General support technician

Are you an enthusiastic and highly motivated individual looking for a new opportunity? We currently have a vacancy for a General Support Technician within our Physical Modelling facilities, in Wallingford, Oxfordshire. Our Physical Modelling team build highly accurate models, primarily from wood, metal and concrete, in our extensive test facilities. You can see information on our facilities, and a video showing an example of the construction team’s recent work, here:

The scope of the role will be to assist/support the day to day running and maintenance of our large physical modelling test facilities and help with physical modelling construction projects.

About the role

This is a busy and varied role that will require the successful candidate to provide support to the Workshops, Building Team and Maintenance Team when required and especially during high workload periods.

This is a hands-on role that will need practical skills, patience, adaptability and self determination to solve problems and find solutions.

About you

You will have a background in construction and/or engineering and whilst work experience in carpentry, joinery, general building, metal working and pvc pipework is desirable, it is not essential. You would have a willingness to learn these skills and the company will provide appropriate training.

A full driving licence is essential and you will already be holding, or be capable of acquiring, with the companies sponsorship, the necessary certification to operate heavy plant machinery including forklift, excavator, dumper truck, etc.

This is a busy role and you will be comfortable with multi-tasking and coping with unplanned situations. You will be in direct contact with the Physical Laboratory team and wider company staff members so will need excellent communication skills. A can-do approachable attitude is essential.

An ability to read complex drawings and interpret them to fabricate bespoke items is desirable but a willingness to learn such skills and develop your career will be part of the role. Depending on your level of experience you may also provide support and mentoring to those team members who are early careers.

All members of the team must adhere to the company's Health & Safety policy and safe working practices at all times.

About us

We deliver smart solutions wherever water interacts with people, infrastructure and the environment. Our specialist research and consultancy services help to protect vulnerable communities, improve lives and create resilience in the built and natural environments.

It’s our exceptional people that make us who we are. We are a diverse team, working together to push the boundaries of conventional thinking. We are innovators, bridging the gap between academia and industry. As a not-for-profit company, we don’t have shareholders; instead our profits are used to fuel our research and to develop our people, our tools and our technology. We value the independence this brings us; we have the freedom to make decisions that sustain our colleagues, our business and our environment in the long term, creating a company that we are all proud to be part of.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity in our workplace. We do not discriminate, and work to create an inclusive culture across our business.

Additional Information

Our excellent benefits package includes:

A defined contribution pension scheme with minimum 10% contribution from the employer (up to 15% with matched funding)

  • 22 days holiday, plus three days discretionary company holiday and eight bank holidays
  • Permanent health insurance (subject to eligibility rules)
  • Flexible working hours which allows for additional leave to be taken subject to hours accrued and business needs
  • Onsite restaurant and nursery at our stunning Howbery Park campus on the banks of the river Thames in Oxfordshire
  • Active sports and social club
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme

How to apply

Job reference

Please to apply, click the Apply now button below. You should include a CV, tailored to this position, and a covering letter. 

Closing date: Monday 10 October 2022


Contact us for more information
Emma Thomas
Personnel advisor
+44 (0)1491 822899