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Assistant Director of Estates


UK / North West

Estates & Facilities Management



David Craven
0161 638 0936

David is a Practice Manager at MRG, based in the Manchester Office. He specialises in Property and Estates Management appointments across the North of England, within the Higher Education Institutions, and Real Estate Advisory clients. David is a highly experienced recruiter, havin


Job Description

REF: 15810
Posted: 28 January 2021
Closes: 21 February 2021

The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) is a leading modern University and one of the UK’s largest with a student and staff community approaching 38,000.

The UCLan core campus in the University’s home city of Preston covers a significant swathe of the city (an area of approximately 15 hectares with 63 buildings) and has commenced a £200m Campus Masterplan. UCLan has also invested significantly in recent years in its Burnley campus to serve Pennine Lancashire and its West Lakes campus to serve West Cumbria. Collectively the campus estate creates an eclectic and highly visible built environment to support UCLan’s Mission and Strategic Aims.

UCLan is seeking to make the crucial leadership appointment to the role of Assistant Director of Estates. Reporting to the Director of Estates Services and Capital Projects, the postholder will play a key role in the development and realisation of the estates strategy with specific responsibility for capital development, estates maintenance and space & property management.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leading and implementing estates strategies across large-scale, high-footfall estates portfolios for complex and diverse organisations. We are seeking an individual with broad estates management experience, with proven experience of leading estates maintenance across a large-scale portfolio, together with knowledge and experience of capital programme delivery.

To be a success in the role you will need to be highly motivated and results-focused with excellent interpersonal, communication and leadership skills. You will develop and manage a large and diverse team therefore experience of leading teams of estates professionals is essential, as is the ability to successfully develop relationships with external partner organisations.

The role offers a fantastic career progression opportunity for an ambitious and enthusiastic individual to play a key part in the continuing and future success of the University and its wider role in the North West region. The Candidate Brief can be viewed at

To arrange a confidential briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( / 07976 125 010) or David Craven ( / 07932 717 438) at MRG.

Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than four pages) and a covering letter (of not more than two pages). Applications should be sent to and

Closing date for applications is 21st February 2021.

UCLAN welcomes and celebrates the rich diversity of our students, staff and our community partners. We recognise that our diversity is our strength and work hard to ensure that equality, diversity and inclusion are part of everything we do. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment where everyone can feel safe, valued and able to thrive.

UCLAN Assistant Director of Estates - Candidate Brochure