LTE Group - Director of Estate Development

Director of Estate Development

Candidate Information Pack


Section 1 Executive Summary

Section 2 LTE Group

Section 3 Property Strategy

Section 4 Job Description

Section 5 Person Specification

Section 6 Further Information

Section 7 Application Process

1. Executive Summary LTE group (comprising five leading organisations (The Manchester College, UCEN Manchester, Novus, Total People and MOL) has been created in response to the unique challenges facing the education and training sector. With the changing landscape of education and training, the Group is focused on changing the way it works to allow it to better respond to the skills requirements and economic needs of Manchester and Greater Manchester. LTE group is driven by a strong social mission and is committed to improving lives and economic success, reinvesting for the public good as a not-for-profit organisation. The Group structure enables each organisation to be focused on its own learners, customers, colleagues and stakeholders, supported by the professional shared services that operate directly within LTE group. It offers the potential for expansion and further growth. We are seeking to make the key senior appointment to the role of Director of Estate Development. In this newly created role the postholder leads on the transformation of the Group’s physical environment through a £170m plus capital development programme resulting in the creation of a purpose built campus in the City Centre and the extensive redevelopment of another major campus whilst deriving the best possible value from the Manchester College’s surplus property assets. We are seeking an exceptional leader with a proven track record of developing and implementing estates consolidation and development programmes across large-scale, diverse and complex property portfolios for industry-leading organisations. Positive, driven and a natural collaborator, you will possess excellent communication and stakeholder management skills. The role calls for an individual who is adept at providing leadership at the wider strategic level whilst having a proven track record of delivering complex mixed-use development projects in excess of £50m in value. This is an exciting opportunity for an estates professional with a proven track record in the delivery of major capital development programmes to play a leading role in the creation of an education estate that will offer a high-quality and inspiring learning environment for current and future generations.

2. LTE Group LTE group has been created in response to the unique challenges facing our sector. With the changing landscape of further education, we are focused on changing the way we work to allow us to better respond to the skills requirements and economic needs of our communities. Through LTE group we are able to support and shape the development of how education and skills are delivered at a local, regional and national level. LTE group is the first integrated education and skills group of its kind and the largest social enterprise in the country dedicated to learning, training and employment. With around 5,000 colleagues in 120 locations, and more than 100,000 students and learners, the group reflects the combined strengths and services of our four leading organisations: • The Manchester College - The Manchester College is one of the largest FE colleges in the UK, with 23,000 students and 1,700 staff. The College is the largest provider of 16-19 and adult education in Greater Manchester, with more than 25% of Greater Manchester’s learning provision undertaken by the College.

• Total People - work-based learning, apprenticeships and training provider.

• Novus - UK’s largest national justice sector training and education specialist.

• MOL - national provider of online and blended professional training, qualifications and accreditations.

• UCEN Manchester - delivering technical and professional higher level skills from levels 4 to 7 to meet the priorities of Greater Manchester and the wider region

Our Group structure enables each organisation to be focused on its own learners, customers, colleagues and stakeholders, supported by the professional shared services that operate directly within LTE group. It offers the potential for expansion and further growth.

The transfer of specialist knowledge facilitated by our Group structure makes us a leading commentator on sector policy and enables expertly curated knowledge-sharing with our stakeholders. It enables us to plan with confidence and look forward as a thought leader in our sector. Our new Group aims to become the ‘go to’ organisation and leading authority in the sector for learning, training and employment. We have been listening to our learners, our colleagues, policy makers and to you, our stakeholders and customers. We have been listening, learning and sharing knowledge. That’s what LTE group is all about.

The LTE Mission

To improve lives and economic success through learning and skills.

Our visions

• Further Education: ‘The leading college for progression and employability.’

• Higher Education: ‘A leading provider of flexible, affordable, career-relevant, university education.’

• Novus: ‘The UK leader and innovator in offender learning, skills and employability.’

• Apprenticeships and Employer Training: ‘A leading provider of regional and national employer training.’

• MOL: ‘The UK leader in the flexible provision of professional qualifications’.

3. Property Strategy

A new city centre campus

Leading-edge Technical and Vocational Facilities for post-16 Education

The Manchester College five-year strategy - College 2020 - is being embedded across the city region, to respond to changes such as regional devolution, appointment of Metro Mayors, the Post-16 Skills Plan, the Industrial Strategy and the Northern Powerhouse. This includes the start of our consultation on what is likely to be one of the largest estate reshapes in the sector. The project will provide high quality teaching and learning environments for students, staff and employers including a new city centre campus. The Manchester College is fully committed to the direction of travel set out in the Post 16- Skills Plan and has already embarked upon changes based on partnership with industry. Greater Manchester is committed to a co-branded, cocreated and co-delivered vocational training system with industry helping to design and deliver appropriate training for business needs. However, the skills strategy cannot be achieved without investment in a new estate. The College has developed a new Estates Strategy, which proposes a radical change in the number and location of its facilities. Central to the Strategy is the College’s approach of working with industry to co-design and codeliver more relevant vocational and technical skills provision. The combination of a modern estate of campuses, built for priority sectors and accessible learning centres, and a co-created and co-delivered training system will result in a marked increase in terms of the quality of people trained and the quality of the outcomes. In simple terms, better-trained people with relevant qualifications and skills, responding to the Greater Manchester Work and Skills Strategy. The Strategy, agreed by the Governing Body in September 2016, consolidates the Manchester College’s estate to five sites – including a new campus in the city centre and significant remodelling and investment at the Openshaw Campus. These will significantly improve the quality and attractiveness of the learning offer for residents and employers. The Estates Strategy also has the potential to reduce operational costs, while increasing the number oflearners supported. As a result of the strategy, the College will exit and vacate 20 existing properties, of various sizes, occupied under various tenures. This includes some significant freehold properties. Work to date identifies a new city centre campus providing around 25,000-30,000 sq metres of space. As well as classroom and office accommodation, facilities would include a bistro, a hair and beauty salon, cafes, library and learning centres, art and design studios, digital and computing suites, dance studios and a theatre.

CITY CENTRE Campus focusing on Creative & Digital and Business, Financial & Professional Services, where the majority of Manchester’s employment growth is expected and new markets and technological change require a higher skilled workforce. The City Centre site will accommodate the College’s A level centre, providing academic routes into Higher Education CITY LABS (CITY CENTRE 2) Access to Medical Sciences Centre of Excellence at City Labs, located in the city centre within the Corridor Manchester health cluster. OPENSHAW Campus focusing on Construction and Logistics, plus Sport, Health and Wellbeing, including health, social care and childcare. Serving east Manchester, the campus would also offer an engagement curriculum for harder to reach learners or those who have not yet determined a route into specialisation. A broader curriculum offer would provide pre-employment, information, advice and guidance and welfare. WYTHENSHAWE Serving south Manchester, the Wythenshawe campus would offer an engagement curriculum for harder to reach learners or those who have not yet determined a route into specialisation. A broader curriculum offer would provide preemployment, information, advice and guidance

and welfare. HARPURHEY

Serving north Manchester, Harpurhey would offer an engagement curriculum for harder to reach learners or those who have not yet determined a route into specialisation. A broader curriculum offer would provide

pre-employment, information, advice and guidance and welfare

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The city centre campus would be home to around 8,000 students, divided approximately between 3,000 16-18 year olds, 1,500 higher education students and 3,500 adult learners.

The College, its learners, staff and activities will bring significant vitality and spending power to the city centre.

The curriculum areas planned to be located at the new city centre campus would be: • Business, Finance and Professional Services. • Creative and Digital. • GCE A Levels.

Space Needs

Work by the College and education specialist architects Bond Bryan, has identified a space need for the new city centre campus of c. 25,000-30,000 sq m. This was made up as follows:

Space Category

Space (sq m)

Teaching Space


Allowance for Learning Resource Centre


Non-Teaching Space (offices, social space, sports, etc.)


Balance Space





It is likely that the College will wish to develop the city centre campus in two phases. Expectation is that the phases combine on a single site to provide an effective and efficient educational facility.

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4. Job Description

Job Title:

Director of Estate Development

Reports to:

Vice Principal: Planning & Performance

Direct Reports: Department:

Campus Redevelopment Team to be determined

Planning and Performance


All College Sites


Lead and deliver the Estates Strategy/Campus Redevelopment Plan.

KEY ACCOUNTABILITIES: Main Duties and Responsibilities

• Act as Project Sponsor for the Estates Strategy

• Deliver the agreed Estates Strategy and ensure it is in line with the strategic objectives of the College

• Lead the current College’s estates/facilities management teams and put in place effective management arrangements for the new estate

• Understand the curriculum needs and demands in order to deliver an outstanding learning environment for students

• Work with the Vice Principals and Assistant Principals within the College to understand curriculum changes and interdependencies, and the people change plan required as a result of the Strategy

• Lead the external advisory team, ensuring that they fulfil the scope of their contracted service and deliver value for money to meet the needs of the College

• Work with the public affairs and external communications team to deliver an external stakeholder plan

• Maintain excellent working relationships with internal and external business partners and proactively manage any issues that arrive

• Ensure full collaboration and consultation and ‘sign-off’ with internal stakeholders on design and delivery of the Estates Strategy and work with the internal communications team to deliver the Communications Strategy

• Lead the transition into the new and temporary buildings to ensure the student experience is maintained at a high level

• Ensure that decisions taken are in line with the agreed scheme of delegation from the Board of Governors through to end users and that the audit trail is in place

• Deliver the Estates Strategy to the agreed budget in partnership with the finance team and the external appointed cost consultant

• Ensure that the Estates Strategy delivers the agreed revenue expenditure savings

• Ensure the Estates Strategy delivers the effective and efficient use of resources and the estate and that utilisation increases

• Prepare draft presentations to the Investment and Estates Strategy Group and the Board of Governors

• Ensure the change and project plans in place provide the information necessary to track and deliver the Estates Strategy

• Ensure full compliance with statutory and internal policy obligations, for example, procurement, financial regulations, planning and health and safety

• Ensure appointments and legal contracts are in place

• To develop a Travel Plan for the College including promoting green travel, compiling surveys and working with external organisations.

• Lead the submission process to ensure any bids, applications and returns for funding the Estates Strategy are coordinated and made accurately and on time.

• Lead the post project review and assessment process to determine the performance of projects against the original business case to support the need for change or improvements.

• Deputising, where appropriate, for Senior Leaders.

Management & Leadership: (if applicable)

• Ensure the campus redevelopment team and our external advisors deliver the highest quality service for all internal/external stakeholders.

• Leadership of the estates/facilities management team and the campus redevelopment team.

• Develop and lead efficient, customer-focused team to ensure users receive good service that meets their needs.

• Staff management – recruit, develop and sustain highly skilled, flexible, qualified and experienced team to support business requirements. Manage performance and support professional development.

• Quality Assurance – ensure provision of excellent services and resources which meet identified needs.

• Change management – identify and respond to improvements within Service, College or Group; implement change through consultation and planning.

Financial Responsibilities: (if applicable)

• Lead, with the Finance Team and professional advisors, the overall campus redevelopment budget of c. £170 million.

5. Person Specification


Qualifications: Essential

• Degree level qualification in a related discipline


• Chartered status of a recognised body such as RICS, RIBA

Previous Experience

• Previous experience of delivering significant and complex capital schemes in an education environment

• Previous experience of working with internal stakeholders and external design teams to deliver a capital scheme

• Provision of excellent service to internal or external customers

• Ability to use IT systems to plan and evaluate resources and services

• Experience of coaching, mentoring and developing staff

Job Specific Skills:

• Leadership

• Planning and organisation of staff and financial resources

• Project and change management


• To actively contribute to the College’s commitment to safeguarding and promoting the well-being of children, young people and vulnerable adults

• To actively contribute to the principles of Equality and Diversity within the College

• To work flexibly as required on any College site or external premises, if required

• To carry out such training, re-training and updating as may be necessary to fulfil the requirements of the post

• To ensure duties are carried out with full regard to Health & Safety legislation and to enable the College to meet its objectives in providing a safe and healthy environment for all users

• To undertake other duties that Management may, from time to time, reasonably require, commensurate with the grade.

6. Further Information

Why work for us?

LTE Group offers a flexible way of working, a positive and inspiring work environment, a generous holiday allowance and an industry leading final salary pension scheme.

In addition, the Group provides a number of other staff benefits outlined below.

• Subsidised private healthcare scheme through Simply Health

• Staff discounts with a host of leading retailers

• Access to a childcare voucher scheme

• Cycle to work scheme

Salary level

Anticipated salary level for this appointment is c. £80,000 to £90,000 depending on experience.

7. Application Process For a confidential conversation please contact our advisors Ben Duffill (, Michael Hewlett ( or David Craven ( of The Management Recruitment Group on 0161 638 0936.

Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than 4 pages) and a covering letter (of not more than 2 pages). Applications should be sent to

Regal House 70 London Road Twickenham TW1 3QS +44 20 8 892 0115

68 King William Street London EC4N 7DZ +44 20 7959 2368

111 Piccadilly Manchester M1 2HY +44 161 638 0936

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