Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services

School/department: Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services
Hours: Full time
Contract: Permanent 
Reference: DoEFC
Salary: Competitive salary level plus excellent benefits and relocation support
Placed on: 07 June 2019
Closing date: 
30 June 2019. Applications must be received by midnight of the closing date. 
Expected interview date:
Preliminary interviews w/c 08 and 15 July. Final interviews over 30 and 31 July 2019
Expected start date:

Job description

The University of Sussex is a leading higher education and research institution. The first of the new wave of UK universities founded in the 1960s, receiving its Royal Charter in 1961, Sussex is a successful, growing University with a top-30 place in the major UK higher education league tables.  The University has a beautiful and diverse estate located in Falmer, to the east of Brighton and Hove.  It is situated in the South Downs National Park and has amongst its buildings a core heritage estate designed by Sir Basil Spence.

The role of Director of Estates, Facilities and Commercial Services offers a challenging opportunity for a senior professional to lead a broad portfolio of services encompassing real estate development and management, facilities management and campus and commercial services.  This large and diverse remit gives the Director the opportunity to play a crucial role in the realisation of the University’s ambitious Sussex 2025 Strategy and the Chief Operating Officer’s vision for Sussex to benefit from the leading integrated professional services provision in the UK higher education sector.  It is therefore a highly exciting time for an ambitious individual to take up this role at the University.

We are seeking an individual with a proven track record of initiating and developing real estate and facilities management strategies to support an organisation's corporate/institutional strategies and priorities.  You will have worked within an organisation that has an estate portfolio of considerable scale and complexity and will have the experience and skills required to work successfully with a diverse range of external partners to realise strategies.

The role calls for an individual who demonstrates highly disciplined, proactive, collaborative, resourceful and delivery focused behaviours and who possesses the leadership and stakeholder management skills required to succeed within a large, complex organisation. 

The Candidate Brief can be viewed at

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

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all sections of the community.

How to apply

Applications should consist of a comprehensive CV (of not more than four pages) and a covering letter (of not more that two pages). Applications should be sent to Ben Duffill

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