Technical Manager (Infrastructure and Facilities) - Medical and Dental Sciences - 49556 - Grade 7-(21000268)
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
Location : University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham UK
Full time starting salary is normally in the range £31,406 to £40,927, with potential progression once in post to £40,927.
Full Time, Permanent
Closing date : 8th December 2021
The College of Medical and Dental Sciences comprises 8 academic Institutes that conduct both laboratory and clinically based research and which also deliver a number of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching programmes including Medicine, Nursing and Pharmacy.
The College is based in a number of sites both on the University campus and embedded in partner NHS hospital sites.
The Infrastructure and Facilities teams provides support across the College to ensure physical facilities and technical resources meet the needs of the College and its constituent Institutes.
technical and laboratory management to our constituent Institutes including specialist support and advice for health and safety management, management and development of research technical staff in partnership with academic principal investigators and the management and support of equipment and space.
This post is one of 7 Technical Managers within the College of Medical Sciences. Five of these posts provide broad technical support, expertise and advice to the Academic Institutes within the College whilst two manage our specialist teaching facilities.
As a team they also provide support for key activities within the College and will have the opportunity to contribute to University level activity within their expertise and experience.
This post will support the Institute of Clinical Sciences. The post holder will work closely with relevant Directors of Institute and Heads of Operation to ensure effective and efficient support is delivered by technical professional services staff.
This will include the effective management of all technical activities : deployment, development and mentoring of a team of technicians to support research and teaching activities within the Institute and, where appropriate, the College.
Working closely with colleagues to ensure all building, security and service matters are managed in line with College strategy and policies and establishing, monitoring and managing an effective and robust Health and Safety system at the local level.
In addition, you will, together with other technical managers, line manage the College's team of geographically based Laboratory Managers.
Leadership, management and development of your technical staff team. This will include responsibility for recruitment and selection, and (through intermediate managers) for the prioritisation, allocation and quality of work, therefore developing the technical capability in your area of responsibility.
This will also include supporting Principal Investigators in the line management of technical staff working on specific projects.
You will be expected to continually evaluate the service provided, to develop it and improve it and ensure it meets the needs in the area.
this may involve leading on discrete pieces of project work.
Acting as a source of authoritative technical and / or specialist expertise in your own area.
Responsibility for ensuring efficient and effective use of space for technical facilities in your area. This will require working in partnership with Institute Directors and Institute Heads of Operation to understand and anticipate the needs of academic and other staff and developing and implementing solutions to ensure working environments are fit for purpose including project planning for changes of use.
Management of Health and Safety including :
ensuring local management practices are robust, contributing to developing practices and policies as appropriate.
ensuring that there is compliance with University Health and Safety policies as well as with the requirements of regulatory bodies such as the HSE, Environment Agency, CTSA.
taking corrective action where compliance is not robust.
advising individual staff and students in undertaking appropriate risk assessments.
undertaking specific health and safety management roles where necessary; fire warden, first aider, biological safety office, radiation protection technician.
approving requisitions for hazardous goods to ensure compliance with relevant H&S or statutory requirements including COSHH, DSEAR and the Chemical Weapons convention.
working collaboratively with colleagues in Procurement and Finance to ensure appropriate frameworks and contracts are in place for specialist purchases.
providing advice to institute staff and students regarding specialist procurement, including facilitating the tendering process for high-cost equipment and services.
Emergency planning and support; ensuring robust processes are developed and maintained for monitoring high risk areas and participating in emergency response as part of the wider Infrastructure and Facilities team.
This will require you to provide out of hours cover in an emergency affecting the College eg power outage, flood.
Promote equality and value diversity, acting as a role model and fostering an inclusive working culture.
Any other duties commensurate with the grade.
Planning and organising
lead, if required, on project work.
generate original ideas and innovative solutions and / or new techniques / experimental designs.
Problem solving and decision making
respond to changing priorities and differing situations.
Relationships and communication
develop excellent working relationships with customers proactively anticipating their requirements in order to understand and deliver them.
Required Knowledge, Skills, Qualifications, Experience
Educated to Degree level (or equivalent qualifications) or relevant technical qualification and considerable relevant experience.
Where no equivalent qualification is held, significant practical relevant experience and expertise in a series of more demanding roles will be required demonstrating the conceptual understanding required.
In depth up to date specialist understanding and experience in own scientific, technical or IT specialism
Excellent understanding of the principles behind good staff management and proven experience of managing teams of technical staff.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to act assertively and decisively when required.
Good negotiation skills and the ability to collaborate and work well with different groups of people including working with and influencing senior management.
Comprehensive understanding and practical experience of statutory and regulatory requirements affecting biomedical research and education
GCSEs to a minimum of grade C in English and Mathematics (or equivalent qualifications).
Knowledge of the protected characteristics of the Equality Act 2010, and how to actively ensure in day-to-day activity in own area that those with protected characteristics are treated equally and fairly.
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.