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Estates and Facilities Director

Competitive Salary

UK / Greater London

Estates & Facilities Management



Ben Duffill
07976 125 010

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: 16747
Posted: 25 March 2022
Closes: 24 April 2022

The Estates of the Royal Opera House comprises three buildings: the main site in Covent Garden includes a 2,000+ seated theatre which dates from 1858, and redeveloped stage and newly developed rehearsal rooms, dressing rooms, workshops offices and ancillary spaces sating from a large-scale capital project completed in 1999, and a second theatre and refreshed front of house spaces delivered via the Open Project in 2018. The ROH’s Production Workshop and Costume Centre are located in Thurrock, Essex and a 14,000m2 store in Aberdare, Wales.

Together the facilities enable the organisation to deliver a complex and busy production schedule and support the work of 1,000s staff, artists and creative people to stage opera and ballet to exacting standards.

The Estates & Facilities & Director provides strategic leadership and effective management of the Facilities and Estates of the ROH with responsibility for the efficient and effective running of our buildings and their services. This new senior role has responsibility for providing the right environment and facilities to support the organisation’s people and artistic output taking into account safety, compliance, sustainability, cost-control and positive customer service.

The post holder will play a central role in further developing our Estates Plan to upgrade core infrastructure whilst improving our building emissions and delivering improvements in comfort, usability, accessibility and flexibility. This ambitious plan will need to be implemented whilst the daily artistic schedule continues, and the Facilities & Estates Director will be required to plan and deliver a programme of work around a busy theatre and production house.

This is a senior Executive team role with organisational responsibility for ensuring our commitment to environmental sustainability and crucially our to reaching net zero by 2035 (with an earlier target of 2030) for scope 1 and 2 emissions and to set targets on scope 3 emissions by 2025.

We are seeking an individual with a proven track record of leading complex, multifaceted refurbishment programmes, across live, high ft fall, operational environments. The post calls for an individual that is motivated to lead a highly complex investment programme across one of London’s truly iconic landmark buildings.

The role offers a unique opportunity to play integral part for the future of a truly world-class performance venue. The Candidate Brief can be viewed and downloaded at

For a confidential discussion contact our advisors Ben Duffill ( or Michael Hewlett ( at MRG on 0203 962 9900. Applications should consist of a CV and Cover Letter and should be sent to michael

Closing date for applications is 24th April 2022.

The Royal Opera House is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone can thrive. We welcome applications from those who are currently under represented in our workforce; in particular those who are ethnically diverse and/or disabled. As a Disability Confident Employer, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the essential minimum criteria for our vacancies.

Applicants must have work authorisation for the UK.