Head of Maintenance
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About the Role
The Head of Maintenance will be a key member of the Estates senior leadership team, contributing to the development of the strategic direction and business plans of Estates as a whole, operationalising those plans within their own areas of responsibility. The role has at its core the need to ensure transparent value for money engineering and maintenance activities, providing strategic investment advice and working to ensure the University estate is optimally maintained.
Providing strategic and operational leadership, you will be responsible for developing, implementing and maintaining a first-class maintenance and engineering provision across the University’s entire estates portfolio. This role will lead on ensuring the effective and efficient deployment of maintenance and engineering resources to optimise the maintenance of the University portfolio, especially focusing on ensuring compliance with statutory legislation delivering safe and legal buildings.
A key requirement for the Head of Maintenance will be the ability to develop and implement a maintenance strategy and to lead on any change initiatives required to amend the operational delivery model. This will include the utilisation of the in-house teams as well as using contracted out services to ensure that the department delivers very best service levels to all stakeholders.
To be successful, you will have a strong commitment and capability to deliver cultural change as necessary and to set an example by consistently promoting and applying the University’s values and behaviours. Working in partnership with the Director of Estates, the Head of Campus Services, the Director of Derby Student Residences Limited and the Head of Estate Development, this role is required to take a wide Senior Leadership responsibility beyond the areas of direct operation: contributing to the development of the Estate strategy, contributing to the leadership and management of the Estates department and representing the University in external engagement where appropriate.
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