Dowds Group continue to invest in Apprentices

Dowds Group continue their long tradition of supporting apprenticeships, welcoming a new intake of Northern-Ireland based Mechanical and Electrical apprentices to the company in September 2017,  including our first female mechanical apprentice.

This now brings our current apprentice tally to 40 overall in NI & London!!

We are strong believers that apprentices are the lifeblood of the industry and play a vital role in introducing new skills and diversity into our already well-established team, in fact many members of our management team today started their Dowds careers as apprentices.

Dowds Group M&E apprentices at the Altnagelvin Northern Extension site; Abigail Reilly, Emmet McGilloway, Rory Donaghy and Matthew Mulligan

The quality of our apprenticeship programme is widely recognised and in recent years a number of our apprentices have been singled out in regional and national competitions.

As always we received a high volume of applications and after a rigorous recruitment process, the calibre of applicant was so high we took on 10 new apprentices, our highest intake to date!

Recruitment for London apprentices is also underway and it is expected to conclude in November 2017.




Purchase Ledger Administrator

We are seeking a Purchase Ledger Administrator to join our team. This full time post will be based in our Head Office in Ballymoney & will initially be maternity cover for 10-12 months. The successful candidate will be responsible for meeting deadlines and working efficiently alongside the accounts team.


  • 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 books



  • 2 years’ experience of working in an environment relevant to the post
  • MS Office skills as appropriate for the post.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team whilst being able to work independently.
  • Good administrative and organisational skills.
  • Effective communication skills, both verbal and written with a customer focus.
  • Good customer service skills.
  • Experience of office administration.


  • Experience of Sage 200 or similar package
  • Experience in processing purchase orders, credit card transactions and maintain a purchase ledger.
  • Experience of problem solving.

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 send a copy of your CV and Covering letter to


The closing date for Applications is Friday 6th October 2017.



Electrical BID Manager

We are seeking to recruit a focused, organised and experienced Electrical Bid Manager to join our commercial team. The Bid Manager will lead our commercial team through the design development process taking ownership of the end-to-end bid process.

 The Role

  • To oversee the commercial team during the design development phase of D&B projects.
  • Work effectively with our design management, estimating and delivery teams using commercial expertise to provide appropriate challenge and support
  • Delivering pre-construction services within financial constraints to meet Business Plan objectives
  • Preparing and reviewing the commercial aspects of the bid, ensuring all services are included in the final price to the customer
  • To develop and manage bids in line with an agreed project plan and to ensure all deadlines are met
  • Ensure design strategy is in place, risk analysed & summarised
  • Ensure all bids are subject to correct adjudication and governance procedures
  • Monthly reporting on workflow forecasts & bid trend analysis information
  • Monitor, update & produce approvals
  • Ensure the bid team adheres to defined governance, correct adjudication & bid management processes & adequately hands over successful bids to delivery teams
  • Develop, lead, manage & maintain a bid team to meet Business Unit objectives
  • Defined bid experience & exposure to multi procurement & contract types

Person Specification

  • People management, leadership and strong negotiation experience
  • Demonstrable experience in a variety of forms of contract
  • Computer literacy
  • Ability to prioritise remain focused and work under pressure to deadline
  • Ability to delegate and organise workloads of self and others
  • Strong communication skills and attention to detail
  • Ability to quickly establish good working relationships at all levels

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

If you are interested please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter to

The closing date for this post is Monday 25th September.


Electrical Design Manager

We are seeking to recruit a focused, organised and experienced Electrical (Building Services) Senior Design Manager to join our team. The post will based between London and Belfast.


  • Manage external consultants providing MEP designs to meet design and construction budgets, on time and to meet client’s requirements.
  • Verification of external consultants design’s including detailed analysis of
    Revit and Hevacomp output data.
  • Verification of external Consultants design including review of Revit models.
  • Development of concept designs and management of key deliverables.
  • Attendance at client and design team meetings.
  • Preparation of excel spreadsheets and power point presentations.
  • Develop new and existing business opportunities.

 Essential Criteria

  • Minimum HNC /HND in building services engineering or equivalent.
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in an Electrical Services design role either consultancy or contractor based with a bias towards design and build contracts.
  • Working knowledge of IES and Revit design software.
  • Ability to demonstrate a good awareness of elemental cost figures and process.
  • Fully proficient with Microsoft Office suite.
  • Highly 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.
  • Have a flexible attitude and be comfortable working on a number of projects simultaneously.

Desirable Criteria

  • Membership of CIBSE / IHEEM preferred but not essential.
  • Background in healthcare and education sectors with full understanding of HTM, HBN and Building Bulletin standards preferred.
  • Experience in delivering projects to BIM level 2.

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

 Please click here to send a copy of your CV and Covering letter.



Dowds Group appointed for new PPI Cancer Treatment Centre

Dowds Group are delighted to be working again with main contractor Graham Construction on the new Cancer Treatment Centre in Reading. Our previous experience gained from highly complex installation projects such as Altnagelvin Radiotherapy Unit and Omagh Hospital & Primary Care Complex assured Proton Partners International of our capabilities and that we are the ideal M&E contractor for this £30M project.

After working closely with the client and design team, construction works are now underway on this project with an estimated completion date of March 2018.

The cancer centre is located within the Thames Valley Science Park, which is part of the University of Reading, and this facility will be the third of it’s kind built in the UK by Proton Partners International. It is located just off the M4 corridor and will have connections to Heathrow making it available to South of England and International patients.

Amongst other conventional cancer therapies, this centre will offer proton beam therapy which is a specialised type of cancer treatment not available yet in the UK. The centre will include facilities for proton beam therapy, a linear accelerator, as well as a CT suite and an MRI. It is expected that the centre will be able to treat up to 500 patients a year and will also offer imaging, chemotherapy and traditional radiotherapy.


Dowds Shortlisted for 3 at the NI Electrical Awards

Dowds Group are hoping to continue their winning ways at the Northern Ireland’s Electrical Awards 2017, where we are finalists for ‘Large Contractor of the Year’, as well as having double shortlisting’s in the ‘Commercial Project of the Year’ and ‘Apprentice of the Year’ categories.

This is a tremendous achievement, with the panel of judges commenting on the very high calibre of entries received.



Large Contractor of the Year:

Over the past two year, we have experienced unprecedented growth at Dowds Group, doubling both our turnover and employee numbers as well as expanding into new markets.  While this has created challenges, it has also presented many opportunities to become a better company by encouraging initiatives to improve Health and Safety Management, Training and Development, and heavier investment in and utilisation of BIM technologies to increase our efficiency.

Commercial Project of the Year

Two of our outstanding projects completed over the last two years have made the shortlist:

  • Omagh Hospital

We managed the £12.7m electrical contract on the new build, state-of-the-art Omagh Hospital – it has been our largest solely electrical contract to date and one of the largest public sector construction projects within Northern Ireland in recent years.  To read more on this project click here.

  • Craigavon Area Hospital, Infrastructure Project

Teamwork, Co-operation and excellent Planning were the key elements to the successful completion of this £2.3m HV Infrastructure project.  The complete installation, carried out on a live Acute Hospital site included the installation of over 3.5Km of HV cabling, 6 no 11000/400 step down transformers, 1 No 400/11000 step up transformer, all associated ring main units 1 No 9 panel HV switchboard, numerous LV switchboard additions and modification ranging from 400 amp to 3200 amp and all associated LV cabling and connections.

Apprentice of the Year

Dowds have a long tradition of supporting apprenticeships, with many of our management team today having begun their careers as apprentices.  Following the success of Aaron Corr, last year’s Plumbing and Heating Apprentice of the Year, we are delighted to have two of our electrical apprentices, Connor Hyland and Paul Higgins in the running for this year’s award.  Both Connor and Paul continue to impress at college and on-site and look to have very bright futures ahead in the electrical industry.

This year’s winners will be announced at the Gala Awards Ceremony which takes place on Friday 15th September, 2017 at Titanic, Belfast.

For more details or to view all shortlisted companies click here.


2017 CEF Finalists Announced

The finalists for 2017 CEF Construction Excellence Awards have been announced and amongst them are three outstanding Dowds projects.

The fit-out of Dunnes Flagship store in Forestside Shopping Centre has saw Graham Interior Fit-Out shortlisted in the ‘Fit-Out Award’ category.   Our Integrated Services team worked closely with Grahams providing the Mechanical & Electrical installations on the refurbished store.   The project for Dunnes comprise the phased enabling, alterations and refurbishment works to the existing department store including the complete refurbishment of the front of house shop floor areas and alterations and extensions to the existing back of house areas.

McLaughlin and Harvey have earned a double nomination for the ‘Health Infrastructure Award’ as main contractors on both the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin and the new Omagh Hospital and Primary Care Complex.  Dowds Group were employed on both of these high profile schemes.

Dowds acted as the electrical contractor on the £105m Omagh Hospital, responsible for all electrical installations on the huge 22,900 sq m complex. The highly serviced nature of the project involved a number of specialist installations including high-end HV equipment to service 4no HV departments and sophisticated M&E services for the Central Sterile Services Department (CSSD), an integrated room that performs disinfection on medical devices, equipment and consumables, necessitating a highly sterile environment.

In addition, we also assumed responsibility for the £11m+ M&E contract on the new Radiotherapy Unit at Altnagelvin Hospital, which is already changing the life of thousands of cancer patients in the North West.  The unit consists of a 6 floor structure with services, a plant area, car parking for staff and patients, ambulance drop of point, Electrical LV and HV rooms, a new Radiotherapy unit with Linear Accelerator Bunkers and MRI scanner suites, refurbished and extended Chemotherapy area, Radiotherapy Bed area, admin area and roof top plant rooms.

To read more on the 2017 CEF Awards follow the link below:

We’d like to wish Graham Interior Fit-Out and McLaughlin & Harvey good luck for the final on 13th September 2017.





We are seeking to recruit qualified Plumbers/Pipefitters to join our busy Mechanical Division.  The post(s) will initially be based in Northern Ireland, though future work may be based throughout the UK.

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

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

Essential Criteria

  • Time served NVQ/C&G qualified in a pipefitting, plumbing or mechanical discipline
  • 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
  • Valid CSR card

Desirable Criteria

  • 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.  

Please click here to send a copy of your CV and Covering letter.


Apprenticeship Scheme

We run an annual Apprenticeship Scheme for both Mechanical & Electrical apprentices.

We are no longer accepting CVs for the 2017 Apprenticeship Scheme.

The recruitment process begins in May/June each year and is as follows:

  • On receipt of your CV we will invite you for interview and to complete an aptitude test
  • Successful applicants will be invited to do a week’s trail 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 via CV please contact

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