UCL - Senior Project Manager



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Executive Summary

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Senior Project Manager

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UCL Capital Programme

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Further Information

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Application Process


UCL is London’s leading multidisciplinary university, with more than 11,000 staff and 38,000 students from 150 different countries. Founded in 1826 in the heart of London, UCL was the first university in England to welcome students of any class, religion, and the first to welcome women on equal terms with men.

The UCL Estate comprises over 200 buildings valued in excess of £2 Billion, more than four million square feet of academic accommodation and c. 4000 student bedrooms. The scale, variety and complexity of the estate are unparalleled in the sector. UCL Estates manages the estate and facilities infrastructure from the strategic to the operational, across property acquisition and management, capital projects, engineering and maintenance, environmental sustainability, safety, security, cleaning and including student residences and central room bookings. UCL Estates strive to provide a co-ordinated and customer oriented approach to developing, maintaining and adapting UCL’s estate and a wide range of support services to create an environment which supports UCL’s academic mission.

The Key Aims of the Estates Strategy are: - Enabling the Academic Mission and supporting change - Transforming facilities fit for world leading research and excellence in teaching and learning - Delivering an excellent student and staff experience - Transparency, accountability, integrated service delivery with efficient and effective customer service - Good custodians of the Institution’s assets - Enabling a sustainable and safe university Over recent years, acquisitions and the integration of a number of Post Graduate Institutes (previously known as the Satellite Estate) has substantially increased the scale and complexity of the estate falling within the remit of the Division.

A recent restructure of the division has established two key Leadership Team positions: • Deputy Director of Estates/Director, Major Projects is responsible for delivering a number of key major projects including UCL’s new campus at Stratford (UCL East), Dementia Research Institute and Moorfield’s Eye Hospital. • Director, Estates Development is responsible for delivering a programme of key projects primarily within UCL’s central Bloomsbury campus but additionally with a number of partner organisations including hospitals and research bodies. Estates projects range in scale, complexity and value (£½m to £500m) and must be delivered to specification, cost and time, frequently within a highly congested and busy operational environment where quality of student and staff experience throughout the works is also critical.

UCL is engaged in a very extensive, long term capital programme, a critical component of UCL 2034 and in support of both UCL’s teaching and research strategies, which requires a significant professional Estates resource to ensure its successful delivery. Based on the requirements to deliver UCL’s projected £1.25 billion capital programme UCL Estates is embarking on a period of transformation to ensure that the Estates Development and Major Projects teams are resourced and organised in line with best practice and the scale of what needs to be achieved. It is essential that a robust, stable programme and project team is established which will build on-going capacity to ensure a depth of expertise and the sharing of good practice across all programmes. UCL Estates is therefore seeking to build an industry-leading

team of professionals with the capability, track record and drive to develop, deliver and mobilise projects that will deliver world-class facilities for London’s global University. The team will be developed to give both depth and breadth of resource, with project management professionals appointed at middle, senior and director level in addition to multidisciplinary appointments to give in-house intelligence and capability across space management, property, engineering, health & safety and project transition & mobilisation. UCL Estates places a very heavy emphasis on quality, safety, value and exceptional stakeholder engagement. We are therefore seeking best-in-class individuals that possess excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a flexible, collaborative, highly motivated and resilient disposition.


Based on the requirements to deliver UCL’s projected £1.25 billion capital programme UCL Estates is embarking on a period of transformation to ensure that the Estates Development and Major Projects teams are resourced and organised in line with best practice and the scale of what needs to be achieved. Having recently made several key senior appointments we now seek to recruit a number of Senior Project Managers to further strengthen the team. The Senior Project Managers will lead the delivery of a range of high-profile new build, adaptation and refurbishment building projects across an incredibly diverse estate portfolio including academic and research facilities, commercial space, and student accommodation. Responsible for providing a high level technical advisory service to UCL stakeholders, you will play a key part in the successful delivery of a multi-million development programme with projects typically valued in the £1m to £40m range albeit with multiple projects valued at in excess of £50m. The successful candidate will possess significant experience of developing, procuring and managing a panoply of projects from inception to completion in a project leadership role. You will have a track record of working effectively either in or with a large scale, complex organisation on projects and buildings of a technically complex nature. You will also possess strong financial/budgetary management skills and experience, with a high level of commercial acumen. With a strong customer focus essential, it is vital that the Senior Project Manager will have exceptional interpersonal and communication skills coupled with the ability to work in a collaborative manner with a multitude of stakeholder groups.


Current projects include: • UCL East. UCL East represents the largest ever single expansion of UCL since the University was founded nearly 200 years ago. It will be a new UCL campus, complementing the Bloomsbury campus, and will be located on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, to the south of the Aquatics Centre and the ArcelorMittal Orbit. Phase 1 consists of the delivery of the first two buildings for the campus of a combined 50,000 sqm. • UCL Institute of Neurology. UCL has been selected as the ‘hub’ of the new £250m UK Dementia Research Institute (UK DRI). • A ‘deep retrofit’ for The Bartlett School of Architecture. Value £33m. • Wilkins Terrace & Lower Refectory, A new space for learning, events and exhibitions at UCL. Value £27m. • New Student Centre, Outstanding new facilities to improve the student experience at UCL. Value £70m. • Refurbishment of teaching, research and social learning spaces for UCL Chemistry, Earth Sciences, Physics and Astrophysics. Value £26m. • Creating state of the art teaching and learning spaces for the world-class Faculty of Law. Value £24m. • A new institute for ground-breaking collaboration between the Division of Surgery & Interventional Science, the Centre for Medical Imaging and the Institute of Healthcare Engineering. Value £17m. • New accessible, communal accommodation for UCL Students in Bloomsbury. Value £32m. • The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre, a new research centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour. Value £105m.


Employee Benefits UCL is a dynamic, global university based in one of the most exciting capital cities in the world. Not only does working at UCL offer the opportunity to work with some of the greatest intellects in the world, it also offers competitive terms, conditions and benefits to its staff. In the 2013 UCL staff survey, 83% of staff would recommend UCL as a good place to work and 86% are proud to work for UCL. As part of the UCL community you can access free lunch hour lectures, exhibitions and museums and collections. The NUS Extra Card is available to UCL staff as well as students and can provide fantastic savings across a multitude of online and high street stores. On campus UCL has the Bloomsbury theatre hosting a range of performances and a series of bars, cafes and other facilities which UCL staff can use. In addition to 41 days annual leave (inclusive of public holidays and closure days) and generous pension schemes, UCL provides a number of other staff benefits outlined below. • Excellent provision for professional development • The UCL Study Assistance scheme • The UCL Cycle scheme • The UCL Eye Care scheme • Voluntary Healthcare schemes • Subsidised access to a range of health and fitness facilities • Childcare Voucher scheme • The offer of an interest-free season ticket loan • Various family friendly benefits and support Further information about the USS pension scheme and the benefits it provides can be found at www.uss.co.uk. UCL benefits and policies apply equally, whatever the sexual orientation and/or gender identity of employees. Benefits and policies relating to employees partners, includes both different sex and same sex partners. We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at these levels. Work location The permanent base for each of the posts is at Bidborough House, in UCL Estates’ recently refurbished, modern, open-plan offices. Given the scale and nature of the UCL estate postholders will be expected to work across the UCL portfolio as the needs of the role dictate. Salary level The salary range for this post is £55,163 - £67,111.


To arrange a confidential conversation to discuss the opportunities in more depth, please contact Ben Duffill (ben.duffill@mrgpeople.co.uk) or Nick Coppard (nicholas.coppard@mrgpeople.co.uk) of The Management Recruitment Group on 0207 959 2368. 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 ucl@mrgpeople.co.uk clearly quoting the post title of the role to be applied for. The closing date for applications is 18th March 2018.

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