Construction and Commissioning Supervisor

Job reference:
BAS 22/68
Contract type:
Fixed-Term Appointment (4 Years)
£39,748 - £44,166 per annum
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
3 July, 2022 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey are looking for a Construction and Commissioning Supervisor to join our Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Project (AIMP) team.

This post will require the holder to spend up to 6 months in Antarctica each year. Generous additional daily allowance is provided for periods of Antarctic Deployment.


To provide Employer construction supervision to BAS Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Project (AIMP) during the build and commissioning of the Discovery Building and Site Wide Services at Rothera Research Station


Relevant Engineering Degree, HNC/HND or extensive experience


  • Provide on-site supervision and AIMP leadership during construction and commissioning phases.
  • Act as the Employer’s representative on site for all aspects of contract administration using the NEC3 contract.
  • Support coordination of construction activities between the Contractor and BAS Station Management.
  • Manage the outputs of the Technical Supervisor and Assistant Site Supervisor on Station including the completion of audits, site reports, environmental checks, and technical compliance with the Basis of Design (BOD).
  • Provide line management support whilst on site for the Technical Supervisor and Assistant Site Supervisor.
  • Liaise with Construction Partner, Technical Advisor, User Technical Lead and MEP teams for the project handover phase, including coordination of witnessing system commissioning, snagging, quality assurance of all documentation and BIM information and technical training for BAS technicians.
  • Manage the Government Soft Landings process and transition into asset management in accordance with requirements of the Information Management systems and ISO 19650.
  • Coordinate BAS input to the Inspection and Test Plan (ITPs), Site Acceptance Tests (SATs), and oversee Contractor’s completion of pre-commissioning and commissioning check lists.
  • Coordinate BAS resource for the on-station Training Programme and Commissioning Programme in the 2024-25 Season.
  • Coordinate receipt, review and approval of the final commissioning documentation and handing over of systems to BAS.
  • Review and provide the Project Manager with advice on approval of the commissioning specific material/technical submission
  • The above lists are not exhaustive and the job holder is required to undertake such duties as may reasonably be requested within the scope of the post. All employees are required to act professionally, co-operatively and flexibly in line with the requirements of the post and UKRI.

Publication date: 2 June 2022

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

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]
  • Power point presentation experience - Desirable [4]

Computer / IT skills

  • Use office packages. Word, Excel - Essential
  • Ability to use AutoCAD - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of electronic PPM systems such as Maximo - Desirable [4]

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

  • Highly numerate - able to process large volumes of data and make plans pertaining to procurement, logistics and personnel levels - Essential
  • BIM/Digital Estates Delivery/ISO 19650 - Desirable [2]

Other Factors

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities - Essential
  • The incumbent must be physically fit enough to cope with the working environment and be able to pass a BAS medical - Essential


  • Relevant Engineering Degree, HNC/HND or extensive experience - Essential
  • Project and/or contract management in NEC3 - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Line management experience - Essential
  • Budget management experience - Desirable [4]

Skills / Experience

  • Experienced in construction management and commissioning of MEICA/MEP installations - Essential
  • Proven track record in contract management using NEC3 (or other contract form) - Essential
  • Able to solve complex problems, often involving multiple work streams - Essential
  • Able to understand wider programme of activity and interdependencies - Essential
  • Comprehensive understanding of Health, Safety and Wellbeing on remote construction sites - Essential
  • Experience in relevant field such as facilities engineering/general mechanical and electrical systems design & maintenance - Desirable [2]
  • Experience in preparation and management of Operation and Maintenance Manuals and procedures/method statements. - Desirable [3]
  • Knowledge of building systems including HVAC, control systems, refrigeration, power generation systems - Desirable [4]
  • Experience of energy efficiency & sustainable systems - Desirable [4]
  • Management of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015 - Desirable [4]
  • Working knowledge of relevant statutory legislation such as COSHH, DSEAR, Pressure Systems, Refrigerant Controls etc - Desirable [4]

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