Recruiting for UKRI and UK SBS
Scientific Computing
20000083 Requisition #

Facilities Manager

Salary range – Between £39,748 - £44,166 

Based Harwell Campus, Oxford

Closing Date: 9th May 2021


Who are we?

As part of the UK’s National Quantum Technologies Programme, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is leading a programme to establish a National Quantum Computing Centre, which includes a commitment of £93m over 5 years, dedicated to drive development in the field of Quantum Computing and to place the UK at the forefront of the field. The Centre is a joint initiative of the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC).

A purpose-built National Quantum Computing Centre will be built and operated by UKRI at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) campus in Oxfordshire. The Centre will be open and operational by December 2022. Until then, the NQCC’s activities are taking place in other facilities on the Harwell Campus or at partnering institutions. The NQCC will sit alongside other departments within the STFC National Laboratories and will be part of the broader National Quantum Technologies Programme (NQTP).

The primary purpose of the NQCC is to fill a key gap in the research and innovation landscape addressing the challenge of scaling quantum computing. However, this technology is immature and extensive development work is needed to scale the fundamental science to provide usable computing systems.

The NQCC's initial 5 years will focus on developing a Noisy Intermediate Scale Quantum (NISQ) machine to demonstrate the technology as well as software, algorithm and applications development. The longer term aim is to scale the technology towards an error and noise free fault tolerant machine capability with benchmarking and verification demonstrated in collaboration with UK and international partners. The NQCC will give assured and direct access to early prototype machines to developers and promote the formation of a strong UK-based quantum computing supply chain.

What’s the purpose of this role?

We have a brand-new role for an experienced Facilities Manager with extensive operational delivery of scientific laboratory and high-performance computing delivered through a mix of in-house and partner services coupled with technical expertise in a relevant discipline to support the delivery of the NQCC core objectives.    Initial responsibilities will include the design and delivery of operational procedures to ensure safe and secure operation of the Centre both through the design, construction, commissioning phase and transition phase to operational delivery with high availability and stakeholder satisfaction.   Longer-term responsibilities will be to maintain core services and minimise down time. 

What will I be doing?

  • Design and manage the overall services provided within the facility. 
  • Use best practices to manage operational costs and value for money. 
  • Assist with the organisation of maintenance contracts for core equipment / plant within the facility. 
  • Ensure high levels of operational uptime are delivered through proactive management, maintenance and backup of utilities and facility services. 
  • Liaise appropriately with departments and groups when core equipment or services fail and ensure that they are appraised of progress and events; organise replacement equipment and services to minimise down time. 
  • Assist the departments and groups to ensure adequate and suitable provision of liquid nitrogen and gases whether piped, cylinder or cryogenic, within clear safety guidelines and operating procedures. 
  • Create and manage operating budgets for facility management and maintenance. 
  • Manage the maintenance of the building by performing repairs or contracting maintenance services. 
  • Track and maintain asset records, usage, and maintenance. 
  • Track building upkeep as well as anticipated long- and short-term improvements and maintenance. 
  • Create a suitable environment for the purpose and needs of the facility and support facility user training. 
  • Keep the surrounding grounds, terrace and recreation spaces properly cared for and landscaped. 
  • Work in tandem with the Security Officer to ensure facility security including the operation of alarms and access control systems, and the CCTV coverage of the managed premises. 
  • Work in tandem with the Safety Officer to ensure safe working practices and staff well-being at all times. 
  • Respond to facility emergency situations, urgent issues and ensure adequate out-of-hours response. 
  • Drive Continuous Improvement within the Centre. 

What Experience do I need?

We offer significant development opportunities at the NQCC, but as a starting point you should be able to demonstrate some of the following;

  • Be educated to degree level in a relevant business management, facilities management, or related discipline or HNC/HND in relevant business management, facilities management, or related discipline or offer significant relevant experience.  
  • Project Management experience in the field of engineering plant installation, safety, and upkeep. 
  • Knowledge of working in a safety and security critical environment. 
  • Demonstrable commitment to safe working practices and the well-being of facility users and visitors. 
  • Good knowledge and understanding of Health and Safety legislation and requirements as they relate to the scientific workplace. 
  • Substantive experience of working in a complex environment in a facilities management role, and experience of project management. 
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, and to engage appropriately with staff across a range of levels and with tact and diplomacy. 
  • Ability to recognise and respond to the needs of researchers and staff within the facility, and deal with competing pressures. 
  • A good level of computer literacy with experience of building management system software, security system software, access control zones etc. 
  • Procurement experience including the tendering of maintenance contracts and services. 
  • Familiarity with governing legislation and associated working practices.  
  • Demonstrate a proven track record of facilities management. 
  • Experience of equipment, electrical and plant maintenance, record keeping and documentation. 
  • Experience of Facility budgeting management 
  • A good understanding of basic engineering principals and manufacturing drawings. 
  • Familiarity with building upkeep, structural issues and grounds maintenance 
  • Experience of project delivery within an ISO9001 quality management system. (S) 
  • Understanding of laboratory environments, optical and superconducting equipment and maintenance (I) 
  • Understanding of high-performance computing and/or relevant related technologies. (S&I) 
  • Membership of a facilities management professional body. (I) 
  • Procurement experience, including establishing maintenance contracts and services (S&I) 
  • Appreciation of Risk Analysis Methods and Risk Mitigation Techniques (I) 
  • Experience using and developing Product Lifecycle Management systems. (S&I) 
  • Familiarity with UKRI policies and procedures (I) 

You would need to be available to occasionally travel/work within the UK and overseas, when required

How to Apply

Online applications only for this role. Please submit your CV and a covering letter which clearly outlines how you fulfil the criteria specified along with your motivation to join STFC and the role you’re applying for. Ensure that the job reference number is included in the filename description of each document uploaded. Note that failure to address the above criteria or submit your application without a covering letter may result in your application not being considered.

About UKRI
Launched in April 2018, UKRI is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). UK Research and Innovation brings together the seven disciplinary research councils, Research England, which is responsible for supporting research and knowledge exchange at higher education institutions in England, and the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK. More information can be found at

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