Maintenance Operative

Maintenance Operative


Fulltime – Permanent

Downing has over 25 years’ experience in the delivery of high quality student accommodation and educational facilities. Opportunities exist to grow with this highly successful, dynamic company as it expands its operations.

We are looking for a Maintenance Operative to join our team responsible for our Student Accommodation Scheme with 1011 beds comprising superior en-suite student bedrooms and exceptional studio apartments in Glasgow.

As a Maintenance Operative, you will be responsible for delivering the best experience to our customers by providing a pro-active and responsive repair and maintenance service, ensuring that faults and maintenance requests within the accommodation are dealt with in a timely manner.

To work within a team to provide cover from 08:00 – 17.00 / 09.00 to 18:00, Monday to Friday and 08:00 hrs to 17:00 hrs on a Saturday on a rota’d shift basis, with cover for weekends as required, to support around student check in weekends.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Exercise initiative in providing excellent customer service, liaising effectively with Managers and other colleagues.
  • Liaise with and monitor onsite contractors to ensure completion of work
  • Be responsible for the day to day reactive and preventative maintenance
  • Be responsible for the planned maintenance including fire alarm testing, emergency lighting testing, fire extinguisher checks water hygiene flushing / temperature monitoring, shower head descaling and health & safety checks
  • Undertake regular building patrols to identify any maintenance requirements or Health and Safety risks
  • Undertake scheduled flat inspections and complete all resultant actions in a timely manner
  • Record, log and monitor any maintenance issues that may arise within the maintenance log book
  • Ensure that maintenance records are kept for the all services, including gas safety inspections, lightening protection systems, fall arrest systems, PAT testing and fixed wiring certification
  • Ensure that all Property Documentation Files are accurately maintained and up to date
  • Adherence to H&S policy ensuring that Risk Assessments and Method Statements are obtained / maintained and that safe systems of work are followed, including Permit to Work and hot works permits
  • Interact with students and understand their needs
  • Always interact with students professionally, showing empathy towards any maintenance issues you may find and understanding that this is their home
  • Report any welfare issues to a manger immediately

Key Requirements:

  • Take ownership of responsibilities and display pride in work carried out
  • Have a thorough understanding of Health & Safety legislation and the impact of the works being undertaken
  • Hold a relevant qualification in either plumbing, joinery or electrical systems if possible
  • Have previous experience of domestic electrical/plumbing/general maintenance
  • Have intermediate level skills in business operating systems including Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook
  • Have demonstrable experience of effective communication both orally and in writing
  • Have the ability to prioritise your own workload
  • Work within a team to cover reception / admin duties and gain a knowledge of the student booking system

Hours of Work:

  • Monday to Friday 8am to 5pm or 9am to 6pm
  • We require you to work 1 in 4 Saturday’s 8am to 5pm on a rota’d shift basis, with hours given back in lieu the following week.
  • During our summer turnaround period, we may require additional support to cover additional hours.


  • Competitive salary
  • 25 days holiday, plus bank holidays (that’s 33 days!)
  • Paid overtime
  • Pension scheme
  • Life Assurance cover
  • Employee Assistance Scheme

The benefits

25 days holiday

+ bank holidays

Life assurance


Mental health


Company pension


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Our people are our success and there has never been a more exciting time to join Downing as it enters the most significant expansion for three decades.

Our team is united in a mutual respect and a desire to move the business forward. Here you’ll find all our latest job vacancies. If you’re excited by opportunity and want to be valued for your contribution, take a look at what we currently have available.

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