Dowds Group Welcome New Apprentices

Dowds Group are continuing to invest in their people with a long tradition of supporting apprenticeships. Our 2019 intake of 9 apprentices has tallied our overall current apprentice numbers to 41, 6 of which are based in the UK and 35 based in Northern Ireland.

We believe apprentices are the lifeblood of the industry who bring innovation and diversity into our already well-established team. We were overwhelmed with the number of applicants that we had this year for our apprenticeship scheme, with an astounding 90 applicants in total!

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. We ensure that our apprentices are placed on projects suited as close to where they live as possible, thus ensuring they are gaining full experience on site and not spending valuable hours travelling.

Day 1 - Copy
Day 2
Day 3

Working alongside our experienced staff, the apprentices will have hands-on training, learning the different systems and installations in the site environment as well as learning the theory behind it all in college.

Our apprentices have been given a great opportunity and we welcome them into Dowds with open arms. Our electrical apprentices are; Colum Butler, Ryan Butler, Tom Davis, Joshua Brennen, Eunan Mulholland and Eoin Matassa. Our Plumbing apprentices are; Nathan Tumelty, Mason Cole and Pierce McAuley

Business Development Manager

As part of Dowds continued expansion, we are seeking to appoint a Business Development Manager, with a track record in the construction sector and understanding of the sales process in securing M&E contracts.

The position is results driven with remuneration based on meeting agreed targets and KPI’s. The role will involve working in the London area for 3+ days per week on average and reporting to our Commercial Director.


Background

The successful candidate must bring with them a detailed understanding of the sector drivers and challenges, along with the characteristics of the competition. We would expect this person to be aware and signpost the company to new and pending tender opportunities.

The leadership team expect this role to have input in improving our understanding of the supplier and trusted sub-contractor base in the region. Dowds Group are committed to providing the necessary support in this region to make it a success.


The Role

  • To provide detailed market analysis and research on an on-going basis, that includes key decision makers, budget holders and influencers
  • Create and manage target client’s using CRM
  • Create a marketing, networking and events plan that underpins the business objectives in the region
  • Build and lead relationships with targeted key clients
  • Creation and maintenance of sales presentation material with the marketing department
  • Create and manage the qualified lead pipeline and sales conversion process
  • Meet enquiry and new business targets
  • Contribute to successful tender submission and negotiation
  • Provide regular, accurate and consistent reporting as required by the leadership group
  • Lead and report on innovation trends in the sector
  • Gather customer feedback throughout the business cycle and report on this to allow continual improvement.
  • Building the Brand along with the leadership team

The ideal candidate profile:

  • Min 5 years in a sales and business development role at a senior level
  • Track record in winning and developing business
  • Detailed knowledge of the construction sector
  • A degree or similar qualification in construction or project management
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the sales process from initial lead to successful negotiation
  • Knowledge of the supply chain ecosystem, its player’s (suppliers / sub-contractors) and key drivers
  • Gravitas and track record in sales and relationship building
  • Confident and capable communicator, comfortable in a range of environments
  • Use and understanding of a recognised CRM system
  • Brings a network of existing relevant contacts
  • Ambitious, driven and used to working to targets and deadlines

If interested please submit your CV to hr@dowdsgroup.com – the closing date is Friday 30th August 2019.

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.

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.

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. 

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.”

Dowds Group Achieve Investors In People Silver Award!

As you’ll know, Investors in People visited Dowds Group in November 2018 and we are delighted to announce that we have been awarded the Investors in People Silver Award!

Investors In People was founded in 1991 and leads the drive for better leadership and better workplaces. They are a company that helps thousands of organisations to lead, support and manage people for sustainable results.

Investors In People enables organisations to benchmark against the best in the business on an international scale. “The organisations clearly outperforming others, are the ones with smarter goals. They understand that investing in people is vital to their success.” 

Paul Devoy, Head of Investors in People, said: “We’d like to congratulate Dowds Group, Investors in People accreditation is the sign of a great employer, and an organisation committed to achieving success by realising the potential of their people. Dowds Group should be extremely proud of their achievement.”

Our Managing Director, James Dowds had this to say about the award: “We are absolutely delighted and extremely proud here at Dowds Group being awarded the Silver Investors in People Award. This is a prestigious award that acknowledges the culture within Dowds Group and the care that each employee has for each other. It makes it even more of an achievement, the fact that this is the first time that we have applied for the accreditation. Every person that works for Dowds Group is a vital part of the great success that our business has become over the last forty years. I want to congratulate everyone within Dowds Group and can only hope that this award will drive everyone to aim even higher.”

To find out more information about Investors In People, you can visit their website www.investorsinpeople.com/