🌎 Around the World in 28 Days! 🌎

Our 28 day company challenge has come to an end, we are incredibly proud of the hard work and perseverance from each participant over the 28 days. We have come together as a company and supported each other’s mental and physical health as well as stirring up a little friendly competition!

The final results of the challenge are …

🥇1st Place: Team Melissa with 12,476.66 miles

🥈2nd Place: Team Jack with 11,721.80 miles

🥉3rd Place: Team Conor with 9652.76 miles

🏅4th Place: Team Gareth with 8208.52 miles

After a tight race with only 200 miles between Team Melissa & Team Jack on Friday, Team Melissa soared ahead over the weekend and each team member played a part in upping the miles to earn those bragging rights!

So far, we have raised £4,430 for our chosen charity Mates in Mind!

If you would still like to donate, please follow the link below:

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DowdsGroup

As you can see from the video it has been a fun four weeks for everyone involved!

FM Manager

We are currently seeking an experienced FM Site Manager to join our busy Integrated Service Division, working in a Busy commercial site in Belfast City Centre.

THE ROLE

To work as part of a dedicated team within a Busy Commercial site in Belfast City Centre. As Part of this role the candidate will head up a team of on-site engineers across, mechanical, electrical and Build, carrying out routine and preventive maintenance on the site. Client Liaison is major part of this role as daily communication, weekly meetings and site walk arounds are required to deliver the quality of service the client requires. A trustworthy, open, friendly, and dedicated person with a can-do attitude is essential for this role.

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 5-day period. On occasion the structure of these hours may need to vary to suit onsite requirements

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:

  • Very Close working with the Client to fulfil their needs and requirements
  • Management of Engineers
  • Planned Weekly, Monthly Checks,
  • Meeting Delivery and Quality KPI’s
  • Efficient planning of tasks
  • Procurement of materials
  • Procurement and co-ordination of Specialist Sub-contractors
  • Co-ordination of project works
  • Maintaining Working relationship with client site teams
  • Health and Safety consideration
  • Consideration of Budgets and Billing processes
  • Hands on approach to solving on site problems

PERSON SPECIFICATION

The candidate will have a strong based work knowledge in Maintenance tasks, self-motivated, strong team working attributes, have the ability to analyse a problem and develop a solution and manage the works to resolve any issues quickly and efficiently, a dynamic 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.

Essential Criteria:

  • Minimum 3 years’ experience within a similar environment
  • Extremely good communication skills and dedication
  • CSR Card

Desirable:

  • IOSH/NEBOSH certificate in H&S
  • Electrical or Mechanical Bias Qualification
  • Access NI Clearance
  • IPAF 3A/3B
  • PASMA Combined
  • Asbestos Awareness
  • Close proximity to sites around Belfast for Callouts.

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 

CLOSING DATE: 6th November 2020

Dowds Group supporting the NHS at the Nightingale Hospital

We are pleased to announce that Dowds Group have been trusted with the contract for the Build and M&E works for the new Nightingale facility at Whiteabbey Hospital.

This is a significant step forward for Northern Ireland and yet another opportunity for Dowds Group to play an important role in the battle against COVID19.

Throughout the pandemic, Dowds Group have been working hard to support the NHS, working in live hospital environments with a quick turnaround. The appointment of the Nightingale contract follows the successful completion of the North Block at Altnagelvin Hospital in April 2020 handing over 70+ beds to support our health service during the first wave of the crisis as well as works at Holywell Hospital in May 2020.

Over the coming months, our team will complete Northern Ireland’s second Nightingale Hospital in preparation for the next wave.

Electrical Personnel

Dowds Group are continually looking to hear from new talent as our company grows!

If you are an Electrician, Electrical Contracts Supervisor or Electrical Contracts Manager looking for a change, please send a copy of your CV directly to hr@dowdsgroup.com.

No recruitment agencies please, thank you!

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

Closing Date: Running Advert

Store Person (Electrical Bias)

Dowds Group are seeking a Store Person with electrical bias to join our team for our Ulster University project in the Belfast. Working directly to the Electrical Site Supervisor and Contract Manager you will act as the Site Store Person providing all support where required.

This is a busy role in a construction site environment, ideal candidates will need to have excellent administration and organisation skills and be a team player.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

The successful candidate will be responsible for –

  • To receive and record the deliveries of all goods and if necessary be responsible for dealing with carriers over discrepancies between orders and goods delivered.
  • To ensure that all stores are maintained in a clean and orderly condition including a rotation of goods, movement of stock etc.
  • Check stock levels in the stores and advise the respective departments on availability of goods.
  • Monitoring material levels and showing a general concern for material levels and safe, clean and dry storage.
  • Ensuring deliveries are checked and signed off correctly.
  • Work without supervision in the most efficient and economical manner
  • Maintain Health & Safety as your number 1 priority:
    • Challenge any unsafe actions on site and highlight any main contractor issues
    • Use the appropriate plant & tools and adhere to 5-point PPE

The above list is not exhaustive, and the post holder may be required to take on other duties and responsibilities for the effective and efficient performance of this role.

Criteria

Ideal candidates will possess the following skills –

  • Strong general knowledge of all electrical systems
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Team player.
  • CSR card would be advantageous.

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 Cover Letter to hr@dowdsgroup.com

Closing Date: Friday 16th October 2020

Around the World in 28 Days!

At the beginning of the week, we launched our new Autumn challenge. The aim of this challenge is to help promote health and well-being within our company. Unlike our previous 555 Challenge, this will take place over 4 weeks which we are hoping will help get people into a good routine and establish an exercise plan that suits their lifestyle but also that can be maintained even after the challenge is finished.

These challenges help us to build new friendships with people who we might not normally come into contact with within the company. It creates some healthy competition between teams and is a great conversation starter! With a lot of us still working remotely from home, it is a good way to keep in contact with our colleagues even we aren’t seeing them.

We will have an update for our teams every Friday with this being our first.

Week One Results:

🥇1st Place: Team Conor with 952.46 miles

🥈2nd Place: Team Melissa with 855.66 miles

🥉3rd Place: Team Jack with 694.77 miles

🏅4th Place: Team Gareth with 661.97 miles

There is still plenty of time for all this to change, so keep up the great work and keep those miles coming in! Any money that we raise during this challenge will be donated to Mates in Mind, a charity that helps promote positive mental health within the construction industry!

We want to thank everyone for their continued support for Dowds Group and our chosen charities throughout the year!

Martin Brogan Retires

Dowds Group bid farewell to Martin Brogan after 31 years of service!

Martin joined the company in 1989 as an engineer and made a significant contribution to the success of Dowds Group throughout all his roles and most recently in his Senior Electrical Design Manager role.

His business approach along with the relationships he built up with not only his colleagues but clients and partners too, done so much to help develop the Dowds brand and our people.

Martin passed on so much wisdom and knowledge to the different teams throughout the company over the years – his door was always open for advice or to those who just needed a listening ear.

After 31 years of dedicated service and commitment, he finished his last day on Wednesday 16th September.

Everyone at Dowds Group would like to wish Martin a long and healthy retirement along with his wife Serena as they relax, travel, and spend more quality time with their children & grandchildren.

Dowds Group at Ulster University, Belfast

Our team are now on site 14 months and progressing well on all 15 floors.

Dowds currently have a workforce averaging between 120-130 operatives on site who all need commended for adhering to the ever-changing COVID-19 guidelines. Generally, second fix is well advanced throughout, with third fix and testing commencing on several floors.

Dowds Group are working extremely hard and are proud to be involved in this landmark project.

Mechanical Contracts Manager

We are seeking a Mechanical Contracts Manager for our Integrated Services Department.  The successful candidate will have responsibility for the management of several concurrent medium-large contracts based in Northern Ireland and The Mainland.

The role will involve ensuring management and administration of the works are completed to the programme deadline and to a high standard ensuring a satisfied client and an acceptable profit margin for the Company.

This position is based in our Belfast office and is permanent full time.

Reports to: Divisional Manager

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

The successful candidate will be responsible for –

  • Estimating Assistance – the ability to read drawings and extract all equipment for costing.
  • Health & Safety – inductions of personnel onto site, carry out daily briefs, tool box talks, monitoring & assist writing RAMS, monitoring H&S plan
  • Procurement – monitoring stock of materials, assist site supervisor with timely procurement of materials, overseeing deliveries and appropriate hire goods
  • Subcontractors – liaising with subcontractors, coordination of works, trouble-shooting
  • Programme – monitoring the progress of the programme & reporting on progress to main contractor / client
  • Quality – check sheets, inspection of quality of installation on site – ensuring they meet company standards
  • Meetings – attend/provide input for progress meetings
  • Testing – carrying out and/or signing off tests, overseeing other testing on site
  • Commissioning – overseeing commissioning by specialists, ensuring there are no delays,
  • O&M – production information for the manual & timely mark-up of ‘as installed drawings’, preparation of the building log book & operations guide
  • Communication with the Divisional Manager is essential – supervision of the site and update reporting directly
  • Communication – good communication / reporting with the Main Contractor
  • Escalation of issues to Divisional Manager
  • Building & maintaining good relationships with the project team from client/end user through to maintenance team
  • Conflict / Issue resolution
  • Management of all Site Personnel
  • Sharing lessons learned, flagging of recurring issues
  • Liaising with the design team & answering queries
  • Overseeing specialist installations – have/build on a brief knowledge of all mechanical systems & their operation

The above list is not exhaustive, and the post holder may be required to take on other duties and responsibilities for the effective and efficient performance of this role.

Essential Criteria

The successful candidate should have –

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Contract Management
  • Mechanical Qualification
  • Good Mechanical Knowledge of  Plumbing, Heating, Ventilation & AC systems
  • Excellent Communication / Negotiation Skills
  • A Proactive Approach
  • Ability to work extended hour / weekends, as required

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 Cover Letter to hr@dowdsgroup.com

Closing Date: Friday 18th September 2020

Work Begins on the Ulster Hospital

Dowds Group are proud to be working alongside the South Eastern Health & Social Care Trust on the Theatre 8 Project. This project involves the strip out and reconfiguration of the existing Endoscopy Suite to provide the new Theatre 8 and associated procedure rooms.

The works will begin with building demolition works along with the removal of redundant mechanical and electrical services. All work on this project will be carried out in a live hospital environment which requires extra care and attention.

The SE Trust have worked closely with Dowds Group in the implementation of an access and segregation strategy to help provide additional protection to the hospital staff and patients during the current Covid-19 crisis. We have also put in place additional measures to further protect our Site Teams from Covid-19.

Remaining works will include internal drainage connections, structural support works, floor leveling, formation of new partition walls, decoration and finishes, new internal doors and screens, new mechanical and electrical systems, provision for new fixed furniture and provision of new flooring and new ceilings throughout.

Our Build Department is growing from strength to strength with every project they take on. They are a one stop shop as such with our build team providing not only the build side of the project but also the M&E aspect also. Our clients are only having to deal with one point of contact throughout the project, and they are guaranteed the quality that we offer from the start right through to the finish. We have had great feedback from our build clients and can only hope that the success of our build department continues to grow.

We are looking forward to taking on this challenging project at the Ulster Hospital and aim for completion at the beginning of February 2021.