Associate Director of Estates Operations

Docklands, United Kingdom
21 Sep 2023
End of advertisement period
08 Oct 2023
Contract Type
Full Time

Location: Docklands Campus
Post Type: Full Time
Closing Date: Sunday 08 October 2023
Reference: 012MS2023

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The University of East London is seeking an Assistant Director of Estates to lead the transformation, development and implementation of the strategy for the provision of high-quality, customer-focused and value-for-money operational estates and facilities management services. 

The University of East London is one of the most diverse and vibrant universities in the global capital and has recently been shortlisted as a finalist of the prestigious Times Higher Education's (THE) University of the Year awards. Our pioneering and forward-thinking vision is making a positive and significant impact to the communities we serve, inspiring both our staff and students to reach their full potential. Join us and #BeTheChange.

Born in 1898 to serve the skills needs of the 2nd industrial revolution, the University of East London has commenced Year 5 of its transformational 10-year Vision 2028 strategic plan led by our Vice-Chancellor & President, Professor Amanda Broderick, to advance Industry 5.0 careers-1st education. We have a clear route-map to provide a springboard for the jobs and opportunities of the future; drive diversity in the 5.0 talent pipeline - working in partnership to promote talent wherever it is found; and to create an inclusive and sustainable, green future.

Vision 2028 has been developed to transform our curriculum, pedagogy, research impact and partnerships to make a positive difference to student, graduate, and community success. Our ambitious but achievable goal is to become the leading careers-focused, enterprising university in the UK, one which both prepares our students for the jobs of the future and provides the innovation to drive that future sustainably and inclusively. 

Reporting to the Director of Estates, the Assistant Director of Estates will be key to developing a ‘best in class’ delivery of customer-focused estate operations services including Campus Management, Security, Maintenance, Cleaning and Print teams. The post holder will lead the transformation, and performance improvement and develop effective working relations with Business Partners and staff at all levels across estates & facilities, faculties, and suppliers to ensure first-class and smooth running of EAF operations and associate services.

We are seeking an individual with a proven track record in transformation and of providing ‘best in class’ facilities management services across a comparable high-public footfall customer-facing portfolio. You will be an adept contract manager with strong commercial acumen with a track record of managing predominantly insource supply chain partners. This role will suit professionals with a passion for developing people and processes, with a high level of personal credibility with demonstrable experience in engendering a culture of exceptional delivery at both an operational and strategic level. It is essential that candidates are experienced in board-level reporting and developing business case strategies in a comparable context.   

The candidate brochure can be viewed at 

At UEL we are committed to promoting our values of equality, inclusivity, and diversity throughout our community of staff and students.  In keeping with this, we have developed a wide range of benefits making UEL an attractive place to work.  These include flexible working, family-friendly policies, competitive salary & shared success award, pension arrangements, a commitment to staff development, and a host of other benefits. 

For a confidential briefing discussion please contact our retained advisor Michael Hewlett of The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) on 07896 079 495. 

Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter sent to

The closing date for applications is 8th October 2023. Candidates are welcome to apply at Assistant Director of Estates Operations - MRG (

To contact the recruitment team please phone +44 20 8223 3000 x 4600 or e-mail

CVs without a completed application form will not be accepted.

At UEL we are committed to working together to build a community which values diversity in both our staff and student populations, is representative and inclusive, enabling all to progress and thrive.

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