Electrical and Data Infrastructure Engineer

Updated: 4 months ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND

Electrical and Data Infrastructure Engineer (
Job Number:
Estates and Facilities
Grade 7: - Up to £43,155 per annum
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date
: 29-May-2023, 6:59:00 PM
Disclosure and Barring Service Requirement: Not Applicable. 

Job Title:                            Electrical and Data Infrastructure Engineer
Department                        Estates and Facilities
                                            Projects and Infrastructure
Grade:                                 Grade 7
Salary range:                      Up to £42,155
Working arrangements:    Permanent
                                            Full-time (Nominal 35 hours per week)
                                            Hybrid working (minimum 2 days in Durham)

The University  
At Durham University we are proud of our people.  A globally outstanding centre of educational excellence, a collegiate community of extraordinary people, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things professionally and personally.    
Across the University we have a huge variety of roles and career opportunities, which together make us a large and successful community, which is a key hub of activity within our region and nationally.  We would be thrilled if you would consider joining our thriving University.  Further information about the University can be found here
The Role and Department  
The Electrical and Data Infrastructure Engineer will provide a professional, customer focused electrical engineering and data infrastructure support service to facilitate the provision of an effective, efficient and reliable data/electrical infrastructure specific to the needs of the University.

The appointed person shall liaise with CIS, stakeholders and contractors to ensure that electrical/data infrastructure works including new installations, improvements, alterations and upgrades are carried out efficiently, compliant to the required quality and health and safety standards, on time and with-in budget constraints.

The Estates and Facilities Directorate provides a number of essential services to Durham University and is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing the infrastructure and building fabric of the various campuses.  More information on the services provided by the Estates and Facilities Directorate can be found on the website.

Further information about the role and the responsibilities is at the bottom of this job description.  
Working at Durham   
A competitive salary is only one part of the many fantastic benefits you will receive if you join the University: you will also receive access to the following fantastic benefits:   
•    30 Days annual leave per year in addition to 8 public holidays and 4 customary days per year – a total of 42 days per year.    
•    The University closes between Christmas and New Year    
•    We offer a generous pension scheme, As a new member of staff you will be automatically enrolled  into the University Superannuation Scheme (USS).  
•    No matter how you travel to work, we have you covered.  We have parking across campus, a cycle to work scheme which helps you to buy a bike and discount with local bus and train companies.  
•    There is a genuine commitment to developing our colleagues professionally and personally.  There is a comprehensive range of development courses, apprenticeships and access to qualifications and routes to develop your career in the University.  All staff have dedicated annual time to concentrate on their personal development opportunities.   
•    Lots of support for health and wellbeing including discounted membership for our state of the art sport and gym facilities and access to a 24-7 Employee Assistance Programme.  
•    On site nursery is available and children’s clubs in the summer holidays.  
•    Family friendly policies, including maternity and adoption leave, which are among the most generous in the higher education sector (and likely above and beyond many employers).  
•    The opportunity to take part in staff volunteering activities to make a difference in the local community  
•    Discounts are available via our benefits portal including; money off at supermarkets, high street retailers, IT products such as Apple, the cinema and days out at various attractions.   
•    A salary sacrifice scheme is also available to help you take advantage of tax savings on benefits.   
•    If you are moving to Durham, we can help with removal costs and we have a dedicated team who can help you with the practicalities such as house hunting and schools.  If you need a visa, we cover most visa costs and offer an interest free loan scheme to pay for dependant visas.  

Durham University is committed to equality, diversity and inclusion 
Our collective aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and we believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  As a University equality, diversity, and inclusion (EDI) are a key part of the University’s Strategy and a central part of everything we do.  We also live by our values and our Staff Code of Conduct.  At Durham we actively work towards providing an environment where our staff and students can study, work and live in a community which is supportive and inclusive. It’s important to us that all of our colleagues are aligned to both our values and commitment to EDI.  
We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.  If you have taken time out of your career, and you feel it relevant, let us know about it in your application.  If you are a candidate with a disability, we are committed to ensuring fair treatment throughout the recruitment process. We will make adjustments to support the interview process wherever it is reasonable to do so and, where successful, reasonable adjustments will be made to support people within their role.  

What you need to demonstrate when you apply/Person Specification  
When you apply it is important that you let us know what skills/experience you have from a similar role and/or what skills/experience you have which would make you right for this role.  Further information about the role and responsibilities is at the end of this job description.    
Essential Criteria 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop excellent working relationships both internally and externally.
  • Excellent digital competence with demonstrable skills in using core digital tools including internet, email, digital communication tools, Microsoft 365 applications, digital booking system, project planning, financial systems
  • HNC/D in a building services/engineering related discipline (or equivalent experience).
  • Sound technical knowledge in the design, installation, operation and maintenance of electrical engineering building services.
  • Experience in an electrical supervisory, technical manager or design engineering role
  • Experience in project management and contract administration
  • Regulatory, local and national professional knowledge and experience of compliance
  • Experience of being able to network effectively and develop strong and productive working relationships. 
  • Ability to solve problems and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions. 
  • Experience of delivering and developing specialist services for buildings, estates, services, or IT provision. 
  • Ability to deliver infrastructure projects. 
  • Health and safety compliance knowledge. 
  • Knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines. 
  • A responsible and responsive attitude to workload, able to respond quickly and efficiently to a wide range of stakeholder queries.
  • Competent at formulating and writing technical reports with the ability to effectively communicate with stakeholders and professionals at all levels.
  • Ability to work efficiently using own initiative and as part of a coherent effective team.
  • Experience of providing specialist advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues, including more senior colleagues. 
  • Experience of implementing policy and procedures and involvement with future changes for a service area.
  • Experience of procuring works and managing project/design teams on capital and revenue projects

    Desirable Criteria  

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
  • Hold or working towards full membership of a relevant professional institute i.e. CIBSE, IET
  • A good understanding and working knowledge of high voltage distribution/networks
  • Experience of developing ICT structured cabling specifications and its application in managing IT data installations.
  • Conversant with developments in sustainability with experience of developing and delivering low energy strategies
  • How to Apply
    To progress to the assessment stage, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification above. It will be at the discretion of the recruiting panel as to whether they will also consider any desirable criteria, but we would urge candidates to provide evidence for all criteria.  Please don’t forget to check if there is any weighted criteria (see above).  
    While some criteria will be considered at the shortlisting stage, other criteria may be considered later in the assessment process, such as questions at interview.     
    Submitting your application   
    We prefer to receive applications online.   We will update you about your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system. Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to make sure you have not missed any of our updates.  
    What you need to submit 

    •    A CV: and     
    •    A supporting statement or covering letter which outlines how you meet all of the criteria within the Person Specification.      

    Contact details     
    For a chat about the role or any further information please contact Dave McCaffery - david.mccaffery@durham.ac.uk
    Typical Role Requirements  

    Service Delivery

    • Influence, develop and implement changes to the electrical/data services design processes, techniques and deliverables to ensure the required design philosophy and intent are achieved for one or more service strands or project streams.
    • Contribute to development of operational service standards and activities to ensure excellence in the stakeholder experience.
    • Responsible for managing electrical maintenance, improvement and new installation projects from inception to completion.
    • Responsible for developing electrical infrastructure strategies and the effective management of IT data installation works ensuring that all work processes are carried out in accordance with approved procedures and specifications  to the required cost/quality standards which satisfy end user requirements.
    • Provide management for the delivery of high-quality estates and infrastructure support services across the University. 
    • Schedule and monitor maintenance and installation works, projects and work streams across the University. 
    • Provide regular status reports and identify risk management and contingency planning to other service staff, specialists, users and managers. 
    • Take responsibility for monitoring and updating risk assessments and safety procedures, providing guidance to others where necessary. 
    • Identify and design activities to meet learning objectives and outcomes. 
    • A commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and the University’s values.
    • Manage the University’s IT Data installation contractor’s framework, monitoring contractors performance to ensure optimum cost, quality control and service delivery standards are achieved.
    • Develop and maintain the electrical aspects and assist with the IT structured cabling specifications in the University’s ‘Building Engineering Services Design Guidelines’ applying best practice principles to achieve optimal engineering design solutions.
    • Undertake the role of an Authorised Person Electrical Low Voltage (APLV) and to effectively implement Durham University’s Electrical Safety Rules and Procedures - appropriate training to be provided where necessary.

    Planning and Organising

    • Actively participate in all stages of the design development process on capital, minor and refurbishment projects to ensure the required design philosophy, system integration and quality standards for the electrical and data engineering services are realised
    • Make decisions about the nature and level of problem solving, physical and analytical tools, techniques and protocols to deliver project and service objectives, providing advice and making recommendations for resolution as appropriate. 
    • Collaborate with other specialists within the Service and across the University, regarding the use of modelling and analytical tools, methods and standards to deliver integrity and consistency with service delivery. Develop, modify and optimise protocols and methodologies.
    • Monitor and report on the performance of electrical consultants, suppliers and IT contractors providing appropriate feedback to facilitate the review process and achieving optimum performance.


    • Provide specialist expertise and support with the collection of complex  data and information and, interpretation and analysis, in relation to electrical buildings services, engineering and IT data installations.
    • Collect and analyse stakeholder feedback to help define needs and requirements; translating stakeholder requirements into high quality schemes influencing design and planning decisions on electrical building services and data installations to achieve objectives.
    • Internal and external relationship development and partnership working, networking and participation to engage and influence future services and the University reputation.
    • Promote and foster positive and highly collaborative approaches to problem solving and project implementation, helping to motivate, mentor and coach project team members. 
    • Act as a point of contact for service colleagues and stakeholders to interpret and resolve complex infrastructure, architecture and technical problems. 
    • Internal and external relationship development and partnership working, networking and participation to engage and influence future services and the University reputation. 
    • Contribute to and lead business meetings, working groups and sub-committees at departmental and operational service levels. 
    • Liaise with internal and external agencies, local authorities, industries and visitors where appropriate. 

    Knowledge and Experience

    • Maintain an awareness of current policy for University business goals such as widening participation and access, and provision of advice using specialist knowledge.
    • Provide specialist expertise and support with complexity of data and information sources, interpretation and analysis.
    • Maintain an awareness of current policy for University business goals such as widening participation and access, and provision of advice using specialist knowledge. 

    •    Any other reasonable duties. 

    The above list of responsibilities is not exhaustive and the jobholder may be required to undertake other duties commensurate with the level of the role, as reasonably requested by their line manager.

    This job description accurately reflects the duties and responsibilities of the role at the time the job description was written. These duties and responsibilities may change over time without significantly impacting on the character of the role, the overall level of responsibility, or its grade.

    Depending on strategic or operational needs, the jobholder may in the future be required to work for another existing or new organisational unit and/or at a different site within Durham University. This may be on a temporary or indefinite basis and may involve a change in line management and / or regularly working at more than one site.

    Please note that in submitting your application Durham University will be processing your data. We would ask you to consider the relevant University Privacy Statement Privacy Notices - Durham University  which provides information on the collation, storing and use of data.     

    When appointing to this role the University must ensure that it meets any applicable immigration requirements, including salary thresholds which are applicable to some visas.

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