Senior Electrical Building Services Engineer

Durham, United Kingdom
£42,149 - £50,296 per annum
13 Jan 2022
End of advertisement period
28 Jan 2022
Contract Type
Full Time

Estates and Facilities

Grade 8: - £42,149-£50,296 per annum
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 28-Jan-2022, 7:59:00 AM

Department:  Estates and Facilities, Projects and Infrastructure
Responsible to: Head of Engineering Services
Grade: Grade 8
Salary range: Competitive
Contract type: Permanent
Working arrangements: Nominal 35 hours

Working Arrangements

At Durham, we recognise that our staff and students are our greatest asset and we want to support the health and wellbeing of all. Hybrid working supports this ethos and provides many benefits to our colleagues, including empowering people, where their role allows, to work in a manner which is more suitable for them, whilst encouraging our commitment to environmental sustainability.

Depending on the needs of the business and the job role, Durham University is piloting hybrid working for all Professional Services colleagues in the academic year 2021/22, which may include the opportunity to work both on and off campus and flex working hours. If appointed to the post, your line-manager will discuss the specific arrangements with you. Any hybrid arrangements are non-contractual and may change within the pilot and when the pilot ends.

Reward and Benefits

To support the delivery of the University's People Strategy to attract, retain and reward the very best, we offer a fantastic range of rewards and benefits to our staff, including:

  • 30 days annual leave, plus 4 customary days and 8 bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time) and the option to purchase additional leave
  • Automatic enrolment into a pension scheme
  • Corporate and local discounts
  • Wellbeing resources and discounted health benefits
  • Health discounts on sports and activities at Maiden Castle Health and Activity Centre
  • Reward and Recognition Schemes
  • Personal and career development
  • And SO much more, with further information available here.

The Department and role purpose

The Estates and Facilities Directorate provides a number of essential services to Durham University and is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing the infrastructure and building fabric of the various campuses, including:

  • maintaining and regularly reviewing a maintenance programme which takes account of short, medium and long term needs of all buildings and University grounds;
  • implementing the works identified and funded within the various maintenance programmes and operating a system for dealing with day-to day requirements, including the provision of an out-of-hours emergency service;
  • providing a professional, technical service to the University for the design, construction and procurement of new buildings and adaptation works to existing buildings;
  • identifying and recording the use of space and advising on ways of increasing space utilisation;
  • property and asset management;
  • acquisition and disposal of built environment related assets;
  • procuring and managing utilities and services;
  • providing postal, delivery and security arrangements and advice to the University; and
  • the delivery of a wide-range of customer-facing services, including: contract management; estates and facilities relationships management; housekeeping and cleaning, business resilience, event management; reception helpdesk; university retail; business support; health and safety; and management information.

The Senior Electrical Building Services Engineer will manage the delivery of a professional, customer-focussed electrical engineering support service to all stakeholders and to facilitate the provision of an effective, efficient and reliable electrical infrastructure, specific to the needs of the University.

Core responsibilities:

  • Provide expert professional  electrical engineering services and managerial and leadership expertise.
  • Manage and develop service, infrastructure and people performance in the engineering services team.
  • Provide feedback on team and individual performance and identify development needs, conducting regular staff ADR and performance reviews.
  • Recruit, induct, train and develop new team members.
  • Help to shape the skills and expertise of future team members and design work structures to meet operational and strategic goals.
  • Handle the vast majority of HR issues within a team, referring more complex issues to appropriate support services/senior management.
  • Liaise and engage with key stakeholders and internal and external contractors to influence opinion, delivery and reputation of services.
  • Contribute to the scoping and resource planning across a range of activities at operational and strategic level.
  • Lead on the design, implementation and monitoring of electrical engineering services policy and quality standards, procedures and systems to ensure effective working and continuous improvement.
  • Promote and develop a deep understanding of organisational policy and external developments.
  • Devolve responsibilities to team members to ensure continuity of service provision and encourage skills development.
  • Ensure all activities, processes and transactions are accounted for accurately and promptly to meet regulatory and professional service and policy standards.
  • Ensure all stakeholder-facing staff provide an accessible, friendly and professional service by shaping processes for inducting and developing staff.
  • Implement processes to manage the integrity and security of all commercially and professionally sensitive and personal data.
  • Contribute to business meetings, working groups and committees to help shape service delivery and stakeholder expectations.
  • Responsible for allocating and monitoring financial budgets and resources.
  • Analyse stakeholder feedback, implementing and reviewing service provision.

Role responsibilities:

  • Deliver specialist services as an expert practitioner in electrical engineering services.
  • Delegate authority and responsiblility to make decisions about the quality, level and nature of service and staffing necessary to meet operational and annual strategic business objectives. 
  • Lead the design, development and implementation of service deliverables and influence organisational transformation to deliver value for money.
  • Promote the improvement and efficiency of electrical services by implementing and managing review and improvement procedures.
  • Work with team members and stakeholders to build and maintain excellent working relationships.
  • Build and establish contacts and networks with key stakeholders, internal and external staff, suppliers, contractors and industry specialists.
  • Carry out research to determine technological/system/facility trends and translate these into implications, risks and opportuntities for operational service quality managment and delivery.
  • Lead, manage and implement electrical engineering services to supportmajor projects, as appropriate, across the organisation, monitoring and mapping performance, and providing progress reports and mitigating actions to ensure key deliverables and targets are met.
  • Deliver professional expertise with the electrical design, construction and development of infrastructure estates and services.
  • Identify, source, design, construct, manufacture, test and validate resources, materials, tools, instruments, equipment, and software critical to service delivery.
  • Manage and monitor overall security, health and safety assessments and procedures, ensuring compliance.
  • Identify, develop and implement electrical infrastructure improvement strategies, protocols, guidelines and methodologies, to maintain a stable, efficient and resilient infrastructure; supporting business continuity and the University’s sustainability aspirations.
  • Take responsibility for the design, installation and maintenance of electrical building services/infrastructure ensuring they are safe, compliant, fit for purpose and efficient in operation; acting as a specialist point of contact dealing with complexity of data and information sources.
  • Monitor and report on the performance of electrical consultants and suppliers.
  • Carry out project scoping, initiation, planning and implementation for large scale/ University-wide initiatives.
  • Keep up-to-date with changes in legislation, codes of practice, industry standards and best practice.
  • Develop and maintain the electrical aspects of Durham University’s ‘Building Engineering Services Design Guidelines’ applying best practice principles to achieve optimal engineering design solutions.
  • Undertake the role of a Senior Authorised Person Electrical Low Voltage (SAP/APLV) and effectively manage the continuous development, improvement and implementation of Durham University’s Electrical Safety Rules and Procedures - appropriate training to be provided where necessary.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific Role requirements

  • May be required to work evenings and weekends, as business demands.
  • Attend all training and development, as required.

Recruiting to this post

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification below (including those listed in the section ‘Realising Your Potential Approach’).

In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application.

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

How to apply

We prefer to receive applications online.

Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement https://www.dur.ac.uk/ig/dp/privacy/pnjobapplicants/ which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.

What you are required to submit

  1. A CV.
  2. A covering letter which details your experience, strengths and potential in all of the requirements set out in the Person Specification essential and desirable criteria.

Please ensure that you submit all documentation listed above or your application will not be considered.

Contact details

For further information please contact:Dave McCaffery david.mccaffery@durham.ac.uk

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force, including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.


  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop excellent working relationships both internally and externally.
  2. Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office.
  3. Educated to degree level, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline or equivalent experience working in a building services environment.
  4. Professional practitioner with specialist knowledge and expertise used to influence service delivery and activities within the organisation.
  5. Extensive knowledge and experience in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical building services engineering.
  6. Experience of the management of engineering teams both on capital and revenue projects.
  7. Experience in project management and contract administration
  8. Regulatory, local and national professional knowledge and experience of compliance.
  9. Experience of providing specialist electrical engineering services advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues, including more senior colleagues.
  10. Experience of being able to network effectively and develop strong and productive working relationships, both internally and externally.
  11. Ability to solve problems and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions.
  12. Experience of delivering and developing specialist services for buildings, estates, services, or IT provision.
  13. Experience of working collaboratively to successfully delivering major infrastructure projects involving multi-agency working within an educational, commercial or industrial environment.
  14. Health and safety compliance knowledge.
  15. Extensive knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines.
  16. Experience of implementing policy and procedures and involvement with future changes for a service area.
  17. Ability to contribute to planning at operational and strategic levels.
  18. Track record of management and development experience and/or an enhanced management qualification applied across a large service team or teams, in a customer focussed and/or complex organisation.
  19. Exceptional attention to detail.


  • Membership of a relevant professional institute i.e. CIBSE, IET
  • Hold or working towards full Chartered membership of the Engineering Council
  • Experience in high voltage distribution/networks
  • Continuing professional development required to maintain professional recognition.
  • Good working knowledge of University structures and estates procedures (including improvements and capital)
  • Experience of managing budgets.
  • Experience of working in the higher education sector.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.

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