Senior Building Services Engineer – Energy Efficiency

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The University of Auckland | Waipapa Taumata Rau

The University of Auckland is Aotearoa New Zealand’s leading University ranked 13th place in the 2024 Times Higher Education Impact rankings for sustainability. Employing over 9,000 staff supporting over 46,000 students, we are one of NZ’s largest and most diverse employers. We are a comprehensive, research-intensive institution with eight academic faculties and 11 service divisions, creating an evolving and dynamic organisational culture that values excellence, respect, and a commitment to service.

The Property Services team provides a leading-edge planning and development consultancy that contributes to the University of Auckland’s success by providing high-quality physical environments. We build and service some of the country’s largest and most complex buildings and construction projects.

Our significant Property Portfolio of over 200 buildings, including the award-winning B201, represents a vibrant, valuable, and complex network of physical spaces that enable learning and teaching, research and innovation, and support the student experience.

The opportunity | Te Whiwhinga mahi 

We are seeking a Senior Building Services Engineer – Energy Efficiency (known internally as Senior Energy Efficiency Engineer) to identify and implement energy efficiency and carbon reduction projects across the University’s property portfolio in a cost-effective manner that reflects the University’s commitment to sustainability and its goal to be net zero carbon by 2030.

This is an ideal role for a qualified Mechanical, Electrical or Plumbing (MEP) Engineer or experienced facilities professional with a background in Building Services and HVAC. We are looking for someone with the lived experience required to provide sound advice and assist with optimising the operation of building services plant and equipment across various teams and consumers within the University.

You will partner with our Energy Manager to identify and deliver end-use energy efficiency and buildings-related carbon reduction (decarbonisation) projects.

Your role will involve:

  • Implementing and developing utility efficiency and carbon reduction projects.
  • Monitoring and analysing energy and utilities consumption reports.
  • Auditing of utility networks and building performance.
  • Consulting and advising on capital and maintenance projects.

For more detailed information, please refer to the Position Description.

About the team | Mō tō mātou rōpū

You will be joining one of Auckland’s largest property teams with and extensive property portfolio. We have over 200 buildings, from our newly built recreation centre to accommodation blocks, heritage sites and much more. You will join our facilities team, which is responsible for keeping our buildings running and ensuring that our students and staff have the best possible environments.

You will play a vital part in reaching our net zero carbon goal by 2030 by working to improve the decarbonisation of our buildings. You will do this in partnership with our Energy Manager with support from the wider facilities team. You will be based on Symonds Street in central Auckland and spend your time all over our campus as you inspect our buildings and meet stakeholders and contractors.

About you | He kōrero mōu

We are looking for a qualified engineer, ideally with a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical, Mechanical or Building Services, as well as 10 years of experience working with building services or directly relatable systems, particularly the operation, maintenance or design of HVAC, lighting and other utilities consuming systems.

For your application to stand out, you will need to demonstrate experience with energy or carbon auditing and have a genuine interest in energy efficiency and decarbonisation. We are looking for someone familiar with building management systems and energy management software, as you will use this experience to identify and deliver end-use energy efficiency or buildings-related carbon reduction projects.

We are seeking | E rapua ana mātou

Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical, Mechanical or Building Services.
10 years of experience working with building services, facilities or directly relatable systems.
Understanding of the basics of HVAC, lighting, domestic hot water, and building services control systems, and knowledge of BMS controls and control system tuning.
Strong communication skills, the ability to write formal reports, and a functional understanding of Excel spreadsheets (graphing, trending, etc.).
Experience with engaging, reviewing and supervising consultants and contractors. As well as the ability to partake in energy/building discussions with confidence and knowledge.

What we offer | Ngā āhuatanga kei a mātou

We offer you the opportunity to be part of a dynamic, world-class educational institution located in one of the world’s most liveable cities. We foster an environment that enables your natural abilities and rewards your hard work.

Our commitment is to provide a supportive working environment with benefits that include:

A permanent role with a 37.5-hour work week.
Up to 6.75% company superannuation scheme.
Competitive salaries with five weeks annual leave and the option to buy and sell additional leave.
Flexible employment practices, including working from home and adaptive working hours.
A leading and inclusive parental leave policy.
In addition, we offer career development programmes, discounted car parking, on-site childcare options, leisure and recreation facilities, and a number of other discounted products and services.

For more information, please visit Staff Benefits.

Hear more about making Worlds of Difference in your career at the University, our partnership with Māori, our Te Ao Māori principles, our impact, our staff and life in Auckland on our careers website

Me pēhea te tuku tono | How to apply

Applications must be submitted online by the closing date of Sunday, the 24th of July 2024, to be considered.

Please include a short Cover Letter and your CV highlighting why you are interested in joining us and how you can meet the requirements of our vacancy.

You can reach out to Neil Constable (Senior Recruitment Consultant | Mātanga Kimi Kaimahi) ivn [email protected] for a confidential conversation.
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