Estates Engineering Manager – Cambridge and Antarctica

Job reference:
BAS 109/19
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-ended appointment
Starting from £38,318 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
Cambridge and Antarctica
Closing date:
10 November, 2019 10:06 am


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for an Estates Engineering Manager to lead the BAS Estates engineering team by providing technical oversight and programme management for engineering projects at BAS installations in the UK and overseas.

Why should you come and work at BAS?
British Antarctic Survey (BAS), an institute of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), 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 and our impact on it.

Our success is based on the dedication of our people and we strive to offer each and every employee an enjoyable, challenging and rewarding career.
Our work is complex, challenging and innovative. It takes a range of professionals across the full engineering and scientific spectrum to carry it out. Whatever field our people specialise in, they all share the same mind-set: a drive to make things work better and to redefine the established standards.


To lead the BAS Estates engineering team by providing technical oversight and programme management for engineering projects at BAS installations in the UK and overseas.


Advanced Trade or Engineering Degree qualified.

NEBOSH/IOSH Certification desirable.


Key duties and responsibilities include:

• Technical Management of engineering staff at Cambridge, ensuring skills, equipment and records are kept up to date

• Management, oversight and coordination of BAS Estates project delivery

• Preparation and upkeep of the documentation including manuals, reports, method statements and procedures

• Understanding the Long term maintenance planning framework

• Ensuring benefits realisation and technical support to the AIMP and other projects and responding to Technical Questions (TQ’s)

• Ensuring that regular inspections and audits of the facilities with appropriate actions undertaken

• Implementation and management of the planned preventative maintenance programme (PPM) using the current AMOS system and being a key player in the migration to the new Maximo system

• Any other duties as directed by Line Management

Management Responsibilties:

• A proactive member of the station management and engineering team
• Line management of staff
• Workforce planning
• Preparation and management of relevant budgets
• Production of reports
• Ensure the Health and Safety Policy is implemented including risk and COSHH assessments
• Implementation of the Environment policy
• Actively driving solutions to and promoting energy saving strategies and solutions

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 109/19
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 10th November 2019
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: 26th November 2019

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 - a) oral skills b) written skills

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

Computer / IT skills

  • Experienced in office packages. - Essential
  • Experience of electronic PPM systems. - Essential
  • Ability to use AutoCAD. - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Able to make technical assessments and evaluate site information and data. Ability to make decisions and provide options for solutions to tasks, combined with a clear understanding of when assistance/consultation 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 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
  • Project management experience. - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Highly numerate. - Essential
  • Able to interpret technical drawings. - Essential

Other Factors

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities. - Essential
  • Can identify key issues that need to be addressed to achieve objectives and find strategies and solutions to address these. - Essential
  • Demonstrate an understanding of Health and Safety issues. - Desirable [1]


  • Advanced Trade or Engineering Degree qualified. - Essential
  • NEBOSH/IOSH certification. - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Manage spares budget. - Essential
  • Line management of technicians and engineers. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Proven track record in engineering and construction project delivery and maintenance planning. - Essential
  • Knowledge of building systems. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of energy efficiency and sustainable systems. - Desirable [3]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015. - Desirable [2]
  • Experience of preparing and implementing long term maintenance plans. - Desirable [3]
  • Experience of fire safety law and risk assessment. - 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.