The University for World-Class Professionals

Head of Estates Development


3 Manchester Metropolitan University 4 Introduction 5 Our vision and values 6 The University for World-Class Professionals 7 A modern University

8 University academic structure 9 University leadership structure 10 Service Group Structure 11 Research excellence 12 Our students 13 Our staff 14 £350 million investment 15 The role

17 The candidate 18 How to apply

£75 million Business School opened in 2012


Manchester Metropolitan University Manchester Metropolitan University is a key part of this success and we are committed to having a major part to play in the

The majority, more than 70 per cent, remain in the North West and contribute to the economic success and reputation of the region. Since 2006, a total of £350 million has been invested, to give us an outstanding campus for teaching, learning and research, and to support our aim to be the University for World-Class Professionals.

We welcome more than 2,700 international students from 118 countries, and the Greater Manchester area is home to more international students than any other UK region, outside London. We offer a truly multicultural experience to students who decide to study with us. Over 92% of our graduates go straight into work or further study within six months of graduation.

Manchester is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe and undoubtedly the most popular city for students in the UK.

development of the city and the region as a whole. The University attracts students from all over the UK and is a popular choice for students from the North West region who make up over 55 per cent of our student body.

Arndale Shopping Centre

Manchester Arena

National Cycling Centre

Manchester City Football Club

Town Hall

Victoria Station

Beetham Tower

Central Library

Manchester Art Gallery


Manchester Central


Bridgewater Hall

Manchester United Football Club

Palace Theatre

70 Oxford Street

Piccadilly Station

Oxford Road Station

Faculty of Science and Engineering

Faculty of Business and Law

Manchester Law School

Faculty of Education

Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care

Faculty of Humanities,

Sugden Sports Centre

Languages and Social Science

Hollings Faculty

Manchester Aquatics Centre

Students’ Union

Manchester School of Art

Manchester Campus located in the heart of the city

Halls of Residence

Central Manchester University Hospitals



Brooks Building, Faculty of Education and Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care – opened in 2014

Following the appointment of Professor Malcolm Press as Vice-Chancellor, Manchester Metropolitan has developed a new vision for excellence. Its ambition is simple: to be the best modern university in the sector, where students and staff alike are equipped with every resource to excel, and play a full and rewarding role in strengthening Manchester’s enviable reputation as a global university city.

engaged in a comprehensive change programme and implemented an extensive capital development programme which has positioned it well for the 21st century. The University aspires to be in the top 50 of universities for both teaching and research. With continuing excellent leadership, we have developed a platform to attain that aspiration.

Working very closely with Professor Richard Greene, our newly appointed Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Research and Knowledge Exchange, this is an outstanding chance to join an institution that employs world-class talent to train world-class professionals. Manchester Metropolitan has strong research groups that lead in their field, and it is strongly engaged with business and industry. With a prominent position at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, an enviable financial platform, an award-winning estate, and ambitious investment plans, few universities could be better placed to succeed. This is a role taking one of the UK’s largest and most popular universities to the next level. We are an institution with an illustrious past and a very bright future. While we can trace its history back more than 150 years, the University has


Our vision and values

Our vision is simple: to create the best modern university in the sector, where students and staff alike are equipped with every resource to excel.

Our vision Our vision is to become the UK’s leading university for world-class professionals. The vision will continue to develop within the changing environment of higher education. Particular emphasis will be on a university that: n places quality and employability as our top priorities; n places students first; n promotes and supports employability; n aims to produce effective independent learners; n has a curriculum which is informed by high quality research, scholarship and enterprise; n is an enterprising organisation with enterprising staff and students; n invests selectively and strategically in research; n has expertise, research and other resources to support the social and economic development of the region and community.

Our values n To respect the rights and views of individuals. n To value and promote diversity. n To behave ethically and professionally. n To demand excellence in all of our provision. n To invest in the development of our staff. n To reward outstanding performance. n To encourage creativity and enterprise. n To value knowledge and learning. n To respond flexibly to the needs of learners. n To promote global citizenship in staff and students.


The University for World-Class Professionals

The combination of our dedicated academic, professional, technical and support staff, a world-class campus environment and our award-winning student experience all underpin our mission to help our students succeed in their studies and become world-class professionals.

Responsibil ity

World-class research Our research, scholarship and enterprise benefit the economy, business, society, the environment, culture and health, and add real value and relevance to your course.

World-class facilities Major investment in state-of-the-art and environmentally sustainable world-class learning facilities in one of the UK’s largest and most popular universities.


Highly employable graduates Links with over 70 professional bodies and associations ensure our courses are always relevant; we focus on developing your skills for the workplace to make you a work-ready graduate.

Passion for your subject Renowned for being a friendly university with over 4,000 staff committed to sharing their passion for your subject.


Award-winning student experience Winners of the Guardian newspaper’s university award for Outstanding Student Experience 2013. We are the first university to achieve Gold under the new IiP standard and winners of the Gold Champion of the Year 2015 in the international IiP Awards.

Globally connected Most of our undergraduate courses offer a three, six or ten month option to study abroad through the Erasmus scheme; it is a great way to experience another country and culture.



Excellence in learning and teaching Committed to delivering excellence in teaching, learning and academic support: providing feedback on your progress, enriching your studies and development, and guiding your career aspirations.

UK’s number 1 green university

We are proud to have been awarded the title of greenest university in the UK, topping the People and Planet league table of 140 universities for environmental sustainability.


A modern University

Our origins date from the early 19th Century. The past 10 years have seen the greatest transformation in our history towards our aim of becoming the University for World-Class Professionals. The opening in 2013 of the Stirling Prize- nominated Benzie Building (pictured below) for our Manchester School of Art, highlights our long-term commitment and history. Its superb collaborative working spaces and multiple galleries complement the original 1880 School of Art buildings. Together, they create a stunning learning and teaching environment for our students and staff.

With a proud history of higher education in Manchester and Cheshire since 1824

1912 Cheshire Training College founded

2002 Commonwealth Games hosted in Manchester

1889 School of Commerce founded

1878 School of Education founded

1824 Manchester Mechanics Institution founded

2012 Award-winning environmentally sustainable Business School and Student Hub opened

2007 Manchester International Festival launched – major arts &

2015 University commits to further capital investment of £220m+

1911 Former Domestic and Trades College (latterly Hollings College) founded

1996 HM The Queen opens Geoffrey Manton Building, Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science

1880 School of Domestic Science founded, along with colleges in Didsbury, Crewe and Alsager

1838 Manchester School of Design founded

2017 Manchester receives devolution powers to control health and education locally

2013 Celebrating 175 years of Manchester School of Art with the opening of iconic new Benzie building

2005-2011 New Exercise and Sport Science Centre, Contemporary Arts Centre and student accommodation opened at Cheshire campus


University academic structure

Manchester Campus There are seven academic faculties in Manchester offering undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses in the following academic faculty areas: n  Faculty of Business and Law n Faculty of Education n  Faculty of Health, Psychology and Social Care n  Faculty of Humanities, Languages and Social Science n Faculty of Science and Engineering n Hollings Faculty n Manchester School of Art We are proud of being a progressive and influential modern university, providing a broad range of largely vocational subjects for the professions, commerce, the arts, services, health, education and social sciences.

Cheshire Campus Our Cheshire campus offers a unique blend of academic subjects, with more than 50% of combinations that are not available at

the Manchester campus. Academic departments include the following: n  Business and Management n  Contemporary Arts n  Education n  Exercise and Sport Science n  Interdisciplinary Studies


University leadership structure

A new University Executive Group has been formed combining the Vice- Chancellor, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Pro-Vice-Chancellors, Deans and Directors of Professional Services Departments to create a strong team which is fully empowered to develop strategy and deliver across the breadth and depth of the University.

As part of the realisation of the University’s vision for the future, a new senior leadership structure has been implemented to give greater focus to academic leadership through a single Deputy Vice-Chancellor role, and the creation of three new Pro-Vice- Chancellor roles to provide cross- university strategic leadership in areas that are key for the University’s continued success.


Pro-Vice- Chancellor for Research & Knowledge Exchange

Pro-Vice- Chancellor for Education

Pro-Vice- Chancellor for International

Director of Human Resources

Deputy Vice-Chancellor

Director of Services

Director of Finance


Business Planning & Reporting Services

Dean/Pro-Vice Chancellor Art & Design

Dean/Pro-Vice Chancellor Business & Law

Faculty Student & Academic Services

Employee Relations & Performance

Academic Secretary’s Office


Dean/Pro-Vice Chancellor Humanities, Languages & Social Science Dean/Pro-Vice Chancellor Health, Psychology & Social Care

Dean/Pro-Vice Chancellor Education

Marketing, Communications & Development

Exchequer & Procurement Services

Governance & Secretariat

HR Business Solutions


Information Systems and Digital Services

Dean/Pro-Vice Chancellor Science & Engineering Dean/Pro-Vice Chancellor Hollings Faculty

Reward, Resourcing & HR Systems

Recruitment & Admissions

MMU International

Legal Services

Strategic Planning & Management Information

Strategic Partnerships Development

Research & Knowledge Exchange

Valuing & Engaging People

Provost, MMU Cheshire



Service Group structure

Director of Services Paul Kingsmore

Director of Information Systems and Digital Services (Aug 2016) Kurt Weideling

Director of Estates Ian McManus

Director of Facilities Claire Twaites

University Librarian Ruth Jenkins

Estates Development (vacant)

Facilities Management

IT Services

Estates Management and Sustainability

Learning and Research Technology

Commercial Services

Asset and Space Managment

MMU Sport

Security and Business Continuity

Business Support and Improvement


Research excellence

Our research strategy reflects our core status as a regionally connected, globally significant University. Our ongoing mission is to ensure continued growth in the quality and impact of research. Research activities are focused around areas of strategic strength that are world-leading and internationally excellent. Investment is directed towards the production of high-quality outputs, the development of outstanding impact and the recruitment of talented researchers to grow the University’s areas of strength.

Many of our 200 world-leading researchers are home-grown talent. They study with the University and stay on as academics. Others reach out to our highly-regarded links with industry, to

Our strategy is contributing to a growth in the quality and vitality of research and has helped to realise: n An overall rise of 12 places in the Times Higher Quality rankings in REF2014 n A 15% increase in the value of Quality Research related funding as a result of our successful REF2014 performance n The launch of 12 new University Research Centres to co-ordinate the work of more than 50 specialist research groups n A year-on-year increase in the University’s share of the most cited publications in the top 1% n International collaborators on 38 per cent of our outputs n Growth in research income – we

collaborate and work in business. The impact of our research was

independently assessed as internationally excellent and world leading in 2014, with core strengths in Art, Design and Fashion; Education, Health and Sociology Research includes work on life-saving diagnostic devices, global policy work to cut carbon emissions in aviation, EU equality law, biofuel cells, 3D printing, and green chemical transformations The English Language and Literature research area and Creative Writing School is led by Dame Professor Carol Ann Duffy, the Poet Laureate.

made a total of 355 funding applications in the 2014/15 academic year

n Our EU HR Excellence Award and our status as an Investors in People

Gold Champion, which provides evidence of the quality of our research environment


Our students Award-winning and outstanding experience We work very hard to provide our students with a first-class student experience, ensuring that the combination of integrated learning, student support services, a focus on graduate employment and a great social life provides each student with a well-rounded education to be ready for the world after graduation. We take great care to ensure that our students settle into their student accommodation and can find their way around the University, and that they can talk to someone about any aspect of their student life. We are committed to providing equal opportunities in higher education for all students.

We are one of only seven UK universities to have

School of Art awarded Winner of RIBA National Award and finalist for the RIBA Stirling Prize 2014.

been awarded the Investors in People Gold Standard.

One of the UK’s top three greenest universities.

n Support is provided by a group of dedicated staff who can help each student with information, finance and academic issues, and who can also provide specialised support for international students. n Our online learning resource, Moodle, provides students with 24-hour-a-day access to further support and information sources. n The Student Hub is for face-to-face information, advice and guidance on a wide range of course-related matters, and also for information about university services and facilities. n Student Support Officers provide confidential and impartial advice on academic and pastoral issues to help our students get the best from their courses. They advise on assessment problems, time management, exam techniques, finance, employment or personal difficulties, and work closely with the University’s specialist support areas and the Students’ Union to help students access specialist advice and assistance if needed.

n Our Learner Development Service provides a range of support for disabled students and students with a specific learning difficulty (such as dyslexia). The advisers within the Learner Development Service act as a contact within the University for current and prospective disabled students, to provide support, information and advice on the resources which are available to them, both within the University and from external support agencies. n Learning Development Advisers work with students to help steer each through any necessary screenings or assessments, which will identify their individual needs. They also assist with any applications for the Disabled Students’ Allowances (DSAs), liaising with relevant funding bodies as appropriate. n Advisers have links with academic colleagues, and other central services such as the library, to raise awareness of

Awarded Certificate of Outstanding International Student Satisfaction. One of only eight universities in the UK to receive this.

Our Library Service has been winning Customer Service Excellence awards since 2008.

Awarded Best University Catering Service 2014.

Winner of Disability Standard Silver Award and Winner of 2013 Best Public Sector Organisation Award.

Winner of the 2013 Guardian newspaper’s award for Best Student Experience.

Certified as a Top Employer UK.

Our Student Commitment We’ll provide high quality teaching and professional support staff, timely information on all aspects of your student experience, and access to first-class learning and teaching facilities.

In recognition of our commitment to support and advance the representation of women in science, technology, engineering, medicine and mathematics.

Our Business School and Student Hub was winner of the Prime Minister’s Award for Better Public Building 2013.

disability issues and to ensure that appropriate support is available.

n The Counselling Service offers students the opportunity to talk to a professionally trained counsellor, in confidence, about any personal problems.


Our staff

The success of the University depends on the people who work here. We support managers to achieve excellent leadership and management. This means our staff are engaged, motivated and customer focused to provide our students with the best possible experience. Manchester Metropolitan University is the University for World-Class Professionals. That applies to the students we nurture and the people we employ – from academic staff through to professional services.

n An Employer of Choice and an exemplar for people management and engagement, we are the only UK University to have achieved the IiP Champion Status. This achievement is testament to the transformation of the organisation through our people. n The University’s Staff Awards recognise outstanding staff achievements in academic and service delivery for students, fellow colleagues and numerous stakeholders, with over 700 entries submitted by staff. The awards are held as part of an overall ‘Festival of Manchester Met’, allowing all academic and professional services departments to showcase their work to colleagues.

n Above all, we are committed to creating a positive environment where everybody is treated with dignity and respect. We value and celebrate diversity and

benefit from people’s diverse backgrounds and abilities.


£350 million investment in two campuses Our investment, funded entirely from university resources, has created a world-class learning environment at our main city centre Manchester campus, and at our town-based Cheshire campus in Crewe. Our state-of-the-art specialist teaching and learning facilities in environmentally sustainable buildings are amongst the best of any university in the UK.

Brooks Building, Manchester

Exercise and Sport Science, Cheshire

Benzie Building, Manchester

Business School & Student Hub, Manchester

All Saints Park, Oxford Road, Manchester


The role

Strategic focus n The post holder will support the Director of Estates deliver strategic planning leadership whilst also ensuring robust operational project management plans are established and implemented. The two key areas of responsibility will be the planning and delivery of:


This is a high profile role within the University requiring strong collaboration across a broad spectrum of internal and external stakeholders. Reporting to the Director of Estates you will be responsible for actively contributing to the development and delivery of Strategic plans and investment solutions for the Built Environment ensuring alignment to the Universities Masterplan and Estates Strategy. In addition, the University will be investing in appointing Senior Project Manager and Project Manager roles to ensure we have the capacity and capability to deliver the Phase 2 Master plan The key requirements of the role are summarised right:

n You will work in close partnership with senior colleagues across Faculties and

Job title: Head of Estates Development

Professional Services to prioritise, communicate and deliver excellent solutions and services

n Maintain effective and regular communication with project managers, contractors, external consultants and

Reports to: Director of Estates

the design team/s to support the delivery of the Capital Programme

• The Capital Programme (via the Corporate Master-planning process)

Contract: Permanent

n To be proactive in developing and establishing contacts, networks and relationships with internal and external parties i.e Faculty ‘clients’, Professional Services Colleagues, Manchester City Council, external funding bodies and Corridor Manchester Partners.

• The MMU schedule of ‘Minor Projects’ (via the Faculty and Professional Services annual planning process.)

n Act as a key advocator and communicator of the Estates Strategy both internally and externally by providing leadership, influence and support that seeks to build a dynamic and innovative approach to Estates Development

For the full Job Description/Person Specification, please click on the link below: www.mmu.ac.uk/headofestates


Corporate Leadership and Management

n As part of the Estates Senior Management Team (SMT), actively contribute to the development of effective Strategic Plans for the built environment ensuring alignment to the MMU Estates Masterplan. n Develop and maintain an effective and professional Project Management service that supports excellent student and staff experience. n Lead on the development, delivery and communication of the University’s Capital Investment Plan, reporting and presenting progress to senior stakeholders (internal and external) as directed by the Director of Estates and the Governance framework. n Lead on the prioritisation, delivery and communication of the University’s Estates related Minor Projects, reporting and presenting progress to senior stakeholders. n Maintain excellent stakeholder engagement and communication, including (but not restricted to) Faculty ‘clients’, Professional Services Colleagues, Manchester City Council and external funding bodies. n Maintain effective and regular communication with project managers, contractors, external consultants and

n Lead and provide direction to the Estates Development team and ensure work is completed to the highest standards, within budget and programme, in accordance with all appropriate regulations. n Develop and implement appropriate project management structures and procurement strategies. Ensure team capability and capacity is aligned to the prioritised work plan. n Review completed projects to ensure successful delivery within agreed parameters, legislation and procedures. n Introduce a formal project management quality system for the full life cycle of all projects/ development work. n Ensure all Estates Developments comply with current legal and statutory obligations. n Keep abreast of new standards and best practice with regard to Strategic Estates Development and recommend how they can be used to further the University’s strategic aims. n Take a lead role across Estates Directorate or Services Group for at least one key strategic area as determined by the Director of Estates. n The undertaking of other duties and responsibilities that are commensurate with the nature and grade of the post as may be assigned by the Director of Estates.

the design team/s to support the delivery of the Capital Programme.


The Head of Estates Development will possess a broad range of experience, knowledge and skills. Candidates are requested to give evidence against Part One of the requirements in their supporting statement. The attributes in Part Two and Part Three will be explored with those candidates invited to preliminary interview. All disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria will be included on the longlist. The candidate For the full Job Description/Person Specification, please click on the link below: www.mmu.ac.uk/headofestates

Part One – Experience

Part Two – Knowledge n Demonstrable knowledge of good practice and guidance relating to effective Programme & Project management. n Understanding the need for Strategic Master-planning in the context of a city centre higher education environment. n Strong customer-service ethos and ability to embed a service culture throughout Estates Development

Part Three – Skills and Abilities

n Proven record of strong leadership and management of a significant Project Portfolio. n In depth understanding of the critical role of Governance in a large and complex organisation. n Demonstrable commitment to customer satisfaction and a proven record of developing customer focused staff. n Experience of undertaking major projects in Higher Education or a similar complex organisation.

Proven and demonstrable experience in: n Leading staff development; business planning and resource management; chairing skills; budget management and control; report writing; time and project management and quality enhancement. n Strong influencing, communication and interpersonal skills including the ability to communicate a clear vision for a wide range of audiences in a variety of media. n Ability to negotiate effectively with external and internal stakeholders, suppliers and consultants. n Skills in change management in particular the human resource development aspects of enabling change. n Programme and Project leadership and management skills.


w to Apply How to Apply For a confidential discussion to learn more about the role and opportunity please contact the University’s appointed recruitment partners Ben Duffill or David Craven of The Management Recruitment Group. Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than 4 pages) and supporting cover letter (of not more than 2 pages) outlining key matching experience and rationale for applying for the post. Applications should be sent to ben.duffill@mrgpeople.co.uk and david.craven@mrgpeople.co.uk.

David Craven T: 0161 638 0936 M: 07932 717438 E: david.craven@mrgpeople.co.uk Ben Duffill T: 0207 959 2368 M: 07976 125010 E: ben.duffill@mrgpeople.co.uk

The closing date for applications is 13th November 2016.

Following the closing date, applications will be reviewed and The Management Recruitment Group will undertake preliminary meetings with selected applicants during the weeks commencing 14th November and 21st November.

Interviews are earmarked to take place at the University in early December.


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