Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC252325
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £26777 - £28932
Date Posted 30 December 2019
Grade UKRI-Band C
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 26 January 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £26,777 - £28,932 per annum (includes annual allowance of £2,000)
Grade: UKRI-C
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: Sunday 26th January 2020

About the role

Carrying out planned and reactive maintenance duties to sustain and improve electrical systems and services to support STFC’s world-class scientific programme.

You will be responsible for undertaking the efficient and effective day-to-day execution of maintenance activities relating to the electrical services and assets at 3 STFC sites - RAL, Chilbolton Observatory and The Cosener’s House.

You will report to the Electrical Services Manager, undertaking maintenance to ensure the provision of safe and reliable electrical services across the STFC estate, ensuring they meet or exceed relevant industry standards and comply with STFC’s SHE codes. Standards are maintained through an ongoing proactive programme of maintenance regimes (planned preventative/reactive/condition based) that you are responsible for the continuous development and execution of - managed through a CAFM software package. You will also have an active role in the installation of new/replacement electrical services and systems across the estate.


  • Carry out Legionella control based planned maintenance activities (temperature readings, flushing etc.)
  • Assist in water quality auditing of potable and closed heating/cooling systems
  • Assist the Building Services Maintenance Manager in the operation and control of the site water distribution main
  • Carry out planned routine emergency light testing to all relevant buildings
  • Carry out fire alarm isolations for both STFC estates services and their nominated contractors
  • Carrying out routine sampling of PAT tested assets and labelling for completeness
  • Assist the Estates Compliance Supervisor, Authorising Engineer and the estates helpdesk to maintain accurate and up to date compliance test records
  • Ensuring that all work carried out on STFC’s estate is completed in an effective and professional manner and that all current safety and technical legislation is adhered to, including:
    • Assess risk assessments and method statements (produced for in-house staff)
    • Safe systems of work (permits/isolation procedures/hot works/testing and re-commissioning)
    • Ensure that works are completed to a high standard and in a timely fashion to reduce their impact upon scientific programmes
    • Accept training in future developments and technologies as required
    • Take on additional authorised person responsibilities as required (permit control/key issuing etc.)
    • Ability to be included ‘on call’ during silent hours (one week in five, as part of a planned rotation)
    • Mentoring and development of team members (including the support of apprentices and trainees formal programmes of learning)
    • Champion the estates service in a positive manner
    • Deliver a high level of customer service
    • Attend appropriate training to support the role and service delivery
    • Any other reasonable management request.

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 Criteria


  • A basic relevant technical qualification or experience in technical role
  • Good knowledge of document L8 and its practical application (will also been tested at interview)
  • Proven experience in the building services industry (will also been tested at interview)
  • Knowledge of safety legislation (will also been tested at interview)
  • Working knowledge of Microsoft Office.


  • Successfully completed a time-served trade apprenticeship
  • Experience in operating water distribution systems
  • Asbestos awareness trained
  • IPAF and PASMA trained.

Interview Criteria


  • Good working knowledge of electrical services and associated engineering practices
  • Knowledge of permit systems and their practical application
  • Ability to work in a methodical and structured way
  • Confidence in dealing with suppliers and service users
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Conscientiousness and attention to detail
  • Self-motivated
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision.


  • Experience in operating water distribution systems
  • Good understanding of H&S legislation
  • Basic knowledge of CAFM systems.

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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