Quantity Surveyor

We are seeking to recruit a focused, organised and experienced QS to join Dowds Group. Position will be based in Ballymoney and Belfast.

THE COMPANY

Dowds Group are a national mechanical, electrical and specialist construction company based in Northern Ireland, delivering quality installations to a diverse range of clients throughout the UK and Ireland. With continued growth, we are keen to take on new talent to help us expand our operations.

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
  • 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
  • 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

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

We 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 19th May 2019.

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.”

Electrical Contracts Supervisor

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

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.

 

THE COMPANY

We have the people, experience and resources to complete the most complicated electrical & mechanical installations. We specialise in innovative and sustainable M&E services and our in-house expertise allows us to provide a complete, quality service at every stage, from design, construction and coordination, to installation and full commissioning. Our forward-thinking in-house design department utilise the latest technology including Revit, CADFAB & Sysque platforms.

THE ROLE

  • 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
  • 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.

We 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 19th April 2019.

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/ 

Dowds ’40 for Forty’ campaign hits £60,000 mark!

Dowds Group reached the company’s 40th year in business in 2018 and, to celebrate this milestone, our team aimed to raise £40,000 to distribute across four different charities. We did not only reach the target, but the company exceeded it and have hit the £60,000 mark! The four charities selected by our staff for the ’40 for Forty’ campaign are the Electrical Industries Charity, Macmillan Cancer Support, AWARE NI and The Boom Foundation, each with a meaningful decision behind why they were chosen.

With the four charities selected, we planned and held a number of events which took place throughout the year. The 40 for Forty campaign got off to  a successful start in December 2017 with a Christmas at the Races event with Malone Lighting as the main sponsor of the event at the Elk, Toomebridge.  Following on in April, a fun-filled Family Fun Day was held at Joey Dunlop Centre, Ballymoney with Unitrunk Cable Trunking Systems as main sponsor. After months of dedicated training, Dowds Director, Brian Cunning, conquered his Everest Base Camp Trek reaching Base Camp after 9 long, hard days of trekking! In the same month, a number of Dowds staff bravely tackled Run Mucker Run and the Belfast Marathon in May.  Dowds then started the summer with a superb Golf Day tournament on what was one of the hottest days of the year in June. Whitecroft Lighting was the main sponsor of the event and along with 30 ‘Four Ball’ teams and different sponsors at each hole, the event was a great success. In July, Director Bryan Armstrong completed an epic mountain biking challenge  ‘The Crossing’, taking on 200 miles over 3 intense days.

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We held the finale event, The Gala, on Friday, October 19 at Galgorm Resort & Spa that rounded off this magnificent campaign – click here to read more about our Gala event! James Dowds, Managing Director, said, “We are overwhelmed by the generosity that everyone has shown in backing our 40 for Forty campaign. So to our own staff, the local communities we work in and to the wider construction industry, we want to say a huge thank you for everyone’s support. “As well as raising money for these four important charities, this year has has been an opportunity to look back and recognise the hard work and dedication of all our employees, past and present, over the last 40 years and we are all looking forward to a successful future.”  The Gala event was a fitting end to an incredible year of fundraising and team-building for Dowds Group and we look forward to 2019 to take part in further charity work!
   

Works underway at Robinson Leisure Centre!

Working alongside main contractor Heron Bros we are carrying out the M&E works on the Robinson Leisure Centre. This new £20 million centre which will focus on aquatics with a gala pool and diving provision areas in addition to a gym and sports hall!

Mechanically, the 1st fix of the LTHW Heating, Domestic Plumbing, Ventilation and Air Conditioning systems are progressing well as areas become available. Underfloor heating systems have also been installed in a number of areas. Second fix is also now underway in some zones with insulation works following behind.

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Electrically, 1st Fix containment is progressing well across all floors with a few new areas opening as the building develops. Containment in main riser is progressing well and ready for sub mains cabling, the Sub switchboard is also ready for installation. General lighting and power wiring is ongoing, with the community hall more advanced. The lighting trunking in gyms/studios and sports hall are ongoing and 1st Fix containment in main plantroom will be starting after Christmas!

Check out Belfast City Council‘s fly through video to see the end goal of the Robinson Leisure Centre which will be opening in late 2019. 

 

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.