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Estates Manager Job Description

Our Corporate Services Group (CSG) function is represented in every area of the organisation, with a wide range of specialisms that collectively enable our effective day-to-day operation, ensuring we can deliver our objectives and maintain compliance.

As part of our team, you’ll benefit from plenty of routes for development, access to specialist training and funding for professional qualifications, and a c.27% employer pension contribution. You’ll also have access to a wide range of employee networks, including the Women’s Inclusive Network, Race & Culture Network, Pride Network, Disability Network – and many more. We recognise that the best people for the job may have commitments outside of work, so we’re pleased to promote flexible working to support our colleagues in balancing work and home life.

Join Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) as our new Estates Manager at Defence Munitions (DM) Glen Douglas.

In this role, you’ll ensure that both DM Glen Douglas and DM Crombie sites have fit for purpose infrastructure and facilities management services. You’ll be the primary site interface with the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and their delivery partners, ensuring that the estate, facility management and specialist service they provide meet with agreed standards and serve to underpin the safe and legal status of both sites.

As part of our team, your role will include sustaining and developing the estate and creating supporting cases for works projects of all scales. You’ll also be the budget holder and lead for a small team of staff.

After appropriate training and on-the-job learning, you’ll also be expected to undertake rostered duty officer responsibilities, which see a dedicated 24/7 presence and on-call system maintained at the respective site. These commitments currently attract additional payments at enhanced hourly rates.

Please note, due to the nature of this position you will be required to be working on site. You will be primarily based at DM Glen Douglas, but also expected to travel weekly to the DM Crombie site. On successful completion of probation, you’ll be required to join the ‘on call’ rota which will require overnight stays on site.

We strongly recommend tailoring your CV in line with our CV guidance before applying, with specific sections to highlight Key Achievements, Relevant Experience, and Applied Skills & Knowledge.

Responsibilities of the Estates Manager

In this role, you will be entrusted with:

• Owning the day-to-day maintenance requests and issues, acting as an escalating point to less experienced team members
• Providing the link between project teams, specialist consultants and site staff
• Providing necessary representation at a variety of estate meetings including project updates and weekly infrastructure meetings
• Managing  a team of staff within the function, providing coaching and development opportunities where appropriate
• Understanding infrastructure statutory and regulatory compliance

What you will be assessed against

To be successful with your application you must demonstrate that you meet the following essential criteria:

• Demonstrable understanding of contract management
• Excellent ability to communicate with stakeholders across multiple levels both written and verbal
• Line management experience
• Experience or knowledge of the estates and facilities management environment
• Hold a Category B UK Driving License (manual)

In addition to the responsibilities above, the following technical competencies and behaviours will be assessed at interview:
• Property and Estates Expertise
• Informing decision making with data
• Communicating and influencing
• Leadership

What’s in it for you?

Our careers offer stability, training, progression – and much more! Discover more about what we offer in our Little Book of Big Benefits. Find out more about our pension schemes.

We’re exploring future ways of working with a flexible and a family-friendly approach in mind. This means that successful candidates may be offered the option of hybrid working, combining working at home with working at their contractual location. Further information relevant to hybrid working will be discussed with you prior to you taking up your post, to find a balance that suits your needs and those of the organisation. Please note that employees are responsible for meeting the cost of their travel to and from work when attending site.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and are dedicated to creating a great place to work that reflects the diversity of the society we serve. To help us do this, we particularly encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, disabled people and people from LGBT communities. By bringing together different ideas, experiences and perspectives, we can achieve our ambitions, together.

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Estates Manager


£39,500 – £42,500 per annum (plus benefits)

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Corporate Service Group

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James Ryan – DE&S Talent Acquisition Specialist

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