Head of Estates Services – Uppingham Careers

Head of Estates Services

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Job details

Contract hours: Full time
Basis: Permanent
Salary: £45,000 plus benefits
Location: Uppingham
Closing date: 6 March 2023, 11:59 pm


The Head of Estates Services is a new post and is part of Uppingham’s continued investment in the Estates team. The role offers an exciting opportunity to provide a first-class operational management service across a unique and substantially sized estate.

The estate covers 125 non-contiguous acres, almost one mile apart at its extremities and interspersed by town housing and retail properties.  It includes 59 acres of playing fields, 14 acres of gardens, and a built estate of 80 buildings with an insurance replacement value of £200 million, whose combined external footprint is 775,000 sq ft, and of which 23 are listed (Grades I – II).  Buildings include teaching blocks, assembly buildings, boarding houses, staff housing, administrative and technical accommodation, and sports facilities. The diverse makeup of the estate presents stimulating challenges and an unrivalled opportunity to further expand your professional expertise within the field of estate management.

As Head of Estates Services, you will support the Estates team by providing strategic and operational management which will include, Security, Porterage, Gardens Team, Grounds Team, Staff Housing, Furniture, Fittings and Vehicle Management. Working closely with the Estates Director, you will plan and deliver a world-class schooling environment and play a central role in modernising working practices, communicating with all stakeholders, delivering a high standard of customer service, and helping fellow managers improve the culture in the Estates Team.

To be considered for this role you will require contract management and line management experience. This will be supported by relevant qualifications in Business, Leadership & Management, Asset Management, and/or Facilities Management. Equally important will be your strong communication and analytical skills, with the ability to collect, scrutinise and interpret data to deliver practical solutions and recommendations within a busy environment. Lastly you will be a diplomatic problem solver who understands the requirements of stakeholders and colleagues.

In return, along with an attractive and vibrant working environment where you will be supported to realise your full potential, we can offer:

  • 50% contribution to premiums for School’s private health scheme
  • Death in service cover with a lump sum of three times annual salary
  • Free membership of dual-use Sports Centre (£25 annual admin fee)
  • Free staff lunches in term-time
  • School fee day place discount for children of staff
  • Retail and restaurant discounts
  • Cycle to work scheme
  • Free annual ‘flu jabs
  • Westfield health care package
  • Recognised as a “Disability Confident” employer
  • Recognised as a “Mindful” employer

The closing date for applications is 6th March

1st Stage interviews 15th March

2nd Stage interviews 22nd March

Uppingham School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and applicants must be willing to undergo child protection screening appropriate to the post, including checks with past employers and the Disclosure and Barring Service.

All positions at the School are exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, therefore ALL convictions, cautions, reprimands and final warnings (including those which would normally be considered ‘spent’ under the Act) MUST be declared, subject to the DBS filtering rules. All information given will be treated as confidential and each case will be taken on its merits. Failure to disclose this information may result in the withdrawal of an offer of employment or immediate termination of employment.

Uppingham School is an equal opportunities employer.

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