I am currently recruiting for a Interim Director of Property for a local authority in the North of England. Really interesting twelve month contract. This role encapsulates all aspects of property and estates related responsibilities, including capital programmes.
I need a strong property leader, ideally with local government experience who can help provide strong leadership over the next twelve months.
My client is a large council in the North of England. It has a incredibly diverse and varied range of investment and operational properties which they look after.
The key responsibilities of the Interim Director of Property would be:
Provide management and professional advice to the Chief Executive/Head of Paid Service/Executive Team, on all matters of strategy and policy relating to Estates and Facilities and related services. Ensure that all relevant strategic plans, policies and statutory requirements are effectively developed and implemented.
Ensure the provision of timely and accurate advice and information on the development and review of policies and strategies related to Estates and Facilities and related services.
Determine the most effective utilisation and deployment of resources (Human, Physical and Financial) as part of the Estates and Facilities and related services wider responsibilities on a cross directorate basis in order to implement the Council's priorities and statutory responsibilities within allocated budgets in an imaginative and innovative way.
Ensure the provision of robust mechanisms for establishing and monitoring the standard and effectiveness of partnership related strategies, policies and practices.
Establish and maintain effective management and communication systems and processes within Estates and Facilities and related services in conjunction with senior colleagues, ensure that employees at all levels are fully aware of their respective roles, functions and responsibilities and changes to legislation or Council policies.
Provide leadership and direction to managers and staff within the Estates and Facilities and related services teams so as to promote performance management initiatives and systems. Promote the support and development of staff through appraisal, training and development programmes. Promote and maintain a positive relationship with all employees and their respective trade unions in the interests of developing a climate of harmonious and constructive employee relations.
Actively promote the role of the Council in relation to Estates and Facilities and related services activities and policies at local, regional and national level as appropriate.
The Interim Director of Property would have the following skills and experiences:
A successful track record of engaging effectively with others at a senior level and building productive partnerships with key stakeholders.
Extensive senior managerial expertise and extensive experience and demonstrable success in the generation and management of organisational and cultural change and of securing the support of others in the process.
A demonstrable track record of leading and managing multi-disciplinary teams and delivering outcomes that require collaborative approaches both within the organisation and with external partners.
Experience of successful strategic management and a proven track record of leading in the formulation and delivery of strategic objectives and policies within a large, multi-disciplined organisation and specifically within the field of Estates and Facilities, Health and Safety & Emergency Planning.
Recent experience and achievement at a senior management level within an organisation of comparable scope and complexity.
Thorough knowledge and understanding of relevant service legislation, best practice and contemporary issues.
Confident leader with a vision for services with high levels of energy, stamina and resilience.
A corporate orientation and a commitment to tackling issues in a non-departmental manner.
Personality, conduct and credibility that engages and commands the confidence of Council Members, senior managers, staff, the public, external partners and other stakeholders.
The offer with this role is a 12 month contract. Ideally they want to do this as a fixed term contract appointment, with a salary range of £92-103k. However, for an exceptional candidate they would consider daily rate (only if a suitably exceptional candidate was not able on a FTC basis).