Campus & Commercial Services Group

Builder Supervisor

University of Warwick

Uniperms have an exciting position for a Builder Supervisor to work at The University of Warwick in the Estates team.

You will be responsible for the supervision of the builders and decorators section within the Building Fabric Services section to ensure statutory, planned and reactive maintenance is provided to the entire campus to agreed KPI within the Estates Service Level Agreements.

Please note for those fully qualified you will receive two non-pensionable market supplements to a total of £6000.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Management and organisation

  • Supervise and monitor the workload of the building services section ensuring that work is carried out effectively, to programme and to a standard acceptable to the University.
  • Responsibility for the planning and programming of work, including statutory compliance.
  • Supervise the teams in accordance with University policies and guidance for staff management, discipline and grievance, time sheet completion, absence monitoring, performance management, appraisals etc.
  • Management of section Estates workshops, property, vehicles, tools and equipment in accordance with University policies and guidelines.
  • Assist in the development of procedures and processes for the improvement of the operation of Estates services.
  • Responsibility for the completion and production of progress reports and KPI information relating to Health and Safety responsibilities of the section in order to ensure safe working practices.
  • Delivery of toolbox talks and responsibility for ensuring all mandatory courses are completed.


  • Supervise planned preventive maintenance and routine and bespoke building trade activities. This may include new installations, new works, and reactive response to emergencies, arrangement of remedial works and ordering of new materials.
  • Take initial corrective action to keep the service going and ensure business continuity. Report findings and resolution to line manager or designated manager in accordance with escalation procedure.
  • Carry out practical site work to assist the direct employed labour.
  • Provide project support to other Estates departments.
  • Provide technical advice and support to supervised staff.
  • Prepare and review risk and method statements and submit to Permit Office. Review all other supporting health and safety documentation, including organising and recording training as appropriate.
  • Participate in emergency response in line with the University Business Continuity plan
  • Provide technical advice, works specification input and budget cost plans to assist in compiling the Estates 5-years financial plans.
  • Undertake administrative duties, maintain records and documentation as required by line manager and in accordance with Estates office and University policies.

Management of specialist contractors:

  • In accordance with all University policies and guidance assist the line manager with the management of contractors ensuring that work is undertaken to the University accepted standards and demonstrates value for money
  • Liaising with contractors and explain the problems so that the contractor can evaluate a repair solution and take over the work in a safe and timely manner.
  • Ensure compliance with health and safety regulations, requesting appropriate permits, reviewing and taking accountability of Contractor’s competence, risk assessments and method statements.
  • Reviewing Contractor’s works schedules to ensure University’s statutory compliance obligations are achieved, ensuring timeliness of the maintenance activity/repair/installation, manage relationship with the contractor, accepting handover of completed works back from the contractor ensuring all certification, service records and reports are received in accordance with contract service level agreements.
  • Provide regular feedback to the customer on the status of any repairs, review any actions taken and monitor repairs/installations to ensure business continuity.


  • Provide estimated cost for minor works, arrange small works projects in line with the Estates department guidelines, ensure work is completed to program, within budget, conforms to legislative requirements and to the University accepted standards.
  • Provide information and financial implication on proposed works or works being undertaken by the mechanical section.
  • Advise the budget holder with the product specifications and budget costs for specialist plant, tools, equipment and consumables required.
  • Ensuring supervised staff understand and carry out work to correct departmental budgets and costed to the appropriate budget.

Skills and Experience


  • Qualified to advanced craft level, preferably with a HNC in building.
  • Proven work experience of having worked within the building trade.
  • Experience in managing contractors and staff.
  • The ability to assess problems, propose solutions and then mobilise resources, expertise and contractors to resolve complex problems.
  • Autonomous and self-starter with good organisational skills with the ability to prioritise, maintain records, action plans and documentation up to date.
  • Computer literacy with Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, is required, Knowledge and use of helpdesk software would be an advantage.
  • Good verbal and written communication skills to enable the post holder to report on actions taken to remedy faults and to understand O&M manuals. Must have good customer service skills and be a good negotiator with the ability to empathise with customers' needs.
  • Technically competent in building fabric maintenance, good understanding of building construction.
  • An up-to-date knowledge of statutory compliance and the Health and Safety legislation.


  • Safe use of Hydraulic/Manual lifting platforms.
  • Safe use and erection of mobile tower scaffolding.
  • IOSH Managing Health and Safety Certificate.