leadership

  • Lead a team of talented structural engineers and designers to deliver high-profile and complex technical projects across NSW from concept to completion
  • Responsible for the successful delivery of projects, achieving the best outcomes for our clients.
  • Working in close collaboration with leading architects, builders and developers, your strong technical expertise will enable you to add value to our business and clients.
  • As part of XK’s leadership team, you will be instrumental to our team’s success and will have opportunities to contribute to business strategy development and lead business development initiatives.
  • Provide mentoring support for our junior staff, guiding and coaching the next generation of designers
  • Share your knowledge with the wider team while further developing your engineering management and design skills


  • Take ownership over ensuring all deliverables meet the client’s brief and project objectives
  • Understanding of project performance principles, with experience monitoring and reporting on project progress, ensuring the delivery of high-quality results from proposals through to project completion documentation
  • Manage and mitigate technical risks, safety in design and value engineering during the design processes
  • Provide your project teams with quality assurance reviews, technical guidance and support to achieve project success
  • Manage day-to-day communication and coordination with project partners and relevant stakeholders
  • Sound understanding of the Design Builders Practitioners regulations and requirements

As an experienced Structural Engineer at a leadership level, you have a demonstrated experience in the following:


  • Highly driven with great energy and passion for leading people and developing business
  • Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering or Structural Engineering
  • Membership with Engineers Australia as CPEng and NER
  • DBPA Professional Engineer & Design Practitioner Registration (preferred)
  • Minimum 10 years of structural engineering design experience within an engineering consultancy
  • Love to engage with others to build positive and long-lasting relationships
  • Committed to continually adding value by raising the performance of your work and the work of others around you


  • Comprehensive understanding of structural design principles and their application to engineering design and construction
  • Thorough understanding of Australian Building Codes and Standards, and their application
  • Experience in developing value management and value engineering concepts
  • Experience in producing technical reports and developing concepts that add value to a project
  • High-level of competence using engineering design software, such as ETABS, SAFE and Bentley Structural Enterprise software
  • Experience in several of the following areas of design: masonry, composite construction, post tensioned concrete, precast concrete, pre-tension, pre-stressed concrete, reinforced concrete, structural steel, timber and cross laminated timber panel construction, shoring and substructures.
  • Awareness of current industry practices, proprietary products, materials and construction techniques, and application within projects
  • Develops complex engineering analysis models and prepares calculations with high precision and accuracy
  • Developed ability in identifying potential engineering outcome issues and providing effective solutions


We put people first – and this approach extends to the committed employees who make our organisation the progressive, proactive firm that it is. Your Career at XK will see you work on complex and high-profile projects in a diverse and inclusive workplace environment.

We will invest heavily in your professional development to ensure that we amplify your personal growth and the outcomes of your projects.

Like many of our projects, one solution doesn’t fit all. We believe that the same applies to personal and professional lives. This is why we offer many benefits to support your personal and professional goals:

  • Competitive salary with bonus benefits
  • Contribute to business strategy development and initiative implementation
  • Opportunities for growth and career progression
  • Professional and technical training
  • Work with experienced industry leaders
  • Flexible start and finish times, working from home
  • 2 min walk from Town Hall Station
  • Wellbeing benefits eg. Vaccinations, sporting activities, etc
  • Blood Donor Paid Leave
  • Fun and flexible team culture

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the below form or email your resume to info@xavierknight.com.au

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