Head of Property

I’m pleased to be partnering with Reading Blue Coat School to recruit a Head of Property. Reading Blue Coat School are a leading independent day school for students from ages 11 to 18. Founded in 1646, the school is steeped in history and situated in a beautiful 46 acre, Thames fronted site in the Berkshire village of Sonning, 4 miles from Reading. They are now seeking a Head of Property to plan and deliver capital projects at the school, from smaller in-house projects to large projects as well as overall responsibility for planned and reactive maintenance.

Role & Responsibilities of the Head of Property:

  • Work with the Bursar and Governors on the development and implementation of a Property Masterplan for the School over a rolling 10-year time period.
  • Manage and provide the strategic and technical lead on all aspects of the property portfolio.
  • Prepare business cases, feasibility, and option studies for material sized projects.
  • Tender, award and manage major project contracts to deliver the estates masterplan.
  • Manage and monitor procurement to ensure the best value for money.
  • Act as client representative, alongside the Bursar on major capital estates projects, delivering to time, budget and required standards.
  • Manage sub-contractors ensuring the Health & Safety and Safeguarding requirements are met, ensure new contractors are appropriately vetted.
  • Maintain cost controls and identify variations to specifications and quality on building projects.
  • Prepare and manage the Maintenance and Building Projects Budgets.
  • Ensure that all School buildings are safe and secure at all times and adhere to Health and Safety requirements.
  • The post holder is expected to be part of the rota of second line call out response.

Skills & Experience of the Head of Property: 

  • Project Management qualification desirable or equivalent relevant experience.
  • Proven experience managing capital projects from conception to completion.
  • Experience of managing a team and contractors/sub-contractors.
  • Ability to communicate at all levels, both written and verbal.
  • Ability to work under pressure, prioritise and meet tight deadlines.

Salary & Benefits:

  • £50K – £60K
  • Company car scheme
  • Pension – employee contribution of 5% of salary and employer contribution 8% of salary
  • Lunch and refreshments
  • Blue Coat Benefit Hub – discounts, rewards, and perks on thousands of brands
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • 28 days’ paid annual leave plus 8 public holidays, increasing to 30 days after two years.
  • Free membership of the School Sports Centre with access to fully equipped gym and swimming pool.

To Apply:

Please contact Alison Longdin on 07802 738567 or click Apply Now

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