Head of Estates

Royal Air Force Museum
£55,000 per annum
Closing date
10 Oct 2022
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Head of Estates




£55,000 per annum

The Royal Air Force Museum is a national museum, a Government non-departmental public body (NDPB) and a registered charity, with two sister sites at London and Midlands. Our purpose is to share the RAF story, past, present and future - using the stories of its people and our collections in order to engage, inform and inspire. Our vision is to inspire everyone with the RAF story – the people who shape it and its place in our lives.

The RAF Museum is looking for an experienced Head of Estates to join the team at an exciting time to support delivery of our Strategy 2030 including our recently launched £26M RAF Museum Midlands Development Programme in addition to major London projects which will enhance our visitor experience, improve our facilities and environmental impact, and help us inspire everyone with the RAF story.

The Head of Estates is a key role with the senior management group, leading the management and maintenance of the RAF Museum’s estate at both public sites, London and Midlands (as well as our storage facilities). You will ensure the care, welfare and development of buildings, land, plant and services to support the effective operations of the Museum and its commercial enterprises, both front and back of house. You will both lead and support delivery of major projects to budget, defined deadlines and to the highest quality standards. You will be a passionate advocate of environmental sustainability, leading on the delivery of the Museum’s Sustainability Commitment to operate as Carbon Net Zero by 2030 across all our activities.

You will be professionally qualified either as a Chartered Surveyor, Building Services Engineer or Facilities Manager, with significant relevant experience in building construction, maintenance, management, refurbishment, health and safety considerations and M&E building services, demonstrating consistently high standards of delivery.

Ideally, the role-holder will have experience in the heritage or cultural sector. The post will be based at our London site, but the post holder will be required to travel to our Midlands site on a regular basis.

To apply:

  • Please download the full job description on our website at: https://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/about-us/job-vacancies/head-of-estates-2/
  • Please provide your current CV with a supporting statement which provides specific examples which demonstrate how you meet the competencies in the person specification. Please note that the shortlisting process will give greater weighting to the essential technical competencies. Please send the completed documents to jobs@rafmuseum.org with ‘Head of Estates’ on the subject line. 
  • Closing date for applications: 10 October 2022
  • Interviews will take place week commencing 17 October 2022


The Royal Air Force has shaped our nation and our society. It has influenced how we live our lives today through its impact on world events, society and technology.

The Royal Air Force Museum was established as a legacy of the RAF’s fiftieth anniversary, opening our London (Hendon) site in 1972. From 1979, the Museum also managed the Cosford Aerospace Museum for the MOD, which had also been in operation since 1972. This was renamed the RAF Museum Cosford in 1998 when it formally became part of the Museum portfolio. The Museum also has two external stores, one in Stafford and another within RAF Cosford.

The Royal Air Force Museum is a National Museum, a Government non-departmental public body (NDPB) and a registered charity. Our collection is central to everything we are and do and comprises around 1.3m objects which we hold in trust for the people of the UK. Our RAF Centenary transformation in 2018 enabled the Museum to bring an additional 500 objects from our stores to share with our visitors – most of which had never been displayed before.

We are committed to using our collections to share the story of the Royal Air Force and its people. We are an educational charity and whether visitors are engaging with our displays, taking part in discussion and debate, studying our archive, holding a corporate event in our spaces, having fun at events and in our playground, or enjoying a rest in our café, there are opportunities for learning and inspiration in every pore of our Museum.

Our vision is to inspire everyone with the RAF story - the people who shape it and its place in our lives.

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