Head of Facilities and Operating Services

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology

Lead the UK Provision of our World Class Science Facilities

Permanent (37 hours per week)

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a world-class research organisation focusing on land and freshwater ecosystems and their interaction with the atmosphere. CEH is part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) the leading funder of independent research, training and innovation in environmental science in the UK.

This role offers the opportunity to lead the management of CEH’s Estates & Facilities, Safety Health & Environmental (SHE) Management and Business Continuity supporting delivery for 460 staff and circa ~250 students, fellows and visitors across our four CEH sites (Wallingford, Lancaster, Bangor and Edinburgh).

The responsibility for Estates covers all Freehold and Leasehold management of the main CEH sites, capital investment, lease and Service Level Agreements (SLA) for tenants, plus lease and access agreements for numerous scientific field sites. Facilities responsibilities include the development and maintenance of fit for purpose building, plant and services in accordance with CEH needs, including statutory compliance and industry best practices.  Facilities services are provided through a mix of internal and contractor services.

To be successful in this vital senior management post at CEH you will need to demonstrate proven successful leadership and the delivery of Facilities Management in a scientific environment, with a track-record in proactive co-development of management practices with senior scientists.  Your staff leadership and performance management skills will be a key element to the success of the Facilities and Operations Service, alongside a committed, flexible, inclusive and motivated approach to deliver the highest quality service provision.

We offer a flexible and supportive working environment and will encourage your continuing professional development as part of our career support. In addition CEH/NERC offer a public sector pension scheme, 30 days’ annual leave and 10½ days’ public and privilege holiday per annum.

From April 2018, Centre for Ecology and Hydrology, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation.  UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England.  The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world.  More information can be found online at http://www.ukri.org. From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.


To work for CEH, you must be eligible to live and work in the UK without the requirement for a work permit.

How to apply:

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services; to apply please visit our job board at http://topcareer.jobs/Vacancy/irc243592_7771.aspx. Please ensure that you complete an application form as CVs will not be accepted as a standalone. The form should be uploaded via the "My Account" menu option on the "Jobs Home" page. Applicants who are unable to apply online should contact us by telephone on 01793 867000, please quote reference number IRC243592.

Closing Date: 7th January 2018
Interview Date: 24th January 2018

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