Facilities Assistant

Infrastructure and Facilities, College of Medical and Dental Sciences

Birmingham, United Kingdom


  • Posted on: 25th Nov 2021
  • Salary: £18,333, with potential progression once in post to £20,999
  • REF: 49745
  • Closes: 21st December 2021
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Hours: Full Time

Job summary

The role covers a wide range of duties and requires the post holder to be organised, hardworking, flexible, punctual, reliable and a strong team player.
The post holder will deliver a professional customer service in the College of MDS Core Support Services team and will be expected to work in an orderly and efficient manner. Specific tasks will involve post/parcel receipt and delivery, serving customers at the Stores counters, the safe disposal of clinical waste in the College and the safe installation of gas cylinders to laboratories in the college supported by the team.
You may be asked to work on your own, but more usually with others. You will be asked to assist with straightforward tests or experiments, whilst maintaining health and safety precautions at all times. A basic understanding of technical or other skills appropriate to the work area is therefore desirable. In order to flexibly use resource, you may be given the opportunity to work in different areas of the department or wider University.

Main duties

• Carry out straightforward tests/experience, keeping records;
• Receive and clarify work instructions, and tackle simple problems;
• Comply with all basic University / College Health & Safety policies;
• Flagging up any Health and Safety concerns to appropriate manager;
• Check that all required assessments are in place, approved and up to date;
• Carrying out regular maintenance processes and ensuring records are maintained;
• Following procedures to ensure correct waste disposal;
• Assist with implementing carbon reduction and energy saving measures.
• Identifying when stocks are low and flagging up as appropriate;
• Receipt and correct storage of consumables and chemical reagents;
• Ensuring that the facilities are maintained in a clean, functional and safe condition;
• Reporting any problems with equipment or services to the line manager or colleague as appropriate;
• Any other duties commensurate with the grade and skill base of the post holder required;
• You will be expected to treat everyone with dignity and respect, supporting equality and valuing diversity.

Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience

• Literacy and numeracy skills which may be evidenced by GCSE Maths and English or similar level 1 equivalent qualification; where no equivalent qualification is held, relevant work experience evidencing the skills and ability to undertake the role will normally be required.
• Previous laboratory-based experience is desirable.
• Positive service attitude and shows courtesy in dealing with others.
• Ability to order own duties within a schedule set by your supervisor.
• Ability to be flexible in terms of work practices/requirements.
• Ability to work as part of a team.
• Awareness of current relevant H&S policies or an eagerness to learn.
• Ability to learn and understand how diversity considerations affect own area (e.g. dietary requirements/dress code).

Valuing excellence, sustaining investment

We value diversity and inclusion at the University of Birmingham and welcome applications from all sections of the community and are open to discussions around all forms of flexible working.

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