The RNLI operates a fleet of over 300 fast, modern lifeboats from a network of 235 lifeboat stations around the coasts of the UK, the ROI and the Isle of Man as well as providing a beach lifeguard service on over 200 beaches. The boathouses and maritime engineering structures upon which these essential services depend are usually located in challenging and exposed locations. The RNLI is proud of its tradition of building to a high standard; many existing boathouses and slipways have withstood harsh marine environments for over 100 years and still provide good service today.
It is the Institution's Estates Office who has the responsibility for the procurement and management of our growing capital works programme, ensuring that our high standards are maintained and that the needs of modern and expanding Lifeboat and Lifeguard service are met. In response to our growing workload, to our programme of continuous improvement, an ‘Estates Engineer’ post has been created to add to our small but highly respected Estates team.
The Estates Engineer role largely encompasses the development of a project brief to comply with the RNLI design guide, assisting with the selection of the external design team and then to develop the project with this team as an ‘Expert Client’, ensuring the proposed building meets our standards for quality, longevity, and low maintenance. You will then lead the development of the project through to construction and completion, using your knowledge and skills to assist the team to a successful conclusion.
You will be a Chartered or Incorporated, Structural or Civil Engineer able to work from first principles, either singly or as part of a team, to produce effective, economic, yet robust solutions to construction issues. You will have experience in all common materials and construction techniques, and will have an appreciation of the extra measures needed in the marine environment.
With excellent communication skills, you will take pride in your ability to build good relationships with a diverse range of organisations and individuals, including our volunteer crews. To be successful, you will have proven project management skills, an excellent knowledge of the primary UK Construction forms of contract, and be proactive in your use and knowledge of the CDM Regulations. You will be able to demonstrate that you are competent in the use of AutoCAD.
The role is suitable for someone who enjoys working on different projects with a varying mix of design, construction supervision, contract management and more general Estates management. You will be adept and take satisfaction in the communication with people at all levels, have an enquiring and innovative mind and enjoy taking a methodical and practical Engineering approach to problems and tasks, all within a very busy team.
The role requires a good knowledge of Word, Excel, Outlook, and Internet applications, and a valid driving licence.
If you are looking for a flexible working arrangement, please include in your personal statement what your preferred working arrangements would be.
This is an 18 month temporary contract.
Closing date: 17 September 2017.
Interview date: w/c 25 September 2017.
The RNLI is the charity that saves lives at sea.
Registered in England and Wales (209603) and Scotland (SC037736).
Charity number CHY 2678 in the Republic of Ireland.