University of Derby - Director of Estates

Director of Estates Candidate Information Pack Director of Estates Candidate Information Pack

Director of Estates Applicant Brief

I am delighted that you are considering applying for this roleat the University of Derby. Our new Director of Estates will be joining a university with real momentum. Recently recognised by The Guardian as a Top 30 institution in the UK and the Times Higher Education as one of the Top 250 universities in the world, Derby has built a strong reputation for delivering a first-rate student experience and producing graduates who meet the needs of today’s employers. Our TEF Gold rating is testament to this. Our recently launched 2018-30 Strategic Framework signals the start of an ambitious new chapter for Derby, building on our teaching excellence, growing our research profile and further establishing our impact regionally, nationally and globally. Furthermore, as the only university in our city and county, we take seriously our civic responsibilities and work in partnership to improve the health, education and well-being of our community. Our estate has been an important factor in our success to date. Over the past 10 years we have invested over £200m across our Derby campus and our sites in Buxton, Chesterfield and Leek to create for our staff and students inspiring facilities which enable them to achieve fantastic things. Our future plans are equally ambitious. We therefore need a Director of Estates with the knowledge, experience and leadership qualities to drive forward a high performing team on the next phase of estates development and management, thereby truly establishing Derby as a modern, exciting student destination city.

Thank you for your interest and time.

Professor Kathryn Mitchell Vice-Chancellor


Director of Estates Applicant Brief

Director of Estates

Leadership of property and asset management of University owned property.

The Role

Derby Law School

Leadership of a broad portfolio of operational estates and campus services functions. Ensuring, as the senior responsible person, that the estate portfolio is compliant to legislative and quality standards. Identifying external funding opportunities to help realise the greater ambitions for investment. Working with external development partners from the public and private sectors to achieve desired ambitions. Setting and monitoring the professional standards required of Estates staff, having regard to quality expectations as well as relevant statutory and regulatory requirements. Acting as the prime point of contact for senior academic and professional services staff to provide professional guidance on estates or related issues concerning services provided by the Division. Person Specification Experience and track record in a senior estates leadership role with experience of initiating, developing and delivering estates strategies to support an organisation’s institutional strategy.

The Director of Estates takes strategic leadership responsibility for the development and management of the University’s Physical Environment.

The Director of Estates is a senior and influential management post at the University of Derby who will make a significant contribution to the development and delivery of the University’s wider strategic aims and objectives and its operation policies. They are expected to play a key leadership role within the University’s professional services team.

Main Responsibilities

Taking senior management responsibility for high quality service provision across a range of areas including masterplanning, capital development planning and delivery, space management, property and asset management, infrastructure and estates maintenance, facilities management, campus services, grounds maintenance and energy management. Creating and maintaining an estates strategy in line with the overall corporate objectives of the University. Leadership of estates strategy development and estate masterplanning. Taking overarching responsibility for the Estates division budget, allocating the resources to the various areas in line with the strategic priorities of the University. Overseeing the strategic direction of circa 250 in-house staff and direct line management of the Estates Senior Management team, including the Head of Property Development, the Head of Campus Services and the Head of Maintenance Services. Ensuring that the Estates services are supported by external suppliers and providers whilst ensuring best value from the market. Ensuring that the appropriate supply chain management techniques and process are applied.

Experience and ability to motivate and lead a large scale and diverse internal and external teams on behalf of a large, complex organisation.

Experience of masterplanning across a multi-building, multi-site environment.

Track record of leading large scale, complex capital programmes consisting of both refurbishment and new build development projects or programmes. Experience of planning and managing large scale capital budgets. Track record of leading the provision of operational estates and facilities management services such as estates maintenance and compliance, grounds management and associated operational budgets of significant scale. Experience of representing an organisation with external stakeholders/partners on development schemes and an understanding of the commercial property and development market.

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Strategic leadership and oversight of the planning and delivery of the University’s capital programme.

Considerable experience and skill in negotiation of complex contracts and agreements.

High level communication written and oral communication skills.

Ability to communicate vision to a broad range of stakeholders.

Possessing the emotional intelligence to operate successfully in a leading HEI.

Possessing a relevant professional background in the estates/property/facilities industry, with qualification and/or professional membership in a relevant subject (e.g. planning, architecture, construction, surveying, engineering, facilities management).


Director of Estates Applicant Brief

Great people, original thinking, inspiring individuals – changing lives The University of Derby has recently launched its Strategic Framework, which provides us with the foundations and direction on which to plan, perform and succeed in a changing and globally dynamic environment, between now and 2030. Developed in consultation with our staff, students and stakeholders, the Framework has a simple promise at its heart; everything we do is driven by delivering excellence and opportunities for our students, staff and region. The Framework is designed to allow us to be flexible and adaptable to the changing environment in which we operate. Producing a long-term strategy during a period of unprecedented change, not only in our sector but politically, socially and economically, creates a challenge but many opportunities. We are ambitious for our students, staff and region, but know that what is right for our students today may not be for tomorrow, and getting this right is most important for our future success. GAME CHANGERS • Our students will set their aspirations high, think beyond the obvious and have the ingenuity, curiosity and enterprise to succeed • Industry-relevant and research-informed curriculum • High quality learning environment • Modern learning methods • Range of opportunities POSITIVE IMPACT • Our research, knowledge creation and innovation is focused on making a practical, positive difference to people’s lives close to home and around the world • Raising aspirations / developing skills across our region • Positioning Derby on the global stage • Driving the economic, social, cultural, educational and environmental prosperity of our home OPENING DOORS • We are a champion of social mobility and firmly believe in the transformational nature of education • Creating opportunities for all across our region • Something on offer for whatever stage of life or career • Pioneer for online, blended and virtual learning • Global outlook We have a long-standing reputation for teaching excellence of which we are extremely proud, and now is the time to build further on this, through more focused and integrated applied research. Opportunities are a core element of our academic approach – not only in terms of delivering these, but through a culture of curiosity and drive instilled in our students and staff to seek and create their own. We are proud to be the only university in our city and county as this enriches our connectivity within the region but as importantly we relish the civic responsibilities this brings. We are a modern university with a modern outlook, and will approach the next 12 years with purpose, positivity and confidence in what we are going to accomplish. The Framework is supported by three ‘pillars’:


Director of Estates Applicant Brief

Here at Derby, our People Vision is based on the simple belief that if we attract the right people, motivate them and provide development in a supportive, friendly but performance focused environment, then they, and the University, will enjoy continuing success. We believe that this is the ultimate people business and great emphasis is placed upon engaging with our colleagues and customers. We will achieve this by putting our values at the heart of everything we do and by being a ‘values-led’ organisation. This means that, in striving to realise our strategic ambitions, we place as much value on how we do things as on what we do. Our values form the bedrock of our approach: We want all our students, staff and stakeholders to be delighted by their experience, proud of their achievements and become active promoters of the University. Continuing to do this has given Derby a clear and positive signature and a definite edge in the new HE market place. Moreover, we’re committed to providing all our staff with excellent career and personal development opportunities, together with a total rewards philosophy that’s based on providing competitive, affordable, flexible packages that recognise performance. For more information on our Corporate Plan and values please see: As an institution recognised for our excellence in Teaching and Learning, we have attracted many positive accolades in recent times, including TEF Gold, being a top 250 in THE Young University rankings 2018, and our, most recent success as a top 30 University in the Guardian League table. • Value People • Bold • Future Focussed • Foster Brilliance.

Kathryn Mitchell presenting at the Innovation Through Collaboration event at the i-hub on Infinity Park

International students enjoy a quiz and Fish and Chips supper hosted in the Multi Faith Centre.


Director of Estates Applicant Brief

Derby: a professional,welcomingcity Derby is a city with promising job prospects and a resilient economy, which is good news for graduates. It’s also a friendly and affordable city that has a passion for sport, a growing cultural scene, and breathtaking countryside on its doorstep. Athriving city A globalcity

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Peak District National Park: only a short drive away

THE NATIONAL AVERAGEAREIN HI-TECH FUNCTIONS That equates to 12.5% of Derby’s workforce. Marketing Derby 4x Derby has seen a 23% growth in GVA (Gross Value Added)* over the past five years – more than double the national average of 9%. *GVA is the key economic measure of the value of goods and services. UHY Hacker Young, June 2015

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GREATTRANSPORTLINKS • 89 minutes to London by train • 4 hours to Paris by train • 10 minutes to the M1 by car • 20 minutes to East Midlands Airport by car


Vibrant culture and arts scene

Home to multiple sports venues including derby county football club and derby velodrome

Winner of bestuk high street 2016


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invested in the last 10 years NEW100 ACRE ENTERPRISEZONE £3 billion INFINITY PARK DERBY

Innovation Through Collaboration event at the i-hub on Infinity Park

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£1.7billion being invested now


Director of Estates Applicant Brief

The University of Derby is a modern, innovative education provider that achieved its university status in 1992. Teaching at our Derby site actually dates back to 1851, when it was a Diocesan Institution for training teachers, so we have over 160 years of expertise in education. The University has since become a university of first choice for students who want a caring, aspirational environment where they can equip themselves for the career they choose. Our significant investment in world class facilities is building on our reputation for student-focused real world learning, in an increasingly competitive sector. During the last five years we have invested over £150 million in facilities, designed to give our students the very best possible learning environment. We have more investment planned and continue to develop our teaching to be innovative, stimulating and engaging. Recent investments in our facilities include: • £12 million STEM Centre, including facilities for mechanical testing, robotics and an anechoic chamber. • State-of-the-art £10.8 million sports centre. • Immersive Interactive Simulation Suite, the only one of its kind in a university outside London.

• Forensic Training Facility, with a dedicated crime scene house. • Dedicated fashion and textiles facility at Chandos Pole Street. • Industry-standard Bloomberg Financial Markets Lab.

Ranked 29th in the Guardian University Guide 2019

Listed in the top 250 modern universities in the world (THE Young University Rankings 2018)

Midlands Business Awards 2018

THE Student Experience Survey 2018

Listed in the top 1,000 universities in the world (THE World University Rankings 2018)

74.1% of students are in graduate- level employment within six months of finishing their course (HESA 2015/16)

Ranked 2nd in the HEPI fair access table (2018)


Director of Estates Applicant Brief

Derby Law School

The Estate Department provides a high quality service to enable the delivery of a state-of-the-art learning environment for students and the business community within the context of the Estates Strategy. In this context, the ‘estate’ comprises all freehold, leasehold and join venture land and buildings occupied as part of the University business. Over the last 10 years we’ve invested over £150 million in our facilities to ensure that our students have access to some of the most modern teaching spaces in the country. Last year we invested £28 million in improving our campus infrastructure and teaching resources. The Estate Department is comprised of three distinct, but closely connected service areas; Property and Development, Building Maintenance and Campus Services. The university currently has sites in Derby, Buxton, Leek and Chesterfield and manages; seventeen tutorial sites, ten residential sites and three commercial sites, which covers over 109 hectares of land. As is the case with many universities, the quality and condition of Derby’s estate has undergone significant improvements over the past few years, with over 98% of the estate within Condition A and B.

The Estate department employees over 250 staff, over the four sites and provide a wide range of services to students, staff, visitors and the local community.

Campus Services: Campus Services deliver diverse and wide ranging services to all visitors to the university and includes; all aspects of a twenty-four hour security provision, travel and transport services, which includes a city wide bus shuttle service which is offered free of charge to all university students and staff, cleaning services for all sites, print, post and portering service and space planning and management. The University of Derby is committed to sustainability, both in environmental and financial terms. Within the department is a Quality and Compliance Manager, with responsibility for the university’s environmental management system accreditation (ISO 14001) and the university is committed to continual improvement in all aspects of the service and support it provides to the university and wider community.

Property Development: The Development Team is responsible for leading the capital development programme, this includes the expanding property portfolio and all refurbishment projects throughout the estate. The estate ranges in age from pre 1900 to our newest STEM building, which was completed and occupied in 2017. Building Maintenance: The Building Maintenance team lead the maintenance of the buildings and infrastructure across the estate portfolio. The age of the majority of the buildings within the estate portfolio reflects the maintenance liability and general estate condition. The university is committed to providing the highest level of facilities for the students and this has resulted in outsourcing specialist services, with a multiplicity of contracts in place for lifts, fire safety and air handling units. The university is committed to reducing its carbon emissions and has invested in low carbon and greater energy efficiency technologies throughout the campus, where viable.


Director of Estates Applicant Brief

For a confidential conversation please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( and Michael Hewlett ( of The Management Recruitment Group 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 and The closing date for applications is 8th July 2018. University of Derby interviews will take place during the weeks commencing 30th July and 6th August 2018. As a dynamic community dedicated to learning discovery and enterprise, the University of Derby recognises the value of a truly diverse workforce and the contribution that every individual can make. In order to achieve and maintain excellence, we aim to create an environment that respects the diversity of staff and students and enables them to achieve their full potential, to contribute fully, and to derive maximum benefit and enjoyment from their involvement in the life of the University. The University therefore welcomes and encourages job applications from all sections of the local, national and international community. We will select the best candidate solely on the basis of merit and ability to do the job. Unjustifiable discrimination based on gender, race, age, disability, religious or political beliefs, sexual orientation or any other reason will form no part of our selection process. Data provided on equality and diversity will be used in compliance with the University’s Data Privacy Statement in relation to the recruitment process and help the University monito the effectiveness of its Equality and Diversity policy in this area.

CredAble Employer As an employer we are committed to ensuring we fully support our disabled employees. We are therefore very proud to be the first organisation in the UK to be awarded with a CredAble Employer Mark. Athena Swan The University signed up to be a member of the Athena Swan Charter in March 2014. Membership provides us with a useful tool to benchmark our progress, enabling female academics to fulfil their potential and act as role models across the University and externally. Stonewall “People perform better when they can be themselves” - Stonewall We are proud to be members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions programme. Taking part in Stonewall’s Workplace Equality Index is an effective way for our University to measure its efforts to tackle discrimination and create an inclusive workplace for our lesbian, gay and bisexual employees. Find out more about equality and diversity at Derby University at: equalityanddiversity



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