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Programme Director, Facilities Management and Better Buildings

Cabinet Office
Glasgow or York
£61,710 - £66,614
Closing date
5 Dec 2022
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Programme Director, Facilities Management and Better Buildings

Closing date: 11:55pm on Monday 5 December 2022.

Ref: 249621

Salary: £61,710 - £66,614

Job grade: Grade 6

Location: Glasgow, York


About the job

Job summary

The Office of Government Property leads the Government-wide Property Function, setting the strategy and standards and leading on a number of Government and public sector-wide programmes. We also lead the Property Profession of 7,000+ professionals across Government, ensuring we have the right skills and rewarding career pathways.

The public estate is vast, with a diverse range of assets including offices, hospitals, prisons, courts, warehouses, railways, airways, homes, barracks, ports, job centres, test centres, schools and many more. There are over 300,000 recorded properties, worth over £500 billion. The estate plays an essential role in supporting excellent frontline public services, as well as productive and effective administration.

OGP’s Property Programmes team leads four Government and public sector-wide programmes: Facilities Management; Better Buildings; One Public Estate; and Disposals. These support the Government Property Function’s goals of delivering a smaller, better, greener estate; and transforming places and services.

The postholder will lead the FM and Better Buildings programmes. These are central to ensuring the estate is able to support excellent public services and effective administration by driving improvements in the condition and safety of the estate, and in the quality of Facilities Management across Government.


Job description

We are seeking an experienced FM leader to take up the role of Programme Director for the FM and Better Buildings programmes. The Programme Director sets the strategic direction for the programmes, operates effectively in a complex multi-stakeholder environment, and leads and nurtures a high-performing team. They draw on their deep sector expertise and knowledge of best practice to provide expert advice and develop new policies and standards.

This is an exciting time to lead the team. The first Government-wide Facilities Management Strategy has just been completed, which the Programme Director will lead on implementing, and the Better Buildings programme has recently been established with scope for the Programme Director to shape its direction.

The programmes are governed by a senior cross-Government FM Taskforce, established to provide senior leadership across Government to improve the quality of FM. The Programme Director shapes the Taskforce’s priorities as well as reporting on progress.

The Office of Government Property also jointly leads the FM Spend Control with the Government Commercial Function, providing assurance on the Government's c.£14 billion annual spend on FM. The Programme Director oversees the assurance of individual cases, engages with property teams across Government and drives the continuous development of the Control.

Facilities Management and Better Buildings are integrally linked to a number of related policy areas. As Programme Director, you will need to be a strategic thinker and effective in making connections and forging joint working across a wide range of areas, including sustainability, health and safety, professional development, commercial, digital and industry.


For further information about the role please contact:

Angela Harrowing, Deputy Director, Property Programmes




  • Learning and development tailored to your role
  • An environment with flexible working options
  • A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
  • A Civil Service Pension which provides an attractive pension, benefits for dependants and average employer contributions of 27%

Leave Allowances

25 days paid leave per annum rising to 30 days after five years’ service. In addition, full-time staff receive eight public holidays and the Queen’s Birthday privilege day as well as competitive maternity, paternity, parental and adoption leave. Existing Civil Servants will retain their current terms of annual leave and privilege day entitlement.



We recognise that many staff balance working lives with the demands of a family life. We offer support with childcare and holiday play schemes costs by providing childcare vouchers for staff who meet the eligibility criteria.


This position is advertised for both Glasgow and York. Cabinet Office is moving towards hybrid working arrangements, and would encourage the successful candidate to spend some days working from home and some working from the office.

Reasonable Adjustment

If a person with disabilities is put at a substantial disadvantage compared to a non-disabled person, we have a duty to make reasonable changes to our processes.

If you need a change to be made so that you can make your application, you should:

Contact Government Recruitment Service via as soon as possible before the closing date to discuss your needs.

Complete the “Assistance required” section in the “Additional requirements” page of your application form to tell us what changes or help you might need further on in the recruitment process. For instance, you may need wheelchair access at interview, or if you’re deaf, a Language Service Professional.

Feedback will only be provided if you attend an interview or assessment.


Contact point for applicants

Eliza Hilton,

Recruitment team:


Further information

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