Assistant Director, Engineering and Infrastructure

c. £80,000 per annum

UK / Greater London

Estates & Facilities Management



Michael Hewlett
020 3962 9900

Michael joined MRG in January 2008 to launch our higher education division specialising in non-academic appointments across estates and facilities management, student accommodation and professional services. He personally appoints to Director of Estates and leadership roles which have increasingl


Job Description

REF: 15751
Posted: 17 December 2020
Closes: 24 January 2021

Create a culture of exceptional service excellence with one of the UK’s most renowned higher education institutions.

University College London (UCL) is a globally recognised Institution and one of the UK’s most successful Universities with over 12,000 staff and 47,000 students. The activities of UCL have expanded as a result of several mergers and academic and funding opportunities. Our estate comprises of over 250 buildings valued in excess of £2bn including more than 4 million square feet of academic teaching space and c.6000 units of student accommodation. UCL is embarking on a 10 year. Capital Programme which will see capital investment over the period amounting to around £1.2bn and including the development of a New University Quarter (UCL East) at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The scale, variety and complexity of the portfolio are unparalleled in the sector.

The Assistant Director, Engineering and Infrastructure is responsible for leading strategy, development and integrated operational delivery of infrastructure management, engineering, fabric and maintenance services to ensure the estate and associated infrastructure is fit for purpose, legally compliant, providing high levels of customer service and meeting other institutional priorities and initiatives. The role will also play a crucial role in delivering UCL’s Sustainability Strategy and carbon reduction targets.

The Assistant Director ensures that the Engineering & Infrastructure team successfully interfaces with the Estates Development; Campus and Accommodation Services; Safety, Sustainability & Communications Teams resulting in an intelligent and integrated approach to estates and asset management - with an annual maintenance spend exceeding £34m, managed through a team of over 70 technical and trade staff and a wide range of service and specialist contracts.

The successful candidate will possess a proven track record in delivering high levels of customer service across a similarly diverse and complex estate. You will be an adept leader, with strong people management skills who can develop effective internal and external relationships. This is a role that will suit ‘can do’ individuals with a high level of personal drive and energy.

For a confidential discussion and/or full job details please contact our advisors Michael Hewlett ( or Matt Giles ( of The Management Recruitment Group. Application is via CV and covering letter.

The competitive benefits package includes 27 days annual leave + 6 closure days (over Easter and Christmas) + bank holidays. The USS pension scheme has employer contributions of 18%. Details of the benefits of working at UCL can be found at

The post is being offered on a fix-term contract basis of 6 to 12 months.

The candidate briefing pack can be viewed at

Closing date for applications is Sunday 24th January 2021.

We particularly welcome female applicants and those from an ethnic minority, as they are under-represented within UCL at these levels.

The Management Recruitment Group has been exclusively retained for this assignment. All direct or third-party applications will be forwarded to them.