Technical Manager

Job Title: Technical Manager
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: Birmingham
Salary: £16.23 per hour
Start Date: 2019-07-08 00:00:00
Reference: 041226140
Contact Name: Claire Beedon
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 21, 2019 14:32

Job Description

Temporary Technical Manager required to work within a higher education organisation

The post holder will provide direction and professional support within assigned areas of responsibility to effectively manage the technical activities within the School. This will include the management and deployment of an effective cadre of technicians to support the strategic academic aims of the school’s research and teaching, working closely with the Head of Operations, the Head of School, Head of Infrastructure and Facilities and in liaison with heads of research groups and other academic staff. 

Main duties

Management of Technical Staff
The technical manager will have oversight and overall management responsibility for all technical staff within the School. Duties include:
• Assist in writing job descriptions, person specifications, AV1 forms and overseeing the recruitment & selection of all new technical posts, with the relevant academic where applicable.
• Monitor the progress of technical staff, maintaining records of education and training. Being proactive in developing their technical and wider skill base.

Health and Safety
The post holder is required to be familiar with the operations and activities carried out in all the areas under the control of the School and to be fully conversant and up to date with legislation, regulations and university/school policies relating to these activities and the associated equipment.
Some of the following can be delegated to other technical staff in the school for it to be manageable, but the post holder should set up reporting systems to retain management oversight:
• Provide advice and guidance on all issues relating to Health & Safety to the Head of School, Heads of Research Groups, academic and technical staff on their responsibilities and the actions they should be taking.
• Work closely with any other H&S advisors, to manage all aspects of H&S within the School and to keep appropriate records. This will include monitoring that risk assessments are written, adhered to and reviewed whenever processes change and on an annual basis.
• To drive local decision making processes and, in close collaboration with the College H&S Committee and the University’s Safety Services, to ensure compliance with all statutory, School/College/University policies.
• Ensure robust systems are in place for the investigation of all reported accidents and incidents, putting in place procedures to minimise the risk of accidents being repeated
• To manage effective and efficient systems for handling waste (hazardous and otherwise) generated by the core business activities of the School. Ensure compliance with all legislation and University policies covering the management of waste.
• To convene and assist the Head of School and chair of the School H&S Committee. To represent the School on the College H&S Committee as school safety co-ordinator. Responsible for the creation of an annual School H&S action plan. Being proactive in monitoring progress, and ensuring that all action points are achieved by the due date

• Assess, develop and implement School/Department-wide training/development arrangements.
• Design, develop and deliver inductions, demonstrations and training covering a broad range of activities (not limited to techniques and equipment).
• Develop and maintain a broad knowledge and skills base, sharing with others.
• Mentor/coach junior staff.

Planning & Delivery
• To understand and anticipate the needs of the School, maintaining and developing staff existing skills and level of service provision; ensuring skills remain fit for purpose regarding compliance with current and future objectives, internal and external regulations or codes of practice, and preparing and presenting robust business cases for staffing, resourcing and other forms of investment through reports and presentations.

Equipment Procurement and Maintenance (may be delegated as appropriate)
• Work closely with the Head of Operations and Head of Infrastructure and Facilities, proposing ideas to ensure core facilities meet the needs of ever changing research requirements by the advances in technology, and continue to map on to the strategic plans of the School and College. Implementing agreed change.
• Providing advice on, and arranging for, appropriate service/maintenance contracts for equipment where appropriate. Arranging contracts for the necessary testing of equipment and facilities as appropriate. Encourage academics to cost in equipment maintenance etc. into research grant applications.
• Ensuring that all equipment within the School is fit for purpose and is maintained to a satisfactory standard. Ensuring that any redundant equipment is disposed of quickly and effectively, and that all statutory requirements are met.

Facility and Estates Support
Working in close collaboration with Estates:
• Ensure that fabric and furnishings are kept up to a good standard in all areas of the School.
• To contribute to the development of policies, procedures, plans and strategies for the assigned areas of responsibility, liaising with both the Head of Operations and Head of School, as appropriate.
• To act as the main School representative and contact for capital projects relating to the School’s technical facilities.

If this role interests your please apply for more information