Senior Space Manager

As one of the UK’s leading and world top 100 universities, Durham is also one of the most distinctive universities. It is a residential collegiate university with a welcoming community of more than 18,000 students and over 4,000 members of staff. Our academics and students are at the heart of our world-leading research and teaching capabilities, shaping the future with their ground-breaking work. Set within the historically rich City of Durham in the North East of England, which is home to a UNESCO World Heritage Site, this is an undeniably beautiful place in which to base your work and home life.

The University has an incredibly diverse and historic estate in Durham City. It comprises over 320 buildings ranging in age from 1076 A.D. through to new, state of the art buildings.  Durham Castle and the buildings around Palace Green are part of World Heritage Site, 3 properties are scheduled ancient monuments, 4 properties are listed Grade 1, 79 properties are listed Grade 2 and 60 properties are within the City's conservation area. Approximately 17% of the University's estate is over 150 years old.

The Estates and Facilities Directorate is responsible for delivering the Estate Strategy and Masterplan that ensure that Durham has an academic and College estate that is fit for purpose, affordable and supports our world-class activities in line with our 2027 Strategy.

The Estates and Facilities Directorate is seeking to recruit to the newly created role of Senior Space Manager.  In this crucial and influential role the postholder will act as the strategic lead for the management of the University’s space portfolio; identifying, analysing, optimising, recording and proposing solutions for residential, learning, teaching, research and support services space requirements across the University estate to support the wider-University Strategy.

The role offers the opportunity to take on a diverse portfolio of responsibility including space strategic and policy development, leadership of change and transformation projects and significant strategic input into the development and delivery of the Estate Masterplan.

We are seeking an individual who has demonstrable experience of space and workplace management at a strategic and influential level, gained either within or as a consultant to a complex organisation with a large-scale estate and space portfolio.  The role will suit an individual with excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills, who has an innovative and free-thinking disposition and who wants to make a mark within an ambitious and world-class organisation.

For a confidential briefing discussion and/or to receive the Candidate Brief please contact our retained advisor David Craven of The Management Recruitment Group on 0161 638 0936.  Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter.

Closing date for applications is 28th April 2019.  Interviews are scheduled for w/c 13th May 2019.

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force, including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

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