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Position: Director of Building Operations
Institution: Royal College of Art
Location: London, United Kingdom
Duties: You will be responsible for all hard and soft services delivered by a combination of internal professionals and outsourced contract partners to ensure the estate is maintained and operated to a standard that befits an internationally renowned institution. Initial focus will be on the upgrading of core infrastructure of the Darwin Building and you will also be the professional lead in developing plans for long-term maintenance, facilities management, space planning, estates commercial activities and transport. Responsible for all strategic and operational management of estates functions, you will work collaboratively as a member of the College’s senior management team towards the College’s wider corporate objectives
Requirements: Degree qualified and with a relevant professional qualification you will be an experienced strategic manager of equivalent estates services within large and complex organisations and an inspirational leader, change agent and advocate of the highest quality customer services. A natural networker and influencer, you will have impeccable interpersonal skills and excellent commercial instincts. While experience of higher education is not essential you must be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the College’s global and educational aspirations
   
Text: Director of Building Operations Date advertised 1 February 2019 Closing date 3 March 2019 School/Area Administration Programme/​Department Buildings & Estates Required hours Full Time Site All three sites Founded in 1837, the Royal College of Art is an internationally renowned postgraduate art and design university. With around 2,300 students and more than 450 permanent staff across our four Schools of Architecture, Arts & Humanities, Communication and Design, the College has produced generations of eminent graduates of world-wide influence. The College’s strategy articulates a bold vision to marry the creative arts and design with science, technology and medicine, and the development of a holistic estates strategy with a customer-centric approach will be essential for the College to achieve its corporate ambitions for growth. Currently based across three sites, the College is investing significantly in the physical estate with the development of a brand-new building in Battersea and plans for major refurbishment of the iconic Darwin Building in Kensington. As the new Director, you will be responsible for all hard and soft services delivered by a combination of internal professionals and outsourced contract partners to ensure the estate is maintained and operated to a standard that befits an internationally renowned institution. Initial focus will be on the upgrading of core infrastructure of the Darwin Building and, reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will also be the professional lead in developing plans for long-term maintenance, facilities management, space planning, estates commercial activities and transport. Responsible for all strategic and operational management of estates functions, you will work collaboratively as a member of the College’s senior management team towards the College’s wider corporate objectives. Degree qualified and with a relevant professional qualification you will be an experienced strategic manager of equivalent estates services within large and complex organisations and an inspirational leader, change agent and advocate of the highest quality customer services. A natural networker and influencer, you will have impeccable interpersonal skills and excellent commercial instincts. While experience of higher education is not essential you must be able to demonstrate a sound understanding of the College’s global and educational aspirations. To find out more about this exceptional opportunity please contact our retained consultants Alan Walter and Ray Williamson, Dixon Walter Ltd on 0131 202 1000, email alan@dixonwalter.co.uk or visit www.dixonwalter.co.uk/opportunities/rcabuildings Closing date for applications is Sunday 3 March 2019 with final interviews scheduled for week commencing 25 March 2019.
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