Premises Programme Manager

Cambridgeshire County Council
£46,285 - 49,620 per year + 28 days A/L, flex working, pension
Closing date
22 Dec 2022

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About Us

Cambridgeshire is a great place to work and live with a diverse population, an urban centre in Cambridge, historic Isle of Ely, Huntingdon and St Ives as well as more rural landscapes.

Located 50 miles north of London is Cambridge, a world-famous, a university city with beautiful architecture and a population of only around 125,000, it's a highly desirable, compact location surrounded by beautiful countryside

We are proud to serve the diverse communities of Cambridgeshire and want our workforce to be reflective of this diversity, which we believe benefits our employees, the organisation, and our communities. Cambridgeshire County Council is a pioneer in energy efficiency and renewable energy generation investment. 


About the Role

You will be joining a multi-disciplined property team of approximately 40 which cover asset management, compliance, and facilities. The facilities team has c20 members, covering soft services, hard services, building surveying, project management and site facilities staff.  You will be based from New Shire Hall in Alconbury, a brand new and state of the art, purpose built facility for the organisation. The organisation operates a hybrid working arrangement so the postholder would have the option to work from home for part of the week. Occasional travel to other locations within Cambridgeshire will be required from time to time. 

The Premises Programme Manager will report into the Head of Facilities Management and will manage projects across around 200 commercial premises. Cambridgeshire County Council owns 33,000 acres of farmland and occupies around 1400 buildings across the county with a portfolio value of c£1.4Bn, which generates £16m of rental income each year. The portfolio is diverse and spread across the county, it consists of properties including : New Shire Hall, Libraries, Corporate offices, Respite Centres, Highways depots, playgroups and community centres.

You will be a focal point and lead for up to 50 minor to major projects at any one time, working through feasibilities, option appraisals and business cases, then seeing these through to completion. Projects will typically include alteration, changes of use, improvement works, office turnover, as well as opening and closing premises. The annual capital programme is valued at c£15m with most projects being sub c£3m, you will be responsible for the financial management of all premises projects including estimating, budgets, cost control and project procurement. The postholder will play a key role in supporting the organisation to deliver on its net zero and sustainability targets.

As the Premises Programme Manager, you will develop an in-house team of property project managers, whilst also utilising out-sourced building contractors and professional services including consultants, architects, engineers, surveyors and project managers. You will manage Project Plans, Cost Plans, Quality Plans through to Practical Completion, handover, certificates, warranties, O&Ms, “As built” Cad plans, retentions and lessons learned etc. You will also provide professional and technical advice regarding Property and Facilities Management matters such as; Health & Safety (CDM), strategic planning, contract management, procurement, building regulations, building compliance and accessibility legislation, space planning and move management.

About You

As the successful candidate you will be educated to at least HNC/HND level in a Programme/Project Management, Building Construction, Facilities Management, IOSH, or equivalent comparable professional qualification. Membership of a professional body such as RICS, CIOB, CIBSE, NEBOSH, IWFM is highly desirable.

You will act as a subject matter expert, providing advice and direction across all levels of the organisation. This is a role that will require you to be a competent communicator and able to develop customer relationships at both strategic and operational levels. Stakeholder management experience is key as you will be working closely with councillors, partners, the public, consultants, and contractors.

You will have experience from a similar construction project or programme management position, leading on projects with values up to £3m, managing budgets and reporting on progress throughout the project lifecycle. A thorough understanding of relevant legislation, industry best practice, compliance, building regulations and planning is essential. Local government experience is desirable, and a driving license is essential due to the travel required across the county.


We value our colleagues in Cambridgeshire County Council and have developed a number of benefits:

  • Salary £46,285 - £49,620
  • 28 days annual leave + Bank Holidays
  • Flexible working
  • Flexible Bank Holidays
  • A comprehensive wellbeing package
  • Our Cambs Rewards employee discounts
  • A comprehensive pension scheme - 8.5% employee contribution, 17.5% employer contribution
  • IDEAL staff equality, diversity and inclusion network
  • Camweb our staff intranet helping to keep you informed
  • An employee recognition scheme


Interviews are likely to be held between 19th-21st December.  Interviews may be held remotely, using Microsoft Teams, or in person at one of our offices in Cambourne or Alconbury Weald. If you are shortlisted, we will agree a suitable interview arrangement with you.

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