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Head of Capital Works

The Bank of England
£74,000 - £88,000 per annum
Closing date
26 Sep 2022
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Head of Capital Works

£74,000 - £88,000 per annum


The Bank of England is the UK's central bank. Our mission is to deliver monetary and financial stability for the British people.

The Bank of England is a diverse organisation. Each of its 4,000 plus people are committed to public service and dedicated to promoting the good of the people of the United Kingdom by maintaining monetary and financial stability.

The PPSD mission is to maintain, enhance and protect the Bank’s environment and to provide excellent services for Bank staff. In addition to maintaining and securing the Bank premises, PPSD has responsibility for delivering a multi-million pound property investment portfolio, health & safety, events, facilities (switchboard, help desk and reception), catering, cleaning, post and travel whilst ensuring value for money is achieved in all Bank wide procurements.

Job description

Our Head of Capital Works is an exciting opportunity within the Bank of England’s Property Division and reports directly to the Head of Property.

This unique role works across the wide and varied property portfolio of the Bank of England which includes the Grade I listed premises in central London (Threadneedle St), together with cash centres and regional sites across the UK. As a technical specialist in your field, you will bring your experience to oversee our premises and the building services required to support nearly 5,000 colleagues working within the Bank. You need to be a Building Surveyor with a strong understanding & knowledge of structures, building defects, safety, and maintenance to examine the condition of our buildings and to advise on the most effective ways to optimise them to meet our Carbon Commitment target.

Your focus will be to provide ownership of the obsolescence portfolio across all of our properties. As our Building Subject Matter Expert (SME) providing the technical oversight to the portfolio is a key requirement, from challenging the scope through to balancing the conflicting maintenance priorities across the estate. It is a great opportunity for someone with well- rounded leadership experience together with general surveying skills to combine these into one role. The role leads the team of in-house Project Management and Senior Engineers experts together with a large professional team working on the specifications and building requirements including the relationship with our Heritage England partner.

The role holder must have experience of leading others and managing a diverse and inclusive team as well as external contractors. Being able to inspire others by working collaboratively using your technical leadership to lead the project managers, external teams delivering the work required and working closely with the Head of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) during the lifecycle of the project to ensure a smooth transition to operation, delivery of benefits and commencement of lifetime maintenance.

A key responsibility is the leadership and direction required to articulate authoritative technical information and policy areas in discussions among management officials and external consultants, providing challenge and input from both a technical and commercial perspective. This role holds a critical position on the divisional Senior Management Team and represents the capital works agenda at Senior Committees supporting the Head of Property.

Responsibilities for the Head of Capital Works

Accountable for ensuring the Bank’s premises are fit for purpose and fit for the future.

A thorough and up to date understanding regarding surveying and management techniques with sound industry knowledge. Experience on high-value projects within a consultancy environment is strongly desirable.

Technical responsibility for the full Property Investment Portfolio, including guidance and adherence to industry best practice, and engagement of appropriate professional expertise as required.

Provide performance feedback to the Property Project managers and guidance on their development and training needs

Be responsible for quality assurance

Set realistic and measurable targets placing greater focus on defining performance outcomes aligning to the RIBA (Royal Institute of British Architects) plan of work. This includes measurable values on energy consumption, carbon, water, and waste as well as “softer” measures like user comfort and well-being.

Leverage technical expertise to provide leadership to internal and external project managers and consultants.

Own and ensure an inclusive design and delivery programme to meet the property strategy.

Provide expertise and authoritative advice across the whole engineering project lifecycle, from concept design through to commissioning and transition to operations.

Contribute technical expertise and guidance to inform the 20 Year Capital Investment Plan for Property dealing with asset obsolescence, engaging with the O&M Team and the Project Management practice to ensure assets are replaced in timely manner, to budget whilst delivering on agreed outcomes and benefits aligning with the property strategy and meeting carbon targets.

Provide requirements for definition and challenge scope across various phases of project accomplishment, both short and long-range, ensuring that plans are consistent with both customer requirements and service goals and objectives.

Be engaged with and advise during the tender process and supplier selection from a technical capacity

Undertake Supplier contract quality assurance

Participate in Supplier management

Manage relationships and set KPI’s with external Consultants and key Contractors.

Have an ambition (if not currently practiced in) to undertake Real estate management including tenants, sub-letting, service charges, rates, rent review, leases, Landlord relationships

Understand and be responsible for applying the controls to changes allowed for a Grade I listed building.

Role Requirements

Experience / Qualifications for the Head of Capital Works

Either a Building Services related discipline to degree level or BSc Building Surveyor, or equivalent mix of qualifications and experience - Essential

Proven people leadership skills with the ability to inspire, provide direction and support, promoting a “can do” positive attitude - Essential

Membership of the Royal Institute Chartered Surveyors (RICS). Essential

NEBOSH (National Examining Body in Occupational Safety and Health) qualified - Knowledge of safe working practices and Health and Safety legislation. - Essential

CDMC, Practical Project Management Training. - Essential

Proven experience of undertaking large scale refurbishment of occupied premises - Essential

Proven ability to identify and manage risk across multiple projects and premises. - Essential

Proven commercial experience in Procurement - Essential

Proven contract negotiation and management. - Essential

Strong prioritisation and decision-making skills - Essential

A commitment to work across boundaries, as a leader and as a part of the Divisional Senior Leadership Team

Excellent communication skills (in writing, via presentation and in person) to advise clearly on complex technical issues to non-technical people

Ability to identify, analyse, evaluate, and implement solutions to problems across disciplines in collaboration with relevant parties.

Proven successful project management experience including the delivery of company strategy

Understanding of energy and decarbonisation policies and low carbon solutions which may be applied in undertaking this role

The Bank values diversity and inclusion – we want to reflect the society we serve better, we want the best people to work for us and we want our workplace to be inclusive.  We value all forms of diversity, including but not limited to age, disability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, religion and sexual orientation.  One way we support diversity and inclusion is through our staff-run networks, which are summarised here.

Where a role can be carried out from home, we are working towards colleagues spending at least half of their time in the office, so that we can all benefit from working together in person, while maintaining the flexibility offered by home working. From 6 June 2022, we expect colleagues to spend a minimum of 40% of their working time in the office per month.  Subject to that minimum requirement, individuals and managers should work together to find what works best for them and their team.

We are also committed to making adjustments for candidates and employees where possible, and have partnered with external expert organisations to support us in this.  We are a member of the Disability Confident scheme, summarised here, and people who wish to apply under this scheme should check the box in the ‘Candidate Personal Information’ under the ‘Disability Confident Scheme’ section of the application.

We anonymise applications so hiring managers will not be able to see your personal information when reviewing your submission, including your CV. Please fully complete the application form questions as requested, as any incomplete submissions may not be reviewed.

The Bank of England is a distinctive institution and our rewards are one of the things that set us apart. As well as enjoying a competitive salary you will work in a collaborative, inclusive environment, with a subsidised restaurant, flexible working opportunities and plenty of wellbeing initiatives. 

This specific role offers a base salary between £74,000 - £88,000 per annum, depending on experience, along with our comprehensive benefits package as follows:

•    A non-contributory, career average pension giving you a guaranteed retirement benefit of 1/95th of your annual salary for every year worked. There is the option to increase your pension (to 1/50th) or decrease (to 1/120th) in exchange for salary through our flexible benefits programme each year.

•    A discretionary performance award based on a current award pool.

•    A 7% benefits allowance with the option to take as salary or purchase a wide range of flexible benefits.

•    25 days annual leave with option to buy up to 13 additional days through flexible benefits.

•    Private medical insurance and income protection.

The closing date for applications is 26th September 2022

Please apply online, ensuring that you answer the application questions, complete the work history and submit your CV.

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