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Nick Coppard
020 3962 9900

Nick joined The Management Recruitment Group in 2015, initially supporting the Residential Development team before moving to a crucial delivery role for the business, manging the delivery of retained recruitment campaigns for the Education and Public Estates Practice. He began his


Job Description

REF: 14538
Posted: 16 April 2019
Closes: 12 May 2019

The Senior Project Manager will lead the planning and delivery of a diverse range of built environment capital projects that emanate from the University’s c. £450m capital investment programme, with projects typically being in the £2m to £50m value range. The post holder will also support the Assistant Director, Capital Development on a range of strategic activities relating to the delivery of the capital programme including masterplanning, feasibility and investment appraisal and planning and allocation of resources.

We are seeking an individual with a proven track record of leading complex new-build and refurbishment capital projects from inception to completion. You will have excellent communication and stakeholder management skills together with strong commercial acumen and a highly organised approach. Experience of leading large-scale capital projects across academic, research, healthcare, public and/or commercial property types would be advantageous. It is expected that potential candidates possess a relevant technical background in the construction and property industry supported by a relevant professional qualification.

This role gives an individual the unique opportunity to play a key role in the delivery of an industry-leading capital programme across one of the most beautiful and diverse campus environments in the UK. The Candidate Brief can be viewed at

The University of Exeter estate comprises over 360,000 square metres of academic, administrative, commercial and residential accommodation on 430 acres of land across Devon and Cornwall. We are currently in the early stages of a programme to invest c.£450m to deliver the physical and digital environment we need to support world-class research and an internationally excellent education, accommodating our students and our world leading academics in exceptional teaching, learning and research spaces.

The University of Exeter is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-intensive universities and in the top 150 universities in the world (Times Higher Education World University Rankings 2019). We combine world-class teaching with world-class research, having achieved a Gold rating in the Teaching Excellence Framework Award 2017. 98% of our research was rated as being of international quality in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework. With over 22,000 students and 5,500 staff from 180 different countries we offer a diverse and engaging environment in which to work.

To arrange a confidential briefing discussion to learn more please contact our retained search advisors Ben Duffill ( or Nick Coppard ( at The Management Recruitment Group on 020 3962 9900.

Closing date for applications is 12th May 2019. Interviews will be held in early July 2019.

The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce.

University of Exeter - Senior Project Manager