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Partnerships Director


UK / Greater London

Estates & Facilities Management



Nick Coppard
07896 079 495

Nick is our Business Sector Director for our Healthcare, Science, Education and Public Attractions business and manages the delivery of high-profile campaigns for leading institutional client organisations across a range of project and programme leadership related roles. Nick has worked


Job Description

REF: 16672
Posted: 10 February 2022
Closes: 09 March 2022

University Partnerships Programme (UPP), the leading infrastructure and services partner to UK Universities, is seeking to appoint a Partnerships Director to lead its South West portfolio.

UPP is the UK’s leading provider of on-campus residential and academic accommodation infrastructure, operating over 36,000 rooms in partnership with 15 world-leading universities across the UK. We have launched our ambitious Building Futures strategy and are mobilising to deliver this at pace.

We are looking for a Partnerships Director to join us and play a central role in helping us realise our ambitions. You will be accountable for driving success across a number of our long-term university partnerships across our South West portfolio (current locations are Oxford, Swansea, Exeter and Plymouth) as the General Manager of a number of Special Purpose Companies. You will nurture senior relationships, work collaboratively within a Regional Leadership Team and drive performance/continuous improvement programmes that reflect the changing needs of students and each university. Your success will be evident in continued high occupancy rates and strong student satisfaction feedback.

We are looking for someone who is:

  • An exceptional relationship builder and confident at engaging with senior leaders.
  • Highly persuasive, collaborative and excellent at getting things done.
  • Commercially-minded and committed to continuous improvement.
  • Confident influencing service provision across large-scale, customer-focused estates and FM, accommodation or hospitality functions.
  • Knowledgeable around PPP/PFI partnerships and SPV/Asset Management, although this is not essential.

This is an exciting time to join a commercially focused, high performing, customer and results oriented organisation that operates with energy, pace, and passion – and a to play a key role ensuring that UPP provides high-quality, industry-leading facilities. To learn more the candidate brochure can be viewed at

UPP is an inclusive, flexible and supportive employer (we have the Investors in People Gold Accreditation) that offer comprehensive employee benefits (pension, medical, 29 days holiday plus bank holidays and many other perks including access to our UPP Rewards portal, offering discounts from a variety of retailers, restaurants gyms and more), in addition to competitive base salaries and bonus potential.

For a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Hayley Mintern ( and Nicholas Coppard ( at The Management Recruitment Group (MRG) on 0203 962 9900. Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to and All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to MRG.