Director of Estates and Facilities

ARU is an innovative global university with students from 185 countries coming to study with us. We've once again been named as one of the top 350 institutions in the world in The Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2021 – and one of the top 40 universities in the UK.

The Anglia Ruskin Estate has seen significant investment across existing campuses and at new locations over the last 25 years.  We have developed over 30,000 m2 (gross internal area) of new buildings over the past 10 years including the creation of new campuses in Peterborough and London, a £45m Science Centre at our Cambridge campus and a £20m state-of-the-art building for our Medical School at our Chelmsford campus.

We're committed to creating a vibrant, welcoming environment for our students, staff and communities and are seeking to appoint a Director of Estates and Facilities to play a leading role in the realisation of this commitment.

It is an exciting time to be joining the University as Director of Estates and Facilities.  Our strategy has stood us in good stead during these extraordinary times and we are proud to be in a sustainable financial position that allows us to invest carefully but with significant ambition to create industry-leading estates and facilities across our portfolio.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Estates and Facilities will be responsible for the delivery of a customer centred estates and facilities management service that plays an integral role in supporting the University’s strategic and operational priorities.  You will take strategic leadership responsibility for a broad portfolio with a remit spanning the areas of estate strategy development, space and property management, capital programme delivery, estates maintenance, facilities management, catering, accommodation management and sport.

We are seeking an exceptional leader with a proven track record of developing and implementing estates and facilities management strategies across comparably large scale, diverse and technically complex portfolios.  You will possess excellent interpersonal, communication and stakeholder management skills, and will be enthusiastic and passionate about delivering customer-focused estates and facilities services.

The role offers a fantastic opportunity for an ambitious professional to play a leading role in the future success of the University and its wider impact across the region.  The Candidate Brief can be viewed at

To arrange a confidential briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( or Michael Hewlett ( at The Management Recruitment Group on 020 3962 9900.

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