Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC250571
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £30782 - £35459
Date Posted 12 August 2019
Grade RC-D
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 04 September 2019
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £30,782 - £35,459 per annum (Inclusive of an annual allowance, dependant on skills and experience)
Grade: D
Contract Type: Open Ended
Hours: Full Time/Flexible hours considered
Closing Date: 4th September 2019

Actively developing, owning and managing building fabric and grounds maintenance activities, to support and enhance the scientific estate.

Corporate Responsibilities:

As a member of STFC’s Estates Services team, you will proactively support the Estates remit to deliver flexible, customer focused and efficient services that support the delivery of STFC’s vision, values and objectives. The Estates Services team needs to be agile and able to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our diverse customer base, therefore it is expected that the you will demonstrate a flexible and adaptable approach.

All members of the Estates team will, from time to time, be expected to lead or participate (appropriate to Band level) in STFC and Estates projects that may be outside their normal remit.

Role Responsibilities

You will be responsible for the successful delivery of building fabric and grounds maintenance activities in support of the STFC Estate and its Scientific Programme. STFC appoints government framework consultants and contractors help to deliver this programme of work and this role is instrumental in developing good working relationships with the supply chain - ensuring high levels of quality, craftsmanship and value for money from it.

You will engage and consult with the Estates Management Team at RAL, and other stakeholders to help derive and deliver a programme of planned and reactive maintenance activities for fabric and grounds assets. This will be delivered with through the Estates in-house trades or outsourced specialists.

Responsibilities include:

  • to be responsible for the oversight and delivery of ‘fabric’ Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) Works, ensuring that these are completed to a high standard of workmanship, in accordance with the agreed programme and in accordance with the agreed budget
  • to oversee and inspect the delivery of Grounds Maintenance activities, and gauge performance against contract specifications and KPI’s
  • carry out regular site inspections, snagging, preparing schedules of defects and certifying rectification of snagging items
  • to assist in building condition surveys - determining the necessity for and priority of repair or improvement works
  • to produce and maintain accurate records and appropriate certificates relevant to the PPM Works
  • monitor the progress of the fabric PPM Works against the agreed programme of work, and report any slippage or variations to the Helpdesk and FM Compliance Manager
  • to review Construction Phase Plans and RAMS as necessary - produced by contractors undertaking the PPM Works
  • to diagnose defects as they are identified/reported to The Estates Helpdesk, producing a brief report outlining the cause of the problem and the recommended remedial actions
  • to build and maintain effective and collaborative working relationships with colleagues and other departments across the Estate
  • to keep up to date with all legislation, regulation and technical developments regarding building construction
  • any other specific Maintenance Works, Construction Projects or Estates Services Department activity identified by the Works Manager
  • to deliver excellent customer service, quality of work, high standards and professionalism.

Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting (S) & Interview (I) Criteria


  • degree/HNC/ONC qualified or equivalent in Building Surveying or a similar construction-related qualification (S)
  • demonstrate significant experience in the building/construction industry (S&I)
  • must possess proven experience of defect analysis, preparing condition schedules/specifications for minor building works and contract managing on site works (S&I)
  • must be able to demonstrate experience of successful project and budget management (S&I)
  • have a good knowledge of statutory and industry compliance requirements, including Planning, Building Regulations, Listed Building Consent and Health and Safety Legislation (I)
  • the ability to take on a high degree of responsibility, excellent communication presentation and interpersonal skills, combined with a high degree of self-motivation and time management. You must be able to work flexibly and operate proactively (I)
  • proven experience of managing or working with contractors & managing maintenance and property improvements is essential across an extensive client portfolio;
  • ideally you will also have either extensive experience within the commercial, retail or licensed sectors or within the public sector (S&I)
  • you should be able to demonstrate a broad-based knowledge of building construction work, monitor contracts, supervise on site, and demonstrate effective
  • prioritisation and decision-making skills (I)
  • the ability to manage minor refurbishment projects ranging from £1k - £100k (S&I)
  • knowledge and experience of working with historic buildings (S&I)
  • must have excellent communication, IT and organisational skills. (S&I)


  • to hold full membership of a recognised professional body e.g. RICS, CIOB, RIBA, IHBC etc. (S)
  • to hold a Project Management Qualification (S)
  • to demonstrate experience in estimating the cost of works (S&I)
  • to demonstrate knowledge of specialist computer software such as AutoCAD, MS Project etc. (S&I)

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits

UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aim to provide a pay and rewards package that motivates staff to perform to the best of their ability. The reward package includes a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent

We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities

We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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