Estates Portfolio Governance Manager

The University of Sussex is a leading higher education and research institution. The first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in 1961, Sussex is a successful, growing University with a top-20 place in the major UK higher education league tables.  The University has a beautiful and diverse estate located in Falmer, to the east of Brighton and Hove.  It is situated in the South Downs National Park and has amongst its buildings a core heritage estate designed by Sir Basil Spence.

The University has developed a multi-million pound masterplan – a programme of investment to modernise and improve the campus so that we can provide the best facilities for our students, academic and professional staff, and the local community.   The masterplan provides a framework for the future development of the campus and includes a new student village consisting of 2,500 new student rooms on campus to support the University’s growth plans; and significant investment in the preservation of Sir Basil Spence’s famous listed buildings and surrounding landscape.

Reporting to the Director of Estates, Facilities & Commercial Services the Estates Portfolio Governance Manager will provide senior secretariat support to coordinate activities to ensure the appropriate governance and co-ordination of projects within the Estates and Sussex Estates & Facilities teams. Maintaining overall responsibility, you will be responsible for ensuring all projects are initiated through defined approved governance structures and act as secretary for governance structure committee(s) and relevant boards.

The successful candidate will be highly organised with a strong knowledge of Governance and Project Implementation and experience of managing projects within a complex, fast-moving, deadline driven, business environments.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are vital. You will be resilient and robust and have the ability to communicate complex technical concepts to end users with varying technical competencies with the gravitas required to work effectively with senior managers at the highest institutional level.

The University offers a compelling employer proposition including a positive approach to flexible working, significant investment in staff wellbeing and development, a very generous pension scheme and annual leave allowance, and access to campus facilities.  There is also relocation support available for individuals seeking to relocate to the region to take up the position.

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Closing date for applications is Sunday 24th January 2021.

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