Director of Estates & Facilities


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: 16279
Posted: 01 September 2021
Closes: 26 September 2021

One of the world’s most influential cancer research institutes, the Institute of Cancer Research, is seeking to make the key senior appointment to the role of Director of Estates and Facilities.

The Institute of Cancer Research (ICR) has an outstanding record of achievement dating back more than 100 years. We are world leaders in identifying cancer genes, discovering cancer drugs and developing precision radiotherapy. Together with our hospital partner The Royal Marsden, we are rated in the top four centres for cancer research and treatment worldwide. We have charitable status and rely on support from partner organisations, charities, donors and the general public. We have more than 1000 staff and postgraduate students across three sites – in Chelsea and Sutton.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Director of Estates and Facilities will ensure, through excellent leadership, that the quality of estates and facilities service provision is exceptional and delivered in line with processes of continuous improvement. The role is in place to enhance the ICR’s ability to deliver a world-class environment for staff and students to achieve their organisational and personal goals. You will lead a broad portfolio of functions including estate planning and development, estate maintenance, facilities management and HSEQ.

We are seeking an individual with significant and proven experience in estates and facilities management leadership roles across complex, renowned organisations in a comparable context. You will have a track record of developing and implementing estates and facilities strategies in response to institutional strategy whilst being adept at leading and managing a diverse in-house team of estates, facilities and health & safety professionals. Experience of leading estates and facilities provision across a complex portfolio of critical facilities (such as scientific research and clinical environments) would be particularly advantageous.

The role calls for an individual that shares the ICR values and who has exceptional interpersonal, leadership and stakeholder management skills with a clear enthusiasm and passion for delivering world-class medical research facilities and service provision.

If you’re motivated to play a crucial role in leading the provision of a world-class estate environment and facilities services to enable ground-breaking and important cancer research, you can learn more by viewing the Candidate Brochure at

For a confidential briefing discussion please contact our advisors Michael Hewlett ( and Ben Duffill ( of The Management Recruitment Group on 0203 962 9900.

The closing date for applications is 26th September 2021. Interviews will take place during mid to October 2021.

At ICR, we celebrate diversity and promote equality and inclusion. We consider all applications on merit and have a strong commitment to enhancing the diversity of our staff. We particularly welcome applications from women and people from ethnic minorities.

ICR - Director of Estates and Facilities