Associate Director, Fire Engineer, US, Canada & Israel at WeWork Technology

| Greater NYC Area
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Business justification

Wework continues to experience explosive hyper-growth. A site selection fire engineer is needed in the region, to lead all early stage fire engineering associated with the acquisition of real estate (lease and purchase) and other space options to facilitate our growth.

Job description

Our site selection Fire Engineer will work directly within our internal site selection / real estate team and collaborate with the internal site selection team (architects, MEP engineers, cost estimators, construction leads, site selection managers), outside consultants (MEP, Architectural, etc.), building personnel, and contractors to evaluate our real estate against our use.   

This is a very hands-on role that is tasked with assessing properties for potential success as a location for our product and overseeing consultants/contractors in the delivery of selected sites. The role will involve identifying deficiencies and advantages in base building services and existing conditions, and aid in developing associated costs with bringing systems and conditions up to WeWork standard and/or local code requirements. 

You will work closely with WeWork delivery teams and external consultants/contractors to handover developed solutions and expectations.

This is a great opportunity for someone who has excellent technical and communication skills has worked with many unique buildings and can identify issues that the built environment will present when performing a tenant improvement project. 


Site Selection - You shall perform high level due diligence without external consultants with a goal of eliminating disadvantageous deals without significant utilisation of resources. Reviewing project sites and documentation for compliance with local building codes and/or WeWork Fire requirements.

Technical due diligence - Post term sheet, the site selection fire engineering will perform in-depth due diligence with external consultants to quickly and efficiently execute the lease with our real estate and legal team. 

New markets - You be part of the team going into new markets assessing and engaging local partners (architects, fire engineers) developing permitting strategy, understanding of local code, and showstoppers. 

Communication - This role will put you in the middle of complex negotiations, technical meetings and conversations with landlords, developers and owners - you shall be able to think on your feet and represent the best interests of wework and our members. You must have the ability to interact with internal business units and stakeholders to ensure primary responsibilities are aligned with the development team’s strategic direction. 

Program management - You will be managing multiple projects at once across a number of territories and cities, you need to coordinate with internal team members, consultants, vendors and all external / internal stakeholders. 

Deliver - You must be able to deliver results and projects in a timely manner. We move faster than most, so you need to maintain the pace. 

Subject matter expert - Develop conceptual and detailed fire strategies to meet local and/or Wework fire engineering requirements. You’ll consult on a wide range of commercial projects across your region.  

Engineer - You will implement the principles of fire science on real projects, including assessment of hazards, design fire scenarios, egress strategies etc. You will develop code solutions and performance-based strategies around smoke control, egress and fire protection. 


  • Bachelor’s degree in fire engineering or related field. 

  • At least 7-10 years site selection, due diligence or consultant engineering. 

  • Broad knowledge of mechanical, electrical and public health engineering and coordination strategy. 

  • In depth and proven knowledge of local fire codes, standards and building practices for your region. 

  • Skilled in fully analysing and interpreting commercial leases with regard to fire requirements. 

  • Able to translate complex solutions for accurate costing and reflection in architectural layouts. 

  • Be familiar with construction industry best practices, building and local codes. 

  • Proven ability to apply critical thinking in complex situations.

  • Strong analytical, creative thinking, written and verbal communication.

  • Willing to travel as needed (50% of the time).

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