Estates Subject Matter Expert - Mechanical and Electrical Ref.2271

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£43,957 plus Concesionary Payment £2,428
At GCHQ, diversity and inclusion are critical to our mission. To protect the UK, we need a truly diverse workforce that reflects the society we serve. This includes diversity in every sense of the word: those with different backgrounds, ethnicities, gender identities, sexual orientations, ways of thinking and those with disabilities or neurodiverse conditions. We therefore welcome and encourage applications from everyone, including those from groups that are under-represented in our workforce.

Short Summary of role

The GCHQ Estates team are looking to bolster their Subject Matter Expert (SME) team for Mechanical and Electrical (M&E) to cover their Estates Portfolio in UK and overseas.

What will the successful candidate be doing?

As an SME M&E you will provide Technical support to Portfolio Project delivery team on aspects of design validation, M&E compliance, statutory legislation, authority standards validation, project snagging, equipment factory acceptance testing and M&E site control. Maintaining and delivering industry standards and best practice, across Estates in supporting Mission delivery.

Who are you looking for?  

We’re looking for an enthusiastic individual with a wide range of mechanical and electrical knowledge relevant to buildings infrastructure and services. The ideal candidate will have a solid M&E background with a recognised technical qualification, supported by relevant recent experience.

Key responsibilities:

You will be responsible for providing daily support to Estates Head of Support Services and site Senior Facilities Managers (SFM) on a varied and wide-ranging aspects of M&E services in support of the GCHQ’s mission. You will be the focal point for providing support to on all aspects of associated M&E infrastructure and critical assets throughout the estate.

Production and development of project Statement of Requirements for wide ranging and diverse projects and contract deliverables. Assist in M&E plant and equipment failure investigation, in addition to conducting condition survey of strategic and critical plant and equipment.

Have a close working relationship with the Total Facilities Management (TFM) provider on all aspects of M&E delivery, operation and maintenance.  Provide M&E support during Client/TFM collaborative auditing of the TFM Integrated Management System.

Provide support to the Estates Outage Manager on all aspect of outage delivery from outage planning through to outage site control and support.

Key Requirements:

The successful applicant will need to have:

• Professionally Qualified to CEng or IEng status or working towards. Able to demonstrate a good knowledge of H&S Legislation, ideally holding or working towards NEBOSH General or Construction Certificate.
• Have significant knowledge and experience with respect to HV/LV distribution, emergency standby systems, power generation, and Data Centre power and cooling. Have considerable knowledge of mechanical and electrical planned maintenance systems and computer aided facilities management (CAFM) systems.
• You will need to have strong interpersonal skills, with an ability to work with other members of the Estates Team. Good stakeholder management skills to develop strong working relationships.  It is also essential to be prepared to act on your own initiative and able to drive tasks through to a successful conclusion.
• Good working knowledge of BS7671 and associated electrical installation, design, testing and inspection experience.

Competency Requirements

• Communication and Knowledge sharing - Higher
• Corporate Vision and Efficiency - Intermediate
• Change and Innovation - Intermediate
• Analysis and Decision Making - Intermediate
• Contribution to Delivery - Higher
• Managing the Customer Relationship - Higher
• Working with and Leading Others - Higher

You can familiarise yourself with the general competencies we use to assess the aptitude of candidates here - Recruitment Process

If you’re excited about working with us and think you have some of what we’re looking for but aren’t sure if you’re 100% there yet… Back yourself and give it a go!

Training and Development

Throughout your career, It is accepted that the successful candidate may need to refresh or strengthen existing knowledge and maintain pace with development of industry best practice and technology. This will be achieved through a continual personnel development process as expected through any professional body and training opportunities as required.   

Benefits we offer

At NCSC and GCHQ, we are proud of our inclusive and supportive working environment that’s designed to encourage open minds and attitudes.  As an organisation that values and nurtures talent, we are committed to helping you fulfil your potential.  With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your needs and the requirements of your work, we will enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the very best of your abilities.

• Access to learning and development tailored to your role and support to gain professional qualifications and certifications.
• An environment that supports a range of flexible working options (including a flexible working hour scheme).
• A culture which encourages inclusion and diversity.
• Support to gain professional qualifications and certifications
• A civil service pension
• 25 days annual leave, rising to 30 days based on length of service.


Salary of £43,957 (on a pro rata basis) plus concessionary payment of £2,428 per annum. A recruitment bonus may be payable to the right candidate.



Selection Process

To apply for this position, you must meet our nationality, residency requirements. You’ll find more details here.

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes to completing your application. We’re conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date.

As a Disability Confident employer, we will ensure that a fair and proportionate number of disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview. This is known as the Offer of Interview (OOI).
To secure an interview for this role, candidates applying under this scheme must meet all key requirements outlined above.

Be prepared to dedicate 60-90 minutes to completing your application. We’re conscious this might be more time than you expected, so our system will allow you to save your application at any time and come back to it later. But remember to submit your full application before the closing date.
Once we’ve established that you meet our eligibility criteria, the next steps of this selection process are:
 -Application Form
- Personal interview
- Drug test
If you successfully complete these stages, you’ll receive a job offer, conditional upon you completing our developed vetting (DV) process which enables you to obtain the level of security clearance required to perform this vital role.

The closing date for this role is 25 May 2021.

Please be aware that we withhold the right to bring forward the closing date for this role from the original closing date once a certain number of applications have been received. Please be mindful of this and submit your application at your earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.