Dowds Group announce creation of 68 new jobs!

Dowds Group are delighted to announce we have been acknowledged by InvestNI and offered an Employment Grant of £442,000 to support the creation of 68 new jobs by 2021 within the construction sector in Northern Ireland.

As a company, over the next three years our objectives are to increase turnover by 25% and drive up sales outside Northern Ireland. In the current economic climate this £4.5 million investment is not without its risks but with Invest NI’s financial support we feel we are well positioned to pro-actively target larger scale contracts and take advantage of market opportunities in Great Britain and Ireland.

Recruitment for the 68 jobs has already commenced, and will include a number of management, operations, engineering and apprentice posts. This investment will further strengthen our company’s design and engineering capability, and enable us to target higher value ‘design and build’ contracts, particularly in the Great Britain and ROI markets.


We welcomed Alastair Hamilton, CEO of Invest NI, to our Head Office in Ballymoney on Tuesday 25th June to discuss our innovative plans to bring growth to the company and the local economy and are grateful for the support Invest NI are providing with this milestone. To read more about our meeting with Alastair Hamilton of Invest NI click here.

Quantity Surveyor

We are seeking to recruit a focused, organised and experienced Quantity Surveyor to join Dowds Group. The position will be based in Ballymoney and Belfast.

The Role

  • Have contract awareness and mitigate on delays
  • Total financial control of projects including valuations, preparation of / assistance with the evaluation and submission of claims for variation works
  • and cash flow forecasts.
  • Final account negotiation achieving the best possible outcome.
  • Issue sub-contract tender packages and undertake contractual evaluation of the tender returns
  • Negotiating with suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Manage the commercial aspects of subcontract accounts from procurement to interim and final account agreement.
  • Reviewing of contract documents to ensure that the company is protected from onerous terms and conditions.
  • Assisting the proposals team to evaluate risk and opportunity during tender preparation
  • Working with the programmer to assess productivity and measured works
  • Attend post tender and pre-contract meetings.
  • Assess contract risk and work with the site team to develop and manage mitigation plans.
  • Undertake cost to complete reviews with the contract delivery teams.
  • Attend internal and external commercial review meetings.
  • Working with the commercial and operational teams to strive for continuous improvement.
  • Maximising value and minimising cost, ensuring that appropriate controls are in place to monitor and manage the operating cost base.


Person Specification:

  • Mechanical & Electrical experience would be ideal but not essential
  • Be able to organise yourself and others workload
  • Be proactive in your approach
  • An excellent communicator
  • A high level of diplomacy and customer focus
  • The ability to anticipate problems and ensure early intervention
  • Demonstrable experience of dealing with multiple clients, forms of contract and methods of measurement
  • An industry applicable ONC/HNC/BSc equivalent
  • Commercial and contractual awareness with a proven track record of success
  • A good level of competency of Microsoft packages
  • Self-motivation, passion and a driven ‘can do’ attitude

If interested please submit your CV to hr@dowdsgroup.com.

Electrical Contracts Supervisor

We are seeking to recruit a qualified Electrical Contracts Supervisor to join our team.

The Role

The opening available is based in Northern Ireland. Candidates will be required to supervise the electrical services on site ensuring all management and administration of works are completed to the programme deadline and to the highest standard.

Duties will include:

  • Effective daily management of the contract including daily / weekly allocation and supervision of key tasks in line with the Contract Programme.
  • Oversee daily / weekly programming of the contract and organisation of appropriate plant, labour and materials to ensure cost effective utilisation of all resources.
  • Develop and maintain effective relationships with the client, key suppliers and subcontractors.
  • Effective progress monitoring of the contract to ensure it is running with programme and to budget, highlighting, recording and claiming where appropriate for delays, variations or problems.
  • Assist in the development of valuations with client / suppliers on an agreed timescale to ensure effective cash flow management and accurate WIP.
  • Ongoing liaison with key suppliers, Dowds buying team and contractors to ensure timely supply, delivery and installation of key items and base materials.
  • Represent Dowds at Contract progress meetings.
  • Preparation of contract progress information and cost review meetings for regular in-house meetings with Contract Manager, Dowds Directors and Senior staff.
  • Assist in the management of subcontract costs, including authorisation of sub-contractor payments.
  • Ensure a continued emphasis on Company management systems including promoting high standards of safety and quality with all employees and subcontractors on site.
  • Review and regularly asses your contract team to ensure all site personnel, including subcontractors are working to a high standard and take remedial action if appropriate.
  • Assist in the preparation and handover of operation / maintenance manuals to Clients.
  • Ongoing mentoring and supervision of your contracts team to encourage commercial and technical development.
  • Challenge conventional methods of practise in the interest of the Company, encouraging your team to be innovative.
  • Regularly assess the performance of your team, highlighting and dealing with any issues including under performance or additional training requirements.
  • Any other duties as deemed by the Contracts Manager to be within the scope of your skills.


Requirements:

  • NVQ/C&G Qualifications
  • Minimum 2 years site supervision experience
  • Supervision/mentoring of other operatives/apprentices

Desirable

  • Valid CSR Card
  • IPAF 3A/3B
  • PASMA Combined


If interested please submit your CV to hr@dowdsgroup.com.

Sod cut ceremony marks the start of construction at Lisburn PCCC!

On Monday 24th June, Dowds Group were thrilled to attend the sod cutting ceremony for the new Lisburn Primary and Community Care Centre in which we will be carrying out the M&E works.

This new £40M centre will be located at the site of the city’s Lagan Valley Hospital and is anticipated will open in Autumn 2021. At almost 13,000sqm the new facility will bring together eight GP practices and enable the Trust to provide an integrated model for both primary and secondary care on the Lagan Valley site – a one stop location for the health and social care needs of the local population.

The new hub will improve early intervention, bring services closer to the patients’ home and help to reduce hospital admissions. The attention to detail in design of the building will meet modern accessibility standards to ensure patient privacy and dignity, and will provide a high standard of clinical accommodation for generations to come.

The involvement of Dowds Group in the Lisburn scheme confirms their position in leading the field for the delivery of Mechanical and Electrical services in healthcare projects in Northern Ireland.

Junior Engineer (Electrical Bias)

Are you a Graduate Engineer (electrical bias) looking to build on your experience? Are you looking to move up to Site Engineer level quickly? This role provides the chance for an engineer to make the necessary steps towards more senior roles within the company and to progress their career with the development opportunities that Dowds Group provide.

As Junior Engineer your duties will be as follows:

  • Working with Senior Engineers on setting out and site surveying
  • General admin support to the project delivery team, reporting to the Senior Project Manager
  • Arranging site inductions
  • Keeping track of documentation for health and safety and compliance records
  • Printing, copying and scanning site documentation such as drawings
  • Create records, update internal systems and ensure files are up to date.
  • Completion of O&M manuals
  • Procurement of subcontractors and suppliers
  • Writing and management of Risk Assessments and Method Statements
  • Quality assurance works on site
  • Perform detailed calculations establishing standards and specs
  • Maintaining equipment, ensuring safety and efficiency
  • Regular meetings with staff and colleagues mainly for reviewing
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve if and when problems arise

  • Degree in relevant engineering field
  • A year of work placement completed during degree
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft packages

  • Ability to speak Portuguese


We are committed to investing in talent and developing opportunities for our staff.  As equal opportunities employers, we welcome applicants from all communities.

If interested please submit your CV to hr@dowdsgroup.com.

Business Development Manager

We are seeking a Business Development Manager to join Dowds Group.

The role will involve working with the directors to enhance our current business development strategy and ensure it fits with the overall company strategy. Key aspects of this will be to drive sustainable growth for the company and to build our brand and will be London/GB focused (3 days per week).


The successful candidate will have the following duties:

  • Develop and promote the Dowds brand by actively seeking out and reporting on any prospective business leads.
  • Ongoing market research and development of marketing intelligence to enhance the success rate of tenders and work secured.
  • Develop and lead sector and client business and marketing plans
  • Review and report on future opportunities and identify key drivers for our clients
  • Contribute, innovate and add value to our Business Development approach.
  • Working with the team, develop and manage an up-to-date understanding of the macroeconomic environment over the agreed plan period
  • Enhance our operational business development capabilities and work with the team to support the achievement of our winning work targets
  • Be able to take the lead on client relationships
  • Develop strategic partnerships and attend business networking opportunities.
  • Identify client key decision makers and through engagement and collaboration with them
  • Develop knowledge of specific client operations, culture and contractor preferences and use this knowledge to enhance our competitiveness.
  • Gather customer feedback progressively throughout the whole business cycle and report this internally to allow continual improvement.

The ideal candidate will have:

  • Relevant qualification in Construction Management
  • Solid understanding of the construction industry
  • Understanding of important factors to consider when selling into construction companies
  • Driven and ambitious nature
  • Confident working to targets and deadlines
  • Confident and capable communicator, comfortable in a range of environments.
  • Experience in managing a team with ability to coach and motivate direct reports and wider team to deliver to agreed business plan.
  • Experience of relationship building in the construction environment with clients

  

We are committed to investing in talent and developing opportunities for our staff.  As equal opportunities employers, we welcome applicants from all communities.

If interested please submit your CV to hr@dowdsgroup.com – the closing date is Friday 5th July 2019.

Health Matters to Dowds Group!

Here at Dowds Group, our employees are at the core of everything we do and so we make it our main concern to care and look after their physical and mental well-being. Awareness of Mental Health has definitely elevated over the past few years, however it is still very much something that we need to keep at the forefront of our lives, not only for ourselves but for those around us.

With significant company expansion, especially over the last 3-4 years and with an ever increasing awareness within the construction industry that the many stresses of a high pressure, male dominated environment was having its toll on the mental health and well-being of many key personnel, it became  an imperative need to promote Mental Health Awareness within Dowds group. With this in mind, we embarked on a Health Matters Initiative with background plans and work starting in early 2017. This initiative is spread throughout all the offices and sites, both in Northern Ireland and London. All employees have access to our ‘Heads Together’ booklet which is a mental health support services guide as well as the connections to our four trained Mental Health First Aiders with another two being trained in June of this year. 

Colin Walker (pictured above) is our most recent employee trained as a Mental Health First Aider. He is our Health & Safety Manager and is based in the Ballymoney office, with frequent trips carried out to the different sites both in Northern Ireland and London.

Dowds Group have a key working partnership with Aware NI, a leading support organisation, specialising in Mental Health and Well-Being, who were also one of our chosen charities from our ‘Forty For 40’ campaign last year. Last week was Mental Health Awareness Week and we were informed about the challenges that Aware NI were setting to help improve people mental health and their awareness  by running their #DoOneThing campaign. Our employees thoroughly enjoyed taking part in the different challenges every day and even managed to send us through a few of their snap shots.

There was five different challenges across the week including; Move More, Watch What You Eat, Keep In Touch, Take Time For You, Do Something Nice. Dowds group made a great effort throughout the week and it was noted that more people were talking about the challenges everyday as well as mental health.

We received feedback from our employees, both on site and in office about the push that Dowds Group are putting on Mental Health Awareness. A number of our staff have had experience of poor Mental Health and Well-being and the impact that has on their work and home life. We want to be able to provide our employees with the support that they deserve, as well as trying to break the stigma surrounding Mental Health. 

Apprenticeship Scheme

SUBMISSIONS FOR BOTH OUR ELECTRICAL & PLUMBING 2019 APPRENTICESHIP SCHEMES ARE NOW CLOSED! 

On receipt of sending your CV the recruitment process will be as follows:

  • If successful, we will invite you for an interview and to complete an aptitude test
  • Successful applicants will be invited to carry out a week’s trial on-site in July/August
  • Having passed the trial you will begin your college course and your Dowds Group apprenticeship in September.
  • For more information or to apply for next year please contact hr@dowdsgroup.com

Prior to applying we recommend and encourage you to register with your preferred college to obtain a place on your desired course.

Deadline for CV submissions is Friday 7th June.

BIM Accreditation for Dowds Group!

We are delighted to announce that we have achieved Building Information Modelling (BIM) Verification covering Design and Construction for BIM Level 2 from BSI (British Standards Institution).

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working underpinned by digital technologies. These technologies allow for more efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physically built assets throughout their entire lifestyle.  

To achieve verification certification, we completed the audit process, which examined in detail our BIM processes, procedures and management systems, to verify compliance with BIM Level 2 in accordance with PAS 1192-2:2013, BS 1192:2007 and BS 1192-4:2014.

Andy Butterfield, Product Certification Director of Built Environment at BSI, said: “We’re delighted to have supported Dowds with achieving this verification certification which demonstrates their commitment to being compliant with the requirements of PAS 1192-2 covering Design and Construction for Level 2 BIM. There are huge benefits to be made from integrating BIM into the supply chain, and BSI is dedicated to supporting organisations with this, regardless of where they are on their BIM journey.”  

Martin Magee, Dowds Group BIM Manager said: “Having been at the forefront of BIM in the M&E sector for a number of years, delivering a number of BIM Level 2 projects, achieving BSI BIM Level 2 for Design and Construction Verification, now demonstrates that our procedures and workflows are aligned to industry standards.

Martin Magee expands “The Verification is a significant step forward for Dowds Group, and is testament to the hard work, knowledge and skill set of our BIM team, and proves that we have the capability and expertise to deliver projects to the highest possible standards.”

Dowds Group end £60K Charity Campaign!

Dowds Group’s “40 For Forty” campaign, which ran throughout 2018, has ended by exceeding all expectations raising a phenomenal £60,000 for charity, £20,000 more than our original target.  

It has taken a great deal of teamwork, dedication and commitment to reach this impressive target and we’d like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to the campaign.

We were delighted to organise cheque presentations where members of the Dowds team presented the £15,000 cheques to representative of each of the four charities.

(Pictured from L-R)_ Aideen McMichael, Clare Galbraith (AWARE NI), Martin Brogan and George Young.
(Pictured from L-R)_ Aideen McMichael, Clare Galbraith (AWARE NI), Martin Brogan and George Young. (1)
(Pictured from L-R)_ Aideen McMichael, Clare Galbraith (AWARE NI), Martin Brogan and George Young. (2)
(Pictured from L-R)_ Aideen McMichael, Clare Galbraith (AWARE NI), Martin Brogan and George Young. (3)

You can read more about the charities; Aware NI, The Boom Foundation, Macmillan and The EIC, why they were chosen and where our donations will go by clicking here – Our Four Selected Charities

Closing the campaign, Managing Director James Dowds said:

“The ’40 For Forty’ campaign was a year full of celebration and team-building for our company and it has brought a great sense of achievement and pride to everyone at Dowds Group. For this reason, and knowing that the money we raised will be used in such worthwhile ways, we have decided to organise a legacy event each year. We have already initiated discussions on our 2019 event and more details will follow soon.”