Director of Estates and Operations

Founded in 1875, Haberdashers’ Girls and Boys Schools (Habs) are leading independent day schools for pupils aged 4 to 18. The schools are located on a shared campus in Elstree, providing the best of both worlds; a single-sex education in a co-educationalenvironment. Habs, is a strong, happy and supportive community, committed to the pursuit of excellence in education.

The Role

Habs is seeking to appoint a Director of Estates and Operations. This central function will be tasked with leading, developing and ensuring efficient utilisation of the Estates and Facilities team, which includes Estates Management, Grounds, Transport, Cleaning Services and Catering Operations.

As a conduit between the Schools, you will provide strategic leadership and implement new and innovative approaches to ensure greater efficiencies and the highest quality of delivery – all of which will be underpinned by a strong service ethos.

Reporting to the COO, you will ensure the department is aligned to the broader objectives and visions of Habs, as well as the master planning. The post requires strategic vision, management expertise and practical experience, it will also carry with it substantial budgetary responsibility. The successful candidate will possess demonstrable experience of leading an estate across a comparable diverse portfolio and will ideally hold a relevant estates, property or facilities qualification.

You will be a strong communicator with extensive experience of instilling robust and efficient systems and processes to ensure operational effectiveness across a large in-house team. Additionally, the post holder will be expected to provide effective leadership and management on all Health, Safety & Environmental matters.

For a confidential discussion and/or further particulars, please contact our retained advisors Melanie Pye Melanie.pye@mrgpeople.co.uk or Hayley Mintern hayley.mintern@mrgpeople.co.uk

The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) has been exclusively retained for this campaign. All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to them.

Habs is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. Applicants must be willing to undergo child protection training and screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service

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