Lead Facilities Engineer

Req ID:  221254

Saffron Walden, GB, CB10 1XL

For 75 years, Charles River employees have worked together to assist in the discovery, development and safe manufacture of new drug therapies. When you join our family, you will have a significant impact on the health and well-being of people across the globe. Whether your background is in life sciences, finance, IT, sales or another area, your skills will play an important role in the work we perform. In return, we’ll help you build a career that you can feel passionate about.

Job Summary

Are you an experienced Facilities Engineer, with skills in mechanical and/or electrical engineering, looking for the next step up? 


Would you like to apply your expertise to oversee and maintain state of the art facilities for a company working to improve patients lives on a day-day basis? 


Charles River Discovery are excited to be recruiting for a Lead Facilities Engineer to work across our Saffron Walden and Harlow sites in the UK. 

The Facilities Engineer will work within an established Facilities team to carry out high quality maintenance tasks in a timely manner, ensuring that the buildings are always operational to the relevant industry standards. 
There may also be a need to travel to our other sites in Derbyshire and Portishead on an ad-hoc basis. This is an onsite role, with the successful applicant expected to be present at either our Saffron Walden or Harlow site as needed. 


What you’ll be doing:
•    Ensure that Planned Preventative Maintenance & Reactive Maintenance is carried out to all buildings through the operation of a Computerised Maintenance Management System (CMMS) and be proactive in highlighting areas where improvements can be made.
•    Responsible for the statutory compliance of required regulations and ensuring all records are kept up to date and ready for inspection both internally, by our clients, or any other external body.
•    Keep up to date with latest safety, compliance, and best practices relevant to the facility. 
•    Accurate recording of all work undertaken for compliance and audit purposes.
•    Ensure that plant faults and defects are swiftly remedied to always maintain plant in serviceable order.
•    Calculate and compare costs for required goods or services on a regular basis to achieve maximum value for money, including regular review of contractor agreements and alternative delivery solutions.
•    Ensure that suitable spares are available to carry out both maintenance and reactive works.
•    Issue and manage Permits to Work for contractors working within the buildings.
•    Completion of documentation as required, including RAMS and adhere to all associated permits.
•    Carrying out engineering problem solving when required
•    Assist in the design, development and modification of new and current site equipment.
•    Comply fully with Health, Safety & Environmental policies.
•    Close collaboration with support functions within Charles River including Purchasing, Real Estate, EHS and Finance.
•    Effective management and prioritisation of your workload.
•    Participation in standby rota for emergency calls, outside normal working hours.
•    Ad hoc duties as required by the Facilities Manager.

What We Offer You:

•    A very comprehensive benefits package from day one, including a large pension contribution, private medical for you (and can add family members), private dental care, critical illness cover, bonus and more!
•    Access to great discounts via our CREDS discount scheme.
•    Global opportunities and strong career progression.
•    The chance to work on several varied projects and liaise globally and nationally with other business areas.
•    To be able make a difference to health and wellbeing of people.
•    To continue your own career growth.
•    Flexible and hybrid working.
•    Parental leave.
•    Group Life Assurance and Group Income Protection.
•    Remote GP access 24/7.
•    Well-being support and initiatives.
•    Cycle to work scheme.


•    Qualified to at least NVQ Level 3 (or equivalent) in a relevant discipline (mechanical/electrical preferred). 
•    Demonstrable hands-on experience of carrying out preventative and reactive maintenance activities for large commercial facilities (lab/hospital preferred but not essential). 
•    Excellent working knowledge of using Computerised Maintenance Management Systems (CMMS) confidently with minimal supervision. 
•    Experience of Building Fabric Maintenance.
•    Experience in Facilities Maintenance including Chillers, HVAC, Air Handling Units, Compressed Air and Water Systems
•    Enthusiastic and positive manner, able to always communicate in a professional and courteous manner across different platforms such as: Teams, face to face and over the phone.
•    Experience of working with 3rd party contractors and vendors – able to host and book in visits as needed. 
•    Able to travel between our Saffron Walden and Harlow sites, with own transport. 
•    Have a proactive approach to maintenance and building management, able to use their initiative to find resolutions and act accordingly. 
•    Strong working knowledge of building maintenance statutory compliance regulations. 
•    Proven time management skills, able to assess and prioritise logically and make informed, timely decisions.


•    Previous experience of managing laboratory facilities. 

About Discovery
Discovery from Charles River is industry-proven in the successful development of novel therapies, with over 350 patents and 80 preclinical drug candidates delivered to our sponsors in the past 17 years. Backed by more than 650 scientists, our comprehensive, integrated portfolio employs the latest technology and platforms to provide chemistry, biology, and pharmacology services that support clients from the earliest stages of hit identification all the way through to IND. Our client-focused, collaborative approach creates true partnerships that anticipate challenges, overcome obstacles, and move us forward together on the journey of getting new drugs to market.


About Charles River
Charles River is an early-stage contract research organization (CRO). We have built upon our foundation of laboratory animal medicine and science to develop a diverse portfolio of discovery and safety assessment services, both Good Laboratory Practice (GLP) and non-GLP, to support clients from target identification through preclinical development. Charles River also provides a suite of products and services to support our clients’ clinical laboratory testing needs and manufacturing activities. Utilizing this broad portfolio of products and services enables our clients to create a more flexible drug development model, which reduces their costs, enhances their productivity and effectiveness to increase speed to market.


With over 20,000 employees within 110 facilities in over 20 countries around the globe, we are strategically positioned to coordinate worldwide resources and apply multidisciplinary perspectives in resolving our client’s unique challenges. Our client base includes global pharmaceutical companies, biotechnology companies, government agencies and hospitals and academic institutions around the world. 


At Charles River, we are passionate about our role in improving the quality of people’s lives. Our mission, our excellent science and our strong sense of purpose guide us in all that we do, and we approach each day with the knowledge that our work helps to improve the health and well-being of many across the globe. We have proudly supported the development of 86% of the drugs approved by the FDA in 2021.


At Charles River Laboratories, we recognize and recruit all talent. We are a company committed to the principle of diversity and inclusion and work daily in this direction.