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Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities (Strategic & Capital Development)


UK / Greater London

Estates & Facilities Management / Construction, House Building & Development



Ben Duffill
020 3962 9900

Specialising solely in recruitment management consultancy at middle to senior and executive management level, Ben has successfully planned and executed recruitment campaigns across the higher education, scientific research, local and central government, NHS, public landmark attractions,


Job Description

REF: 15095
Posted: 29 November 2019
Closes: 05 January 2020

Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) is seeking to make the crucial appointment to the role of Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities (Strategic & Capital Development).

QMUL is one of the UK's leading research-focused higher education institutions. With more than 25,000 students, 4,500 staff and an annual turnover of £462m, we deliver teaching and research across a wide range of subjects in humanities and social sciences, medicine and dentistry, and science and engineering. Based in a creative and culturally diverse area of east London, we are the only London University able to offer a completely integrated residential campus, with c. 2850 student bedrooms.

The Estates and Facilities Directorate is core to the University’s strategic ambition to provide a world-class managed estate with excellent facilities for students and staff. As part of the QMUL’s ambitious 2030 Strategy, extensive focus will be placed on enhancing, growing and better utilising the QMUL estate portfolio to create a physical environment that serves as a critical enabler to an inclusive, world-class university. To support this commitment we are seeking to appoint an Assistant Director of Estates and Facilities (Strategic & Capital Development) to play a leading role in the successful delivery of our capital development programme, which will see in excess of £750m of investment over the next decade.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leading large-scale development and construction programmes and projects across diverse and complex estate portfolios. You will have strong leadership and management skills, with experience and enthusiasm for motivating and leading internal and external team members and driving a delivery-focused culture amongst the team.

We are seeking a highly motivated, enthusiastic and driven leader with excellent stakeholder management skills and a proactive approach to team leadership. Experience of having worked on investment programmes and projects with comparable characteristics to those found at QMUL would be particularly advantageous. This would include specialist medical, science and healthcare research facilities, state of the art teaching and learning environments and commercial office and residential developments in live high-footfall estates environment.

The role offers the opportunity to lead, at programme level, a number of the most prominent academic, research and student accommodation projects in the London construction market over the next decade. The Candidate Brochure can be viewed at

For a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( and Nick Coppard ( of The Management Recruitment Group on 0203 962 9900. Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to

Closing date for applications is 5th January 2020. Interviews are scheduled to take place in late January 2020.

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