Thank you for expressing an interest in the University of Glasgow and the role of Executive Director of Estates. With the departure of Ann Allen MBE, we now invite applications to this high-profile position (of which there are few roles in UK higher education sector which can compare with regards to scale and importance) as we reshape and service our historic estate.
The University has been at the forefront of change, excellence and innovation for over 560 years, shaping the city of Glasgow, hand in hand with our partners, throughout the centuries. By 2025 we will have invested over £1bn, transforming the campus and supporting the University’s ambition to be a world changing University, enhancing interdisciplinary research and making a step change in the experience of our students. Estates Services is leading the capital development programme, which is the biggest the University has undertaken in the last 150 years.
Our evolving masterplan seeks to integrate fully with the urban grain of the West End of Glasgow by defining new and existing important urban connections. The newly articulated Western site presents a once in a generation opportunity to redevelop the site as an integral part of the City. New and planned buildings include a Teaching and Learning Hub; a Research Hub; an Institute of Health and Wellbeing; a postgraduate building and Adam Smith Business School; and a range of new commercial, innovation and public spaces.
Our new Executive Director will need to balance the complexities and scale of a huge capital programme with the importance of servicing and developing the existing estate; core to the success of this role is this holistic approach to the whole estate.
If you would like to contribute your expertise, creativity and energy to this important post, I would be delighted to hear from you and look forward to seeing your application.
Over the last five centuries and more, we’ve constantly worked to push the boundaries of what’s possible. We’ve fostered the talents of seven Nobel laureates, two Prime Ministers and Scotland’s inaugural First Minister. We’ve welcomed Albert Einstein to give a lecture on the origins of the general theory of relativity. Scotland’s first female medical graduates completed their degrees here in 1894 and the world’s first ultrasound images of a foetus were published by Glasgow Professor Ian Donald in 1958. In 1840 we became the first university in the UK to appoint a Professor of Engineering, and in 1957, the first in Scotland to have an electronic computer.
We are a place that inspires ambitious people to succeed. A place where inquiring minds can develop their ideas. A place where talented people are given the space to realise their dreams.
Most importantly, we are open to the world. Our doors are open to the brightest minds, regardless of background, who wish to study at university. We are open to collaboration and the exchange of knowledge with other universities, government and businesses.
To continue to be a world-class and progressive university, we are dedicated to bringing inspiring people together to change the world.
All of this means that if you choose to work here, you’ll be walking in the footsteps of some of the world’s most renowned innovators, from scientist Lord Kelvin and economist Adam Smith, to the pioneer of television John Logie Baird.
To view the University’s Strategic Plan, Inspiring People, please click here.
For full information on the campus development, please click here
The Professional Services Group structure can be viewed here.
The Estates Services structure can be viewed here.
Job Title: Executive Director of Estates
Reporting to: Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary
The Executive Director of Estates is the University’s senior professional advisor on estates strategy, management, processes, systems and controls. In fulfilling the main duties and responsibilities of the job, the Executive Director of Estates provides leadership and strategic direction for: campus development, property management, capital works, estates maintenance, facilities management, security and janitorial services, property services and carbon reduction within a highly controlled legislative and financial framework.
The Executive Director of Estates reports to the Chief Operating Officer and University Secretary and is a member of the Professional Services Group. The role holder works closely with the Senior Vice-Principal and Deputy Vice-Chancellor who leads on the development of the University’s strategic plan and its campus development plan.
Main Duties and Responsibilities
Human Resources Management
Health, Safety and Wellbeing
Internal Control Systems, Audit and Review
Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to the University. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisements.
Applications should consist of:
The closing date for applications is midday, Monday 7 October 2019.
Completed applications should be uploaded at www.andersonquigley.com/candidates using the reference AQ605
Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact Ed Pritchard on +44 (0)203 457 0948.
|Closing date:||Noon on Monday 7th October|
|Longlisting:||Wednesday 16th October|
|Preliminary Interviews with AQ:||w/c 21st and 28th October|
|Shortlisting:||Monday 4th November|
|Final Panel Interviews:||Monday 9th December TBC|