Executive Director of Estates

Glasgow, Glasgow City (GB)
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
End of advertisement period
Monday, 7 October 2019

Executive Director of Estates
University of Glasgow
Attractive Salary

The University has been at the forefront of change, excellence and innovation for over 560 years.  Our history is bound up with that of Glasgow and Scotland, but we are also outward-looking, international and keen to strengthen our position in the world’s top 100 research-intensive universities. 

By 2025 we will have invested over £1bn, transforming the campus and supporting the University’s ambition to be a world-changing University, enhancing interdisciplinary research and making a step change in the experience of our students.  The Estates directorate is leading the capital development programme – the biggest the University has undertaken since the Victorian era.    

The Executive Director of Estates is the University's senior professional advisor on estates strategy, management, processes, systems and controls providing leadership and strategic direction across campus development, property management, capital works, maintenance, facilities management and carbon reduction. Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer & University Secretary and working closely with the Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor, the postholder will have a high profile internally and externally as well as having regular interaction with the University Court (the governing body). 

There are few roles in UK higher education which can compare in terms of scale as we reshape and service our estate and develop new facilities in the city’s burgeoning West End and Waterfront Innovation District.  The successful candidate will need to balance the complexities of a major capital programme with the importance of servicing and developing existing facilities.  With a degree and a relevant chartered qualification, candidates will have experience at a senior level in setting the strategic direction for an estates function in a large, complex organisation. Your ability to lead, influence, motivate and manage a very large team, in a challenging environment, will be aided by your well-developed interpersonal skills and the ability to communicate effectively with people at all levels within and outside the University. 

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Closing date for applications is midday, Monday 7 October 2019.

The University of Glasgow is an equal opportunities employer and positively welcomes applications from candidates who are currently underrepresented at this level. 

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