University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Buildings and Facilities Technician

United Kingdom

Closing in 6 days

Buildings and Facilities Technician

Department of Earth Sciences, South Parks Road, Oxford, OX1 3AN

The department are recruiting for a Buildings and Facilities Technician. This post will report to the Earth Sciences Building and Facilities Manager. They will be responsible for providing a high level of customer service at all times, including handling and resolving enquiries from building users and other customers, both face to face and over email.

The Building and Facilities Technician will be responsible for carrying out basic repairs and maintenance to buildings and equipment, including redecoration and upkeep of grounds, liaising with external contractors to arrange access, safety inductions and liaising with local users to inform and minimise disruption.

They will also be responsible for organising and overseeing Portable Appliance Testing and operate security and fire alarm systems and equipment including a weekly test of the fire alarm system and occasional disablement for operations purposes.

They should also be aware in general terms of all statutory and University regulations covering laboratory services activity and to deputise for the building manager in their absence. There will also be a requirement to drive the departmental vehicle as and when required and to oversee delivery and inspection of hire vehicles and arrange University insurance as appropriate. The postholder will be expected to participate in an on-call rota.

The successful candidate will have previous experience in a building maintenance role, possess literacy and numeracy skills equivalent to a GCSE in Maths and English and have experience of working with building management systems. They should also take an organised approach to work and have the ability to use their own initiative and work effectively in a busy environment. They should also have excellent communication skills, be well organised with the ability to correctly prioritise work with minimal supervision, and be pro-active and flexible in their approach to work.

For further details of the role please see the job description. Part time hours would be considered.

The deadline for applications is midday on Wednesday 28 February 2024.

Interviews are expected to be held in person on Monday 11th March 2024.

You will be required to upload a CV and a Supporting Statement as part of your application.

Applications are particularly welcome from women and black and ethnic minority candidates, who are under-represented in posts in the Department.

Contact Person : HR Team Vacancy ID : 171002 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 28-Feb-2024 12:00 Pay Scale : STANDARD GRADE 4 Contact Email : [email protected]

Job details


Buildings and Facilities Technician


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


February 08, 2024

Application deadline

February 28, 2024

Job type



Agricultural Science,Chemistry,Geosciences,Physics

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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