Mechanical & Electrical Design Managers

We are seeking to recruit Mechanical and Electrical Design Managers to join our team.  We are open to discussion with all levels of experience – if interested please contact us for more information on the posts.

Desirable Criteria

•  Minimum HNC /HND in building services engineering or equivalent.
•  Fully proficient with Microsoft Office suite.
•  Membership of CIBSE / IHEEM preferred but not essential.  
•  Working knowledge of IES and Revit design software.

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

IMS Co-Ordinator

We are seeking for an Integrated Management Systems Coordinator to join our busy teams. This position will be based in our Head Office in Ballymoney.

THE ROLE

The post holder will be responsible for the continual improvement development, co-ordination and management of the Integrated Management Systems. They will be responsible for ensuring that it remains effective and efficient and that it continues to meet the requirements of the business and ISO standards 9001,14001, and OHSAS18001 with 45001 migration. The post holder will develop and co-ordinate IMS documentation, perform the role of Internal Auditor and actively assist with the training and promotion of the IMS System, processes and procedures to all staff.

Reports to: Safety, Health & Environmental Manager and indirectly to the Quality Manager.

DUTIES/RESPONSIBILITIES:

  • Predominantly based in our Ballymoney HQ, the post will require occasional travel to our various sites and there may be some scope to work from our Belfast office
  • Actively develop current systems ensuring continual improvement, efficiency and effectiveness.  
  • Provide effective and efficient management of the Company’s IMS Documentation including all Logs and Registers (e.g. Legal Compliance Registers)
  • Co-ordinate IMS documentation through the Company’s current document control system ensuring maintenance of up to date information and archiving of historical information.
  • Assist the SHE and Quality Manager’s with timely changes to documentation, ensuring all changes are recorded through the Company’s document control process.
  • Assist the SHE and Quality Manager’s in producing regular compliance reports (e.g. Accident/KPI/Customer Satisfaction, Management Review, Quarterly Director reports)
  • Ensure employees are kept up to date with IMS system amendments.
  • Undertake induction training for staff on procedures and actively promote awareness of the importance of the Company’s IMS Standards.
  • Co-ordinate and assist with the completion of internal audits including site-based IMS compliance audits.
  • Monitor IMS policies and assist with keeping them up to date
  • Assist SHE Manager in the provision and maintenance of records (e.g. Accidents, Incidents, Safety Alerts/Fliers, HSE Visits, VDU Assessments)
  • Ensure certification and licenses required for Waste providers are accurate and up to date (including documentation at Company offices)
  • Assist Site/Design management teams with the compilation of BREAAM documentation
  • Maintain relevant IMS control procedures in accordance with ISO 9001:2015 and ISO 14001:2015, OHSAS 18001 (currently in transition to ISO 45001).
  • Be aware of and comply with the Company’s Health & Safety Policy.
  • Fulfil company CPD requirements undertaking all relevant training and development activities as required.

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.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Essential Criteria

  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience within a SHEQ environment (construction preferred but not essential)
  • Can demonstrate previous experience in successfully managing and developing management systems, preferably to the following certification standards ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 (ISO 45001)
  • NEBOSH certificate in Occupational Health and Safety (construction preferred but not essential)
  • Internal Auditor training
  • Current driving licence
  • 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.
  • Fully proficient with Microsoft Office suite.

Desirable Criteria

  • NEBOSH environmental certificate
  • Experienced in SHEQ software/digitised systems
  • Experienced in delivering training

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

Intermediate Quantity Surveyor

We are seeking to recruit a Quantity Surveyor for a substantial construction scheme in NI.

THE ROLE:

The successful candidate will be responsible for –

  • The preparation, submission and agreement of Valuations, Variations, Day works and Final Accounts with the Client’s consultants.
  • Sub-Contractor accounts including site measurement, Payment and Pay Less notices and the agreement of Final accounts.
  • Liaising with the Contracts Manager in the procurement of Sub-Contractor packages and the preparation of the Sub-Contract documents.
  • Supporting the site team in monitoring the progress of the works.
  • Preparation and submission of contractual notices and / or correspondence to both the Client and Sub-Contractors
  • Preparation of cash flows and monthly cost reports, including monitoring of expenditure.
  • Attending progress and technical meetings.
  • Assessing risk and working with the site team to develop and manage mitigation plans.
  • Working with the commercial and operational teams to strive for continuous improvement.
  • Liaising with the Quantity Surveying Manager in the review of contractual documentation.
  • Working with the Client’s team in the preparation of budgets.

 THE CANDIDATE:

The successful candidate should –

  • Hold a recognised professional qualification.
  • Have at least 5 years experience working for a Main Contractor.
  • Have a detailed knowledge of the construction process and the trades involved.
  • Be contractually aware and knowledgeable in the various forms of contract.
  • Be computer literate.
  • Be self-motivated, able to work independently and manage their time effectively.
  • Be proactive in your approach
  • Have the communication skills and diplomacy necessary for dealing with clients.
  • Have the ability to anticipate problems and have good problem solving skills.

The successful candidate will report directly to the Quantity Surveying Department Manager. They will be primarily site based for this initial scheme.

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

Build Site Manager

We’re seeking a Site Manager responsible for overseeing the daily running of build projects for our Build Department. The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of several concurrent medium-large contracts throughout NI.

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.

THE COMPANY

Dowds Group are a national Mechanical, Electrical and Specialist Construction company with over 40 year’s experience delivering quality installations to a diverse range of clients throughout the UK and Ireland.  We have offices in Ballymoney, Belfast and London, and due to continued growth, we are keen to take on new talent to help us expand our operations.

THE ROLE

Reporting to the Construction Manager, the successful candidate will have the following duties:

  • Responsible for the co-ordination and control of the project from the design stage, through to completion and the handover of the project to the client.
  • Day to day management of operations on site, ensuring that the project is brought to a successful completion and meets the required time, budget and quality constraints.
  • Ensuring timely management of any unforeseen delays.
  • Regular monitoring and liaison with the Construction Project Manager on the Master Programme and development of stage/section programmes as required.
  • Liaise with the Construction Project Manager to ensure adequate labour and sub-contract resource is available on site utilising the agreed agency list.
  • Carry out tool box briefings to the site teams and sub-contractors.
  • Plan and efficiently organise the site facilities and logistics, ensuring all equipment on site is fit for purpose and only operated by appropriately trained staff
  • Supervise, manage and motivate all site team including effective management of sub-contractor activities on-site.
  • Ensure workmanship and material standards are achieved in accordance with specifications, building regulations, health and safety legislation as well as quality standards.
  • Ensure site team and sub-contractors are following common operational standards.
  • Maintain close relations with the Construction Manager and Contract Surveyor regarding cost control, waste management, variations and Confirmation of Instructions.
  • Organise and chair weekly review meetings with site/sub-contractors team.
  • Carrying out safety inspections and fulfilling the health, safety and welfare responsibilities as detailed in the Company’s Policy and in compliance with OHSAS 18001.
  • Control and monitor site waste in accordance with the Company’s Site Waste Minimisation & Management Policy.
  • Maintain quality and environmental control procedures in accordance with ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
  • Undertake all relevant training and development activities as required.
  • Fulfil the role of mentor as and when required.

Essential Criteria

  • Minimum 5 years’ experience in Site Management
  • Relevant Construction Qualification
  • Good Technical Knowledge
  • Excellent Communication / Negotiation Skills
  • A Proactive Approach
  • Ability to work extended hour / weekends, as required
  • Experience of Supervision/mentoring of other operatives/apprentices
  • Security Clearance will be required to be sought

Desirable Criteria

  • Valid CSR Card
  • IPAF 3A/3B
  • PASMA Combined

To apply please send a copy of your CV and Covering letter to: hr@dowdsgroup.com

CLOSING DATE: 4th March 2020

Dowds “Lighting” the Way for the Future!

Dowds Group have officially confirmed the electrical works for the newly enhanced Ulster University, Belfast campus. This inner-city regeneration project involves the creation of a 75,000 sqm campus which will hold up to 15,000 students and staff.  

The electrical installation for this project is one of Dowds Group’s largest projects to date at a staggering £22M. We have over 100 employees onsite and this isn’t including the specialist sub-contractors that we employ. It is a high-spec design and build project comprising of blocks BC and BD.

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This project incorporates 15 storeys with 2 storeys being below ground level. There will be 150 classrooms ranging from seminar rooms to large flat floor lecture theatres. A library and student hub space will be embedded into the facilities to promote learning outside the lectures. Ground floor and library will be publicly accessible and will contain catering facilities, gallery and lecture theatres. The Electrical Services Installation include; High voltage ring including HV transformers, fire detection systems incorporating voice alarm and assistance call systems, standby generator system and UPS system, general/emergency lighting & intelligent lighting control,door access, intercoms and intruder alarm systems, CAT 7 -IT installations, IP CCTV system, energy monitoring, rising bus bar and underfloor busbars, public address and induction loops and BMS installation.

This is a very challenging and demanding project along with a very tight programme,installation. We are due to finish all work by December 2020.

Dowds plumbing apprentice, Abigail Reilly, goes for gold!

We’re all very proud here at Dowds Group of our plumbing apprentice, Abigail Reilly, who has headed off to Birmingham this week to compete in the WorldSkills UK LIVE National Finals.

Abigail will be taking on the UK’s top young learners, competing for gold in the plumbing category where finalists have to complete a set task in their respective skill area within a limited time in front of the 70,000 plus visitors attending the event.

Everyone at Dowds wishes Abigail all the best of luck and support in the competition this week, we have no doubt she will do fantastic! 😊👩‍🔧

Check out Abigail’s interview below with BBC Newsline on the preparation she has undertook for the competition and also her experience on being the only female on site whilst currently working on our South Lakes Leisure Centre project:

Dowds Group take on Slieve Donard for World Mental Health Day!

Today we celebrate World Mental Health Day! This is an opportunity for us all to raise awareness of mental ill-health and advocate against the stigma that continues to surround this issue.

This stigma can inhibit people from seeking the help they need and subsequently delay their treatment. Poor mental health can isolate people and prevent them from carrying out their day-to-day activities,maintaining relationships with friends and family as well as possibly hampering their ability to hold down a job. By addressing how we think and act about mental health, we can seek to support people to avoid reaching a crisis situation.

Here at Dowds Group, our people are at the centre of everything we do and so we strive to make our employees’mental well being as important a focus as their physical health. With a third of our lives spent at work, we want to ensure that our staff are taking important small steps to aid their mental well being.

“World Mental Health Day celebrates awareness for the global community in an empathetic way, with a unifying voice, helping those feel hopeful by empowering them to take action and to create lasting change.”  – World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH)

Our “40 for Forty” Legacy event this year was to trek up and down Slieve Donard in Newcastle, Co. Down, the highest peak (850m) in Northern Ireland, in partnership with AWARE NI. This trek was being held in celebration of World Mental Health Day. There were 78 participants in total, 21 being Dowds Group employees along with their family and friends.

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6:00am was an early start on Saturday morning for everyone to make their way to Newcastle. After registration and our safety briefing on arrival,we all set off up the mountain with the weather on our side. We trekked upwards through old woodland of Scots Pine, Oak and Birch alongside the Glen River until we reached the gate and stile. We continued to trek for another 2kms heading towards the saddle between Donard and Commedagh. When we reached the Mourne wall the mist descended and before long the wind and rain. This was the toughest part, “just another 10 minutes, just another 10 minutes” we kept being told. Finally, we reached the top and although we didn’t get a picturesque view, the huge sense of achievement was very evident amongst all those there. A brisk stop at the top for a photo and we made our way back down to the saddle where we had a quick bite to eat before heading for the bottom. The weather became wetter which made the terrain more difficult underfoot, but the bottom of the mountain grew closer and closer as the minutes ticked on. We were greeted at the bottom by the AWARE NI team who presented us with medals and pointed us in the direction of the soup and sandwiches.

This was a day enjoyed by all at Dowds Group who took part and to top it all off we have raised over a fantastic £3000 for AWARE NI. We want to thank everyone who has donated so far and as we are still receiving donations,it isn’t too late to donate. 

https://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/DowdsGroup40Forty

A short note to finish – in the UK, the average person says they are fine 14 times a day in response to a question, Feelings Inside Not Expressed. So, by asking the person twice, we can express our genuine concern in hearing what they have to say and allow them the opportunity to say how they are really feeling. You don’t have to bean expert in mental health to listen to someone, we don’t have to feel afraid because we don’t have all the answers, we simply need to listen, provide support and be a friend.

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.

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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

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.