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Buildings & Facilities Manager


£31,626 - £47,439

Full Time, Open Ended Appointment

Job Purpose;

The Buildings & Facilities Manager is responsible for making sure that PML's both wholly owned and leased buildings and the services that they provide meet the needs of the cutting edge scientific research carried out both at the main premises and other off-site locations.

Accountable for safe delivery of services across a wide range of facilities which not only include conventional offices and workshops but also a varied range of research laboratories applying precision environmental measuring and utilising experimental techniques involving the use of chemicals and compressed gasses.


Key Deliverables;

Ensure main buildings and offsite storage premises meet appropriate health and safety requirements, environmental standards and also that facilities comply with legislation and organisational needs.

  • Ensure staff are kept safe by having an active input to the Health, Safety and Environmental culture of the organisation by creating and maintaining a pragmatic portfolio of risk assessments and Codes of Practice.
  • Management of utilities – Electricity, Gas, Water and communications infrastructure including telephone network
  • Manage a small team of full time, part time staff, casual staff and subcontracted staff providing a range of services including technical support, cleaning services, transport and Front of House Reception to meet business and customer needs. Manage out of hours response arrangements.
  • Manage the storage of equipment including chemicals and gasses along with appropriate waste disposal streams.
  • Direct, coordinate and plan essential services for the maintenance, repair and alterations of the buildings.
  • Co-ordinate local transport needs and vehicle hire requirements. Ensure all relevant vehicles including fork lift trucks are safe and fit for purpose.
  • Procurement and management of contractors for areas including buildings and ground maintenance, security and cleaning services.
  • Maintain relevant documentation and records for key areas such as asbestos and water management, greenhouse gas register, lifting equipment and electrical appliances.
  • Communicate effectively with staff to organise and meet the needs of both science and associated support functions, including the maintenance of laboratory consumable item and the provision of scientific glassware washing..
  • Plan for, manage and monitor appropriate budgets and monitor expenses against budget.
  • Organise and exercise fire safety measures throughout the premises including the appointment of fire wardens.

Experience & Eligibility Requirements

You must have:

  • A proven background in effective Buildings and Estates Management in a multi-disciplined organisation, preferably in scientific research environment.
  • A flexible and balanced approach to both business and operational issues.
  • Able to multi task with comfort.
  • Educated to a Diploma level or equivalent technical discipline
  • A qualification in Health & Safety would be advantageous.
  • Experience in managing budgets and the use of basic Microsoft applications.
  • Physical ability to be able to reach all parts of the premises to inspect relevant work areas.
  • Able to manage and prioritise the demands of the organisation within the limits of the provided resource.
  • Confident in communicating with all levels of the organisation
  • Being receptive to staff suggestions and requests.
  • Providing effective remedies when possible and but also capable of being assertive when staff aspirations cannot be reasonably met.
  • Able to compile comprehensive written reports and be able to provide substantive reasons for requests
  • Current UK Driving License.

Closing Date: Tuesday 12th February 2019

Interviews will take place week commencing 4th March 2019.


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