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Maintenance Assistant

Requisition ID: 58949

Domain: Trades & Maintenance/General Maintenance

Contract type: Permanent

Schedule: Full-Time

Equans is looking for a Maintenance Assistant to join our team in Edinburgh on a permanent basis for our University of Edinburgh contract. This is a full time role working 37.5 hours per week. On offer is a competitive salary and benefits package.

General Overview:
The position is part of a team of 3 which also includes an electrician and a joiner who deliver maintenance for the University. The post holder will be a maintenance assistant primarily with knowledge/experience of water systems, water hygiene (e.g. Legionella awareness) and/or plumbing. They will be required to carry out the delivery of maintenance and reactive maintenance, primarily on water systems. Core elements will include Health and Safety, communication at all levels, assisting management on statutory compliance, and safe and efficient use of resources. To maintain and update the planned maintenance system based within Maximo.

The main aspects of the job will be:
• Taking various tap temperatures (e.g. sentinel taps, representative taps)
• Flushing little used outlets
• Draining and inspecting calorifiers
• Quarterly showerhead cleaning
• Thermostatic mixer valve maintenance
• Cold water storage tank inspections
• Reactive jobs (e.g. repairing/unblocking sinks, showers, and toilets)

Equans is required to deliver professional and first-class hard FM services that are subject to strict service level agreements and key performance indicators.

Post holder will be required to assist Equans in achieving high standards by, acting in a professional manner at all times, being flexible and customer-facing with regular liaison with clients i.e. Accommodation Services, Project Company representatives and students living in the accommodation.

Main Duties:

1. To work in accordance with the requirements of Equans rules for the Safe Operation Low Voltage, Mechanical, Pressure, Water, and Confined Spaces.
2. Actively participate in the operation, undertaking and control of all planned maintenance schemes in support of the business and contract needs.
3. Respond to unplanned events promptly and in accordance with the SLA response and rectification times, thus ensuring minimal failures resulting in financial penalties and contractual service failure points.
4. Produce Method Statements and risk Assessments to allow the issue of Permits-to-Work as required.
5. Work overtime to carry out additional work installations, improvements, planned maintenance and emergency repairs as/when required.
6. Undertake planned and reactive maintenance tasks, carry out small work and variation requests, and any other tasks deemed reasonable and within the capabilities of the individual at the request of the senior management team.
7. To liaise with the Equans team regarding plant or equipment failures and to arrange for the supply of goods and/or services as necessary.
8. Complete all works report sheets and test certificates as necessary on electronic and hard formats as required.
9. Use of all relevant tools and equipment within safety guidelines as necessary for the completion of works ensuring full compliance with Equans Guidelines and Controls e.g. Risk Assessment, Permits to Work, Method Statements, Site Safety, Fire Safety, Control of Infection and Hazardous Substances
10. Undertake training where necessary to learn new skills and techniques as part of the business needs and personal development.
11. Ensure good team work ethic and assist Equans colleagues and external contractors as required.
12. Maintain tools and workshops, storage, and equipment areas in a clean and tidy manner.

Will be part of a flexible out-of-hours on-call rota to ensure 24/7 cover is maintained for the Accommodation. This will extend beyond mechanical bias across all site systems & services within the competency levels achieved.

Equans have a strict set of Service Level Agreement (SLA) and Key Performance Indicators to meet within the contractual obligations which means the planned and reactive maintenance tasks must be delivered within the SLAs or Service Failure Points are awarded, and financial deductions may be implemented. Thresholds are applied to this and there is a need to maintain levels of performance to avoid breaches.
Proactive, Motivated and Effective team working is vital to the required culture, and to ensure all works are delivered in accordance with the contract conditions.

This job description overview represents an outline of the main responsibilities of the post and may be amended as required through discussion with the post holder. Must comply with Equans & NHS Fife Policies and Procedures, including (but not limited to) BREEAM, NEAT, Incident Reporting, etc….
Be supportive to the operational teams within the challenging healthcare environment to ensure successful delivery whilst minimising downtime and impacts to clinical activities.

Qualifications or Required Experience:
Previous experience in water hygiene management and general building system knowledge.
Has practical skills in basic maintenance tasks (e.g. plumbing, fabric, electrical & mechanical repairs). Experience in a similar role or related field is advantageous. Good literacy & numeracy skills, with educational qualifications in Maths & English.
Ability to troubleshoot and address maintenance issues efficiently. Have a proficiency at a good standard with the use of office applications and devices, such as PDA.

Having a trade related qualification aligned to facilities management and/or building services. Familiarity with the Healthcare sector, and day to day operation and maintenance of varying types of building/premises.

What can we offer you?

On offer is a competitive salary and benefits package, which includes;

  • 24 days annual leave (+ public holidays)
  • Life Cover equivalent to 1 times annual salary
  • Employee discount shopping schemes on major brands and retailers
  • Gym membership discounts 
  • Cycle to work scheme 
  • Holiday purchase scheme
  • 2 corporate social responsibility days per year
  • Broad range of learning opportunities, such as professional qualifications, collective/individual training, and personalized support programmes
  • Attractive Employee Referral Rewards Scheme
  • Access to our growing employee networks including AccessAbility (representing those with physical and mental disabilities), Encompass (representing the LGBTQ+ community), RISE (representing people from ethnic backgrounds), WOMEN TOGETHER (representing women in Equans), Working Parents, and Young Professionals.
  • 24/7 Employee Assistance Program and access to mental wellbeing app


Who are we?

Equans is a world leader in energy services with nearly 100,000 employees working in more than 50 countries, with an annual turnover of over 17 billion euros.  

In the UK & Ireland, Equans is a provider of technical, FM, regeneration and energy services – with specialist capabilities in smart buildings, green mobility, district & embedded energy and decentralised renewables.

Equans’ 13,500 UK & Ireland employees combine these activities to help businesses, public sector organisations and government to embrace the energy transition towards net zero, and also the digital & industrial transitions that are redesigning the way we move, work and live.

Equans is a Bouygues group company.

What’s next?

If this role is of interest to you, please click below to register, apply, and track your progress! A member of our Resourcing Team will review your application and be in touch.


As part our commitment to better reflect the markets within which we operate, we encourage applications from women, ethnically diverse individuals and people with disabilities, along with all candidates who identify with protected characteristic groups under the Equality Act 2010. 

At Equans we’re committed to delivering a culture where everyone’s voice is heard and supported. We know the value a diverse workforce creates, delivering better results for our people, customers, and stakeholders. Diversity and inclusion is at the core of what we do, should you join Equans you’ll find a welcoming and open workplace where you’re supported and encouraged to be your true self at work. 

You’ll also have access to our growing employee networks including AccessAbility (representing those with physical and mental disabilities), Encompass (representing the LGBTQ+ community), RISE (representing people from ethnic backgrounds), WOMEN TOGETHER (representing women in Equans), Working Parents, and Young Professionals.

For this role, you must have evidence of the right to work in the UK. Unfortunately, we are not able to offer a re-location package with this job role.  Certain roles may require applicants to undergo a Disclosure check, as noted in the role requirements.

The Equans Resourcing Team supports this job advert. Agency involvement is not required. All related enquiries must come to the resourcing team not direct to Equans Managers.

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EQUANS is a multi-technical expert that offers a comprehensive range of services across facilities management, energy management and construction.

As an international market leader, we help our customers in the 3 major transitions of today: the energy transition, the industrial transition and the digital transition.