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Head of Maintenance


UK / Greater London

Estates & Facilities Management



Sian Gardiner
020 3962 9900

Sian is Head of Research and Delivery within our Public Sector - Higher Education Practice and joined the business in 2011. She is responsible for coordinating research and the delivery of our retained assignments specialising in professional services leadership appointments within Higher Educati


Job Description

REF: 14917
Posted: 05 September 2019
Closes: 17 November 2019

Consistently rated amongst the world's best universities, Imperial College London is a science-based institution with a reputation for excellence in teaching and research. Imperial has one of the largest and most diverse university estate portfolios in the country, with over 500,000 sq.m of space.

Based at South Kensington, our Estates Facilities Division is responsible for the management of the College’s land and buildings. Our portfolio spans a multi-site network, which includes South Kensington, White City, Hospital Sites (Hammersmith, Charing Cross, St Mary’s, Chelsea and Westminster and Brompton) Halls of Residences and our postgraduate centre for ecology in Ascot. Working across our diverse and technically demanding estate portfolio, the Head of Maintenance will be responsible for the management and execution of all Maintenance. (M&E Infrastructure and Building Fabric services), encompassing c.64 staff (8 direct reports) with an annual Operating budget of c.£13m and Capital budget of c.£6m.

The successful candidate will possess extensive experience in the leadership of large in-house & contracted teams, across all aspects of planned and reactive maintenance, including minor works and renewals. A proven track record in the management of a similar 'Technical Client' function, across a comparable large and multi-site estate, is essential.

Excellent communication and interpersonal skills are prerequisite traits, as is the ability to work in a collaborative and customer focused manner, across a large, complex and multi-faceted organisation. You will possess excellent technical skills with a recognised professional engineering/building services qualification and corporate membership of a relevant body. This role will suit a professional with experience across diverse estates, who is adept in delivering ‘best in class’ services in similar consumer led environments.

Imperial Managers lead by example.

Committed to equality and valuing diversity. We are also an Athena Bronze SWAN Award winner, a Stonewall Diversity Champion and a Two Ticks Employer.

For a confidential discussion and/or more information please contact our advisor Michael Hewlett of The Management Recruitment Group ( or 020 8892 0115. To apply for the post please send a CV and covering letter to

The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) has been exclusively retained for this appointment. All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to them.