The University of Leeds is one of the UK’s largest higher education institutions, and we are renowned globally for the quality of our teaching and research. We encourage enquiry, discovery, and achievement by bringing together academic excellence and an inspirational learning environment. Our ambitions are underpinned by an outstanding community of staff and students, a world-class campus and a strong financial position.
Led by Ann Allen, Director of Campus Innovation and Development and with 1,100 staff, the Facilities Directorate is responsible for the development and maintenance of the University estate, commercial and campus support services, residences and sustainability services. Our mission is to provide first-class services to staff, students and visitors supporting the University’s strategic objectives and world class aspirations, with our new three-year business plan entitled ‘Our Way Ahead’ focussing on building communities, both within the service and across the wider University and beyond.
Following retirements and promotions we are restructuring the Directorate and appointing to three new Director level positions. Our new Director will be responsible for all campus infrastructure and construction, the refurbishment and reimagining of a significant portfolio of buildings, project management, engineering, hard facilities management and power. They will also lead on net zero delivery where we have an ambitious £150m 2030 strategy. Working across the team of Directors and with the large stakeholder community, a particular focus for the role will be to lead a program for the sympathetic refurbishment of the University’s brutalist buildings, these large concrete buildings are wonderful examples of modern architecture and are central to the character of the campus.
The role will require significant senior level experience in an appropriate discipline which may include, but not exclusively, construction, architecture, procurement engineering, cost management, program or project management or similar. With high levels of financial acumen and deep experience in public sector procurement the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate sharp influencing and negotiation skills with the ability to persuade at all levels.
Closing date: noon on Monday 3rd April 2023.
We are dedicated to diversifying our community and we welcome the unique contributions that individuals can bring, and particularly encourage applications from, but not limited to, Black, Asian and ethnically diverse people; people who identify as LGBT+; and people with disabilities. Candidates will always be selected based on merit and ability.
We recognise the benefits and importance of an environment that supports flexible working and are open to conversations about this throughout the application process.