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Head of Engineering (G6)

Job Details

Salary: £64,114 - £72,439. A specialist pay allowance of up to £6,000 per annum may be available to exceptional candidates who are able to evidence at interview against predetermined criteria.


Defra Group Property (DgP) manages the provision of facilities management services to Defra’s executive agency; the Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA). APHA uses a wide range of specialist facilities as part of its aims to safeguard animal and plant health for the benefit of people, the environment and the economy. These specialist facilities include biocontainment laboratories across the UK with the main laboratory campus being located at Weybridge. The Defra Weybridge site is the largest facility in terms of size and complexity across the Defra network and is currently going through a process of major investment (over £1b) and redevelopment in order to enhance its scientific capability. The site is at the forefront of research and diagnostic testing for animal and zoonotic diseases and leads on disease outbreak response for Defra.

The DgP Technical Services team at Weybridge fulfills the role of Intelligent Client Function (ICF) for FM services across DgP’s Science Estate.

Job Description

The purpose of this role is to contribute and support the intelligent client function for the Weybridge site, provide technical assurance of the FM Supplier delivery and technical assurance of the Capital Programmes. The role leads the General Engineering function and will be reporting to the Chief Engineer.

You will be the subject matter expert and lead assurance of all operational engineering maintenance requirements of buildings (less high-containment buildings), plant, utility and infrastructure; to ensure compliance with all applicable regulatory, safety and quality standards, and will actively support the day to day management of the FM Service provider.

You will be responsible for providing technical assurance and support to ensure that Capital projects are shaped to meet the needs of the business and are aligned with industry best practice to deliver reliability and resilience.

The General Engineering function provides assurance to the Chief Engineer that engineering works are carried out in a safe and secure manner, that engineering solutions support environmental sustainability, and that all works are carried out to meet regulatory and compliance standards.

Come and join us and make a difference at Defra.

Closing date for applications is the 11 April 2023.

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We are responsible for improving and protecting the environment. We aim to grow a green economy and sustain thriving rural communities. We also support our world-leading food, farming and fishing industries.

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