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Connect IT Utility Services

Why Connect It

We are in exciting times at Connect It. 2020 saw not only a pandemic to contend with but the achievement of one of our strategic priorities – to transfer all our support staff to one location. 

We moved to our 40,000 sqft Head Office and Distribution centre in Hedge End, Southampton in June 2020. This has enabled our teams to continue to deliver great works to our customers and for us to achieve better collaboration and efficiency.  It doesn’t stop there – in 2021 we are preparing to be set for further growth so read below and find a vacancy that suits you!

Current vacancies

Our current vacancies are below. If you are interested, get in touch today.  If you don’t see what you are looking for, apply speculatively below.

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Job vacancy - Junior CAD Technician

At Connect It we are fully focused on delivering an exceptional multi utility service to our customers and have invested in teams and technology to ensure this is delivered. We are now looking to expand our Operations team based in Hedge End, Southampton by recruiting a Junior CAD Technician.

Job location: Connect It Head Office, Foundation House, Hedge End, Southampton

The role will be responsible for:

In this role you will be responsible for:

  • Using GPS measured coordinates to draw 2D utility records onto existing site plans.
  • Using hand drawn site sketches to draw 2D utility records onto existing site plans.
  • Creating and amending title blocks to ensure that the correct shown for our stakeholders.
  • Liaising with the site team to ensure site records received are satisfactory and accurate.
  • Updating CRM systems with drawing measurements and drawing specific information.
  • Building excellent relationships with internal and external contacts to support the business

Qualifications and experience:

The successful applicant will have:

  • Existing experience of using AutoCad LT 2020 or similar software ideally within a comparable environment.
  • Good attention to detail with the ability to interpret technical information and drawings and translate this onto Autocad.
  • The ability to manage your own workload.
  • Work within a team and interface with people at all levels both internally and externally.
  • The drive to deliver, work flexibly with a ‘can do’ attitude, can take the initiative to see changes through to delivery. Proven working knowledge of Microsoft office (particularly Outlook, Excel, Word) and ideally experience of using a CRM system.

Job vacancy - OHL Project Manager

Are you looking to join a growing company focussed on success? At Connect It we are increasing our Overhead Lines (OHL) Project Management team by recruiting a further OHL Project Manager, who has a proven track record in safely delivering multiple OHL projects across the South of England.

Job location: Southcoast - mobile

The role will be responsible for:

The role is based within Connections teams who are here to help whether our customers are building a single home, housing development, industrial development, generation development or independent distribution network. Our responsibility is to ensure we are able to respond and that is where you fit in. We are looking for someone who can:

  • Plan and oversee the delivery of OHL projects (up to and including 33kV)to our DNO client, ensuring that standards of delivery and health and safety on site are of the highest level.
  • Book works on our internal software but most importantly ensuring jobs are ready and available to begin, clearly briefed to teams via setting to work processes, monitored during delivery and completed to a high standard, to time and budget.
  • Working for the Senior Project Manager, collaboratively with fellow Project Managers sharing expertise, and overseeing linesman teams, you will deliver to meet the needs of our customers’, by providing advice and resolving site related issues in a timely manner.
  • Be responsible for the safety of yourself and colleagues, and act as ambassador of our safety culture.
  • Contribute to relevant processes, to maintain and improve efficiencies including programming of work, work performance, materials and equipment deployment.
  • Develop an excellent relationship with our customers on site, ensuring our great reputation is maintained and enhanced and liaise with relevant parties to achieve great results.
  • Conduct site audits and inspections of the company’s operational staff and their activities and contribute to annual competency reviews. Ensure any competency gaps are identified and work with HR to put in place actions to resolve.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation, regulations and specifications as required (OSR’s)
  • Develop and manage colleagues to build strong, cohesive teams who are open to extending the range of knowledge and responsibilities.

 

Qualifications and experience:

To ensure you get the most from your role you’ll have a sound working knowledge of the electrical distribution industry. Hands on experience and knowledge of operating the LV, 11kV and 33kV network is required.

You’ll be confident managing multiple outputs within the team and you’ll have previous experience of both people and customer management with a proven track record for delivering work safely, on time and within budget.

Ideally, you will be based within the central Southern areas of Hampshire or Sussex areas, although we are open to discussions from those out of these areas.

You will have an embedded safety behaviours and fully understand the safety requirements and operational procedures required to work within the sector.

Be able to deliver within CDM regulations and have a good appreciation of the civils activities needed to support and deliver our works, working with fellow Project Managers who oversee team activity and oversight of NRSWA processes if required.

A large extent of your time will be spent on site so experience with a proven track record of project managing several jobs/teams simultaneously will be key.

You will

  • Ideally hold EUSR registration under the Utility Supervisor Scheme.
  • Ideally have held SAP authorisation with a DNO.
  • A strong communicator with the ability to build effective stakeholder relationships, alongside developing strong operational delivery teams
  • IOSH or similar health and safety qualification and ability to role model desired safety behaviours.
  • Clean driving licence essential as attendance to site is key and a vehicle will be provided for this.

We are looking for a Manager to join us now to hit the ground running, so if you have the right experience and skills please contact us!

Job vacancy - MU Project Manager

Are you looking to join a growing company focussed on success? At Connect It we are extending our Multi Utility (MU) Project Management team and recruiting a further MU Project Manager, who has a proven track record in safely delivering multiple gas, water and power installation projects across the South of England and is ideally based within the central Southern areas (Hampshire/Dorset/Surrey/Sussex/Wiltshire/Berkshire).

Job location: Mobile role Central South Coast

The role will be responsible for:

What will the role be doing?:

  • Planning and delivering Multi utility projects to our national developer clients, ensuring that standards of delivery and health and safety on site are of the highest level.
  • Ensuring work is booked on our internal software but most importantly ensuring works are ready and available to begin, clearly briefed to teams via setting to work processes, monitored during delivery and completed to a high standard, to time and budget.
  • Working for the Senior Project Manager, collaboratively with fellow Project Managers sharing expertise, you will deliver a service to the highest standard in order to meet the needs of our customers’, by providing advice and resolving site related issues in a timely manner.
  • Contribute relevant processes to maintain and improve efficiencies including programming of work, work performance, materials and equipment deployment.
  • Develop an excellent relationship with our customers on site, ensuring our great reputation is maintained and enhanced and liaise with relevant parties to achieve great results.
  • Conduct site audits and inspections of the company’s operational staff and their activities and contribute to annual competency reviews. Ensure any competency gaps are identified and work with HR to put in place actions to resolve.
  • Ensure compliance with relevant legislation, regulations and specifications as required (GIRS/WIRS/NERS)
  • Develop and manage teams to build strong, cohesive teams who are open to extending the range of knowledge and responsibilities.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Strong experience in the installation and/or supervision of a range of Gas, Water and electric activities, demonstrated by having held DNO authorisations currently or in the past and NCO/CABWI Gas/Water qualifications.
  • Excellent understanding of the safety requirements and operational procedures required to work within the relevant sectors.
  • Excellent understanding of CDM regulations and experience of application.
  • An appreciation of the civils activities needed to support and deliver our works, working with fellow Project Managers who oversee team activity and oversight of NRSWA processes
  • Extensive site based experience with a proven track record of project managing several jobs/teams simultaneously.
  • Ideally hold EUSR registration under the Utility Supervisor Scheme.
  • Ideally have held CP registration as a Gas craftsperson, SAP authorisations as a Power craftsperson and Senior Competent Person for Water.
  • A strong communicator with the ability to build effective stakeholder relationships, alongside developing strong operational delivery teams
  • IOSH or similar health and safety qualification and ability to role model desired safety behaviours.
  • Excellent line management experience supported ideally by a professional qualification
  • An understanding of the legislation and regulations that impact each industry (GIRS/WIRS/NERS)
  • Attendance at forums and other industry body or customer meetings to contribute and continue to develop our industry presence and raise awareness.
  • Clean driving licence essential as attendance to site is key and a vehicle will be provided for this.

We are looking for a Manager to join us now to hit the ground running, so if you have the right experience and skills please contact us!

We are also looking for a Site Supervisor so please apply if you are interested in this role.

Job vacancy - Light Commercial Vehicle Technician

Keen to keep the wheels moving for our operational teams? 

We are looking to recruit a Light Commercial Vehicle Technician to work alongside our current Technicians at our fully fitted workshop based at our 40,000 sq. ft Head Office and Distribution centre in Hedge End, Southampton.  Our continued growth of the business following the successful contract awards from SSEN as well as national developers means our fleet and plant are growing. 

Job location: Foundation House, Hedge End, Southampton

The role will be responsible for:

We want to ensure safe outcomes for our people and therefore it’s critical that our technicians are fully qualified and experienced to service and maintain our vans, class 1 vehicles and range of plant.

Ideally, you will be experienced and knowledgeable in your craft, having worked in the multi-utilities industry (or similar) with a strong focus on safety.  Educating our teams is also key as you set the standard that they will follow.  So, what is the detail?

  • Role modelling the right organisational behaviours that demonstrate a strong commitment to vehicle and driving safety.
  • To maintain the fleet, conducting service inspections and repairs as required. This will mainly be at the depot, but onsite repair may be required.
  • Install trackers and other additional items as requested so that appropriate data can be tracked by vehicle.
  • Ordering of parts and ensure stock levels are maintained of key items as appropriate.
  • To carry out risk assessments and maintain safe working practices.
  • Report hazards and defects that are not able to be rectified in house.
  • Keep up to date with best practice working processes and methods.

Qualifications and experience:

  • Demonstrate a good record of mechanical experience either as a mechanic, plant fitter, or plant technician.
  • Be able to operate handheld mobile equipment to record works and data information.
  • Hold a clean driving licence as attendance to other locations will be required from time to time. Ideally class 1 qualified with valid CPC.
  • Using your own initiative, demonstrate safe working practices.
  • City & Guilds or apprentice trained mechanical qualification.
  • Take a flexible approach to working hours.
  • Educating teams on vehicle maintenance so you need to be a good communicator with ability to portray information at all levels.
  • A ‘can do’ attitude with the ability to role model desired safety behaviours.
  • Clean driving licence is essential as you may be provided to attend site.

We are looking for this role now to join us and hit the ground running, so if you have the right experience and skills please contact us!

Job vacancy - Stores Assistants

This role will work in our warehouse picking utility items to help our on-site teams by ensuring items delivered into our warehouse or picked for on site delivery are accurate and handled and stored in a safe and secure way.

Job location: Foundation House, Hedge End, Southampton

The role will be responsible for:

The role holder will work as a team:

  • To support the receipt of goods in, ensuring items are checked for completeness and items are stored within the centre safely and in a timely manner
  • To develop product knowledge of gas, water and electric materials and equipment to ensure the correct items are picked.
  • To ensure orders are processed efficiently for despatch and on time and that items collected are issued on our stockholding system.
  • Assist with loading of delivery vehicles including trailers, taking into account loading restrictions and requirements
  • Maintain housekeeping standards, ensuring that Health, Safety & Environmental procedures are strictly adhered to.
  • Review stock levels, reporting any deficiencies or damage and take part in stocktakes as required.
  • Deliver required parts to the operatives on time, using appropriate and efficient methods as required by the business.
  • To ensure equipment and plant used is maintained in accordance with maintenance plans, reporting any damage or deficiencies
  • Support with yard supervision to ensure safe working, acting as a banksman where required.
  • Suggest ideas on improvements to processes and systems to allow for future efficiencies.
  • Ensure waste items are disposed of safely including disposal by others

Qualifications and experience:

You will need

  • Excellent communication and ability to work as a team
  • Certification to use a combi forklift
  • Have a good working knowledge of a Stores or warehouse environment ideally in a utilities business
  • A good working knowledge of IT stock management systems
  • A high degree of flexibility
  • Warehouse/site health & safety knowledge
  • Have a full clean UK driving licence as you may be required to deliver on-site

We offer a standard 50 hour working week, Monday to Friday and good rates of pay.
Do you meet our requirements? If so get in contact!

Job vacancy - MU Teams

Due to high demand for our excellent onsite skills, we are looking to recruit an additional team onto our Gas and Water Mains and Service Laying teams. Ideally you will be based in or around the Hampshire area and be willing to travel to sites we are awarded across the South of England.

Job location: Working for our MU customers across the central South of England

The role will be responsible for:

Working on mainly new development sites, you will have experience in installing mains and services using PE and PEB from 63mm to 250mm for gas and water installations (inc chlorination procedures).   You will have a good track record of working as a team and with safety in mind.  As an ambassador of Connect It you will provide excellent customer service to our clients on site and enjoy working outside, as part of a team of two. Work is recorded on a mobile device so experience of working in this way would be helpful.

Qualifications and experience:

NCO2 Team Leader will need:

  • NCO2(G) Mains/Service Laying (distribution) up to 180 minimum, registered on a current EUSR card
  • NCO2 (W) Mains/Service Laying, registered on an EUSR card
  • SCO 1,2 & 5 inc GL6
  • Registrations as a CP for Gas networks
  • A proven track record of working safely and in accordance with GIRS/WIRS procedures.
  • Gas and Water Shea certification
  • National Water Hygiene
  • NRSWA qualified
  • First Aid qualified
  • Ideally hold a towing and driving licence.

An Assistant will need:

  • NCO1(G) or NCO (W) Assistant qualification, registered on a current EUSR card
  • Gas and Water Shea certification
  • National Water Hygiene
  • A good working knowledge of on site health and safety supported by training
  • First Aid
  • Full driving licence

You are provided with PPE, a van and materials/equipment needed to deliver an excellent job all to the high standards that Connect It are known for.  We offer great rates of pay for the right teams so what are you waiting for?

Job vacancy - Trainee Site Estimators

Are you looking for a career where you can build your onsite practical installation knowledge, might have just finished university in a construction related or business degree, or just want to use your established skill set to transfer to a mobile site estimation role - then let us know about you! We are looking to speak to candidates who would want to join us in September 2021 and be prepared to work with our existing Site Estimators to learn from their experience and knowledge so we can continue to provide the insightful estimates that our customers rely on.

Job location: Our areas of work are split into three - West Central and East and collectively these are in locations from Eastbourne, across to Yeovil and up towards Basingstoke

The role will be responsible for:

This role will be one where you can apply your existing or newly learned skills in a real life environment. Working with and learning from our established onsite estimating professionals, you will be coached and mentored to learn the skills to be able to attend onsite and accurately provide estimates of civils and power activities. These are exciting opportunities that will build the pipeline for our future estimators or who might want to build on these skills and widen their knowledge in other areas of the business. We are looking for roles to commence in September 2021 so this is an early notice of this intention. Please express an interest sharing your CV and any relevant job or academic experience.  Information about the roles is below:

Site Estimators will:

  • Receive an assessed quotation scope and then provide a complete pre construction assessment service to ensure all factors have been comprehensively assessed, to specification that meets everyone’s and, above all, the customers’ expectations.
  • Ensure that the quotation content is appropriate and robust to the task required and if necessary, provide additional options that enable information and choice to the customer, as well as delivering compliant, quality work and safe outcomes.
  • Timely work completion will be key as we have time obligations under the agreed terms of the Contract.
  • Competently review drawings, documents, specifications and scopes as needed, to ensure any constraints or risks have been identified
  • Identify any potential delays (and advise of mitigation methods) not already accounted for and/or identify alternative methodologies/sequences that improve project delivery
  • Communicate with the SSEN Commercial Team to ensure the scope post site survey achieves the framework obligations and ensures the businesses objectives will be met
  • Working as a team, regularly communicate with internal and external key stakeholders and third parties to establish optimum, compliant delivery as needed.
  • Submit a site report, using our field based tablet and app that provides the Company with enough information to respond on a quotation.
  • Provide regular updates as required by the Senior Project Manager i.e. information obtained during site visit, recommendations and actions, number of site visits attended within the time frame required.
  • Be an ambassador of the Company and promote the company on site, with members of the public and at meetings.

Qualifications and experience:

In return those successful in gaining this estimation knowledge will

  • Learn site civils knowledge and a good understanding of, and appreciation delivering jointing/overhead lines electrical connection works.
  • Be able to maintain technical/practical knowledge to ensure the latest procedures, innovations or new ways of working are built into the role to ensure efficiencies are identified and continuous improvement delivered.
  • Gain or develop CDM knowledge
  • Learn about working within an NEC Contract
  • Develop IT skills through using our onsite tablet and app – technology is key to our delivery
  • Develop great communication (written and verbal) skills to enable strong stakeholder relationships to grow
  • The role will involve driving from site to site so a full UK driving licence is required.
  • Hold a relevant degree/HNC qualification or equivalent

We offer an opportunity to work within a new framework contract working with a major DNO, in a fast-paced environment where each day brings new challenges. We also offer a competitive salary and benefits package.  With an ambitious plans for the future, we’re poised for further growth and success, so if you’re committed, talented and enthusiastic, Connect It is the right place for you.

Job vacancy - Speculative Candidate

We are always keen to hear from people who have relevant experience and have been waiting for their dream job to appear on our website. Don't keep waiting! Send your details so we can make contact with you. You never know you could have the skills we have been thinking about all along!

Job location: Our roles are site based across central and Southern England or within our Head Office at Foundation House, Hedge End, Southampton

The role will be responsible for:

We know our organisation is only going to be as good as our people and we are proud of the people who deliver those works for us whether they are on site or supporting from our Management and Office functions.  Please share your CV so that we can have an informal conversation and keep you in mind (with your permission of course) for when a suitable role might be available.  So if you have practical on site experience in Civils excavation, reinstatement, jointing, installing overhead lines, gas and water distribution qualifications that are accredited with EUSR or office experience in Commercial, HR, Compliance, Safety, Estimating, IT, Facilities, Street works Management, Operational Project Management, Stores supporting our warehouse goods in and out, Administration and Co-ordination experience, or Vehicle Servicing then get in contact.

Qualifications and experience:

Please remember to share your skills, experience and qualifications/authorisations/certifications held or previously held as this will enable us to match this against our roles.

Job vacancy - Cable Jointing and Overhead Lines Teams

Whilst we do not have any current vacancies we are always interested to hear from experienced and authorised cable jointing and overhead lines teams who would like to stay in touch for when a vacancy should arise.

Job location: Various locations across the west, central and east areas of the south of England from Eastbourne to Yeovil and up to Basingstoke area

The role will be responsible for:

You will install and commission underground and over head power installations to their specific procedures on the LV upto 11kV and if authorised HV network. The ability to work on your own initiative, whilst following prescribed procedures is key but critically, working safely is a must.

Qualifications and experience:

What will you bring to the role?

  • A proven track record in jointing or mating for a DNO operator, holding current categories of authorisation to complete a full range of jointing activities (LV & ideally HV), including linking and fusing.
  • Be able to understand utility plans and designs and ensure these are updated
  • A high regard and demonstrated competency for safe working, ensuring risk assessments are completed and the correct PPE is worn
  • You’ll be an organised team with a ‘can do’ attitude, delivering top quality communication skills as you deal with the public and external clients alike
  • With an eye for detail, you will be able to use a handheld smart device as a way of keeping detailed and accurate records of your work
  • Have relevant experience and hold a valid Street works card
  • Have experience of working outside in all weathers
  • Hold full clean driving license
  • Hold first aid qualification

Preparing for your interview

Should you be interviewed for a role at Connect It – you will be invited to visit our offices where we can each share our skills and experience to see if we have a match.

COVID 19 – We know in times of the pandemic face to face meetings should be avoided.  Whilst we have social distancing measures in place to keep everyone safe, we will also hold interviews via Teams.

Access our useful documents to find out how we keep you safe when attending our office, and instructions for using Teams to hold a remote interview.


Training and development

We know that we make the difference in the work we do by the strong delivery of our people.  That delivery has been achieved by recruiting experts in their field and maintaining their continual development.  We know by delivering this, colleagues are more engaged in the work they do and ultimately this improves productivity and performance.

We value our staff and are committed to supporting them improving their skills, acquiring further accreditations and authorisations which ultimately helps them progress in their career goals.

We create a knowledge-sharing environment, where employees learn not only from professionals but from each other, building a stronger, efficient, and productive workforce.  We achieve this in a number of ways:

  • On-site training
  • Off-site attendance at our Training School
  • Working with professional training partners.

We know we have strong technical Team Leaders in the field.  Assistants benefit from working on-site alongside these Team Leaders through observing best practices and problem solving.  While we appreciate the work we do has limitations on practical on-site learning, we know the ability to appreciate and learn about the work we do, the importance of safety and how we work safely, gives a solid foundation to build further skills.

Once a colleague has developed a good baseline standard of operating and they want to develop their trade further, they may be invited to our internal Training School.

We are proud to have a new purpose-built Training School in our Foundation House office, which allows us to develop our trainees off-site in a safe environment. The school not only enables us to focus on desk-based learning but also practical sessions that we can adapt to simulate a live environment.  Our skilled trainers coach and encourage our trainees to fully understand not only what they are doing but why – this knowledge then enables them to better appreciate what they do and how they should do it.

Certification and EUSR

A quick word on this… As a Lloyds Register accredited organisation, we must ensure all relevant job-related qualifications and training is evidenced.  This is done through the EUSR organisation who is affiliated with CSCS, a card that you may be more familiar with.

To deliver work for Connect It your gas and water qualifications and training must show on your EUSR card.

If you don’t have the qualifications needed for a role, please do still talk to us, however please note this is a critical area to us so may need some conversation regarding how these can be achieved.

Want to join as an on-site Trainee?

We know a lot of candidates are keen to join the industry but may lack experience and want to know how to get a start.  The best place for this is as an Assistant or Jointers Mate to gain onsite utilities experience.

You will work with a Team Leader who will share their knowledge and skill to help you understand the work we do.  We work with DNO’s who deliver trade tests and other organisations who in addition to our own authorisation process, issue authorisations to allow you to work on their network once you are deemed competent.

Once someone has gained the right level of experience, we would look to start to build your knowledge within our Training School.

Want to work in a Support (office) function?

It’s important we recognise and develop everyone’s skillset whether they are on site or in our offices.  We welcome career discussion and will always look to support development where this is relevant.

Development may include working in different areas of the business, being involved in new projects or work or online or job specific external courses. 

We know this isn’t a one stop shop and everyone may need different training options dependent on their roles.

 

Find a career at CIUS

Ex Military

We have several high performing ex-military teams and we’re keen to welcome more.

No matter what part of the military you are leaving, your background is invaluable to an organisation like Connect It Utility Services as you will come with an existing strong set of transferable skills which we value.

We offer challenging roles that will feed your ambition and determination to succeed in your career. Over recent years Connect It Utility Services has grown from strength to strength – those who join us become part of something bigger than just a 9-5.

“As an ex-Military Physical Training Instructor, I thrive on manual work.  Working as a team to achieve tasks and learning new skills. Connect It has given me a clear future career path by providing training courses to enable me to progress within the construction industry. A family run business, I was immediately welcomed by everyone and felt part of the bigger picture.  Not just a number as within the Military. The ethos within the company is clear and coincides with everything I have learnt from my Military career. Work hard and deliver to the best of your ability in a professional manner. I hope to stay with this company for a very long time and continue to learn and grow.”


Safety and wellbeing

Working in the utilities industry, delivering the high risk work we do, should never be taken for granted.  We should all work with safety in mind as our number one priority.  We are committed to the philosophy “Use your licence to stop – if its not safe you don’t do it” and mean this.

We are a Connect It family and support each other. so it goes without saying the wellbeing of our staff, customers, suppliers, and the public is always our number one priority. We employ people who are individuals, who will have views ambitions, families – a life.

We regularly review our policies on Safety, Health and Wellbeing and we will always provide the correct training and equipment to carry out your role in a safe manner.

Want to know why we believe safety is so important?  Watch this short video by Energy Networks Association which shows the importance of planning before you dig and the consequences of getting it wrong.

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