Lead Site Engineer (Mechanical) – Colchester, Essex

Lead Site Engineer (Mechanical)

East Suffolk и North Essex NHS Foundation Trust

Colchester, Essex


We are  the largest NHS organisation in East Anglia. Our scale provides exciting opportunities for development, innovation, research, education and training.

Talk to us about our range of flexible working opportunities, apprenticeships and staff benefits

Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) is at the heart of all we do; and it forms part of the ESNEFT’s core activities. The Trust operates and relies on everyone treating each other with dignity and respect, to receive equitable and fair treatment in the implementation of Policies, Procedures and in its Practices, to foster positive work relationships, and finally to act with integrity as a professional within ESNEFT as well as a representative of the NHS as a whole.  The EDI Agenda reflects the Trust values such as Optimistic, Appreciative and Kind. In line with the NHS Long Term Plan, People Plan, People Promise and a Model Employer intrinsic in the Equality Diversity and Inclusion Agenda, we consistently strive to improve, to take the learning into Action for a better ESNEFT.

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you.


Job overview

Are you an experienced site engineer looking for a new challenge? We are looking for an enthusiastic and proactive individual to join the Estates Team at the East Suffolk & North Essex Foundation Trust.

The post holder will assist the Head of Estates throughout the whole range of Estate functions with specific responsibility for engineering statutory compliance, capital maintenance management software, PPMs, testing of plant & equipment (e.g. autoclaves) and buildings and engineering services.


Main duties of the job

The post holder will provide the Head of Estates with professional & technical engineering advice and information as required.

Utilising the Trust’s computer-aided facilities management and database systems to ensure the highest levels of service resilience and statutory compliance are met.

Participate in the out-of-hours management on-call service and undertake Authorising Person (AP) or Responsible Person (RP) responsibilities for at least three of the following as per operationally required: LV/Medical gas/HVAC/Decontamination/Pressure systems/ Water safety/Lifts

Working for our organisation

One of the largest Trust’s in East Anglia, East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust (ESNEFT) provide hospital and community health services to people living across a wide geographical area. We deliver care from two main hospitals in Colchester and Ipswich, six community hospitals and in patients’ own homes. You will be joining a team of almost 12,000 amazing colleagues providing care to approximately a million people. 

Along with supporting you to achieve your career goals we offer a generous pension scheme, unsocial hours payments (if applicable), 27 days annual leave on commencement (pro rata) and access to a range of NHS discounts. Our Staff Health and Wellbeing programme offer a variety of services. We offer a range of flexible working opportunities. 

Our philosophy is that Time Matters to everyone. Across the Trust, we concentrate on improving the things we do and removing those which do not work or cause time delays for our staff and patients. 

If you are passionate about patient care and want to develop your skills and knowledge then we are keen to hear from you. 

Find out about living and working with us – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkPu7HphU8A  

Detailed job description and main responsibilities

To be accountable for the management, co-ordination and prioritisation of all engineering planned and breakdown maintenance work of both in-house and contracting staff to ensure the service is delivered in a safe and timely manner. Manage conflicting demands of legislation, health and safety, clinical service needs and financial constraints effectively.

To develop long term maintenance and capital replacement plans for the engineering elements of estate, incorporating works by in-house and contract labour together with statutory inspections

To manage, implement and monitor maintenance contracts ensuring value for money is achieved, reviewing performance and authorising invoices for payment upon successful completion of planned works across all SCT and other organisations’ properties

To identify spares required to manage the procurement of spares, materials and contracted services to enable service delivery in a responsive, timely and cost effective manner

To manage records of insurance and other statutory inspections including Legionella maintenance, steriliser validations, lift maintenance, Portable Appliance Testing, patient lifting equipment maintenance, LOLER inspections, medical gases, fuel consumption and

energy usage logs, fuel log book and other registers and estates records as directed.

To manage and develop an efficient CAFM system with integrated SFG20 software or equivalent standards/Spec library for dealing with day-to-day repairs, breakdowns and emergencies including maintaining to a high standard the repair requisition system and client feedback. To manage planned and unplanned service interruptions, including the development of contingency plans, ensuring that service departments are notified of the plans, progress and completion, in both written and verbal forms

To provide appropriate technical assistance, training, instruction and guidance to ensure engineering staff understand and are able to use tools, equipment and information systems provided

To manage on a daily basis apprentices employed under the engineering apprenticeship programme, to ensure the apprentices meet the technical and development objectives, liaising between the apprentice, his mentor, technical training provider, college or university. Also to assist with the planning the training programme for apprentices

To visit any site as required by the New works manager to assist them in preparing quotations for minor new works.

Responsible for the management of the BMS on a day-to-day basis with customers and service provider to ensure heating, hot water and air conditioning services function within Trust policies and procedures.

To carry out workplace risk, COSHH, Noise and manual handling assessments in accordance with current Health & Safety Legislation and Trust Policies and Procedures to ensure safe systems of work are employed by the workforce and contractors. Develops and reviews policies and work procedures for engineering maintenance activities.

The post holder will be expected to respond to urgent operational issues during normal working hours, and out of hours to participate in the Estates management 24-hour 365 days on-call service

To manage, develop and update the trade staff 24-hour on-call rota ensuring adequate levels of cover are maintained at all times.

To assist the Head of Estates and other senior staff in service development.

To provide reports from the CAFM system and produce spreadsheets detailing Estates trade staff work performance to feed into Performance Accelerator.

To provide cover as required to colleagues within the Estates across several disciplines.

To organise, participate in and chair meetings as required.

To provide advice and guidance to users of the Estates services as required using written and verbal methods.

To assist in the writing of job specifications and subsequent job interviews to provide induction sessions for new staff.

To ensure personal protective equipment is provided and used by both staff and contractors working under their instruction.

To manage and maintain records of the Trust condemning procedure and Permit to Work System.

To participate in the Care Quality Commission assurance process for the outcomes that relate to the department and to provide evidence in relation to the outcome standard.

To carry out audits relating to premises owned by external organisations and occupied by the Trust.

Assist with and having technical input into All projects ensuring that a detailed handover is carried out upon completion allowing operational sign off which entails but not limited to, all snagging identified has been rectified, all relevant training has been carried to in house staff out by contractors, full asset list uploaded onto CAFM system, complete O&M’s and all other additional information has been uploaded to relevant electronic folders.

For full details of the responsibilities and duties of this role please see the attached job description. 

Person specification


Essential criteria

Recognised degree in engineering (electrical or mechanical), building services or equivalent qualification and experience;

Evidence of continuing professional development

Desirable criteria

18th Edition qualified, HTM Qualifications, Approved apprenticeship trained, Membership of professional organisation e.g. CIBSE, IEE, IMechE, IHEEM. etc. or actively progressing registered status


Essential criteria

Significant experience at a senior level in building services management

Experience in the management of a high quality, responsive and cost effective estates service with specific customer focus.

Desirable criteria

Experience of heavy industry electrical installations including HV, Ability to respond to urgent emergency situations to restore critical services such as HV, LV, Steam, Cooling, Involvement in Facilities processes

Knowledge and Skills

Essential criteria

A comprehensive knowledge of building services maintenance

Financial analysis and management skills

Effective and efficient decision making skills

Ability to motivate staff and delegate responsibility whilst retaining accountability

Desirable criteria

Project management skills

A knowledge of the NHS, its structures and objectives and their application within the Trust

Please note that where response levels are exceptional we may close the post before the specified date, therefore early application is recommended. 

Please make sure that you read the Job Description and Person Specification attached and that your statement in support reflects this as your application will be judged against these criteria.

Secondment – if you are interested in undertaking a role on a secondment basis, please ensure that you have discussed this with your current line manager prior to submitting your application. Please note if you are already an employee of ESNEFT fixed term roles will only be offered on a secondment basis.

When providing reference details please provide email addresses so references can be sought promptly to cover the last 3 years of employment.

Successful candidates may be charged for their DBS check.  Please ensure you read the information found in the attached DBS Information document

The Trust is committed to its staff and their development and to equal opportunities and diversity. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community. Please be advised that following the new Government’s cap on Skilled Worker Immigration, whilst we welcome applications from all and your application will be considered on individual merit, if you are offered a position and require a Skilled Worker Certificate of Sponsorship we may not be able to process your application to the final stage due to the significant reduction of certificates available to us.

In submitting an application form, you authorise East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust to confirm any previous NHS service details via the Inter Authority Transfer (IAT) process should you be appointed to the post.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your interest in East Suffolk and North Essex NHS Foundation Trust; we look forward to receiving your application for employment.

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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Luke Skippings
Job title
Senior Estates Manager
Email address
[email protected]
Telephone number
07922 420462


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