Accounts Administrator

We are seeking an Accounts Administrator to join our team. This full time post will be based in our Head Office in Ballymoney. The successful candidate will be responsible for meeting deadlines and working efficiently alongside the accounts team.

THE ROLE

  • Full Time – 35 hours per week
  • To comply with our standards of service and interact with all clients and employees in a professional and friendly manner
  • Processing a high volume of invoices through Sage
  • Ensuring accurate follow up of all invoice queries
  • Ensuring all accounts on hold are investigated and resolved
  • Communicating with buyers and suppliers on a daily basis
  • Dealing with supplier account queries
  • Reconciliation of supplier statements
  • Maintain the accounts department’s filing system for all accounts
  • Perform any assigned duties required for completion of month-end and year-end closing of the accounts

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential

  • 5 GCSEs (including Maths & English)
  • 3 years minimum experience in accounts/administration
  • Previous experience in Sage
  • Computer literate with good knowledge in Microsoft Excel & Word
  • Good knowledge of general accounting procedures in a business setting

Desirable

  • Ability to produce work of a consistently high quality
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively with the internal management of the company from Graduate to Director Level.
  • Ability to work fast paced and unassisted.
  • Attention to detail and ability to prioritise workload
  • Ability to take and follow instructions.


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

To apply please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter to hr@dowdsgroup.com or click here complete the careers form.

 

Closing Date: 5th January 2018

 

 

SafeContractor & NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey Success!

November was a successful month for our Health & Safety team as they have gained Dowds Group a SafeContractor accreditation and Bronze Status for the NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey!

On the 11th November we were granted with our SafeContractor accreditation, demonstrating our on-going commitment to maintaining the highest standards of Health & Safety on all our projects.

Following on from this on the 29th November we received recognition for our environmental leadership and achieved Bronze status in this year’s NI Environmental Benchmarking Survey. The Survey, which is run by Business in the Community, sponsored by Moy Park and supported by the Northern Ireland Environment Agency through the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs, recognises and rewards those organisations that are going above and beyond their legal requirements to minimise their environmental impacts and better manage their resources.

Well done to our Health & Safety team for all their hard work towards both successes!!

 

 

Dowds Group Shortlisted for CN Specialist Awards 2019!

We are delighted to announce Dowds Group have been shortlisted as finalists in three categories for the 2019 Construction News Specialists Awards.

Now in their 15th year, the Specialists Awards are the only national awards recognising the outstanding achievements of specialist contractors. Their face-to-face judging process gives companies the chance to highlight their inspirational business and the very best projects of the last year. The event is judged by a distinguished panel of construction industry leaders and experts.

The categories in which we have been shortlisted for are:

  • MEP Specialist of the Year
  • Apprentice of the Year – Matthew Bilding
  • Project of the Year by a Specialist Contract (Subcontract from £3-5M) – PPI Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Centre, Reading

We recently completed the M&E installations on the revolutionary new High Energy Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Centre in Thames Valley Science Park, Reading. The £30 million Rutherford Centre has been hailed as one of the most exciting health and life sciences projects in Europe and includes facilities for proton beam therapy, a linear accelerator, a CT suite and an MRI – read more about the project here.

The Construction News Specialist Awards bring together 800 of the biggest names in the construction industry to celebrate the outstanding achievements of the very best specialist contractors. The winners of the competition will be announced on 27 March 2019 and takes place at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

 

Dowds ’40 for Forty’ Finale Gala

Dowds Group marked the end of our 40 for Forty campaign with a magnificent finale event, The Gala, on Friday 19th October at Galgorm Resort & Spa. This night was not only the end event to our campaign but a celebration for 40 years in business highlighting the growth, accomplishments and partnerships we have built. 250 guests were present, including close family and friends, current and past employees, and many supportive clients and suppliers.

As part of the proceedings there were presentations from Lynsey Atkinson of Macmillan, Leona Rankin of The Boom Foundation, Tessa Ogle of Electrical Industries Charity and Bernard McAneney of Aware NI – the four charities our campaign is supporting. Speeches were also made by company founders and brothers, John Francis and Hector Dowds, as well as current Managing Director James Dowds, who all touched on the progression of Dowds Group over the last 40 years whilst looking ahead to a successful future.

In addition to a four-course meal, our guests enjoyed entertainment from local comedian, Colin Barkley, who compered the event and music from Dave Martin & The Casino Cats, as well as a silent auction and prize ballot which included our Gold Prize, a fabulous 3 night trip to Monte Carlo kindly donated by the Electrical Industries Charity & Saturn LED!

We would like to thank all those who attended the Gala event and the companies who donated towards the campaign with silent auction items and prizes. The Gala event was a fitting end to what has been an incredible year of fundraising and team building for Dowds Group, we are delighted to announce that the Gala event alone raised over £10,000 towards our 40 for Forty campaign!

Photography by Angela Cunning

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Electrician

We are seeking to recruit qualified Electricians to join our busy M&E Division.

THE ROLE

The candidate must be able to carry out electrical installation work efficiently and in accordance with current industry legislation and regulations.

Reporting to the Electrical Contracts Supervisor, the role will pay a competitive salary commensurate with industry guidelines.

Requirements:

  • NVQ/C&G Qualified
  • Minimum of 2 years site experience
  • The ability to work unsupervised and to own initiative
  • The ability to set out jobs from drawings and specifications
  • Supervision/mentoring of other operatives (where required)

Desirable 

  • Valid CSR Card
  • IPAD 3a/3b
  • PASMA Combined

To apply please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter to hr@dowdsgroup.com or click here complete the careers form.

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

 

The closing date for Applications is Friday 14th December 2018.

Electrical Contracts Supervisors

We are seeking to recruit qualified Electrical Contracts Supervisors to join our busy M&E Division.  The openings available are based in London (NW9, W10, SW7).  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.

Main Duties

  • 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.

General

  • 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

Required Criteria

  • 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

To apply please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter to hr@dowdsgroup.com or click here complete the careers form.

CLOSING DATE: 30th November 2018

 

Electrical Design Manager/Trainee Design Manager

We are seeking to recruit a focused and organised Electrical Design Manager/Trainee Design Manager to join our team to work alongside the Senior Design Management team. The post will be based between our offices in Ballymoney and Belfast.

The ideal candidate would be from a current installation or design role wishing to move to a contracting office/site-based role.

THE ROLE

Assist the Electrical Design Managers in:

  • Managing external consultants, main contractors and clients to develop MEP designs within budget and on time.
  • Verification of external consultant’s design’s including detailed analysis of Amtec/Hevacomp (cable distribution) Dialux/Relux (Lighting calculations) and have the ability to carry out self-contained designs of same for development
  • Verification of external Consultants design data including review of Revit models’ outputs in 3D and sectional views.
  • Development of concept designs and management of key deliverables.
  • Attendance and recording minutes at client and design team meetings.
  • Preparation of excel spreadsheets and power point presentations.
  • Develop new and existing business opportunities.

PERSON SPECIFICATION 

Essential

  • Highlighted motivated with excellent communication skills.
  • Excellent planning, organisational and time management skills.
  • Willingness to travel.
  • Must have the ability to work alone with minimal supervision.
  • Client facing attributes and presentation experience will be expected.
  • Have a flexible attitude and be comfortable working on a number of projects simultaneously.
  • HNC /HND in electrical engineering or equivalentOr
  • 3rd Level Electrical Installation Apprenticeship (technical level)
  • 5 years’ experience in an electrical engineering/installation role (including qualifying/apprenticeship).
  • Fully proficient with Microsoft Office suite.

Desirable (not essential)

  • Background knowledge in commercial, industrial, healthcare and/or education sectors with working knowledge of HTM, HBN and Building Bulletin standards preferred.
  • Working knowledge of Dialux/Relux and Revit design software.
  • Experience in delivering projects to BIM level 2.

To apply please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter to hr@dowdsgroup.com or click here complete the careers form.

The closing date for Applications is Friday 30th November 2018.

 

National Stress Awareness Week

Everyone is at risk of stress, particularly in the workplace. Almost one in every three employees experience a mental ill health problem in any one year. 91 million working days are lost each year to mental ill health within the workplace and Stress is the biggest single cause of absenteeism in work after musculoskeletal disorders.

Feelings of stress are common, normal and experienced by everyone but what is it and what causes it?

In light of National Stress Awareness Week here is some useful guidance and tips from Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) England to help protect against stress!

 

 

M&E Installations Complete on PPI Cancer Centre, Reading

Dowds Group recently completed the M&E installations on a revolutionary new High Energy Proton Beam Cancer Therapy Centre in Thames Valley Science Park, Reading. The £30 million Rutherford Centre has been hailed as one of the most exciting health and life sciences projects in Europe and includes facilities for proton beam therapy, a linear accelerator, a CT suite and an MRI.

The design and installation of the M&E services in such a heavily serviced and precisely engineered therapy centre, at the very cutting-edge of medical advancements, provided a multitude of technical challenges to ensure the effective and efficient operation of the facility. Attention to detail was critical whilst we were provided with specifications and drawings for the project we had to look beyond these and review multiple other documents and drawings to ensure we considered all essential components.  Not only did we have to adhere to highly complex specifications of the equipment suppliers but we also had to comply with specific Health Technical Memoranda (HTMs) design guides which dictated the highest standard of commissioning.

The project required extensive off-site construction and fabrication necessitating Dowds Group working in close collaboration with the client, main contractors and design team to compile a systematic management programme to oversee the works.  Due to the specialist nature of the project Dowds partnered with numerous specialist contractors to complete the installations in complex rooms, which included linear accelerator bunkers, an MRI scan room, CT simulator room, CT Scanner, Superficial treatment room, X-ray rooms and chemotherapy suites. The project was modelled to BIM Level 2 ensuring services could be installed in the designated spaces. Particular attention was paid to the main ventilation for the MRI, CT and LINAC plant areas to overcome the difficulties of limited plant space and access/egress, this involved numerous design developments to guarantee fit and accessibility for future maintenance.

Simon Hardacre - first proton beam therapy patient at Rutherford Cancer Centre, Newport
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Simon Hardacre - first proton beam therapy patient at Rutherford Cancer Centre, Newport

 

To overcome the coordination issues of working with various other on-site contractors we produced main plant deck drawings, showing our plant install routes and identifying plant areas reserved for other contractors. We held weekly coordination meetings with the specialist site teams to demonstrate the model and encouraged comment on walk-overs, where they could be installed and any possible clashes/problems that could arise.  The programme for the M&E contract was extremely tight and there were a number of key milestones that had to be met – lives literally depended on it!  We worked closely with main contractors Graham to ensure we met the sectional and final handover dates so that the specialist equipment was installed and commissioned to meet the clients ‘go live’ date.  Ivor Brown, Senior Project Manager, Graham, said of our work on the project: “Owing to the specialist nature of this contract, there were only a number of M&E contractors with the necessary skills and experience to complete the project to our required high standards.  We were extremely impressed with Dowds Groups’ level of professionalism and look forward to collaborating with them in the future.”

On all our projects we strive to exceed expectations, however we believe our work on this project deserves special recognition, as does the client – Michael Mitchan, Project Manager at Rutherford Estates commented: “We very much enjoyed working with Dowds Group on this project, they have done a very good job.  From management to site operatives we found their approach to work professional, friendly and helpful.  Of particular mention is their post-contract support which has been a source of constant reassurance since handover.”

 

Mental Health First Aiders

Dowds Group now have 3 qualified Mental Health First Aiders on our team. Damian McCamphill, John McAllister & Melissa Cunning, who are all members of our Health Matters Committee, attended a 2-day Mental Health First Aid (MFHA) course held by Aware NI. The main outcomes of the course was to increase their knowledge and confidence to enable them to provide first aid and support for people experiencing mental health problems at home and at work. They have learnt how to recognise signs and symptoms of mental ill health, provide initial help, and to guide a person towards appropriate professional support.

One in four adults in the UK will be diagnosed with a mental health condition in any given year and many people are not well informed about how to recognise these conditions or provide support. Mental ill health can have a serious effect on not only someone’s personal life but also their working life. We want to encourage our staff to talk about mental health as we would physical health, reducing the stigma attached.

The aims of Mental Health First Aid are to:

  • preserve life where a person may be a danger to themselves or others
  • provide help to prevent the mental health problem becoming more serious
  • promote the recovery of good mental health
  • provide comfort to a person experiencing a mental health problem

Damian, John & Melissa found the course to be of great benefit and it has definitely increased their knowledge and confidence should they ever need to provide first aid and support for anyone. We would like to thank Aware NI for holding a very informative and professionally run course over the 2 days and especially thank our MHFA instructors Andrea and Rachel for their support and guidance.