LMU – Head of Estates Development, Property & Space

Head of Estates Development, Property and Space Candidate Information Pack


Introduction London Metropolitan University The Estate

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Introduction London Metropolitan University is a striving and ambitious institution committed to transforming the lives of its students through excellent education. We are committed to making education available to people from all walks of life, creating and advancing social justice, social mobility and access to opportunity and professions. Our graduates benefit personally, but also contribute to society, culture, public services and the economy in all areas of London, the UK and around the world. Reporting to the Director of Estates, the Head of Estates Development, Property and Space is responsible for leading the strategic development and effective utilisation of the University’s estate including master planning, capital programme/project delivery, space strategy/management and property management. This is a senior influential role created to ensure the long-term development and provision of the London Met estate supports the University’s ambitions. We are seeking an individual with demonstrable experience of leading and delivering property strategy and estate development programmes across large-scale and complex estate portfolios at a senior and strategic level. You will be adept in understanding the core activities and needs of an organisation and formulating plans to provide estate provision to support these. The ability to lead programmes ensuring the effective utilisation and optimisation of the estate as both enabler to university activities and as a means to generate income is key in this role. This role provides the opportunity for a motivated professional to take up a senior estate development and property leadership role across a diverse London-based estate portfolio within an ambitious and aspirational organisation.

London Metropolitan University

London Metropolitan University has a rich history with strong educational roots dating back to 1848. The University as it is today was created in 2002 with the merging of London Guildhall University and the University of North London, the first merger between two universities in the UK. Based in one of the world’s most exciting capital cities, London Met is home to a diverse community of inspiring and determined learners, teachers and innovative thinkers. We offer a wide range of courses, from undergraduate and postgraduate degrees to short courses and professional qualifications, many of which are available to study full-time or part-time. We take pride in helping our students reach their goals and succeed in their careers. 96.7% of all London Met graduates are in work or further study within six months (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2016–17). All of our undergraduate courses include some form of work-related learning, such as a placement, client project or on-campus work experience, and many courses are accredited by professional bodies.

Our mission To transform lives through the power of education.

Academic vision To be the university of choice, transforming lives for a diverse range of students from London, the UK and around the world.

Our values • Integrity • Excellence • Service • Collaboration and teamwork • Effective citizenship

We had a total of 9,714 UK-based higher education students in 2018–19, of which:

The University’s academic structure is made up of six schools

Guildhall School of Business and Law Offering a dynamic and relevant portfolio of business and law courses.

School of Computi Media Offering qualificatio creative technologie

School of Social Professions Focusing on employability and developing graduates for the world of work.

School of Social S Demonstrating the r science as a tool for change.

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School of Human Sciences Offering a wide range of courses in subjects including science, dietetics, and sport.

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The Sir John Cass School of Art, Architecture and Design Internationally recognised for high quality teaching, excellent facilities and unique opportunities.

The Estate The university is spread across two teaching campuses totalling 79,599 sqm GIA: one in the heart of Aldgate which houses the Sir John Cass School of Art, Design and Architecture ranked 4th in the UK university league tables. The main campus is in Islington which includes the award winning Graduate Centre designed by internationally acclaimed architect Daniel Libeskind. In addition there is the specialist business incubator, the Accelerator, located in Shoreditch and highly regarded for its annual Big Ideas Challenge. Innovative teaching spaces In spring 2018 we opened our brand new world-class teaching facility in the Roding Building consisting of 11 high-spec classrooms installed with cutting-edge technology, including a state of the art Ideation room with the world’s largest, interactive, digital whiteboard. There are study commons rooms, a variety of social spaces and accompanying breakout seminar rooms, IT suites and collaboration spaces, across three floors. Specialist facilities We officially opened the University’s Cyber Security Research Centre in September 2018 with a dedicated investment of £500,000. The University also boasts state-of-the art facilities from a brand new UN accredited Translation and Interpretation Suite, a mock courtroom, Bloomberg suite and purpose-built art, design and recording studios. Student Union Opened in 2018, our newly refurbished Harglenis building is a space dedicated to our Students’ union centre providing social and office space with its own student radio studio station, Verve. Library and study space Housed within a refurbished 1960’s glass factory, this facility provides over 9642sqm GIA of formal learning space with a wide range of study spaces and facilities to support student learning. Hospitality and catering The university supports seven catering outlets across all of its campuses including a brand new catering outlet called the Highbury Canteen providing a combination of hot meals and branded coffee shops. This is in addition to the 352 seat licensed Rocket Student Bar and recently refurbished 400 seat Great Hall venue built in 1896 which is used for a wide scope of events such as conferences, exhibitions, trade fairs, award ceremonies, receptions and conventions.

Business Incubation Based in Shoreditch, our specialist business incubator space, Accelerator provides the perfect home for the student enterprise programme which gives London Met’s passionate early stage entrepreneurs a chance to turn their business ideas into viable ventures through a network of advisors and investors, experts and mentors and an active events and initiatives programme. For 15 years Accelerator has been helping their community of tech start ups to grow and scale in the heart of Tech City. World Class teaching laboratories We have spent over £30 million to create one of the largest and most advanced science teaching facilities in Europe. Our Science Centre on Holloway Road is home to an incredible Superlab, which has 280 individual workstations and is one of the largest and most advanced science teaching facilities in Europe. The centre offers exceptional teaching and research facilities, giving our students a cutting-edge experience of learning science.

Job Description

Head of Estates Development, Property and Space Reports to the Director of Estates and is responsible for leading the strategic development and effective utilisation of the University’s estate including master planning, capital programme/project delivery, space strategy/management and property management. Estates Development & Projects • Lead, manage and coordinate the delivery of a capital programme or distinct projects to agreed specification, achieving time, cost, quality parameters and fully compliant with health, safety, statutory and environmental obligations and best practice. • Lead on strategic estate planning issues including master planning, option appraisal and feasibility analysis of development schemes and collaboration with development partners. • Ensure all projects represent best value for money for London Metropolitan University and that appropriate and effective risk management, corporate governance and audit controls are in place. • Provide project assurance by developing, establishing, implementing and maintaining consistent and effective means of monitoring, reporting and assuring that projects are completed in line with safety, cost, time and quality criteria. • Oversee the Estates capital programme budget and expenditure. • Establish and maintain close working relationships with internal Faculties, Divisions and Departments to ensure that Estates projects are consistent with institutional strategy, local plans and operational requirements. • Ensure a consistent approach to capital project delivery, including the management of consultants, contractors and external project teams. • Develop project mobilisation strategies, policies and procedures to ensure project and departmental business continuity and a seamless transition from hand-over to occupation. • Manage key external relationships including local and statutory authorities, landlords and suppliers. • Manage processes for establishing realistic project budget estimates, cost plans, cash-flows and regular forecasting across capital projects. • Carry out or oversee post-project reviews, using lessons learned to develop best practice and continuous improvement. • Ensure the effective transition from feasibility to delivery based on a detailed understanding of stakeholders’ needs and objectives.

Property & Space • Lead the development and implementation of London Metropolitan University’s property and asset management strategy having regard to agreed Institutional, Divisional and Faculty priorities. • Lead the acquisition of property on behalf of London Metropolitan University including negotiations relating to freehold and leasehold agreements and contracts; lead transactions for the disposal of surplus property assets. • Lead the relationship and engagement of external agents and legal/property advisers. • Represent the University in planning matters. • Lead and manage the development and implementation of space management strategies and policies to optimise the allocation, utilisation and management of space throughout London Metropolitan University. • Lead and direct continuous stakeholder engagement to ensure a detailed understanding and interpretation of existing and projected space demands. • Lead and manage engagement with a wide range of internal stakeholders and partners to develop space strategy, optimising the effective allocation, utilisation and management of space throughout London Metropolitan University. • Work collaboratively with a wide range of internal stakeholders and external partners to develop feasibility and scoping documentation; lead the compilation of business cases and presentations associated with space demands. • Develop space norms/metrics and associated space management policies for London Metropolitan University wide implementation and compliance. • Lead the development of comprehensive, accurate, accessible space records with procedures for ensuring their maintenance and update. • Manage the collation, analysis and presentation of key space data contributing to strategic decisions; ensure the accurate and timely submission of reports and annual returns to external agencies. • Carry out or commission and direct property/space utilisation, rationalisation and development studies. • Provide advice to school/faculty staff and academics to optimise their use of space, supporting the development of new methods of working in line with evolving space standards. • Work collaboratively with a wide range of internal stakeholders and external partners to develop feasibility and scoping documentation; lead the compilation of business cases associated with space demands.

Person Specification The post requires the managerial background and experience necessary to provide professional and strategic advice at a senior management level, to identify and implement opportunities for improvement and the management of change. • Relevant professional background and extensive experience of leading and managing space management, property/asset management and/or major capital programmes in a complex estates environment. • Relevant professional qualification in construction or property sector and membership of relevant professional body. • Significant change management experience and the implementation of strategic improvement plans. • Experience of leading or contributing to estates strategy development and implementation including masterplanning, capital programme delivery, space strategy and property management. • Experience in “cradle to grave” project management. • Experience of leading, coordinating and motivating teams of internal and external construction and property professionals. • Proven experience in the procurement and management of externally contracted professional services. • Strong commercial awareness and contract management experience. • Significant large-scale budgetary management experience gained in a comparable context. • Significant change management experience and the implementation of strategic improvement plans. • Very strong communication and presentation skills. • Proven influencing and negotiating skills, internally and externally at all levels. • Excellent interpersonal skills with experience of stakeholder engagement and relationship management at a senior level.

Working at London Met

In addition to the working in an ambitious, dynamic and diverse organisation and a competitive salary level, staff working at the University additionally benefit from: • generous annual leave entitlement • a career salary average pension scheme with up to 18% employer contribution • Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) members have the option to pay into shared cost salary sacrifice AVCs • a fee waiver scheme for staff undertaking relevant University courses • free on-site sport and fitness facilities including gymnasium use and classes • access to 24/7 confidential support from our Employee Assistance Programme by phone or a mobile app which includes telephone counselling • free employee eye tests and discounted spectacles through our eye care voucher scheme • interest free season ticket loan (after completing probationary period) • a professional staff development programme • tax efficient salary sacrifice schemes for childcare vouchers, cycles and cycling equipment • employee private healthcare plan through the Simply Health cash plan • access to library facilities • access to below market rate sports injuries treatments • a broad range of formal and informal development opportunities to enhance your career • commitment to lifelong learning.

Equality and diversity policy We value and support the contribution of our staff and seek to ensure that all our staff are supported and enabled and do not face unnecessary barriers to their successful employment. We have set out our commitments in our staff policies including our Equality and Diversity Policy and also through our commitment as a Disability Confident Committed.

Application Process The University is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy The Management Recruitment Group (MRG). To arrange a confidential briefing conversation please contact our advisors Ben Duffill (ben.duffill@mrgpeople. co.uk) and Leena Lais (leena.lais@mrgpeople.co.uk) of MRG on 0203 962 9900. 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 ben.duffill@mrgpeople.co.uk The closing date for applications is 27th September 2019. Final stage assessment interviews will be held at London Met on w/c 14th October 2019.

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