Pre-Construction Manager


James Guyan


Bristol-born, James established Guyan & Associates in August 2007. Disillusioned with the ‘bums-on-seats’ national agencies - the bigger they got, the more he rebelled – he was inspired to create a company that practised what it preached: solid principles, a strong brand and great relationships with clients and candidates.

An M&E Contracting Specialist, James has 16 years experience and prefers to work autonomously, with a small amount of niche clients, to ensure maximum focus. He covers the whole of the UK with a network spanning from Land’s End to John o’ Groats.

Prior to flying solo, James spent seven years working for the largest national agencies in the Mechanical and Electrical Building Service sector. His success included building the top performing team on a national basis, using the principles he applies to Guyan & Associates. He also once lived in the French Alps for six years, running his a Ski-hire company and cut his teeth in the working world as a stone mason’s trade apprentice for Bristol Marble.

James is happiest in his running shoes. With three marathons under his belt last year, and a 75km ultra marathon in March 2016; a Spartan obstacle race, and the formidable Tough Mudder. Not a fan of crowds, you can often find him trail running around the local hills of La Serrania de Ronda. His wish-list includes one of toughest, and scenic, marathon races in the world: the Inca Trail Marathon at Machu Picchu – which includes a climb of over 10,400 feet and also hope to complete the Great Wall of China marathon 2017.

James’ two girls are the motivation behind his active life - he strives to keep in optimum health, both to set them an example and be around for them for as long as possible. 

Where: James looks after roles in the East Anglia, the south west and south as far as London.


Job Description


Do you have the potential to become a Pre-Construction Manager (M&E, Building services)? This brand new role, is the ideal opportunity for a motivated and proven Pre-Contract, Commercial biased professional to expand their skills and take a unique step forward within this highly successful M&E Contractor.

About This Role



·Co-ordination of the design, estimating and pre-contract commercial functions.

·Internal and external point of contact for the tender process.

·Full commercial aspects of projects to from tender inquiry to project handover to the site delivery    team.

·This is a client facing role working on projects ranging from £5m to £50m

Pre Requisites:

·Proven experience in either Mechanical or Electrical design / quantity surveying / estimating / pre-  construction role within an M&E, Building Services Contractor

·Excellent attention to detail and effective communicator.

·Either mechanically or electrically biased.

·An awareness of the balance of risk and profit is vital.

·Good commercial understanding of the Pre-Contract tender process.

·Confident negotiator.

·Experienced user of Microsoft Excel, Outlook & a planning software package such as    Powerproject.

Personal attributes:

·Ability to be able to work under pressure and react quickly in pressurised circumstances.

·The ability to work alone and with others and multi-task where necessary

·Be of a confident manner.

·Interpersonal skills – able to communicate effectively and clearly to both clients and colleagues.

·Valid UK Driver’s license.



·Salary available on application.

·Bonus structure for individual performance

·Group life cover

·Private health care

·Pension scheme

·Car or Car allowance and choice of mileage or fuel card.


About This Client


Client: This award-winning M&E Contractor specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of Mechanical and Electrical Building Services projects, with values of £30k - £30m
Turnover: £202m
Location Coverage: UK-wide
No Staff: 1300+
Typical Roles and disciplines: Mechanical and Electrical Design, Estimatng, Project Management, Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Administration
Sectors: Commercial, Residential, Local Authority, Healthcare, Custodial, Defence, Education, Sports and Leisure, Transport
M&E Services installed: HVAC, intelligent control systems, fire alarms, modular wiring and HV/LV sprinkler systems
Years of establishment: 120 years +
Awards won: Eight ROSPA Gold Medals since 2006, AFR of 0.089 for Health and Safety in the workplace, ISO 9001, ISO 14001 & OHSAS 18001

Alongside a generous basic salary you will be rewarded with the following:

25 days holidays
Car or car allowance
Support for work-life balance
Private Health Care
Bonus scheme
Company Pension
Long-term sickness insurance
Support & funding of career development and further education