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Assistant Director, Estates (Facilities Management)

£54,597 - £62,698

UK / Greater London

Estates & Facilities Management



Michael Hewlett
020 3962 9900

Our higher education and public sector practice specialises in appointing to senior management posts across public services. We primarily represent higher education & research institutions but also partner with public venues, NHS, local/central government & charitable bodies. We


Job Description

REF: 16143
Posted: 28 June 2021
Closes: 20 August 2021

Steer the strategic direction of operational FM, creating a culture of exceptional service delivery focused on enhancing the student experience. Be part of an ambitious senior management team with aspiring plans for the future.

Celebrating more than 100 years of research and teaching excellence, SOAS University of London is a unique institution specialising in the study of Africa, Asia, and the Near and Middle East. SOAS is a remarkable institution. With our vast repository of knowledge and expertise on our specialist regions, we are particularly well placed to inform and shape current thinking about the economic, political, cultural, security and religious challenges of our world.

SOAS is home to some of the world’s leading experts and researchers in these regions who are regularly interviewed by the international media including the BBC, ITN, Reuters and CNN. They act as advisors, commentators and consultants to government departments and non-governmental organisations, as well as the private sector and multinational companies.

Through its research excellence the School has gained a global reputation as a leading institution for the study of these regions, a reputation which is reflected in the diverse nature of its staff and student community.

Based in the heart of Central London the School has some impressive facilities, including the Brunei Gallery, opened in 1995, which provides a 40-room conference venue. The estate also includes the SOAS Library which is recognised as a collection of national importance. In 2016, Senate House North Block opened, creating a single unified campus for SOAS. The redevelopment of the North Block of the building extended SOAS’ Central London campus, creating spaces that facilitate both formal and informal teaching and learning.

Reporting to the Director of Estates, the postholder will lead and promote Campus Services and Facilities (Security, Cleaning, Logistics, Reception, Helpdesk and external hospitality) as successful business units ensuring that Section Managers take responsibility for a quality, customer focused service whilst improving productivity and cost effectiveness.

We are seeking an exceptional leader with a proven track record of developing and implementing operational FM strategies across comparably large scale, diverse and technically complex portfolios. Positive, driven and a natural collaborator, you will possess excellent communication skills and commercial acumen with the intellectual confidence to succeed in a collegiate and collaborative environment. The role will suit professionals adept at delivering ambitious change and transformation programmes within in-house teams.

The excellent benefits package includes generous annual leave (30 days leave, plus closure days (normally 6 per year), plus bank holidays, a competitive pension scheme (employer contribution of 18%) and a host of other family friendly, health & well-being and financial benefits. The full range can be viewed at

For a confidential discussion and/or the full briefing particulars, please contact our retained advisor Michael Hewlett at

At SOAS we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion amongst our staff and students. As such, we welcome applications from all, regardless of personal characteristics or background.

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