Maintenance - Plumber

Various locations across Scotland
£24,705-£28,491 dependent upon qualifications, skills and experience (plus an annual supplement of £3000 and on-call allowance)
Closing date
03/02/2023, 10:00
All Hours required
Full-Time - 37 Hours

Are you looking for job security and a role with career progression opportunities? Working Monday to Friday, plus occasional on-call and access to overtime; we provide all your tools, uniform and PPE. In addition, you can access the following benefits (additional information is held within the Pay and Benefits Statement and Guidance for Applicants documents attached to the advert):

  • 34 days’ annual leave, increasing to 42 after 5 years;
  • Possible opportunity for flexible working arrangements;
  • Free gym access and car parking;
  • Pension scheme with generous employer contributions;
  • Additional training and qualification opportunities may be available with full support and funding provided;
  • Discounts at high street stores, supermarkets and restaurants through our partners at Blue Light Card, Edenred and Civil Service Sports Council.  

The Maintenance - Plumber will support the Estates Management team in all aspects of Estates work to provide a comprehensive repairs and maintenance service for all mechanical systems and plant, for example plumbing, BEMS, heating and ventilation systems.

There will be a requirement for you to periodically work on call hours, and you may need to travel to other establishments and areas.

If interested in a career with us, please read the following information carefully:

The Scottish Prison Service (SPS) is currently recruiting permanent Maintenance - Plumbers to work within our prisons across Scotland. We currently have vacancies in the following locations:

  • HMP Cornton Vale/ HMP Stirling
  • HMP Edinburgh
  • HMP Inverness
  • HMP Perth
  • HMYOI Polmont (Falkirk)

However, further vacancies in other locations across Scotland may arise.

On your application form you will be asked to state which locations you would like to be considered for (you can access further information on our prison locations here). On completion of all interviews a locational merit order list will be created. Appointments will be made in accordance to merit where the current vacancies are. Where there are more successful candidate(s) than posts available, locational reserve merit order lists may be created and retained for 12 months.

Successful candidates will be subject to pre-employment checks, which will include an Enhanced Disclosure Scotland check, Medical Assessment, References, DVLA licence check (where applicable) and Nationality checks.

The application process for this role consists of uploading your CV into a section of the application form. Please ensure you include detail of your skills and experience within your CV to allow us to fully assess your skills and experience for the role of Mechanical Maintenance Engineer. 

Carry out reactive and planned maintenance and minor works throughout the establishment as instructed to all mechanical plant, equipment and systems.
Maintain a safe and healthy working environment through regular checking and testing of heating appliances and installations in accordance with relevant legislation. Participating in an "on call" rota for emergency repairs. It is expected that you will be able to attend your home establishment within 60 minutes of being called out. You will also provide area coverage when required.
Monitor and adjust mechanical control systems to ensure optimum performance within guidelines.
To provide technical support and advice on plumbing, heating and ventilation issues to the Technical Manager and other staff as necessary.
Assume practical responsibility for all plumbing, heating and ventilation related installations and provide timely pre-emptive condition reports to Technical Manager.
Assess and order parts and equipment necessary for individual tasks, in conjunction with the administrator.
Person Specification

SPS recruitment and selection practice is based on the fundamentals of our Behavioural Competency Framework. This identifies behaviours and standards required both of applicants seeking to join us, and our staff in their respective roles. Assessment of specific behaviours, of which there are twelve, will be determined by the role you are applying for. Whilst it is unlikely you will be assessed on all of them , you will be assessed on these identified as key to role.

Qualifications Requirements

Have served a recognised apprenticeship and have obtained a qualification in heating, plumbing and ventilation to a minimum of SVQ Level 3 or equivalent.


Experience Requirements

Experience of mechanical services, plumbing and heating services maintenance in an industrial/commercial environment.


Experience of operating and maintaining domestic hot and cold water systems including an understanding of the control of Legionella.


Have awareness of other basic maintenance and repair tasks (for example, electrical and building works maintenance and repairs), or be willing to develop these skills.  


Knowledge Skills Requirements

Self-motivated with the ability to make decisions and resolve problems within clearly defined parameters.


Sound knowledge of Health and Safety Legislation and Risk Assessments and Method Statements (Safe Systems of Work).  


Ability to interpret from drawings, instructions and specifications.


Full driving licence that enables the person to drive in the UK, however SPS is willing to consider proposals put forward by applicants to carry out the duties by any other means. 


Vacancy Information Booklets:

This opportunity is closed to applications.