Fire and Security Engineer


Serco: Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre 

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £35,000 pa + Excellent Corporate Benefits Package


We're looking for a Fire & Security Engineer to join us at Yarl's Wood Immigration Centre in Bedfordshire - a fully contained residential centre housing adult men and women. We focus on decency and respect in all aspects of care for our residents and use continuous innovation to further improve and develop our service.


As our new Fire & Security Engineer, you will report into the Facilities Manager and work alongside a team of multi-skilled engineers within the Facilities Services Team to carry out maintenance works in all aspects of security systems.


You will carry out system reactive and preventative maintenance works in all aspects of security systems, fire detection, life safety equipment whilst complying with all Health & Safety legislations. You must be able to carry out investigations into the performance of the plant and equipment installed on site and produce related reports and recommendations as may be required. Other key responsibilities will include:


  • Assist in specifying and obtaining spare parts/other items of equipment to ensure the continuous and efficient operation of the technical estate.
  • Ensuring various pre-planned maintenance schedules are kept up to date and maintained.
  • Assisting in multi-trade support of other members of the FM team.


Overall, this is a fantastic opportunity for someone who enjoys working in a supportive team and taking pride in what they do as we are a tight-knit unit within the Centre environment, you will also have the opportunity as part of your role to receive ongoing training to further develop your engineering skills.


What you will need to do the role:


We are looking for someone who has previously worked in a similar role and will be able to hit the ground running upon starting as you will be assisting in multi-trade support within the team. Due to this, we would also consider relevant certifications or licences that will allow you to aid in other areas e.g. minimum electrical/electronic ONC experience or equivalent preferred. Experience within a similar role is an advantage however you must have a proven ability to install, test, commission and service IP & Analogue CCTV Systems, Conventional Access Control Systems, Conventional and Addressable Intruder Detection and Fire Alarm Systems. Key experience and qualifications of interest would include:


  • Extensive knowledge of Fire Protection Industry
  • Extensive knowledge of large security systems
  • Knowledge of BS EN 50131 Alarm Systems
  • Knowledge of BS EN 50132 CCTV System
  • Knowledge of BS EN 50133 Access Control
  • Knowledge of BS5839 Fire Detection Systems
  • Knowledge of BS6266 Fire Protection for Electronic Equipment Installations
  • IPAF Licences
  • Knowledge of Safe Systems of Work


A key part of this role is to be pro-active and this will be achieved by commitment to customer satisfaction and striving for continuous improvement in your working approach, including the ability to prioritise workload, using your own initiative and working in a logical and methodical manner to tight timescales. You will be confident in your ability to communicate effectively at all levels, both in writing and orally. It is important that you have a flexible and common-sense approach to work, as the role will include being a member of the facilities 'Out of Hours' call out roster, and as and when required via Telephone for Technical support.


Why Serco


A place you can make an impact - The nature of our business means you will do interesting work that matters - delivering essential services that touch people's lives.


A place you can count on - Our diverse UK-wide operations offer unrivalled opportunities to learn and develop. You'll be able to broaden your experience and apply your skills in new ways.


A place for you - We are a motivated team who will encourage you and help you to succeed within a supportive and safe culture.



What we offer


  • Pension - 6%
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Chance to contribute to innovation in the immigration sector
  • A company passionate about diversity and inclusion
  • Serco Benefits package - discounts include cinema, merlin entertainment and online shopping discounts, cycle to work scheme and discounts on mobile phone plans and leisure centre memberships
  • A safe and supportive culture


About Serco


At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services.  We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.




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Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.


We see people first and foremost for their performance and potential. We are committed to building a diverse and inclusive organisation that supports the needs of all. As such we will make reasonable adjustments at interview through to employment for our candidates. We're a proud holder of the Silver Inclusive Employer Standard and we actively encourage applications from females, those with disabilities or from an ethnic minority background. 

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