Project M&E Commissioning 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


You will be part of the integrated project for this major £100m M&E North West project.  My client is looking for a "Hands on approach" with a can do attitude.



·         Project based M&E Commissioning Manager with a proven M&E/Building Services background

·         Reporting Project Director/Regional Commissioning Manager

·         National M&E Building Services Contractor strategically placed within a global blue chip business.

·         High profile £100m M&E project North West

·         Degree qualified in either Mechanical or Electrical Building Services Engineering

·         Excellent career opportunities for progression with competitive salary & package

About This Role


Working for our client as part of the Project Team, you will be expected to lead discussions with MEP Consultants, construction teams & MEP install teams regarding test & commissioning requirements. You will direct and co-ordinate the final installation completion to achieve the best start to testing and commissioning.

You will plan all the commissioning works and will co-ordinate, monitor & report on testing and commissioning progress internally to the Project Lead, along with reports to the Client. You will manage all the specialist commissioning engineers as well as managing and witnessing all demonstrations and ensure all test sheets are correct.


Design Commissionability Review:

·         Raising questions and tracking issues raised – Mechanical, BMS and Fire Alarm

·         Raising questions and tracking issues raised – Electrical Systems and Equipment

·         Closing items with consultants

Commissioning Programme:

·         Ideal Commissioning Programme

·         Integrate with construction programme

Commissioning Controls:

·         Tracking, Reporting and Documentation

Commissioning Execution Plan:

·         Review Specifications and Client Outcomes

Commissioning Coordination:

·         Hold Commissioning Meetings and Coordinate all Commissioning

Client Focus:

·         Issue reports and explain Commissioning Strategy

Mechanical – Hands on Commissioning:

·         Manage, Coordinate and Approve

Mechanical – Chillers:

·         Chiller Commissioning and Operation

Mechanical – Boilers:

·         Boiler Commissioning

BMS / Controls:

·         Dynamic Operation – from software bench testing to environmental and system                      performance testing

Fire Alarm:

·         Fire Alarm Cause and Effect production, approval, testing and demonstration

Electrical – Small Power:

·         Electrical Testing

Electrical – LV Distribution:

·         Electrical Testing – Cables, Switchboards, Busbar

Electrical – MV Distribution:

·         Electrical Testing – Cables, Transformers, Switchgear

Electrical Plant – Generators / UPS / CHP:

·         Equipment commissioning and System commissioning

Electrical – Power Management Systems:

·         Network Controls and Load Shedding

Energy Management Systems:

·         Energy metering and reporting systems

Lighting and Lighting Control:

·         Electrical Testing, Performance and Demonstration

Environmental Testing:

·         Planning, Coordinating, Evaluating and Reporting

Integrated System Testing:

·         Planning, Coordinating, Evaluating and Reporting

Black Building Testing:

·         Planning, Coordinating, Evaluating and Reporting

About This Client


Client: This prestigious M&E Contractor specialises in the design, installation and maintenance of Mechanical and Electrical Building Services projects
Turnover: £3bn (group revenue)
Location Coverage: UK-wide
No Staff: 2000 (project personnel)
Typical Roles and disciplines: Mechanical and Electrical Design, Estimating, Project Management, Engineering, Quantity Surveying and Administration
Sectors: Built Environment, Infrastructure & Industrial, Data Centres
M&E Services installed: Fully designed FoH lighting. Intelligent Building Management System (BMS) Data centre specific total M & E, CCTV, data and BMS systems, controls and automation (MEICA)
Years of establishment: 200 years +
Awards won: Carbon Reduction Award, shortlisted for President ICE Award at the British Construction Industry Awards, numerous BREEAM excellent ratings, Green Apple Environment Award, NLA Award, South Wales Construction Excellence project of the year

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