National - any Defra location in the UK. The post will require travel to other Defra sites
About the job
We are seeking an outstanding candidate to be Director of Group Property for the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs. This is a key senior leadership role managing a £200m property budget, supporting our levelling up and sustainability agendas across the UK and ensuring our transformed estate supports delivery of our wider strategic aims.
Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, you will be Defra’s principal property leader and advisor. You will be responsible for delivering Defra’s estate which is substantial, including two large facilities management contracts, a portfolio of circa 110 office properties, 85 depots, 24 laboratories and 82 other facilities, as well as operational and FM running of our Weybridge site. The successful candidate will be an inspiring and inclusive leader, with a strategic and collaborative approach and a track record of leading transformational property change.
Defra is the UK government department responsible for safeguarding our natural environment, supporting our world-leading food and farming industry, and sustaining a thriving rural economy. Our broad remit means we play a major role in people's day-to-day life, from the food we eat, and the air we breathe, to the water we drink.
Delivering a safe and fit for purpose estate every day.
Leading the Locations Programme, making decisions on options for the transformation of Defra's estate and completing property deals and fit out to deliver better buildings and operational sites.
Lead and empower circa 400 property and FM professionals and support functions deliver against strategic goals.
Negotiating and procuring the right deals and contracts to achieve Defra’s strategic objective and the Department’s location strategy.
Working with Defra’s arm’s length bodies ensuring that the transformed estate supports the delivery of Defra’s wider strategic aims.
Delivering high quality facilities management, guarding, mail and cleaning services across Defra’s estate, ensuring good value for money.
Proactively engaging with the core Department, arm’s length bodies and Government Property Agency to improve service satisfaction.
Leading and driving professionalism across the function and more widely in government.
Transformation to ‘workplaces’ through a new (more purposeful) property footprint strategy linked to the broader levelling up agenda, Project Horizon and smarter ways of working.
As a senior leader in Defra input to the wider department transformation programme.
ResponsibilitiesAs Director of Defra Group Property, your main responsibilities include:
Management of a £200 million property budget
Finalisation of the new Strategic Workplace and Property Plan and associated programme of works and change;
Oversight of the Defra group corporate estate and transformation to a ‘welcoming workplace’ approach;
Support the drive for more flexible (blended) ways of working; own the relationship with GPA and implement OGP functional standards and functional capability development; overseeing current major outsourcing contracts (Mitie) and planning for replacement by 2023;
Specific responsibility for Weybridge operational needs, critical works and support for the SCAH (science capability in animal health) programme.
For further information and full job description. Please download the Candidate Information Pack at the bottom of this page.
Advanced level professional membership of a relevant professional body eg CIOB, IWFM, RICS
or demonstrate suitable equivalent experience.
• Learning and development tailored to your role
• An environment with flexible working options
• A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
• A Civil Service pension
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Selection process details
To apply for this post, you will need to complete the online application process accessed via the Civil Service Jobs advertisement listed for these roles. This should be completed no later than 23:55 on Sunday 5th December 2021, and will involve uploading the two documents outlined below:
1. A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
2. A Statement of Suitability (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the criteria in the person specification.
Failure to submit both documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.
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