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Senior Director of Facilities & Campus Management

London (Central), London (Greater)
Closing date
23 Jun 2024

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Senior Director of Facilities & Campus Management

The Directorate of Estates & Facilities has a broad portfolio with a vast range of expertise and skills, operating and maintaining facilities and providing services to ensure King’s remains one of the world’s top universities. The Directorate ensures that students and staff at King’s and their experience at the university are at the heart of every decision they make and everything they do, striving to maintain a safe, sustainable and inclusive environment for students, staff and visitors. The five campuses house diverse spaces, including teaching and learning environments, cutting edge research facilities, two chapels and several multi-faith rooms, cafés and restaurants, fitness centres and student residences.

Estates & Facilities is a friendly, inclusive, and interesting place to work with many benefits; providing staff with a stable and supportive work environment. Our workplace culture programme aims to maintain and improve the customer and staff experience through six priorities: attracting staff who share our core values; having people-focused recruitment; onboarding staff effectively; developing our staff professionally and personally; promoting a consistent and reliable service; and separating positively when staff may leave. Our staff are committed to achieving excellence and are united behind the organisation’s mission to make the world a better place.

With significant ambitions, we are currently seeking a visionary Senior Director of Facilities & Campus Management who will play a pivotal role in shaping the future of our facilities and enhancing the overall campus experience.

In this newly created role, the postholder will be entrusted with providing strategic leadership and direction to ensure the efficient operation of our university facilities. Their primary focus will be on fostering a vibrant and collaborative community environment through innovative use of space, technology, and best practices in facility management. They will spearhead initiatives aimed at optimising the teaching and research environment whilst prioritising the satisfaction and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, and the public.

The Facilities & Campus Management function comprises a team of c850 staff amongst the c1000 in the Directorate, with the Senior Director’s team having oversight of the operations of c150 buildings, ensuring our campuses remain safe, sustainable, and inclusive.

The postholder will need to demonstrate a track record of visionary leadership, coupled with a passion for delivering exceptional customer service and driving operational excellence. They will lead a sizable team in Facilities Management, inspiring them to uphold the highest standards of performance and service delivery. They will collaborate closely with the Director of Estates & Facilities supporting the delivery of the Estate & Facilities Strategy and Philosophy. We anticipate that the successful applicant will have both the ambition to embark on a transformative journey and possess a desire to positively impact the lives of the staff and student body. It is also critical that the successful applicant can evidence a commitment to diversity, equality, and inclusivity.

For further information please visit the job description and to apply please go to the King’s College London Careers pages and submit the specified documentation. For an informal conversation please contact Jamie Surgenor at 

The closing date for applications is 23:59pm (GMT) on Sunday 23rd June 2024. The selection process will include a shortlisting and interview process. 

The Estates & Facilities Directorate supports an inclusive culture and diversity for our staff and students. We are committed to encouraging further growth from diverse groups, and we welcome applications from people of all abilities and currently under-represented groups, which we are able to support with our range of flexible and inclusive benefits. We currently have an underrepresentation from women, BAME, disabilities and LGBTQ communities. As such, we particularly welcome applicants from these groups. 


King's College London is one of the top 20 universities in the world and among the oldest in England. King's has more than 27,600 students (of whom nearly 10,500 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 6,800 staff.

King's has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF) King’s was ranked 6th nationally in the ‘power’ ranking, which takes into account both the quality and quantity of research activity, and 7th for quality according to Times Higher Education rankings. Eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*). The university is in the top seven UK universities for research earnings and has an overall annual income of more than £684 million.

King's has a particularly distinguished reputation in the humanities, law, the sciences (including a wide range of health areas such as psychiatry, medicine, nursing and dentistry) and social sciences including international affairs. It has played a major role in many of the advances that have shaped modern life, such as the discovery of the structure of DNA and research that led to the development of radio, television, mobile phones and radar.

King's College London and Guy's and St Thomas', King's College Hospital and South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trusts are part of King's Health Partners. King's Health Partners Academic Health Sciences Centre (AHSC) is a pioneering global collaboration between one of the world's leading research-led universities and three of London's most successful NHS Foundation Trusts, including leading teaching hospitals and comprehensive mental health services. For more information, visit:

King’s £600 million campaign, World questions|KING’s answers, has delivered huge global impact in areas where King’s has particular expertise. Philanthropic support has funded new research to save young lives at Evelina London Children’s Hospital; established the King’s Dickson Poon School of Law as a worldwide leader in transnational law; built a new Cancer Centre at Guy’s Hospital; allowed unique collaboration between leading neuroscientists to fast-track new treatments for Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, motor neurone disease, depression and schizophrenia at the new Maurice Wohl Clinical Neuroscience Institute; created the Cicely Saunders Institute: the first academic institution in the world dedicated to palliative care, and supported the King’s Sierra Leone Partnership in the Ebola crisis. Donations provide over 300 of the most promising students with scholarships and bursaries each year. More information about the campaign is available at

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