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Estates Officer (Mechanical)

NHS AfC: Band 6

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NHS AfC: Band 6
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Southampton General Hopsital
£32,306 - £39,027 pa
Salary period
04/07/2022 23:59
Interview date

Job overview

We are looking to recruit experienced Estates Officer (Mechanical Bias) into our team at University Hospital Southampton Foundation NHS Trust. 

You will have suitable relevant experience within engineering including disciplines such as;

•    HVAC engineer
•    Pipefitting/plumbing
•    Service Technician
•    Building Services Engineer
•    Mechanical Engineer

You will possess the following qualities;

•    Ability to read & interpret engineering drawings and documents
•    Proven fault finding skills
•    Detailed technical, regulatory & industry best practise knowledge of mechanical systems (Vent, Water, Compressed gasses etc)
•    Working understanding of safe isolation procedures & safe working practises 
•    Flexible approach to work depending on needs of team
•    Keenness to develop their skillset and knowledge
•    Strong communication skills – written & verbal

Main duties of the job

Typical Duties Include:

•    Diagnosis and rectification of persistent faults & systemic performance concerns
•    Review of design proposals 
•    Working with maintenance contractors to deliver routine maintenance 
•    Undertaking isolation of mechanical systems to enable works
•    Issuing of PTWs
•    Providing technical support to workshop staff & projects team
•    Manage Supervisors/Technicians/Trade Staff/Contractors
•    Use of technical tools & equipment to monitor and assess system performance
    Manage Management software & KPI

The role will include working with the following systems:

•    AHUs
•    Heat Exchangers
•    Cooling Towers
•    LTHW & Chilled Water
•    Motors 
•    Steam
•    Potable Systems
•    BMS/Controls

Working for our organisation


As one of the largest acute teaching Trusts in England, we offer learning and development opportunities to help you achieve the career you aspire to. UHS is rated ‘Good’ by the CQC and in the latest national NHS Staff Survey, we were in the top 10 acute trusts for staff engagement and for staff recommending the hospital as a place to work or receive care. 

We support flexible working and will consider requests taking into account the needs of the service. UHS employees are able to access a huge range of NHS discounts, are entitled to a minimum of 35 days paid holiday (pro rata), can access on-site nursery facilities (subject to availability), and we offer a generous pension scheme.

Southampton is an attractive place to live and work situated on the south coast, with an international airport and direct trains to London. The New Forest National Park and beaches of the Jurassic coast are also right on our doorstep. The city offers living costs 20% lower than London and 14 schools rated outstanding by Ofsted.

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

Requirements and Skills 


•    Time served apprenticeship and qualification to HNC or equivalent (C&G level 3 etc) in mechanical or building services discipline 
•    Proven fault finding skills 
•    Computer Literacy including fluency with MS Office suite and use of internet search engines
•    Understanding of Health & Safety requirements including risk assessments & Method Statements
•    Work independently without supervision 
•    Flexible approach to working as role likely to develop


•    Previous experience within healthcare engineering
•    Previous experience managing a team
•    Previous experience working with Safe Systems of Work/PTW’s
•    Experience within other associated trades or disciplines  
•    HNC or higher in an engineering discipline
•    Supervisory/Managerial Experience

Core working hours are 0730-1530 mon – fri, however the successful applicant will be expected to take part in an oncall roster that typically requires oncall 1-day-in-10.

Weekday oncall requires site attendance 1400-2200 and oncall from home 2200-0730

Weekend oncall requires site attendance 0730-1530 (paid as overtime or lieu) and oncall from home 1530-0730
Call outs are paid as overtime or lieu with a minimum payment of 2hours per call.

The Estates Maintenance department has a demonstrable track record in developing staff to enhance personal learning through training and promotional opportunities.


Interviews will be held on Tuesday 12th July 2022

Should you have any queries, please use the contact details below to get in touch.

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • HNC/Degree or equivalent examined qualification in Mechanical Engineering or related field
  • BS9999 Fire Damper Testing
  • IOSH managing safely qualification must have or acquire within 6-months of taking up post
  • IOSH managing safely qualification must have or acquire within 6-months of taking up post
  • Experience in CAD Packages
Desirable criteria
  • NEEBOSH General Certificate
  • GAS Safe Registration
  • HTM03-01 CP or AP Qualification
  • CSCS Card (Operative, Supervisor or similar)
  • ISO14644 Particle Counting Certificate
  • Membership of a recognised professional organisation is encouraged
  • Extensive experience of steam installations (supply and distribution)


Essential criteria
  • Relevant experience of electrical mechanical or building maintenance and/or design and minor installation works in construction industry or Healthcare
  • Knowledge of asbestos regulations and Approved Codes of Practice etc
  • Experience of managing directly employed labour and contractors in the delivery of (a) a reactive maintenance provision, (b) a planned maintenance provision, or (c) a combined service provision
  • Knowledge of HBN/HTM, asbestos regulations and Approved Codes of Practice etc
Desirable criteria
  • Experience undertaking Healthcare ventilation validation/verification
  • Understanding of other mechanical disciplines (Heating, cooling, pressure
  • Project Management experience

Aptitudes and Skills

Essential criteria
  • Must have a strong focus on quality, safety and customer service
  • Good written and verbal communication, especially on technical matters as these will be communicated to non-technical staff, and may have an impact on their aspirations
  • Must be capable of negotiating with and presenting to, line professionals within and outside the NHS
  • Good interpersonal skills – must be able to influence others in order to achieve results. Negotiate and agree project proposals
  • Carry out technical evaluations/investigations, analyse information and make appropriate judgements
  • Translate raw data/information into concise reports with prioritised recommendations to avoid conflicts of interest
  • Methodical with good organisational skills and attention to detail and generate different proposals if required
  • Able to motivate others within the team
  • Good IT skills and the ability to use MS Office, CAD
  • Sound knowledge of regulations, statutory requirements and standards, appropriate in the built environment
  • Must be able to work on own initiative with limited supervision/direction
  • Must be able to empathise with the needs and requirements of patients and the clinical staff supporting them
  • Organisational skills of coordinating both direct labour and contract labour
  • Pragmatic in approach to work
  • Able to work independently within broad organisational policies
Desirable criteria
  • Should be able to handle consultants and contractors in an assertive manner
  • Institute of Leadership and Management qualification (or equivalent

Special Requirements

Essential criteria
  • The ability to prioritise works and decide the best way to achieve the expected results
  • Ability to work to tight schedules
  • Good Financial control and ability to authorise payments to contractors, suppliers and consultants
  • Willing to achieve Authorised Person certification as required
  • Must have; or obtain a current driving license within 6-months to enable prompt attendance across University Hospital Southampton buildings in emergencies
  • Must fully participate in the Estate Officer on Call service

Trust Values

Essential criteria
  • Patients First
  • Working Together
  • Always Improving

Employer certification / accreditation badges

Apprenticeships logoNo smoking policyDisability confident employerCare quality commission - Good

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David Martin
Job title
Mechanical Services Manager
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