Senior Mechanical Craftsperson

We currently have a great opportunity for a Senior Mechanical Craftsperson at The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC).

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency enhance and improve the health of millions of people every day through the effective regulation of medicines and medical devices, underpinned by science and research. The agency is made up of c.1300 staff working across two main centres and peripatetically across the UK and abroad.

A centre of the agency The National Institute for Biological Standards and Control (NIBSC) is a global leader in the characterisation, standardisation and control of biological medicines. NIBSC plays a major role in assuring the quality of biological medicines worldwide through the provision of biological reference materials, by testing products and carrying out research. Our expert scientists also provide advice on a routine basis and in response to emergencies.

Some of the key responsibilities of this role include:

  • Carrying out technical support of specialist equipment and mechanical work to ensure that the engineering systems support delivery of the Agency’s strategic objectives.
  • Co-ordinating and supervising the planned preventative maintenance programme for the specialist plant and equipment, making sure the correct maintenance routines are set up and adhered to both throughout the year and at shutdowns.
  • Investigating and responding to faults and unscheduled tasks as they occur on a priority basis and proposing solutions as to how the fault can be rectified so that operations continue to function safely.
  • Providing out of hours cover on a rota basis.

The role holder will also work with others to identify areas for improvement and simplify processes to use fewer resources.

The successful candidate will have good experience in a maintenance or Building Services environment.

You will also hold a minimum NVQ Level 2 or BTEC or City & Guilds Craft Certificate in a relevant mechanical subject or equivalent and have practical experience in a relevant environment e.g. containment laboratories, clean rooms.

If you would like to know more about this role, please click on the Job Description and Person Specification.

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Closing date:

23rd February

Please ensure all application questions are completed; your application may not be considered if any key questions are left blank.

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Candidates will be subject to UK immigration requirements as well as Civil Service nationality rules.

Our process requires that you apply through our careers site where you will be asked to complete your application and answer some competency-based questions. Applicants are assessed on whether they meet any mandatory requirements as well as the necessary skills and experience for the role, and are then scored on their competency answers, so please ensure you have read these thoroughly and allow enough time to answer. You can view the competencies for this role in the job description.

In accordance with the Civil Service Commissioners’ Recruitment Principles our recruitment and selection processes are underpinned by the requirement of selection for appointment on the basis of merit by a fair and open competition. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with the Recruitment Principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should contact Mira Mepa, Head of Recruitment and Operations,  in the first instance.

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive, you can contact the Civil Service Commission at:

Civil Service Commission

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