Director of Estates Operations

Updated: about 1 month ago
Location: Durham, ENGLAND
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 11 Jul 2024

Director of Estate Operations, competitive salary and pension

A globally outstanding centre of teaching and research excellence, a warm and friendly place to work, a unique and historic setting – Durham is a university like no other. As one of the UK’s leading universities, Durham is an incredible place to define your career. The University is located within a beautiful historic city, home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and surrounded by stunning countryside. Our talented scholars and researchers from around the world are tackli ng global issues and making a difference to people's lives. 

We believe that inspiring our people to do outstanding things at Durham enables Durham people to do outstanding things in the world. Being a part of Durham is about more than just the success of the University; it’s also about contributing to the success of the city, county, and community. Our University Strategy is built on three pillars of research, education, and wider student experience, but also on our keen sense of community and of inspiring others to achieve their poten tial. 

We are seeking an exceptional candidate for this senior position. The role is responsible for driving improvements in the performance of the University’s unique estate portfolio. Providing effective leadership and management of the Estates Operations team, consisting of 112 staff. The team oversees property assets and space management, building and engineering maintenance, health and safety, energy and sustainability, and maintenance services, managing a revenue budget of £18m . The Director will lead on several strategic developments, including the Strategic Asset Management Plan, Decarbonisation Strategy, and Digital Campus. The role involves collaborative work with teams across the Estate and Facilities portfolio, members of the wider University leadership and management team, and external partners.

The ideal candidate will have senior leadership experience in estate management, be an excellent communicator and be able to inspire and engage those around you and build effective relationships with university colleagues and external partners. With the ability to think broadly and strategically, you will challenge convention, push boundaries, and work innovatively to enhance the operational efficiency and international reputation of our estate.

How to Apply

Durham University are working in partnership with Dixon Walter to recruit to this post. Applications submitted via this portal will not be considered.

For further information and details of how to apply for this significant appointment at the university, please visit: Director of Estate Operations | Dixon Walter or contact Jim Allcroft at Dixon Walter on T: 07388642631 or at E:[email protected]  

The closing date for applications is 11 July 2024.

Expected interview date: Early August TBC

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