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Director, Maintenance Services

£70,605 - £77,152

UK / South East

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: 16232
Posted: 05 August 2021
Closes: 05 September 2021

The University of Reading is seeking to appoint to the key post of Director, Maintenance Services to lead estates maintenance, infrastructure management and grounds management across the University’s operational estate portfolio.

The University of Reading is a global university that enjoys a world-class reputation for teaching, research and enterprise. To support the world-class activities the University has large-scale and diverse operational estate, comprises an eclectic mix of buildings, infrastructure and land including teaching and learning facilities, a broad range of research facilities, innovation & enterprise space, social space, sport facilities and residential accommodation.

Reporting to the Director of Estates, the Director, Maintenance Services is responsible for strategic and operational leadership of building and infrastructure maintenance, maintenance projects, grounds maintenance and estates business systems. Taking leadership responsibility for a multi-disciplinary in-house team and external delivery partners, you will lead a strategic programme planning forward maintenance investment and ensure the University estate portfolio complies with relevant estate, built environment, safety and environmental legislation and best practice.

We are seeking an individual with experience and a proven track record in an estate leadership role across a large scale operational property portfolio. You will be experienced in leading the development and execution of hard FM/estates maintenance strategies and the management of operational estates maintenance budgets. The role calls for an individual with excellent leadership and management skills, a collaborative approach and who has a demonstrable commitment to leading continuous improvement resulting in high levels of service delivery.

This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced estates professional to lead maintenance provision across a diverse university campus portfolio on behalf of a renowned education institution. The candidate brochure can be viewed at

The University of Reading offers a compelling benefits package including the exceptional USS pension (21.1% employer contribution), generous annual leave (40 days including university closure days and public holidays), a strong commitment to employee health and wellbeing and Benefits+, a package of salary exchange schemes. Further information can be viewed at

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

Applications should consist of a CV and Covering Letter and should be sent to

Closing date for applications is Sunday 5th September 2021.

Interviews will be held at the University of Reading during the week commencing 27th September 2021.