Maintenance Operative



Following the opening of our new 792 bed luxury purpose-built student accommodation based in Manchester in September 2020, we are looking for an additional Maintenance Operative to join our existing team. The role would be ideal for an experienced Maintenance Operative to join our inhouse team undertaking day to day planned and reactive maintenance and repairs in our impressive accommodation

We will be conducting the initial interview stages via a video call, with second interviews being held in person whilst complying with social distancing guidelines.

Downing are an award-winning leading developer, owner and operator of bespoke, luxury student accommodation, residential and commercial property across the UK. We have been operating for over 30 years and currently have 19 operational student accommodation schemes in 9 major cities, with additional impressive projects currently under construction.

The role will involve working 40 hours a week – 8am – 5pm or 9am – 6pm from Monday to Friday on a rota’d shift basis. Saturday working as part of the team rota is from 8am – 5pm with a day off in lieu the following week.  The role will also involve overtime including weekends as required to support around student check in weekends.


The Maintenance Operative will:

  • Monitor onsite contracts and oversee work to ensure it is completed to a high standard.
  • 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 patrols around the building to identify any health and safety risks.
  • Record, log and monitor any maintenance issues that are reported by customers either online or in person.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Undertake scheduled flat inspections and complete all resultant actions in a timely manner.
  • Carry out general repairs around the building including reception areas, bathrooms, customer flats, common areas, kitchens etc. to a high standard.

We are looking for someone who can demonstrate the following skills and experience:

  • Previous experience in general maintenance within a residential or commercial setting.
  • A relevant qualification in either plumbing, electrical systems or joinery would be advantageous but not mandatory.
  • Have a thorough understanding of H&S regulations.
  • A good level of IT skills including the use of Microsoft Office packages.
  • First class communication skills with the ability to uphold a high level of Customer Service that Downing is renowned for.

Downing employees get to work within fantastic environments, with passionate team members and will be fully supported by a management team who have extensive experience within the field of student accommodation. You will also receive:

  • Competitive salary
  • Paid over-time
  • Pension scheme
  • Life Assurance cover
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