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Job Category Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)
Job Subcategory Estates
Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Delivering at Pace
Application deadline 11 March 2021
Grade A2 (L)
Type of Position Fixed Term, Full-time
Working hours per week 40
Duration of Post 24 months
Region Europe, Eastern Europe & Central Asia
Location (City) Berlin
Type of Post British Embassy
Number of vacancies 1
Starting yearly salary (EUR) €45,564.00 gross per annum rising to approx €51,182.00 gross per annum after a qualifying period in addition to performance related pay (Salary is not negotiable)
Start Date 1 April 2021
The British Embassy in Berlin is part of a world-wide network, representing British political, economic and consular interests overseas. The Embassy is now looking for an Estates Maintenance Officer. We are looking to recruit a qualified certified electrician with experience of supervising staff who is also able to carry out other maintenance and repairs such as minor plumbing, carpentry and metalwork. The job holder will line manage and oversee the work of three removal & maintenance staff, ensuring that all tasks are carried out effectively and to a high standard. The Estates Maintenance Officer reports to the Estates Manager.
Due to COVID-19, you may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign. We are working hard to minimise any disruption. You may find more information in the Additional Information section below.
Main duties and responsibilities:
Support the Estates Manager with delivering an efficient and smooth running of the estates operation, with particular focus on the day-to-day management of all maintenance issues.
Carry out installations, maintenance and repairs of electrical systems and items across the Embassy’s residential Estate in the Berlin area as required.
Carry out other maintenance and repair jobs, including minor plumbing, exchanging locks, connecting white goods and changing security light bulbs.
Line manage a team of currently three removal & maintenance staff.
Work closely with other colleagues in the Estates team to ensure customer expectations are met to a high standard.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Fully qualified electrician, certified to work on voltages of up to 1000V.
The ability to speak and write English (to at least level C1 CEFR)* and to speak German (to at least level B1 CEFR)*.
Experience of supervising staff and ability to motivate others.
Ability to carry out other maintenance and repair jobs such as minor plumbing, wood- and metalwork repairs, changing of locks
The ability to work independently with a minimum of supervision and as part of a team.
Excellent customer services skills and time management skills.
Good communication skills.
Clean driver’s licence.
Good IT skills.
This is a full-time fixed-term position for a contract period of two years, with the possibility of renewal by mutual agreement. Provisional start date is 1st April but a later starting date may be possible.
The gross yearly salary is €45,564.00 rising to approx €51,182.00 gross per annum after a qualifying period in addition to performance related pay (salary is not negotiable).
The successful candidate will be subject to professional background check and security clearance. The successful candidate must have pre-existing work authorisation in Germany in order to apply.
Staff recruited locally by the British Embassy in Germany are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local German employment law.
Visa/work permit requirements: Candidates must currently hold the independent right to live and work in Germany and be prepared to ensure that right remains throughout the scope of the contract.
Please note that it is your responsibility to ensure you meet the legal requirements to live and work in this country
Our Learning & Development environment:
The British Embassy in Berlin has a strong ethos of Learning & Development, including our Learning & Development Week. In addition, there will be many opportunities to attend external seminars and events on relevant issues. This is in addition to the induction programme offered to all Embassy staff.
The successful applicant will be encouraged to be actively involved in the corporate life of the Embassy, contributing to the wider objectives of the British Government’s Germany network and supporting the Embassy’s positive working environment.
Information due to COVID-19:
You may experience some delay in the progress of this recruitment campaign and we are working hard to minimise any disruption;
Interviews will be done remotely if the existing situation determines this to be the right course of action;
Starting date may be delayed depending on circumstances at the time and it will be agreed with the selected candidate.
Please note that the deadline for applications is 23:55 on the day mentioned in the above field “Application deadline”. We advise you to allow enough time to complete and submit your full application, since only applications completed and submitted before the deadline will be considered.
Please be aware that the deadline for submitting applications is considered to be the time zone for the country where the vacancy has arisen.
Please be advised that the British Embassy will not be able to meet the travel costs incurred when travelling to the interview, nor the costs connected with relocation if offered a job.
*Please note Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching, Assessment indicates Level C1 as Effective operational proficiency to advanced level which comprehends that a person can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning; can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions; can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes; can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices; and indicates Level B1 as Threshold/intermediate level which comprehends that a person can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc; can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken; can produce simple connected text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest; can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes & ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.. For more information please click on the following link CEFR. Please bear in mind in case you are invited for an interview your language skill is going to be assessed.