DWP Careers Near Me – Senior HVAC Specialist

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Blackpool, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, London, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Sheffield

Job Summary

About the job

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is responsible for welfare, pensions and child maintenance policy. As the UK’s biggest public service department, we operate on a scale that is almost unmatched anywhere in Europe and most people in Britain come into contact with us at some point in their lives.

DWP Estates Directorate are accountable for the delivery of all aspects of real estate services and the work we do is critical in ensuring the vital work that the Department undertakes is enabled effectively. The DWP commercial estate is the largest within Government and our diverse national property portfolio reflects this scale. It is s a unique mix ranging from modern corporate centres, multi-occupied Service Centres, to its frontline high street services.

We are responsible for the Department’s 900+ workplaces, that provide workplaces for 90,000 employees and a UK wide presence for all those that visit us. Ultimately, the Department relies on us to provide safe and secure buildings that are fit for purpose and meet the needs of the business. The work you will be undertaking is therefore crucial in us meeting the needs of all those who use our services.

The Department is also committed to delivering Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon improvements across its estate, demonstrating leadership in making the public estate smaller, better, greener. The work you will be undertaking is therefore crucial in us meeting the needs of all those who use our services.

This role based within the Asset Management team, reporting to the Asset Intelligence Manager, will be key to ensuring support, providing technical assurance to the Estates functions on all HVAC related matters. It will also include detailed reviewing of reports, assessments and recommendations provided by the supply chain, ensuring that the relevant standards and regulations are applied to the Estate.

Job Description

Key accountabilities

  • Lead accountability for ensuring definition of processes and standards related to HVAC systems, including but not limited to – BMS, heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and all other HVAC ancillary equipment.
  • Works in close collaboration with the Supply Chain Manager and other Service Delivery colleagues.
  • Supporting Estates in the identification and technical advice on specifications / systems required for HVAC installations and their safety features and requirements to meet legal compliance and security requirements.
  • Work closely with stakeholders across Estates Design Standards, Policy and Compliance and Projects Team to provide review and support.
  • To monitor, review in detail and provide assurance of asset management activities planned and carried out by our Supply Chain partners including auditing and monitoring the accuracy of the asset register for HVAC assets.
  • Audits project completion activities to ensure that asset registers and PPM records are updated on completion of projects.
  • Ensure adherence to relevant policy, standards, and statutory requirements.
  • Create a dashboard for asset trends as part of asset compliance reporting.
  • Maintains a live database of HVAC related risks/issues, (Risk Register) ensuring action is taken to resolve issues in a timely manner.
  • Carries out routine deep dive audits of HVAC systems asset compliance across the Estate, assessing the outputs to identify performance trends and potential issues.
  • Addresses identified issues directly with the Supply Chain partner.
  • Undertake review of recommendations provided in relation to HVAC asset management from the supply chain. This includes advising on/validating recommendations from BMS reviews, remedial works from PPMs, project works and supporting their progression to completion. This will include receiving frequent updates from the Integrator and Supply chain on plans related to recommendations and actions.
  • Assess MI to determine and assess asset performance, identifying improvements and the need for interventions.
  • Provide technical support during investigations of accidents, incidents and near misses.
  • Communicates and escalates information / new requirements / lessons learned to Estates, the Integrator and Supply Chain.
  • Be the subject matter expert for the Estates on all technical matters related to HVAC systems and working with colleagues to shape policy on meeting building user safety compliance.
  • Identifies and advises the Estates function, Integrator and Supply Chain partners on applicable technical, industry and compliance standards and how these need to be applied to maintain standards, achieve compliance, or improve energy efficiency.
  • Escalates any immediate risks/issues identified to the Asset Intelligence Manager, Security Supply Chain Manager and the Head of Technical Compliance and Audit (Estates Policy and Compliance Team).
  • Resolves areas of dispute associated with HVAC installations with the Supply Chain related to the need to carry out remedial actions and/or the priority/time frame of remedial actions.
  • Single point of accountability for providing the necessary approvals for changes to the PPM schedules related to HVAC system assets.
  • Reviews relevant work orders raised to confirm that the technical solution proposed is sound and that cost estimate is reasonable.
  • Reviews documentation attached to completed work orders to confirm the technical solution has been fully implemented.
  • Provides technical support to the Capital Projects and Major Projects when required.
  • Drives the management of assets and development of asset strategies, within a large portfolio, in support of achieving defined Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon objective.
  • Commitment to Sustainability and Net Zero Carbon improvements across the Authority, demonstrating leadership in making the public estate smaller, greener, better.
  • To investigate and propose innovation, improvements and best practice.
  • To support and deputise for the Asset Intelligence Manager as required.

Person specification

Essential Skills, Knowledge & Experience

Detailed knowledge of HVAC management within large estate portfolios

  • Up to date knowledge of the legislation and industry standards in relation to HVAC systems.
  • Technical expertise and understanding, capable of advising and resolving complex issues on legal and technical specification requirements associated with technical security issues.
  • In depth knowledge of asset management and planned preventative maintenance schedules such as SFG20 and the ability to disseminate the need / evaluate any risks.
  • Up to date knowledge of the legislation and industry standards in relation to providing a safe and secure Estate.
  • Detailed and extensive knowledge of Facilities Management Services, building asset types and their significance on legal compliance.
  • Experience in working with partner organisations and supporting effective decision making leading to improved performance.
  • Involvement with project management and being persuasive in identifying key areas of work required, risk analysis and prioritisation.
  • Influential and able to lead key senior stakeholders, colleagues and customers towards commercial solutions that give a balance of optimal performance whilst delivering on business and portfolio strategy.
  • Demonstrable experience of acting as subject matter expert within your specialism.
  • Previous experience of developing cost-effective solutions to ensure continued compliance within the business.
  • Experience in the use of CAFM systems.

Leadership attributes and behaviours

Strives for continuous improvement, innovation and efficiency, taking responsibility for managing and improving all relevant standards, policies, processes, and governance relating to the role.

  • Collaborate with stakeholders across the estates department and wider DWP ensuring that cross functional ways of working and processes are continuously improved and optimised – calling out opportunities for improvement and taking ownership where applicable.
  • Prioritize and role-model continuous self-learning and development to the team.


Qualifications/professional memberships

An accredited Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) in HVAC Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Building Services Engineering, or equivalent


NEBOSH Diploma (or equivalent)

  • Degree qualified with a core competency in Building Services, HVAC, or Mechanical Engineering.
  • Chartered Membership of a relevant institution (e.g. IMechE or CIBSE).


An accredited Higher National Certificate (HNC) or Higher National Diploma (HND) in HVAC Engineering, Mechanical Engineering or Building Services Engineering, or equivalent


We’ll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Changing and Improving
  • Making Effective Decisions
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together


  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
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Things you need to know

Selection process details

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As part of the application process you will be asked to provide a 1000 Words Personal Statement against the essential criteria as outlined above. You will also be asked to provide a short CV.

Your CV should be fairly short and just evidence very brief details of your work history and experience.

Please do not submit a speculative application where you do not meet at least 50% of the essential criteria as these applications will be unsuccessful. Do not include Behaviour examples within your application as these will not be assessed in the sift and will only be used at interview stage.

Further details around what this will entail are listed on the application form.

There will be an initial sift of applications based on the Personal Statement only, so please ensure you evidence how you meet the Essential Skills, Knowledge & Experience requirement contained in the vacancy in this section. This will form a short list for interview.


All candidates who are successful at the sift stage will undertake a single virtual video interview.

The interview will follow a blended approach which will help us assess candidates Behaviours and Strengths.

Currently the sift is scheduled to take place w/c 31 October 2023and interview dates will be w/c 14 November 2023. Due to the current situation with COVID19 the interviews are scheduled to take place virtually. These dates are subject to change.

Further Information

A reserve list may be held for a period of 12 months from which further appointments can be made.

New entrants are expected to join on the minimum of the pay band.

Any move to DWP from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at

Security Information

If successful and transferring from another Government Department a criminal record check may be carried out.

In order to process applications without delay, we will be sending a Criminal Record Check to Disclosure and Barring Service /Disclosure Scotland on your behalf. However, we recognise in exceptional circumstances some candidates will want to send their completed forms direct. If you will be doing this, please advise Government Recruitment Service of your intention by emailing stating the job reference number in the subject heading.

For further information on the Disclosure Scotland confidential checking service telephone: the Disclosure Scotland Helpline on 0870 609 6006 and ask to speak to the operations manager in confidence, or email

Applicants who are successful at interview will be, as part of pre-employment screening, subject to a check on the Internal Fraud Database (IFD). This check will provide information about employees who have been dismissed for fraud or dishonesty offences. This check also applies to employees who resign or otherwise leave before being dismissed for fraud or dishonesty had their employment continued. Any applicant’s details held on the IFD will be refused employment.

A candidate is not eligible to apply for a role within the Civil Service if the application is made within a 5 year period following a dismissal for carrying out internal fraud against government.

If you are experiencing accessibility problems with any attachments on this advert, please contact the email address in the ‘Contact point for applicants’ section.

Before applying for this vacancy, current employees of DWP should check whether a successful application would result in changes to their terms & conditions of employment, e.g. mobility, pay, allowances. Civil Servants that would transfer into DWP from other government organisations, following successful application, will assume DWP’s terms & conditions of employment current on the day they are posted, unless DWP has stated otherwise in writing.

Reasonable Adjustment

At DWP we value diversity and inclusion and actively encourage and welcome applications from everyone, including those that are underrepresented in our workforce.

We consider visible and non-visible disabilities, neurodiversity or learning differences, chronic medical conditions, or mental ill health. Examples include dyslexia, epilepsy, autism, chronic fatigue, or schizophrenia.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via [email protected] as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Reasonable Adjustments” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete

Nationality Requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

  • UK nationals
  • nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK
  • nationals of the Republic of Ireland
  • nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service
  • relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service
  • certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Working for the Civil Service


We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

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Further information

Appointment to the Civil Service is governed by the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles. If you feel your application has not been treated in accordance with these principles and you wish to make a complaint, you should in the first instance contact DWP by email: [email protected].

If you are not satisfied with the response you receive from the Department, you can contact the Civil Service Commission

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