Design Build Search is a specialist technical recruitment consultancy focused on finding the best talent for global and local organisations. Our philosophy is simple; we are experts in construction and engineering; where Quantity Surveyors recruit Quantity Surveyors and Engineers recruit Engineers

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Our Philosophy

We are a specialist technical recruitment consultancy focused on finding the best talent for global and local organisations.

Our philosophy is simple; we are experts in construction and engineering; where Quantity Surveyors recruit Quantity Surveyors and Engineers recruit Engineers

Client Focus




Design Build Search

Design Build Search is a specialist recruitment consultancy which specifically focuses on the recruitment and selection of professionals across the design and build functions of the construction and engineering sectors.

We work with the most successful organisations in Ireland and the United Kingdom, as well as their operations across Europe and internationally, to connect intermediate to executive level professionals across the construction and engineering sectors and have a proven track record of success, both with permanent and contract assignments.

Our keys focus is on creating value for our customers and this is achieved by us committing to being experts in very specific sectors. We prove this in our branding, in who we hire and by delivering on our commitments to clients, using our self-imposed high standards.

Focus On Quality

Operating as part of the Vertical Markets Recruitment Group, Design Build Search was established with the aim of refocusing the quality of recruitment service and its value for customers within the construction industry.

We bring an ethical focus to our methodology where we ensure a superior candidate experience, acting as a true representative of our clients’ requirements and maintaining extremely close contact with all concerned during the recruitment process.

With our background, experience in the construction sector coupled with our vast network across the globe of highly skilled construction professionals we are in a unique position to meet the ever-growing demands of the construction recruitment sector.

Our Expertise

Positions that Design Build Search’s construction desk hires for specifically include:

Project Engineers

Project Managers

Quantity Surveyors


Civil Engineers

Structural Engineers

Mechanical Engineers

Electrical Engineers


Contract Managers

Site Engineers

Site Managers

Site Forman


Specialised Draughtsmen

AutoCAD Technicians


Purchasing Officers

Health & Safety Officers

Technical Sales

Business Development


Specialising in medium, senior and executive level white collar construction recruitment, we bring both industry and recruitment expertise to the process ensuring peace of mind for both client and candidate alike.

At Design Build Search we service clients and candidates alike from sectors including (but not limited to): large-scale Life Science Multinationals, General Contractors, Developers, Project Management, Consulting Engineering, M&E, Architecture, Specialist Contractors and more.

Recruitment Services

This recruitment service begins with our consultants taking a comprehensive overview of our clients’ requirements as well as a detailed description of the cultural and team based dynamics relevant to the department.

Our industry experts then seek out, screen and shortlist appropriate candidates against these criteria for both permanent or contract positions.

Once the candidate is placed, our fee becomes payable. Should the candidate leave within a specified guarantee period, we will backfill the position or offer a refund if this is not possible, the level of which depends on the time elapsed since the engagement of the candidate. Essentially the ‘no win, no fee’ model. – see our terms of business for further details

Retained Search

The service provided here is a deeper level of search which incorporates a research team to map out the competitive market, identifying all potential profiles available within the search parameters of each assignment and qualify those most suitable.

A senior member of the Design Build team will then proactively approach passive and active professionals on behalf of our client and conduct an in-depth analysis of the most relevant profiles against the required criteria. Only once all options have been identified, qualified, and ranked will a shortlist be produced as a part of the research report, recommending those best matching the criteria and most likely to succeed within the specific role. A thorough search and full market mapped report will be presented at the end of the process with interim reports available as per the clients’ requirements.

Contractor Solutions

Design Build Search also offers contract staff seeking to work across our client sites in Ireland and abroad. We offer the complete range of contractor solutions, from managed temporary assignments lasting only weeks to long term contracts. Whatever your requirement, we can easily assist in sourcing and managing staff for your organisation seeking fixed term contractors or during those periods of increased activity and staff temporary leave.

Tailored Services

Design Build Search also offers a range of tailored services to our clients. These are highly adaptable to accommodate the specific requirements of our clients and include reports such as market maps, competitor analysis, functionally specific salary surveys and market watch alerts. We also offer guidance on VISA liaison and application processes for clients hiring from abroad.


We have a very senior team of highly skilled, construction qualified recruiters who all have a genuine passion for the construction industry.

Our Recruiters have worked within the construction sector in Ireland, Europe and the Middle / Far East and have since redirected the knowledge, experience and global network of contacts to bring the very best in class service to our client base across Ireland, UK and internationally.

Emmett Finnegan Bsc (Hons)
Head of Commercial | Senior Construction Consultant

A Belfast native, Emmett successfully completed a bachelor of science degree in marketing from the University of Ulster, Jordanstown. He possesses over 5 years experience in construction and construction recruitment in Ireland, U.K. and Australia.

In the last two years in Dublin, Emmett has consistently delivered a high level of service to his clients, placing construction professionals at all levels, from recent graduates to senior Directors within every sector of the industry, both domestically and internationally.

On completion of his studies, Emmett spent two years in Australia. He worked on a variety of projects including large scale residential developments, commercial and civil projects. Upon his return to Belfast he secured a position with a major construction firm for the development and sale of products. Now based in Dublin, where he has spent the time working in the construction recruitment industry. Emmett has a gained invaluable knowledge of the market and where to find the best talent for his clients. This makes him a great asset to both candidate and client alike. His primary goal is to develop and maintain strong relationships with new and existing clients and candidates within the industry.

Joe Keane Bsc (Hons)
Head of Engineering | Senior Construction Consultant

A Galway native, Joe successfully completed a 4 year hons degree from NUI Galway. He has 8+ years’ experience in Construction and Construction recruitment in Ireland, Australia and UK ranging from Trades and Labour to construction professionals.

Joes role within Design Build Search is to match the client and candidate’s requirements with an aim to create an environment where both client and candidate can flourish.

On completion of his third level studies, Joe decided to travel to Australia to further his career in Construction and worked on large scale projects such as the Sydney Opera House. Joe has also been involved in major construction projects in the USA and Scotland.Joes background in construction and passion for recruitment, along with his communication and people skills make him an asset to both clients and candidates alike. His primary aim is to create and maintain lasting relationships with leading Construction, M&E. Oil & Gas, facilities management, Project Engineering, consultancy and specialist contractor firms in Ireland and abroad.

Ian Doyle Bsc (Hons)
Consultant - Design Build Search

Ian graduated with a 1.1 MA in European History from Maynooth University in 2015. He began his recruitment career in his hometown of Wexford as an administrator and market researcher for a local recruitment agency.

In late 2016 Ian moved to Dublin and began working as a recruitment administrator in the construction recruitment sector. Since then he has gained significant experience in construction recruitment and has a good understanding of the construction, engineering, and design industries in Ireland.

Within Design Build Search, Ian’s role is to provide resource and research support to the rest of the team including: market research; candidate sourcing; client generation; and database management.

Get In Touch with Design Build Search

Design Build Search
13 Lad Lane
Dublin 2, Ireland
D02 T668
Phone: + 353 1 507 9263

Where we are based