Engineering Support & Facilities Manager (488048)

Company Name: University of Strathclyde

Job Posted Date: 2022-12-03T18:27:56.000Z

Location: Cumbernauld, Scotland, United Kingdom

Job Industry: Higher Education

Experience Level: Mid-Senior level

Applicants Count: 2

Job Description: We are seeking to appoint an Engineering Support and Facilities Manager (preference Chartered Engineer) who will have primary responsibility for the safe operation and management of PNDC 11kV and LV distribution networks at Cumbernauld and support the development of heat and hydrogen networks and the introduction of rotational equipment at a second site in Inchinnan. Reporting to the Operations Director you will have responsibility for all network operations (including switching, commissioning and testing of equipment under test, decommissioning and removal), providing and cancelling safety documents for PNDC colleagues and clients, and performing competency training and assessment.

The successful candidate will supervise a small team who work closely with research engineers and team members from clients to provide efficient and safe demonstration and test services of novel technologies. You will support the development of and oversee the operation, upgrades and maintenance activities for all PNDC infrastructure, plant & equipment, implementing policy and procedures relevant to the safe operation & maintenance of the PNDC’s HV, LV, communications and SCADA systems, and new thermal and hydrogen facilities at Inchinnan.

While the Wardpark centre network is relatively small, the varied nature of the demonstration and testing work undertaken within it means that the post is an exciting and challenging one, often requiring the development of novel and bespoke test solutions for the latest emergent network and energy technologies.

You’ll be joining at a very exciting point in PNDC’s growth journey with the launch of a second facility at Inchinnan planned in 2023. As part of your role you will provide technical input on the design, installation and commissioning of the new facility. Once operational, you will hold similar responsibilities for this site too, including team recruitment.

We are looking for a person who thrives on solving technical challenges, who is a self-starter and proactive in approach, and who has strong communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to interact with a range of industrial partners, clients and colleagues. We realise with this exciting opportunity comes a wide remit, and it’s unlikely a candidate will fulfil every requirement, however there’s opportunity to shape the team by recruiting specialist skills to bolster any gaps.

About PNDC

Established in 2013 as one of the University of Strathclyde’s industry-facing innovation centres, PNDC is a world-class whole energy systems innovation, test, development and demonstration environment across multiple locations, shaping the energy transition through its leading-edge programme of work. The facilities and capabilities offered by PNDC are unique in Europe, attracting global organisations to partner with us in our combined efforts to accelerate the deployment of innovations in integrated energy systems.

PNDC continues to evolve its capabilities in the established facility located in Cumbernauld and support innovation in advancing power networks and accelerating the decarbonisation of heat and transport. PNDC is investing over £20m in new capabilities and will launch a second testing facility in 2023, which will be located in Inchinnan.

We are a dynamic, flexible and collaborative team, where colleagues support each other through constructive challenge as well as simply lending a hand to build something new. We are energised when we see the products we’ve helped develop being deployed and actively reducing costs to consumers, increasing reliability of supply or making the world a more sustainable place.

Rewards & benefits

As part of the University of Strathclyde, PNDC offers a wide range of benefits including generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme, and discounts to the state-of-the-art Strathclyde Sport gym and leisure facilities. The University also currently holds a Bronze Athena SWAN award, recognising our commitment to advancing women’s careers in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in academia offers a dynamic and varied environment, providing the opportunity to be involved in leading-edge work within the energy sector.

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