Maintenance - Systems

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.  

Our Systems Engineers support the Technical Manager in all aspects of Estates work. To provide a comprehensive repairs , diagnostic, fault finding and maintenance service for the systems e.g security systems, BEMS, networks, mechanical & electrical locking and key vending.

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 for a permanent Systems Engineer to work within our prisons across Scotland. We currently have vacancies in the following location:

  • HMP Inverness

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 Systems Maintenance Engineer. 

Carry out reactive and planned maintenance and minor works throughout the establishment as instructed to all security plant, equipment and systems.
Maintain a safe and healthy working environment through regular checking and testing of electrical appliances and installations in accordance with relevant legislation. Participating in an "on call" rota for emergency repairs. Providing area coverage when required.
Monitor and adjust the mechanical control systems to ensure optimum performance within guidelines as well as inspection and testing.
To provide technical support and advice on security systems and equipment issues to the Technical Manager and other staff as necessary.
Assume practical responsibility for all security systems and equipment related installations, and provide timely pre-emptive condition reports to the 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 completed a recognised apprenticeship and have obtained a minimum of a SVQ level 3 and a National Certificate (or equivalents) in any building services related discipline e.g. security systems, controls or electronic/electrical or mechanical.


Hold appropriate qualifications in control or security systems maintenance, installations and IT.


Experience Requirements

Have experience of maintenance on industrial/commercial control systems including and IT element. 


Experience of maintenance and repairs, including security equipment, fire systems as well as experience of other basic maintenance tasks in electrical/mechanical disciplines. 


Full UK Driving Licence. 


Knowledge Skills Requirements

Sound knowledge of Health and Safety Legislation, Safe Systems of Work and contingency planning.  


Ability to interpret and work from drawings, instructions and specifications. 


Basic working knowledge of IT systems and packages including Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook and Internet Explorer. This should also include computer maintenance management systems (CMMS). 


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


Vacancy Information Booklets:

This opportunity is closed to applications.