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Estates Manager

Social Security Scotland
Glasgow or Dundee
£39,312 - £47,065
Closing date
17 Jan 2022
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Estates Manager

Salary: £39,312 - £47,065

Closing date: 17 January 2022

Positions: 1

Locations: Glasgow or Dundee

Are you an experienced, forward thinking property professional? Are you looking for a new challenge influencing the strategic management of Social Security Scotland’s estate? Do you have strong collaboration skills with the ability to deliver results across business areas? If so, we need you to help shape the new Management Unit of Place Services. We are currently seeking applications for an Estates Manager within the Corporate Services department based in Dundee or Glasgow. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

The Place Services branch has the responsibility to lead the accommodation, travel and smarter working arrangements for the Agency. There are two operational teams one located at our headquarters in Dundee and other in Glasgow. A new business management unit is currently being developed to support these operational teams, and to provide leadership in the areas under the responsibility of the Service.

For awareness the working job title for this role will be Senior Place Manager if you are successful for the post. The title Estates Manager is being used for advertising purposes only.


You will report to and work closely with the Head of Place Services to ensure that business activities are aligned across the Service to support the Agency achieve its corporate objectives as outlined in the Corporate Plan.

This is a broad management role involving strategic planning, governance, finance and reporting in the areas of accommodation and travel management. Knowledge and experience of these activities are essential in fulfilling the role.

The role will involve significant collaboration linking the work of the Service with the wider corporate activity of the Agency.

  • Lead the development and management of the Place Committee, including fulfilling an ongoing secretariat role to ensure effective governance and decision making are in place related to accommodation, travel and smarter working.
  • Lead the development and implementation of a Place Management Plan, which will build on the Agency’s Place Strategy, the Plan will define the way in which accommodation, travel and smarter working arrangements will be shaped to support the Agency deliver its corporate objectives.
  • Lead the coordination and completion of a number of annual, monthly and emergent corporate tasks for the Service, covering areas such as risk, finance, communications, audit, and internal control.
  • Lead the coordination and documentation of policies and procedures for the Service to ensure that the Service operates effectively and efficiently; this will involve working closely with Place Service Leads in Dundee and Glasgow.
  • Lead the coordination and documentation of team, performance, and training plans to ensure alignment of Service objectives and activity; this will involve working closely with Place Service Leads in Dundee and Glasgow.
  • A member of the Place Service management team, with direct line management responsibility for approximately 2 B2 and 1 B1 positions.

Here are details of the Competencies required for this role and you will be tested against these competencies if you are invited to attend the interview/assessment.

  • Self-Awareness.
  • People Management.
  • Communications and Engagement.
  • Improving Performance.
  • Analysis and Use of Evidence.
  • Financial Management.


In your application form, we will ask you to provide specific examples of how you meet the Essential Criteria below. You will have 300 words for each to showcase your knowledge, skills and personal qualities. Your experience and answers here don’t need to be work related. They could be from any part of your life including education, sport, and hobbies or even from your personal or family life.

  1. Proven understanding of long-term estate planning, including governance, asset management, and environmental performance management.
  2. Excellent leadership skills with the ability to engage internal and external stakeholders to deliver consistent positive results.
  3. Excellent organisational skills with the ability to demonstrate initiative and prioritise a varying workload across a team to meet targets and deadlines.
  4. Excellent verbal and written communication skills with the ability to produce complex strategic material that is concise, well-structured and accurate; with both written and numerical content.

For jobs in Band B & C you must hold a minimum of 3 Highers or equivalent or relevant experience.

Other qualifications equivalent to these may also be acceptable, if you are in any doubt please contact to discuss.

Candidate Information Session

We are running an information session for candidates in order to provide further information on the recruitment process and the role itself. Please click on the link of your below to register for this session: []

Please note: If you fail to demonstrate how you meet the minimum qualifications as stated above, your application will be automatically sifted out.

In the event that further posts are required, a reserve list of successful candidates will be kept for up to nine months.

Social Security Scotland - Person Specification - Band B and C - External []

To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Mark Jummun who can be reached at

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