Mechanical Estimator

THE ROLE

Tender Administration and Management

  • Log all tender enquiries and open electronic and paper tender files.
  • Review and print all appropriate documentation (drawings, specifications, prelims, client enquiries, forms of contract, bid submission documentation, programme etc).
  • Identify named suppliers and select appropriate alternative suppliers for tender.
  • Quantification of labour, materials and plant, based on take-offs (counting and measuring) from drawings, detailed review of specifications and other tender documentation.
  • Prepare and send bid packages for suppliers to price including strict dates for return.
  • Follow up with suppliers to ensure tender prices are received by agreed deadlines
  • Input all information on the Estimation software throughout the process
  • Identify inclusions and exclusions from our bid.
  • Liaise with Dowds key Design and Contract Management team at start of tender process to determine a methodology for contract completion incorporating value engineering and appropriate new technologies.
  • Determine a programme and timetable for completion of tender in line with Company procedures and tender deadline.

SECONDARY DUTIES

  • Develop professional relationships with individuals within main contractors consulting engineers, quantity surveyors and client bodies.
  • Seek out potential tender opportunities
  • Challenge conventional methods of practice in the interest of the Company, demonstrating you are innovative, commercial and pro-active in delivering Company profit.
  • Any other duties as deemed by the Commercial Director to be within the scope of your skills.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience within building services engineering.
  • Preference for mechanical estimating experience
  • Ability to produce work of a consistently high quality to tight deadlines.
  • 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.
  • A good eye for detail.
  • 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 31ST AUGUST 2018

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Trainee Mechanical Estimator

THE ROLE

  • Prepare enquiries and analyse quotations.
  • Review data and documents like analysis reports, purchase orders and also subcontracts.
  • Prepare and update project estimates.
  • File all relevant documentation such as receipts and purchase orders.
  • Gather information to be used to produce the project estimate.
  • Complete civil and/ or mechanical take offs from first principles.
  • Review ITT Technical & Commercial documentation.

SECONDARY DUTIES

  • Develop professional relationships with individuals within main contractors consulting engineers, quantity surveyors and client bodies.
  • Seek out potential tender opportunities
  • Undertake other general duties as required by the team.

PERSONAL SPECIFICATION

  • Minimum 2 years’ experience within building services engineering.
  • Preference for estimating experience
  • Ability to produce work of a consistently high quality to tight deadlines.
  • Ability to communicate clearly and effectively.
  • Ability to work fast paced and use own initiative.
  • A good eye for detail.
  • 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 31ST AUGUST 2018

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Multi-Skilled Technician (Mechanical / Plumbing Bias)

We are currently seeking an experienced Multi-Skilled Technician (Mechanical / Plumbing Bias) to join our busy Integrated Service Division.

THE ROLE

To work as part of a dedicated team within a busy commercial environment. Job title does not delimit the duties that may be required, candidate will be expected to carry out any other such duties that may be reasonably required.

Hours will be a standard 40 hours over a seven day period. Emergency call-out will be required over and above normal working hours but will be set within an agreed pattern and a full remuneration package will be included.

Duties will include but are not limited to:

  • Trace and Repair of mechanical services / systems
  • Planned Daily, Weekly, Monthly Checks,
  • Carrying out and tracking flushing regimes related to Legionella
  • TMV maintenance
  • Fire Damper maintenance
  • Reactive issues
  • External ground work checks,
  • Minor repairs including identification & preparation for minor painting / varnishing touch up works.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The candidate will have a strong based work knowledge in all mechanical systems, self-motivated, strong team working attributes, have the ability to analyse a problem and develop a solution with minimum input from others, a professional approach and high self-conduct standards will be expected at all times, Health & Safety is of paramount importance at all times and must be at the forefront of all working decisions.

The candidate will be expected to prepare and issue reports, verbal and written to the facilities manager and produce upon request any and all back up data gained while in execution of all duties.

Essential Criteria:

  • NVQ / C&G Plumbing/Mechanical Qualification
  • Minimum 2 years experience within a similar environment

Desirable:

  • CSR qualification
  • IPAF 3A/3B
  • PASMA Combined

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: 31ST AUGUST 2018

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Site Administrator – London NW9

We are seeking to recruit a Site administrator for a busy Construction Project near Edgware (NW9). Working directly to the Contracts Manager you will act as the Site Office Administrator/ Document Controller providing all administrative support where required.

THE ROLE

This busy role in a construction site environment would be ideally suited to an experienced site administrator or a placement student on a relevant 3rd level course.

Duties will include:

    • General admin support to the project delivery team, reporting to the Contracts Manager
    • Managing and entering contractor timesheets
    • Arranging site inductions
    • Keeping track of documentation for health and safety and compliance records
    • Printing, copying and scanning site documentation such as drawing
    • Create records, update internal systems and ensure files are up-to-date.
    • Complete O&M manual
    • Liaising between other depts. and site teams to return accurate information from site

Ideal candidates will possess the following skills:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft packages.
  • Experience of construction administration.
  • Team player.
  • CSR card would be advantageous.

 

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 7th September 2018.

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Bryan completes The Crossing !

We are delighted to announce after three long tough days Bryan is home safe and sound after successfully completing ‘The Crossing’ challenge in aid of our 40 for Forty campaign!

Read his account of the event below:

“Day 1 saw a 7am start leaving Whitehaven and after a tough 5 hours of non-stop torrential rain into the lake district, the sun came out just in time for a major mountain hike where the decision for all riders was whether it was easier to push or carry the bike! The long downhill sections more than compensated though. I was glad to see the campsite and get the first day under the belt.

Day 2 with 72 miles ahead to travel across The Yorkshire Dales from Shap to Northallerton – this day was the longest distance in the saddle. There was a fantastic mix of single track, rocky trails and some big tarmac climbs into the moors. The food stop was welcome, the sun finally came out but the heat from the sun added more of a challenge to the uphill climb before ascending into grassy fields! After trekking across the fields I re-joined the roads that lead over to Kirkby Stephen and up into the Yorkshire Dales.

After the final night’s rest in the Rat Race camp, Day 3 arrived with 60 miles left to complete cycling across The North Yorkshire Moors from Northallerton to Scarborough. At this stage of the game I was definitely feeling the physical strain from the last 2 days but with the end in sight the adrenaline kicked in for a final push . The route delivered wonderful sections of moorland, woodland tracks, quiet lanes and short descents before leading into Scarborough North Bay to the long awaited finish line!

Luckily I didn’t experience any punctures during any part of the route, but had to accept that being on a hard tail bike, the terrain took its toll as the last 90 miles were spent listening to a grinding / squealing rear wheel bearing which gave out.

Overall this was a truly memorable challenge and the event itself was very well organised by Rat Race HQ between the bag shuttling, excellent way marking, the food and campsites at each of the start, overnight and finishing stops.”

A massive well done to you Bryan, we are all very proud of your achievement and glad to welcome you back home safe!

If you would like to show your appreciation for Bryan’s efforts please visit the link below – Bryan’s Virgin Money Giving page is still live so any donation (no amount is too small or large) will be greatly appreciated!

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DowdsGroup40Forty

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Bryan completes Day 1 of The Crossing challenge!

Bryan set off on Thursday to Whitehaven with his bicycle and gear at the ready to take on ‘The Crossing’.  Upon arrival at the Rat Race camp he registered for the event and settled in for a good night’s rest before the first day of the challenge.

After a very early start at 5.30AM Bryan got a bite to eat and all the riders were then briefed before setting off around 7.00AM.

Bryan had a tough start on the first day travelling across The Lake District, as if 64 miles between Whitehaven and Shap was not tough enough he had to battle against the elements with rain pouring down for 5 straight hours! With his first day now complete, he has really had a baptism of fire and we’ll not even mention his poor backpack 🙈🙈

Bryan has said: “1st day is done. Extremely difficult is putting it mildly! It completely bucketed down for 5 hours right from the start then cleared. Really tough terrain in places but now I’m back and showered starting to feel OK.”

Keep going Bryan, you’re doing great!!

 

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If you’d like to show Bryan your support please visit our donation page:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DowdsGroup40Forty

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Bryan Armstrong takes on The Crossing!

On Friday the 10th August our commercial director, Bryan Armstrong, will be setting off on an epic mountain biking challenge known as ‘The Crossing’ in aid of our 40 for Forty campaign.

Bryan will be taking on 200 miles over 3 intense days along fully way marked tracks that span through the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the North Yorkshire Moors. The journey will venture across 3 national parks, with each providing their own challenge, and between 2 coastlines holding stunningly breath-taking views of scenery.

Bryan will be truly grateful for any donations, no amount is too large or too small, in support of our 40 for Forty campaign to raise £40K between our four worthy charities. You can make your donations safely in the knowledge that every single penny will go exclusively to our chosen charities as Bryan has personally funded all the costs associated with The Crossing!

To donate please follow the link to our Virgin Money Giving page: https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/fundraiser-portal/fundraiserPage?pageId=957700

The countdown is now on and we wish Bryan the best of luck! We will keep everyone fully updated when Bryan sets off on his challenge, but for now check out the video below to find out what ‘The Crossing’ will involve:

 

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Dowds Group drive towards our ’40 for Forty’ target with a superb Golf Day Tournament!

Our most recent 40 for Forty event held was a Golf Day Tournament which took place on Friday 29th June at the Hilton Templepatrick Golf & Country Club. The par-72 championship golf course at Hilton Templepatrick offers over 7,000 yards of challenging fairways and Championship Standard greens interspersed with lakes and mature parkland, a layout that will test golfers of all skill levels.

The itinerary for this event included a delicious breakfast after registration before commencing an enjoyable round of golf around the award winning Hilton course. Following the round of golf a BBQ was held and a short presentation and prize giving was made to those who placed 1st, 2nd & 3rd teams and 1st & 2nd individual guests. Prizes were also awarded for the 3 longest drives and 4 nearest to the pins. With temperatures in the mid to high 20’s it was a fierce hot day but spirits were high and it was a very enjoyable event for everyone.

We are delighted to announce that this event alone has raised an outstanding £11,000.00 towards our 40 for Forty campaign!

We could not have achieved this remarkable amount without those who were so generous towards our event so we would firstly like to give a special thank you to our main event sponsor Whitecroft Lighting, represented by John McQuillan. We would also like to thank all of those who played on the day and those companies who sponsored four balls, course holes, longest drives, nearest to the pins, the event prizes and the goodie bags.

Thank you all for your extremely generous and continued support towards our ‘4o for Forty’ campaign!

 

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Dowds Group participate in Buchanhaven Primary School’s Careers Fair

On Tuesday 26th June our Mechanical Supervisor, Barry McAleese, took part in a Careers Fair at Buchanhaven Primary School in Peterhead.

Barry was invited to speak to the P7 pupils about his career path and how he has got to where he is today within the Plumbing and Heating industry. He explained to the pupils what his responsibilities in the workplace are, the importance of being part of a team and the different skills which are involved and needed to be a mechanical supervisor.

Danica Smith and Lindsay Ritchie of Buchanhaven Primary School quoted “working with partners in the local community is an integral part of providing a balanced education for our pupils and we are delighted that Dowds Group are willing to support local primary schools. Our children thoroughly enjoyed your input and I’m sure you will have inspired many youngsters to join the trade in the future.”

It was a pleasure to visit and support Buchanhaven Primary School in their careers fair and both the teachers and pupils were very welcoming in having Barry come along and tell them all about Dowds Group – thank you Buchanhaven Primary School!

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Apprenticeship Scheme

Applications for both our Electrical and Plumbing 2018 Apprenticeship Schemes are now closed .

Our 2019 scheme will open in Spring next year – please see below for details of our application process:

The recruitment process will then be as follows:

  • On receipt of sending your CV 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 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.

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