Engineering Manager - Compliance

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew is a global resource for plant and fungal knowledge and the world’s leading botanic garden.  We are a major visitor attraction and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  We have two sites, one at Kew Gardens near Richmond in London and one at Wakehurst in Sussex and over 800 employees and 500 volunteers.  Our staff work and collaborate across the world.

Based within the Estates Department, the role will be responsible for the delivery and implementation of the maintenance strategy which underpins the standards required and constant availability of the built facilities. These high standards and service levels are in keeping with a World Heritage Site of major significance, and a centre of excellence for botanical science.

Reporting to the Estates Manager, the Engineering Manager – Compliance will manage the in-house Estates compliance team and specialist contractors in the delivery of the planned preventative maintenance (PPM) and reactive maintenance. They will ensure the PPMs are completed and logged correctly on the CAFM system, producing monthly management reports and statistics. Ensure external contractors are compliant and delivering services within KPI’s and SLA’s in line with their contract agreements.

The successful candidate will hold relevant engineering and building services qualifications, ideally educated to degree level. They will demonstrate significant management experience with specific training in engineering specialties such as HV/LV Electrical Supplies, Legionella, Confined Spaces, Ventilation Systems, Gas Safe and Pressure Systems. They will also require a recognised Health & Safety qualification along with a proven track record of budget and financial management.

We are particularly seeking to maximise the potential of our history, brand and physical environment from an estates & FM perspective and we are therefore seeking candidates who have a track record of successfully operating in best in class environments.  Given the diverse nature of stakeholder relationships the post holder will proactively manage, it is expected that prospective candidates will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be extremely delivery focused and customer oriented.

For the full briefing particulars and/or a confidential discussion, please contact our appointed recruitment partner Matt Giles of The Management Recruitment on Applications, consisting of a comprehensive CV and supporting cover letter outlining a rationale for applying for the post should be emailed to

The closing date for applications is Sunday 14th March 2021.

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