Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC254779
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £60026 - £66695
Date Posted 09 September 2020
Grade RC-G
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 October 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £60,026 - £66,695
Grade: Band G
Contract Type: Open-Ended
Hours: Full Time
Closing Date: 25th October 2020
Interview Date: TBC



The Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) owns and operates a complex science Estate which is home to some of the UK’s large science facilities. In order to support this Estate we are looking for a Head of Capital Delivery to report into the Head of Capital Development. This role will lead and be accountable for the management and delivery of Major the construction works for STFC, currently excess of £250m. You will also be leading on commercial negotiations with suppliers’ and achieving associated approvals within government departments. 


As the Head of Capital Delivery, you will be expected to contribute and support the development and implementation of the Estates Services objectives and Strategy. You will be accountable for the establishment and maintenance of appropriate governance throughout each of the project lifecycles. You will also be responsible for implementing the organisational programme and/or project management framework and suitable Audit/Gateway review dates are planned, agreed and communicated to stakeholders.

We are looking for someone to lead and establish robust, transparent and consistent Project Management processes, using appropriate systems to support. Establish performance metrics for reporting. Establish a culture of continuous improvement. You will be required to create a clear resource strategy to manage the ‘peaks’ and ‘troughs’ of capital development and lead the fostering of a ‘one team’ approach and culture amongst the delivery team and wider Estates Services team.

Further duties include:

  • Provide leadership and direction to the extended delivery team
  • Provide line management and leadership to the Capital Development team, focusing upon developing a high quality delivery capability within the organisation.
  • Lead and be accountable for commercial negotiations and technical discussions with consultants and contractors ensuring value for money outcomes on £250M+ multiple schemes.
  • Ensure effective and systematic communication with senior stakeholders, delivering clear & concise management information e.g. Contractor performance KPI’s and progress reports.
  • Perform the senior supplier role on project delivery boards providing technical and cost assurance.
  • Accountable for the construction aspects of successful delivery of projects to time, cost and quality.
  • Lead the assembly of technical specifications and other relevant contract documentation. 
  • Lead the technical review and validation of design development.
  • Lead business improvement opportunities by the production of feasibility studies and option appraisals ensuring stakeholders are fully consulted on requirements and performance outcomes. 
  • Preparing appropriate business cases and Executive Board/Council papers to aid fact based decision making.

In addition to the direct role-based duties, you will also have corporate and department responsibilities. These include:

  • Align and prioritise Estates and Facilities Management strategy implementation with STFC’s corporate vision, values, strategy, and culture and business plan.
  • Demonstrate and model personal commitment to STFC’s vision, values and strategic objectives.
  • Maintain an active network, represent and champion STFC on external groups and chair or contribute to internal STFC Groups as required.
  • Work in close collaboration and maintain highly productive relationships with key staff including national Laboratory directors and stakeholders, acting as trusted expert advisor for job-related matters.
  • Champion and integrate equality and diversity principles. 


Organization Description

UK Research and Innovation is a new entity that brings together nine partners to create an independent organisation with a strong voice for research and innovation, and a vision to ensure the UK maintains its world-leading position in research and innovation. More information can be found at

The Science and Technology Facilities Council is a world-leading multi-disciplinary science organisation, and our goal is to deliver economic, societal, scientific and international benefits to the UK and its people – and more broadly to the world.

Shortlisting and Interview Criteria


  • An exceptional leader, with demonstrable experience of delivering ambitious programmes.
  • A proven track record of leading teams to deliver large value project and programmes through establishing appropriate project governance, planning, compliant procurements and auditable systems such as NEC3 contracts.
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully leading high value (£multi-M) complex construction project programmes to time, cost and quality.
  • Demonstrable experience of providing leadership on Health and Safety and sustainability principles.
  • Expert knowledge and experience of leading the design and development of £multi-million new build projects preferably on scientific facilities.
  • A detailed knowledge of the different forms of construction, the pros and cons associated with their use and how these perform in use.
  • Demonstrable experience of providing strong leadership and management to a team with the ability to coach and develop high performing teams. (Internal & external).
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering customer focused services, with the ability to build professional stakeholder relationships, influencing to achieve positive outcomes.
  • A very strong focus on prioritising the customer and excellent ability to gain their trust and support.
  • A change champion with effective change management experience.


  • Client-side leadership.
  • Experience of large-scale central government construction programmes within a fast-paced, high profile environment.
  • Understanding of the regulatory frameworks that exist for scientific establishments.

UKRI supports research in areas that include animal health, agriculture and food security, and bioscience for health which includes research on animals, genetic modification and stem cell research. Whilst you may not have direct involvement in this type of research, you should consider whether this conflicts with your personal values or beliefs.

To enable us to hire the very best people we will conduct a full and comprehensive pre-employment check as an essential part of the recruitment process on all individuals that are offered a position with UKRI. This will include a security check and an extreme organisations affiliation check.

Employee Benefits
UK Research and Innovation recognises and values employees as individuals and aims to provide a pay and reward package that motivates staff to the best of their ability. The reward and benefit package includes a flexible working scheme, an excellent Defined Benefit pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance and a number of other benefits.

Developing Talent
We are committed to developing employees in their roles throughout their career. Learning and development plans enable employees to continue their professional development through training and development opportunities such as e-learning, classroom training and on-the-job experiences. We encourage our employees to share their learning across teams and organisations.

Equal Opportunities
We strive to make decisions based on individual merit and ability. We welcome applications from all sections of the community and promote equality of opportunity in accordance with the Equality Act 2010. As holders of Disability Confident Employer status, we guarantee to interview all applicants with disabilities who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

As this job does not fulfil the Home Office Code of Practice criterion for obtaining sponsored migrant worker status we will be unable to apply for sponsorship for anyone not eligible to work in the UK. At interview, all shortlisted candidates are required to bring with them identification documents and original documents that prove they hold or can obtain the right to work in the UK. You can check your eligibility here:

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