Building Services Engineer (Mechanical)

Job reference:
BAS 20/42
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting salary from £33,782 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Estates team
Cambridge, with the possibility of spending 3 months a year in Antarctica
Closing date:
8 March, 2020 11:58 pm


British Antarctic Survey is offering a unique opportunity for a Building Services Engineer based in Cambridge

Who We Are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

The Role

In order to successfully deliver that science BAS operate a number of complex buildings across the UK and Antarctica. This role will join an energetic, ambitious Estates team with a mission to provide safe, sustainable buildings across the polar regions and the UK.

We are looking for an experienced, motivated individual with a passion for building management and sustainable technologies.


To provide mechanical engineering support to the BAS Polar Estate and Cambridge Site

To manage multidisciplinary projects and take a leading in mechanical engineering strategy.

To work with the wider Estates team to provide reliable, efficient buildings and services across the UK and the polar regions.


Relevant Engineering Degree, HND or extensive experience

Project management qualification e.g. APM PFQ or Prince 2 Foundation & associated experience would be desirable


• Provision of Mechanical Engineering Feasibility, Design, Procurement, Installation, and Commissioning services for BAS projects
• Commission, organise and assess the work of Contractors
• Use of specialist CAD systems (primarily AutoCAD) to design systems
• Preparing cost estimates
• Production of Health and Safety documentation
• Involvement in production of O&M manuals and BIM implementation
• Advising on energy use and reporting
• Working alongside the Carbon Reduction Manager to deliver sustainable solutions
• Work with Facilities Managers to ensure adequate and timely maintenance of existing systems.

Please quote reference: BAS 20/42
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 8 March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: Week commencing 16 March 2020

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

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

Communication skills

  • 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
  • Report writing experience - Desirable [2]

Computer / IT skills

  • Use office packages. Word, Excel. - Essential
  • Ability to use AutoCAD - Essential
  • Experience of electronic PPM systems - Essential
  • Experience of MS Project - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to make technical assessments by evaluating site information and data - Essential
  • Ability to make decisions and provide solutions to tasks - Essential
  • A clear understanding of when assistance/confirmation with decision-making should be sought - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to build productive relationships and work with a wide range of people of differing backgrounds - Essential
  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Track record of time/ work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Able to interpret drawings and perform complex engineering calculations - Essential

Other Factors

  • Demonstrate understanding of Health & safety issues - Essential
  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities - Essential
  • Can identify key issues that need to be addressed to achieve objectives and how to tackle them - Essential


  • Relevant Engineering Degree, HND or extensive experience - Essential
  • Project management qualification e.g. APM PFQ or Prince 2 Foundation & associated experience - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Project accounting experience - Desirable [3]

Skills / Experience

  • Proven track record in mechanical engineering project management and design - Essential
  • Commissioning experience - Essential
  • Knowledge of building systems including HVAC control systems, refrigeration, CHP and power generation systems - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of energy efficiency & sustainable systems - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of dealing with external consultants and designers - Desirable [3]
  • Experience developing client briefs - Desirable [3]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015 - Desirable [3]
  • Experience in technical writing for O&Ms and procedures/method statements - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of water treatment systems including reverse osmosis and waste water treatment. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of fuel delivery and storage systems - Desirable [3]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.