Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services

Lancaster University

Lancaster University is an internationally highly-ranked leader in the provision of inspiring teaching and research. The University has been the top university in the North West of England for over a decade and this year rose three places to finish sixth place in the national league table, it's highest ever ranking. This, together with being awarded the coveted 2018 University of the Year and Best Campus University honours by The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide, cements its place as an elite UK university.

The University is seeking to make the key appointment to the post of Director of Estates, Facilities & Commercial Services. The postholder will take executive level leadership responsibility for the Facilities Division which manages all aspects of the built environment, residential services, commercial activities, the provision of sports activity and environmental sustainability across the University with circa 600 staff providing a diverse portfolio of award-winning services for students, staff, visitors and the local community.

This is one of the leading roles of its kind in the sector with the opportunity to drive forward ambitious future masterplanning and estates strategy development, deliver an existing 5-year £250m capital programme and lead a highly-motivated team providing acclaimed facilities management, residential and recreational services across a leading UK university.

We are seeking an industry-leading candidate with a proven track record of initiating, developing and delivering estates, facilities and commercial strategies to support an organisation’s institutional strategy. With responsibility for a portfolio of such breadth, you will have exceptional leadership skills and a track record of successfully inspiring and leading a large-scale team of in-house staff and external partners ranging from senior managers to operational professionals.

With excellent interpersonal, communication and presentation skills, the appointed candidate will possess the proven ability to operate successfully with a multitude of internal colleagues as well as external stakeholders at a local, regional, national and international level.

To arrange a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( or Michael Hewlett ( of The Management Recruitment Group via email or on 0207 959 2368.

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First stage interviews will be held on Thursday 10th May 2018.The final stage panel interviews will be held on Wednesday 16th May 2018.

We welcome applications from people in all diversity groups.

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