Science Museum - Estate Manager




As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection forms an enduring record of scientific, technological, and medical achievements from across the world. Tracing its origins and birth of its collection from the Great Exhibition in 1851 the museum aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives and inspire visitors through iconic objects, award-winning exhibitions, and incredible stories of scientific achievement. Among the key historical exhibits at the museum are Ark- wright’s prototype spinning machine (1769), Amy John- son’s Gipsy Moth aircraft (1928), Cooke and Wheatstone’s telegraph (1837), Alan Turing’s Pilot ACE computer (1950) and the Apollo 10 command module that went into lunar orbit in 1969. Our Library and Archives collection includes rare and significant items such as the first printed translation and commentary of Ptolemy’s Almagest and Charles Babbage’s drawings for his calculating machines. The museum has pioneered interactive science interpretation for over 80 years, while the Tomorrow’s World and Who Am I? galleries are flagships for discovering cuttingedge science. The museum attracts over 3.3 million visits annually. Between 2014 and 2019 over one-third of public space at the Science Museum will have been transformed through the masterplan. Exciting new galleries are set to open in autumn 2019 with Science City 1550 – 1800: The Linbury Gallery that will explore London’s unique role in the evolution of scientific thinking and new Medicine Galleries that will transform the first floor of the museum, creating a new home for the extraordinary collections of Henry Wellcome and the Science Museum.

The National Railway Museum in York houses the world’s greatest collection of railway items and objects from the past 200 years. Set in former railway buildings close to York Station, the museum attracts visitors from around the world and tells inspiring stories of railway history and engineering. The National Railway Museum has an unrivalled collection of famous locomotives and royal carriages and has a busy programme of learning activities, exhibitions and events. VISION 2025 As the National Railway Museum approaches its 50th anniversary, it is embarking on a far reaching £50m transformation called Vision 2025. Split across nine separate projects, Vision 2025 will reimagine the National Railway Museum to tell epic stories of how the railways shaped the world, providing a much more interactive and engineering-focused experience for visitors. Vision 2025 will take place against the backdrop of York Central – one of the largest and most significant brownfield developments in the country close to the centre of York. Vision 2025 will see a new Central Gallery that will showcase the latest innovations and technology from the rail industry as well as a new interactive Wonderlab gallery and extensive redevelopment of the museum grounds to create a more attractive environment.


The Science and Industry Museum tells the story of where science met industry and the modern world began. Manchester was one of the first global, industrial cities, and its epic rise, decline and resurrection has been echoed in countless other cities around the world. From textiles to computers, the objects and documents held in the museum’s collection tell stories of everyday life over the last 200 years, from light bulbs to locomotives. The museum’s mission is to inspire all its visitors, including future scientists and inventors, with the story of how ideas can change the world, from the industrial revolution to today and beyond. Work continues on the new special exhibitions gallery, an ambitious project which will provide a venue for world-class contemporary science exhibitions in the New Warehouse. It is planned for completion in 2020 and will help develop our reputation and Manchester’s as a globally significant place for science innovation and understanding. At the National Science and Media Museum, in the heart of Bradford, we explore the science and culture of image and sound technologies and their impact on our lives. Our galleries and exhibition spaces help us illuminate worldfamous collections in photography, film and television. Our team of Explainers create learning activities that fuel the imagination and get under the skin of our collections and exhibitions. And our three cinema screens—including an IMAX theatre—allow us to showcase the magic of moving images from around the world in Bradford, the first UNESCO City of Film. NATIONAL SCIENCE AND MEDIA MUSEUM, BRADFORD

Three annual festivals – Widescreen Weekend, the Yorkshire Games Festival and the Bradford Science Festival bring cutting edge technology and industry experts to the museum, inspiring the scientists, engineers and creators of the future to see more, hear more, think more and do more. The Sound and Vision Galleries – due to open in 2022 – will bring together the star objects from our collection for the first time, presenting a comprehensive history of the still and moving image.




Based in the world’s first railway town, Shildon in County Durham, Locomotion offers visitors the opportunity to see more than 70 vehicles from the national collection. Highlights include the prototype Deltic, British Rail’s Advanced Passenger Train and the iconic LNER locomotive No 4771 Green Arrow. Locomotion’s workshop carries out a range of restoration projects which visitors can watch from a purpose-built viewing platform. This year the team completed the restoration of a 2HAP EMU, the most-travelled unit in the NRM Collection, which is now on display. The museum continues to host a busy programme of events, exhibitions and activities from steam spectaculars to guided tours. Locomotion continues to benefit enormously from its partnership with Durham County Council, which includes generous financial support. Work on the restoration of the historic buildings, including the home of the early railway pioneer Timothy Hackworth, has started with options for their future use being explored. Plans are also in development for a new storage building on a site adjacent to the existing Collections Building. Planned for completion in 2021 this will allow us to considerably expand the number of vehicles housed on site and boost our visitor offer.

The Science Museum Group’s site at Wroughton in Wiltshire was founded in 1979 on a 545-acre former airfield. It houses a superb range of large artefacts – such as the world’s first hovercraft and an early robotic arm used in manufacturing – available for both exhibition and research, as well as the Science Museum’s Library and Archives. In February 2019 construction started on our new collections management facility. By 2023 the site will become the home for over 80% of the collection, providing stable conditions for its long-term care and increased public access.


Estate Manager Up to £55k plus benefits

The Science Museum Group is the largest and most complex museum estate in the country and is vital to the delivery of the Group’s challenging corporate objectives. The responsibility for ensuring that the Science Museum Group Estate meets all legislative and business requirements, is consistently well maintained, efficiently run and delivers an excellent customer experience rests with the Estate Team. There is also a significant role for Estates in ensuring full integration with the Masterplan programme across the portfolio and to sustain those new developments once the project phase is completed. Transforming the Estate is a priority and there is now a need for significant growth and change – we are investing in a strategic prioritised repair programme that is being developed by the Estate Team to address known risks. To achieve this we are building on the senior appointments already made and developing the team to ensure that we can deliver a professional Estate Management function. In this role you will have primary responsibility for the operational management of the Science Museum in London and its associated buildings, facilities and contracts. You will also provide integrated support to our ambitious program of Masterplan projects. Working to high professional standards, ensuring regulatory compliance and continuity of business operations, you will deliver site-related knowledge and be a source of subject matter expertise to a range of stakeholders.

WHAT YOU WILL BE DOING Leading and motivating the Science Museum’s Estates team, ensuring the highest standards of work are attained. Ensuring provision of buildings and facilities that are safe, compliant and meet the needs of the business, delivering improvements and change in line with the Group Estates strategy. Ensuring that the, planned preventative maintenance and reactive maintenance of buildings and structures is planned and delivered through the term maintenance contract and other contract arrangements. Ensuring legislative and regulatory compliance around building design and use, plant, equipment, electrics and systems, highlighting any potential risks and mitigating actions. Managing facilities and maintenance contractors and service providers to ensure contracts meet the needs of the museum and deliver best value for money.

Delivering Estates initiatives in line with the Science Museum Group energy strategy to reduce costs and improve efficiency.

Managing, alongside the Contracts Manager, all building leases, contracts and the maintenance and development of essential building records.

Using data to establish opportunities to develop more efficient and cost-effective contracts.

Managing minor capital Estates projects.

Managing London’s Estates budget and quarterly reforecast, constantly looking for ways to improve value for money and release efficiency savings. Providing local site knowledge and subject matter expertise to the Masterplanning process and applications for capital project funding. Taking care of your personal health and safety and that of others. Complying with the Science Museum Group Health and Safety Policies, risk assessments and safe systems of work and reporting any health and safety concerns.



Have leadership, influencing and communication skills, with a proven ability to work effectively with internal stakeholders, subject specialists, external consultants and contactors. Have experience of leading and managing a team to deliver high quality outcomes. Have experience of managing budgets, with an ability to plan and use resources effectively, supported by an understanding of financial monitoring and administration. Have strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills. Be a strong team player, with confidence and experience to influence and support colleagues across the organisation with differing abilities and skills.

Have experience of Estate Management.

Have a working knowledge of building construction, materials, M&E systems and fabric.

Be BIFM qualified to level 4 or equivalent.

Hold a NEBOSH or IOSH certificate.

Have knowledge of fire regulations.

Be able to undertake surveys, audits and the production of reports. Have experience of successfully delivering projects of varied sizes. Have thorough knowledge of all relevant Health and Safety legislation Have experience of taking a customer focused approach to work.


Have experience of the cultural sector or buildings of historic interest Additional Information: This role is subject to a Disclosure Scotland basic criminal record check.


The Science Museum Group is being supported on this recruitment campaign by the search consultancy The Management Recruitment Group (MRG). To arrange a briefing conversation please contact our retained advisor Rob Cullum ( on 0208 892 0115. Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of no more than four pages) and a covering letter (of no more than two pages). Applications should be sent to The closing date for applications is Sunday 20 October 2019 . MRG will undertake preliminary interviews with selected candidates during the week commencing 21 October 2019 . Selection interviews will take place at the Science Museum on 01 November 2019 . Up to £55k plus benefits

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