Organisation STFC
Organisation Detail Science and Technology Facilities Council
Reference Number IRC255078
Location Didcot See on Map
Salary £73583 - £81759
Date Posted 09 September 2020
Grade UKRI-Band H
Contract Type Open Ended
Hours Full Time
Closing Date 25 October 2020
Interview Date

Brief Description

Salary: £73,583 to £81,759 per annum (dependent on skills and experience)
Grade: H
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.

The Role

STFC are seeking to appoint a Head of Estates Capital Development. This role is key to achieving our strategic ambition of a first class Estate, and will be an influential role in the Estates leadership team, with specific responsibility for STFC’s complex and ambitious capital development plans. The post holder will develop a vision for the potential of the STFC Estate and have the opportunity to influence key choices and priorities. The post holder will be instrumental in designing and agreeing both long-term masterplans and a 10 year delivery plan including preparation of a compelling business case for investment. The post holder will align our ensure infrastructure to the Estate ambition, and demonstrate a strong commitment to a sustainable Estate and its environmental impacts.

This is an exciting opportunity to support the future of the UK’s physical science capability, overseeing a number of vital strategic projects.

Candidates will need to demonstrate substantial Estates, property and change management experience, with a track record of success. A range of first class skills is required including the ability to translate a vision into clear priorities and deliverables, excellent leadership and influencing skills, problem solving, communication and decision making abilities as well as firm knowledge of the built environment.  

Purpose and duties

Within this role, you are a senior leader across the STFC Estate, reporting to the Head of Estates and Facilities Management. You will lead on the further development and implementation of the Estates Strategy (currently at drafting stage) ensuring development is forward thinking with science delivery at its heart. You will be instrumental in shaping and delivering the Environmental Sustainability strategy where initiatives are Estates led. You will lead on the creation of STFC masterplans and development strategy, ensuring alignment with respective strategic business cases and also lead on relevant commercial strategies with to achieve associated approvals within government departments. You will manage the Capital delivery team, (current construction £250m +) ensuring high performance and efficient delivery, with clear governance and assurance.

Further Duties include:

  • Actively lead to ensure a ‘best in class’ approach to Environmental Sustainability across the development programme.
  • 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.
  • Establish a culture of continuous improvement.
  • Create a clear resource strategy to manage the ‘peaks’ and ‘troughs’ of capital development, nationally.     
  • Lead the fostering of a ‘one team’ approach and culture amongst the delivery team and wider Estates Services team.
  • Provide leadership to the Capital Development delivery team, focusing upon developing a high quality delivery capability within the organisation.
  • 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 and responsibilities you will also have further corporate and department responsibilities. These will 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 lead change, to enable implementation of Estates Services vision and transformation agenda. 
  • Continuously improve infrastructure standards, service and use of technology by regular benchmarking, implementation of best practice and proactive management of customer focused SLA’s and KPI’s.

Champion and integrate equality and diversity principles.  

On behalf of STFC lead and be accountable for strategic negotiations and relationship management with the project stakeholder community at senior levels including:

  • Key stakeholders inside STFC, including National Lab Operations Board and Executive Board
  • UKRI
  • CCS/UKSBS /Southern Construction Framework managers
  • Cabinet Office
  • BEIS commercial board
  • Campus Joint Ventures.


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.

Criteria will be assessed through shortlisting (S), at Interview (I) or both (S&I)


  • An exceptional leader, with demonstrable experience of delivering ambitious programmes (S&I)
  • A proven track record in a Senior Estate Development Leadership role (S&I)
  • Experience of delivering Estate Development strategies and programmes to support an organisations strategy (I)
  • Proven leadership and management skills, with the ability to lead and inspire team members and stakeholders, whilst effectively managing resources across a complex portfolio (S&I)
  • Demonstrable experience of successfully leading high value (£multi-M) complex construction project programmes to time, cost and quality (I)
  • Expert knowledge and experience of leading the design and development of £multi-million new build projects preferably on scientific facilities, including a detailed knowledge of the different forms of construction, the pros and cons associated with their use and how these perform in use (I)
  • Experience of working with central and local government and other statutory authorities to gain approvals such as Town Planning, Building Control, Home Office, HSE etc. (S&I)
  • Politically and commercially astute, operating at board level (I)
  • Degree qualification (or equivalent), together with Chartered status in a construction related professional discipline RICS/RIBA/CEng or IOB (S)
  • A very strong focus on prioritising the customer and excellent ability to gain their trust and support (I)
  • A change champion with effective change management experience (I)


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

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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