Assistant Director of Estates & Facilities (Property Services)
INTRODUCTION The University of Huddersfield is seeking to appoint to the crucial role of Assistant Director of Estates & Facilities (Property Services) within its Estates and Facilities Directorate. The Estates and Facilities Services are instrumental in ensuring facilities offered by the University of Huddersfield to students, staff and visitors are first class, that Huddersfield maintains its strong financial position within the top ten of mainstream universities and has an academic estate that is rated within the top 10% in the UK. Reporting to the Director of Estates and Facilities, the Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities (Property Services) will play a key role in the management, development, planning and financial control of sections within property services including masterplanning and capital development, refurbishment and maintenance, infrastructure management and compliance. The postholder will join at an exciting time for estates strategy development and capital programme delivery, with ambitious plans to deliver a National Health Innovation Campus on the site of the town’s former sports centre, Southgate. This is a great opportunity to join a highly acclaimed and successful team. The Estates and Facilities team were awarded the AUDE University Estates and Facilities Team of the Year in 2019, for excelling in areas from social engagement to strategy, leadership skills and space management. The Estates team were also shortlisted in the 2020 Times Higher Education awards for Outstanding Estates Strategy and Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. The role offers a fantastic career progression opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic individual to play a key part in the continuing and future success of the University and its wider role in the Town and region.
Introduction The University of Huddersfield Living and Working In Huddersfield Estates & Facilities The role – Job Description and Person Specification Terms and Conditions Working at the University Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Application process
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THE UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD SUCCESSFUL, GLOBAL AND MODERN – WELCOME TO THE UNIVERSITY OF HUDDERSFIELD
WHY DO NEARLY 20,000 STUDENTS CHOOSE TO STUDY AT HUDDERSFIELD?
Excellence The University of Huddersfield is a growing centre of research and excellence and we always push the boundaries of knowledge. • The University of Huddersfield achieved a Gold Teaching Excellence and Student Outcomes Framework (TEF) award in June 2017. This award expired in June 2021 and the scheme is currently being revised. We look forward to being reassessed when the awards are re-opened in 2023. • We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (Higher Education Academy, 2017). • Our academic staff are continually rated as providing high- quality teaching in an exciting and stimulating environment. In fact, Huddersfield is joint first in England for professionally qualified teaching staff (HESA 2021). • We are joint second for National Teaching Fellowships which mark Britain’s best lecturers in Higher Education, winning a total of 18 since 2008 (2021 data). • We’ve world-leading applied research groups in biomedical sciences, engineering and physical sciences, social sciences and arts and humanities. • The University of Huddersfield became the Times Higher Education University of the Year in November 2013. Judges highlighted the University’s outstanding record for student satisfaction and employability with the University placed in the top ten in the country in both categories. We asked our staff and students why they thought the University of Huddersfield won the University of the Year award.
Whatever you aim to do in life, it pays to get a good education. And with high standards of teaching and learning and excellent facilities that’s exactly what our students can expect from the University of Huddersfield. Based right in the town centre and at the heart of the local community, we help thousands of people, from school leavers to those returning to education after a gap, achieve their goals each year.
Employment We have an impressive record for graduate employment, with 96.4% of our undergraduate and 98.6% of postgraduate students in work or further study fifteen months after graduating (HESA Graduate Outcomes 2018/19, UK domiciled, other activities excluded). The University places a great deal of importance on industry experience and therefore 100% of our undergraduate students have the opportunity to undertake professional work experience during their studies. Enjoyable Since 2008, £156 million has been spent on campus development making sure our students have access to some of the best facilities in the country. Our campus also has a vibrant social scene and we have a very active Students’ Union with more than 110 clubs and societies. Enterprising The University is growing its reputation as a leader in the field of enterprise. In 2012 the University was awarded the prestigious Times Higher Education Entrepreneurial University of the Year and followed this up in 2013 when it was awarded a Queen’s Awards for Enterprise: International Trade. Professor Liz Towns-Andrews, 3M Professor of Innovation, also received an individual Queen’s Award for Enterprise Promotion. Then in 2019 our Vice-Chancellor, Professor Bob Cryan, won the Examiner Business Person of the Year award. We have helped a number of graduates to set up their own successful businesses and have a fantastic Enterprise Team who are here to help students get their business ideas off the ground. The Enterprise Hub, housed in the
3M Buckley Innovation Centre, is a great hub for students who wish to set up their own business and provides a great opportunity to network with other students and local businesses. 6
Culture Huddersfield has a strong cultural heritage, from the Grade I listed buildings to long running cultural events including Huddersfield Literature Festival and the acclaimed Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. Get your fix of culture at the Lawrence Batley Theatre right across the road from the University. You’ll find a diverse line up of entertainment, comedy, dance, live music, theatre and cabaret.
LIVING AND WORKING IN HUDDERSFIELD
Where is Huddersfield?
Location, location, location. Beautiful countryside, independent shops, big nightlife, sporting legends… they’re all on your doorstep when you’re living in Huddersfield. And did we mention the people? This has to be one of the friendliest places on earth. Also, Lonely Planet has voted our county of Yorkshire one of the world’s top destinations*. Is Huddersfield a nice place to live? There are a variety of things to think about when choosing a location for to live, especially what it’s like to live there. Huddersfield is proud to be a part of the country’s friendliest county. And we’re proud to get great feedback from visitors to campus, such as “everyone was extremely welcoming and friendly”.
Huddersfield is in a great central location in the UK. It’s around three and a half hours north of London by car. Leeds and Manchester are both just a quick train ride away. And good connections to the M62 and M1 mean it’s easy to reach the rest of the UK by car or bus. So travelling to see your family or friends for a weekend should be a doddle.
Welcome to friendly Huddersfield!
Sports and outdoor activities Enjoy the active life? Huddersfield and the surrounding areas offer no end of opportunities to stay in shape. Hiking, cycling and climbing are all popular outdoor pastimes in and around the Pennine Hills. Huddersfield also has a proud rugby and football heritage. Rugby League was born in Huddersfield in 1895 and the Huddersfield Giants Super League team plays regularly at the John Smith’s stadium. The stadium is also home to Huddersfield Town AFC, who were promoted to the Premier League in 2017. Both teams have a loyal fan base in the town. It also hosts non- sporting events and concerts, recent performers include Little Mix and Take That.
ESTATES & FACILITIES The Estates and Facilities Services are instrumental in ensuring facilities offered by the University of Huddersfield to students, staff and visitors are first class, that Huddersfield maintains its strong financial position within the top ten of mainstream universities and has an academic estate that is rated within the top 10% in the UK. Our Mission Statement: “To provide Top Class Facilities” This very clear and succinct mission statement enables Estates
AN AWARD-WINNING SERVICE WITH AN AWARD-WINNING PORTFOLIO OF BUILDINGS The Estates and Facilities team were awarded the AUDE University Estates and Facilities Team of the Year in 2019, for excelling in areas from social engagement to strategy, leadership skills and space management. The Estates team were also shortlisted in the 2020 Times Higher Education awards for Outstanding Estates Strategy and Outstanding Contribution to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion. We are constantly investing in new innovative buildings, incorporating dramatic design, dynamic shape and key environmental features, creating world-class facilities for students and staff. Some of the recent successes of our building portfolio include; • The Barbara Hepworth Building; was most recently shortlisted for the Civic Trust Awards 2021 and previous shortlisting’s for the RIBA and RICS have been carried forward to 2021. Other awards for this striking building include Constructing Excellence’s Building Project of the Year 2019 and Project of the Year at the prestigious Education Estates Awards in 2020. • Also at the Education Estates Awards in 2020, Sovereign Design House was Highly Commended in the Refurbishment of the Year category. The Sovereign Design House, being a former bath house for foundry workers, was re-opened as a café, exhibition and gallery space earlier in 2020. The Joseph Priestley Building also won an Education Estates award in 2019 for its recent refurbishment. • The Oastler Building was awarded Best Education Building by the West Yorkshire Local Authority Building Control Awards (LABC).
and Facilities to remain totally focused on delivering top class facilities within quality buildings that are constructed, maintained and operated to the highest possible standards. The services delivered on campus will remain customer focused and responsive to the changing needs of the business and the client’s requirements. The University has a dense urban campus with a wide mix of buildings from listed buildings to newly built, which provides breadth, variety and scale in both terms of maintenance and projects works. Our current HESA Estates Management Record building condition assessment rating for 2019/20 sits at 96.5%.
The Estates and Facilities directorate currently has a property services maintenance budget of circa £3m annually for staff and maintenance and a new 10 year long term maintenance budget with circa £3m annually allocated from 2022/23. This will run alongside the current approved capital plan which has an overall budget of circa £82m running from 2022 to 2027.
The University remains within the top ten in the UK nationally when rating its financial security.
FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS The University has ambitious plans for a National Health Innovation Campus on the site of the town’s former sports centre, Southgate. National Health Innovation Campus - University of Huddersfield. This project hopes to bring students and visitors into Huddersfield town centre and help develop the next cohort of health professionals. This exciting new capital project, will be a transformative project for the people of the region. It will improve health outcomes and lead innovation in healthcare for the North of England. Purchase of the site alongside a capital investment of approximately £48 million in the construction of a new Health and Wellbeing Academy Building will commence in 2022/23. This will be the first new building to be constructed on this newly acquired site. The investment in this new campus is based on the University of Huddersfield’s outstanding track-record in professional courses and pioneering research, and its wide network of partnerships with leading health and care organisations, led through a new Health and Wellbeing Academy.
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Further information about Estates and Facilities can be found at: http://www.hud.ac.uk/estates/
THE ROLE ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF ESTATES & FACILITIES (PROPERTY SERVICES) JOB PURPOSE: • To be responsible for the management, development, planning and financial control of sections within property services including major capital works, property maintenance and refurbishment, mechanical and electrical services. • To assist the Director of Estates and Facilities and to take a directorate wide lead on specific key projects. MAIN DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: • Deputise for the Director of Estates and Facilities as and when required, contributing to the strategic management of the Estates and Facilities Service. • Take a lead role in the planning and programming of property issues within the University including major capital works. • Direct and manage sections within Property Services within the financial, physical and resource constraints that exist ensuring high standards of efficiency and effectiveness are maintained.
• Working with the Director of Estates and Facilities in acquisitions and disposals and assist in the development of Estates strategies and master plan. • To develop and implement appropriate procurement routes and forms of contract to ensure value for money is obtained and risk to the University is reduced. • Ensure the appropriate leadership, support and development of all staff within Property Services, motivate teams and individuals by providing clear direction, delivery support and maintenance of positive in-service and cross-service relationships. • To ensure that the highest standards of professional performance on the part of all staff are established and maintained through a process of evaluation, appraisal and staff development. • Ensure effective engagement and adherence with the University’s and Departments’, Health, Safety and Equalities Policies and Procedures. • As a member of the Estates and Facilities Senior Management Team, fully participate in and contribute to the formulation and presentation of the Department’s Annual Plan. GENERIC RESPONSIBILITIES: • Contribute to the translation of the University’s Corporate Strategy into measurable goals and targets. • Ensure adherence to the highest possible standards of probity and professional behaviour. • Participate in appropriate internal and external networks and professional groups in the interests of the role and in order to enhance network and share good practice.
• Appoint staff where appropriate within Property Services.
• Manage the evaluation and appointment of contractors and consultants to meet the changing needs of the University. • Direct the preparation of short, medium and long term budgets and forecasts for both capital projects and revenue expenditure within Property Services. • Work with the Carbon and Energy Reduction Officer to assist in the preparation of the energy budget and its expenditure and work with them on the implementation of the University’s Energy Management Policy and Plan.
• Manage the implementation of the Maintenance Policy and Plan.
• Undertake any other duties as assigned by the Director of Estates and Facilities.
• To ensure statutory compliance is attained in all areas of property under the direct responsibility of Estates and Facilities. • To advise on property services matters and assist in the formulation of strategic policies and plans. 14
The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the following attributes:
• Educated to masters level in a relevant property related discipline or equivalent industry experience, with membership of a professional body, e.g. RICS, RIBA, or CIOB or equivalent • Substantial Professional, Senior Managerial experience • Extensive relevant experience of management of Property Services and a successful track record • Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office Suite and relevant IT skills • Chartered Member of the Chartered Management Institute or be willing to commence this within first 12 months of employment • Demonstrable experience of managing and controlling budgets/resources profit and loss and an understanding of financial management procedures • Demonstrable track record of managing £multi- million capital projects • Experience of working with and influencing senior management • Ability to provide clear direction and inspirational leadership • Ability to plan and set objectives to deliver results through others • Ability to work well under pressure to tight deadlines and to meet agreed targets • Excellent communication interpersonal and negotiation skills • Excellent motivator and communicator with demonstrable first-class relationship management skills and experience • Substantial knowledge of safe systems of work and the provision of statutory compliance relating to buildings, land, plant and equipment • Strong Team Player • Commitment to Diversity and promoting Equal Opportunities • Commitment to continuous CPD
Managing Safely qualification or higher
• Experience in the Higher Education Sector • Experience in acquisitions and disposals
• Knowledge of the HE sector
SKILLS & ATTRIBUTES
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Qualifications In accordance with our pre-employment processes, we are required to verify qualifications for successful candidates. We will need evidence of those essential qualifications listed in the person specification and claimed on the application form, by way of original qualification certificates. Car Parking A paid parking permit is available to staff via a monthly payroll deduction. This is operated through a waiting list which you will be eligible to join on appointment. Right to Work in the UK As part of the University’s recruitment process, we will check that all prospective employees are eligible to work in the UK prior to them commencing employment. If you are unsure of your right to work you can use the Gov.uk visa checking tool to establish your eligibility and options relating to visas. You can also refer to our Working in the UK guidance for further information. Please note that all visa routes have their own eligibility criteria and not all roles/applicants would be eligible for sponsorship under the Skilled Worker visa route.
Hours of Work The hours of work for this position are 37 per week.
Length of Appointment Permanent appointment. Starting Salary The salary for this post is Grade 10 (£64,256 to £83,507 per annum). Annual Leave Annual leave entitlement is 32 days plus statutory holidays throughout the year. This is pro-rated for part- time staff. Pension You will be auto-enrolled into the Career Average Revalued Earnings (CARE) Pension Scheme (Local Government Pension Scheme) on appointment.
WORKING AT THE UNIVERSITY
Top employers The University of Huddersfield is one of the largest employers in the town with 623 full-time academic staff, over 563 part-time academic staff and about 964 administrative, technical and support staff. In addition to this we have around 20000 students studying on a variety of degree programmes so working here, you will feel part of a big community rather than just a place to come to work. Career Development The University is 100% committed to staff development and we actively encourage all our members of staff to develop their skills whilst they are employed by the University. This may involve brushing up on basic skills or even taking a postgraduate qualification. Our in-house Staff Development Team provides an extensive range of training courses for all career stages and can work with you to pull together an individual training plan. further information can be found on our People and Organisational Development web page. Working environment The University of Huddersfield is committed to investing in property across the campus. Recent investments include the £16 million Business School and our state-of-the-art Creative Arts building with further developments planned. The University recognises the importance of investing in facilities to produce world leading professionals and this applies to both our students and staff. We hope that by providing a pleasant and modern working environment, our staff will feel at home while they are in the workplace. Working for the University of Huddersfield comes with many benefits. The University offers support to all members of staff and actively encourages development opportunities wherever possible. As well as offering support to staff, the University also offers tangible benefits including the generous local government pension scheme and 30 days annual leave plus University closure days and bank holidays. The comprehensive list of additional benefits can be viewed here voluntary benefits. A range of information about living and working in Huddersfield is also available to you within the University’s web pages:
As an employee of the University of Huddersfield you have access to lots of employee benefits. But the benefits are not the only great thing about working for the University of Huddersfield. Here is a list of the top five things about working for the University of Huddersfield: 1. We have some amazing views – no matter what building you work in, there is usually somewhere in that building where you can find a good view and if not, head up to the top of the Central Services Building. 2. The campus is based on the canal – make the most of it, especially in the summer and head out for a lunchtime stroll or just take your sandwiches outside and sit by the canal. 3. We look after the environment – whether you’re an eco fanatic or not, you can’t deny that it feels good to do your bit. The University of Huddersfield currently sits 14th in the People and Planet green league after a rapid rise up the table in 2008. 4. We support - the University of Huddersfield was awarded Fairtrade status in 2009 and a wide range of Fairtrade products are available from outlets across our campuses, including all restaurants, cafes and shops, plus selected vending machines. 5. We keep you healthy – we give you plenty of opportunities to keep fit and healthy whilst you are working at the University including regular walking groups and access to the sports centre – to find out more, visit the Sports Centre pages.
EQUALITY, DIVERSITY & INCLUSION
The University of Huddersfield is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy MRG. To arrange a confidential briefing conversation please contact our advisors David Craven (firstname.lastname@example.org / 07932 717 438) or Ben Duffill (email@example.com / 07976 125 010) of MRG. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The University embraces and celebrates the diversity of our staff, students and applicants and works to ensure University policies, practices, procedures and projects are inclusive. Central to our strategy, is inspiring and enabling all our students to succeed and we have committed to eliminating attainment gaps in degree outcomes, student continuation and graduate employment outcomes. We have already embraced a number of initiatives to further support our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion journey. This includes: • Holding the Athena SWAN Bronze Award for gender equality since 2015 and the HR Excellence in Research Award since 2011; • Committing to the Stonewall Global Diversity Champions programme; • Becoming accredited as a Disability Confident Employer; and • Signing up to the Race Equality Charter The University supports staff and students through the provision of EDI networks and support from external organisations and charters to build and maintain an inclusive community. The University has a number of staff networks which include the following:
The closing date for applications is 30 January 2022. Interviews will take place on 2 March 2022.
• LGBTQI+ Staff Network • BAME Staff Network • Staff Disability Network • Women’s Staff Network
Our staff networks provide an opportunity for staff who share a protected characteristic to network, obtain peer support and share information. Further information on the staff networks detailed above can be found on our Equality, Diversity and Inclusion web pages.
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