9 Nov 2015

Permanent Facilities Engineer

British Antarctic Survey – Posted by AdminCambridge, England, United Kingdom

Job Description

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The British Antarctic Survey (BAS), part of the Natural Environment Research Council, aims to undertake a world-class programme of scientific research, and to sustain for the UK an active and influential regional presence and a leadership role in Antarctic affairs.

We are looking to appoint a Facilities Engineer to provide technical and line management for the maintenance programmes at Antarctic stations. The role also includes for completion of non-routine repairs and small works as necessary to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the stations.


Provide technical and line management for the maintenance programmes at Antarctic stations. The role also includes for completion of non-routine repairs and small works as necessary to ensure the safe and efficient operation of the stations.


Technical duties:

– To implement and manage the planned preventative maintenance programme (PPM) using the AMOSW system including the production of all records. Setting and monitoring the work programmes to ensure that all maintenance objectives are met.

– To manage reactive maintenance on stations to ensure the continued safe operation of the station. The technical staff on station have the skills and equipment and that all records are kept up to date.

– To undertake the management of small design projects as necessary and ensure installations on station are completed to schedule and budget.

– Controlling the stocktaking and materials ordering process to ensure spares, parts, tools and essential equipment are available on site. To include supervision of storage areas and workshops to make most efficient use of materials and facilities. Work with staff at BAS Cambridge to source and initiate the ordering of equipment and materials.

– Ensuring that all relevant drawings and documentation are current, available on site and that duplicate copies are maintained at BAS Cambridge.

– In liaison with Cambridge technical managers and engineers, supervision of installation and refurbishment programmes as required to meet the operational needs of the stations. Working with non-technical personnel and scientists to ensure the overall objectives of the BAS programme and activities are implemented in the most expeditious manner

– Preparation of documentation including manuals, reports, method statements and inter-departmental procedures.

– Preparation of long term maintenance plans in liaison with the Head of Estates

– Carry out regular inspections and audits of the station and implement all findings

– Collaborating across BAS, NERC and external organisations to develop best practice and introduce innovations

– Contribute to general engineering activities

Management Responsibilities

– To be proactive in acting as an integral part of the station management team, including regular liaison and review meetings. Ensuring all mangers are fully aware of Estates workloads and requirements, whilst working closely to ensure that other groups needs are also met

– To line manage the Estates technical staff, both directly whilst on station and remotely whilst in BAS Cambridge. Ensuring all technical staff fully understand their roles and responsibilities and that meaningful appraisal are carried out.

– The role will be based on station during the Austral summer

– Be responsible for manpower planning for the station and ensure that all technical staff have the necessary skills and training to carry out their roles. Ensuring effective pre-deployment and onsite training, coupled with adequate on station handovers

– Liaison with other members of BAS to ensure that projects and core business needs are delivered, effectively and efficiently, utilising all expertise within Engineering and Technology. It is essential that good communications are maintained at all times.

– Preparation of bids and management of allocated budgets. This will include provision of Forecasts of Outturn (FOO) throughout the financial year.

– Produce regular progress and annual reports

– Ensure the BAS Health & Safety Policy is implemented including carrying out risk and COSHH assessments. Make sure all procedures and method statements are in place and promote safe working practices.

– Implement the BAS Environmental policy and promote energy saving initiatives

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills – a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Power point presentation experience – Desirable [4]
  • Report writing experience – Desirable [2]
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to communicate technical information to a wide range of individuals and groups both orally and in written form – Essential

Computer / IT skills

  • Experience of electronic PPM systems – Essential
  • Use office packages – Essential
  • Ability to use AutoCAD – Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to make decisions and provide options for solutions to tasks, combined with a clear understanding of when assistance/confirmation with decision-making should be sought –Essential
  • Ability to make technical assessments and evaluate site information and data – Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to build productive relationships and work with a wide range of people including scientists, administrators and contractors – Essential
  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team. – Essential

Managerial ability

  • Remote management of staff – Desirable [2]
  • Experience of leading small project teams – Desirable [2]
  • Experience in direct line management – Essential
  • Track record of time/ work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision. – Essential

Numerical ability

  • HNC level mathematics or equivalent – Essential

Other Factors

  • Demonstrate understanding of Health & safety issues – Essential
  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities – Essential


  • NVQ, HNC or BTEC in appropriate discipline – Essential
  • NEBOSH / IOSH certification – Desirable [2]

Resource Management ability

  • Management of small budgets – Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Experience of fire safety Law and risk assessment – Desirable [3]
  • Experience of preparing and implementing Long Term Maintenance Plans – Desirable [3]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015 – Desirable [2]
  • Experience of energy efficiency & sustainable systems – Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge of building systems – Desirable [2]
  • Skilled in documenting and keeping up to date drawings, manuals, method statements etc –Essential
  • Able to interpret drawings – Essential
  • Proven track record in mechanical, electrical and fabric maintenance on a multi-function site –Essential


Apply: https://www.bas.ac.uk/jobs/vacancy/facilities-engineer-2/#apply

How to Apply

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Job Categories: Engineering and Environmental. Job Types: Permanent. Job Tags: antarctic, British Antarctic Survey, cambridge, diversity, engineering, Equal Opportunities, equality, Facilities Engineer, inclusion, and Job Vacancy. Salary: 20,000 - 40,000.

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