edFirst.co.uk - Listed school supplier


Public sector
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
£25000 - £29605 per annum
40 hours

Purpose of the role

The role holder works within the Maintenance Unit of Estate Management of Cambridge University to ensure that building services are maintained to a high standard, comply with regulations, are safe and that emergencies are dealt with promptly. To carry out repairs and alterations to the estate both internally and externally within a mechanical maintenance context.

Key Responsibilities

  • Plumbing and Maintenance Repair - Alterations and repairs throughout the University Estate, using a range of piping materials, including copper and plastic for both emergency and routine repairs. Use technical drawings to locate system components and isolation points. Diagnose faults and identify where replacements parts are required, order the parts through the internal stores system, and complete the process by reporting the work carried out and closing the work order. The role holder will be responsible for replacing all types of sanitary ware including toilets, basins, showers and their associated fittings, whilst having an understanding of hot and

cold water systems, and small-scale heating systems. All tasks to be completed whilst adhering to relevant Health and Safety regulations.

  • Identifying and ordering spare parts - Identifying faulty parts and working closely with the in[1]house stores team to provide possible alternative solutions where possible. A broad knowledge of sanitary ware and the compatibility of specific parts will be beneficial to the role.

  • Responsibility - Complete point of work risk assessments for every task, and job specific risk assessments if needed. May be responsible for an apprentice or an assistant when required. Take a leading role in ensuring Health and Safety is adhered to at all times.

  • Administration - Liaises with the Maintenance Unit Helpdesk on a daily basis receiving new and returning completed work orders. Coordinates the supply of materials and parts through the stores and books materials to specific work orders. Ensures returned work order reports are adequately detailed to allow good historical records to be maintained. Communicates with Supervisor at least daily to report on maintenance progress or problems which may affect service level performance, personnel health, safety, or morale. Maintains good discipline amongst staff, communicates regularly with maintenance staff to establish progress and discuss problems which may affect or delay service level performance.

  • Training - Regularly reviews personal training needs and reports/recommends suitable training programs and/or courses to the supervisor. Attends regular toolbox talks and reviews group/individual skills/safety training sessions with the maintenance team to improve skills, experience and knowledge in a way that strengthens team spirit and reinforces personal development.

What our client is looking for:


  • Recognised trade apprenticeship or equivalent method.

  • NVQ Level 2 in Plumbing and Heating (or approved equivalent).


  • Experience and knowledge will have been gained in a related or similar discipline.

  • Practical skills and proficiency are required in the use of workshop machinery, with both power and hand tools.

  • Experience of working on mechanical building services within a commercial setting. Understanding system components and how they work simultaneously.

  • Experience of modern and traditional piping systems and possible repairs

  • Fault finding and diagnosis experience of plumbing parts.

  • The understanding of, and communication experience within a similar setting.

  • Knowledge of sanitary ware and its components, along with its compatibility within a particular setting.

Car Parking: The parking is FREE. It is about a 7-minute walk. It is secure parking with a barrier and CCTV.

Hours: Monday - Friday 36.5 hours per week.

Amazing Benefits!

  • A generous annual leave allowance of 28 days paid leave plus 8 days Bank holidays!

  • Attractive auto-enrolment pension scheme.

  • 10% discount rate on the purchase of train season tickets.

  • Cycle to work Salary sacrifice scheme.

  • The Shared Equity Scheme and the Reimbursement of Relocation Expenses Scheme provide financial assistance to qualifying new members of staff with the costs of relocating to Cambridge. Discounted fitness and sport activities in and around Cambridge

  • Workplace nurseries, a childcare salary exchange scheme and a high- quality holiday Playscheme (subject to demand and qualifying criteria);

  • Access to Occupational Health Services, University Staff Counselling and other staff support services.

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