Mechanical and Electrical Estates SME Ref. 2017

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Operational and Surveillance
Cheltenham, Manchester
£36,902 - £50,702

GCHQ, the longest standing code-breaking intelligence agency in the UK, is offering you an exciting opportunity to join the Estates Team as a Subject Matter Expert for Mechanical and Electrical (M&E).


You will be responsible for providing daily support to our Estates Management Teams on a varied and wide-ranging aspects of M&E services in support of the Authorities Mission. You will be providing support to on all aspects of associated M&E infrastructure and critical assets throughout the estate from concept design to operation. Specific tasking will include 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. Have a close working relationship with the Total Facilities Management (TFM) provider on all aspects of M&E delivery, operation and maintenance. Providing M&E support during Client/TFM collaborative auditing of the TFM Integrated Management System. Assist in M&E plant and equipment failure investigation, in addition to conducting condition survey of strategic and critical plant and equipment. Production and development of project Statement of Requirements for wide ranging and diverse projects and contract deliverables. Provide support to the Estates Outage Manager on all aspect of outage delivery from outage planning through to outage site control and support

While the role is challenging, our flexible working policy ensures a healthy work-life balance. Wherever possible, we accommodate reduced hours or job share options, balanced against business needs.


You will need a wide range of mechanical and electrical knowledge relevant to buildings infrastructure and services, applicable technical skills, excellent communication skills. The ideal candidate will have solid M&E background, recognised technical qualification, supported by relevant recent experience. Considerable knowledge of M&E planned maintenance systems, CAFM systems, good working knowledge of BS7671, associated electrical installation, design, testing and inspection experience.

Have significant knowledge and experience with respect to HV/LV distribution, UPS, power generation, DC power and cooling. Understanding HV/LV electrical safe systems of work, associated electrical legislation.

Ideal candidate shall have experience of FM Hard Services delivery, experience in conducting FM and/or M&E service audits of service providers.

Good organisational abilities, positive attitude, pragmatic approach to problems, looking for solutions rather than obstacles.

Professionally Qualified to CEng or IEng status or working towards.

Good knowledge of H&S Legislation, ideally holding NEBOSH General or Construction Certificate, a member of IWFM.

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… why not just give it a go!


At GCHQ we’re 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’re committed to helping you fulfil your potential. With comprehensive training and development opportunities, tailored to your needs and the requirements of your work, we’ll enable you to flourish in your role and perform to the very best of your abilities.


As one of Britain’s intelligence agencies, we unlock the complex world of communications to keep our nation safe. We work closely with MI5 and MI6, our partners in the intelligence community, to safeguard Britain’s people, interests and businesses from various threats. Think cyber-attacks, espionage, terrorism, and organised crime. It’s challenging, varied and meaningful work that you simply won’t find anywhere else.

Equal Opportunities Statement

The UK Intelligence Agencies – MI5 / MI6 / GCHQ – Equal Opportunities employers, committed to reflecting the society we protect. Our recruitment process is fair, transparent and based on merit.  We particularly welcome applications from diverse and under-represented groups.


Salary of £36,902 - £50,702 (on a pro rata basis), which includes a concessionary payment. Additional payments may be made dependant on experience.


Cheltenham (located within an hour’s journey of Birmingham and Bristol). UK travel with potential overseas travel.


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

As users of the disability confident scheme, we also guarantee to interview all disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for our roles.

You can familiarise yourself with the general competencies we use to assess the aptitude of candidates here: Recruitment process.

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:

- Personal interview*
- Drug test

*Interviews will be held in Cheltenham.
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.

This Program / Vacancy is closed to applications.