Assistant Director-Development

Vacancy posted: Monday, 12 September 2016

Salary: 49,230 - 55,389
Location: St Andrews

Closing date: 10 October 2016
Job ref. no.: 920012


The University of St Andrews was founded in 1413 and currently occupies 146 academic, administrative and residential buildings throughout the town, In addition, the University also owns playing fields, agricultural land and a former industrial site at Guardbridge.

The estate is extremely varied. Whilst many of the buildings enjoy listed status and are integral to the unique qualities and characteristics of St Andrews and North-East Fife, many more have been added over the years as the University has grown. The portfolio ranges from nationally important historical buildings through to state of the art teaching and research facilities.

The University is investing heavily to further develop and expand its estate in support of its medium and long-term objectives.  It will therefore to continue to play a leading role in preserving and enhancing the built environment as it reinforces its position as a World renowned centre of learning, research and sustainable development.


Estates is a key support unit providing a range of functional activities that will help the University achieve its corporate objectives. It is an integrated centre of excellence responsible for implementing decisions related to the buildings, fabric and infrastructure of the University. It provides specialist advice to the University on strategic estates issues as well as its statutory obligations.


The University is embarking on an exciting period of change and growth and you will play an important role in planning and implementing new-build and refurbishment projects across a range of building types from 15th century listed buildings to 21st century cutting edge research laboratories.

A member of the senior management team within Estates representing the development function, you will provide leadership and direction for a team of project managers and other associated professionals in assuming responsibility for the implementation of the University’s capital development programme and to contribute to the strategic development of the estate. This will encompass, but not be limited to:

·Project Management – professional interface between the University and construction professions, contractors and industry organisations. To establish and lead multi-disciplinary teams for a variety of new-build and refurbishment projects from inception to completion.

·Strategic Asset Management – specialist advice to the University and the wider Estates team on all real estate and property matters, commercial and legal aspects as well as cost of ownership, disposal, acquisition.

·Space Management – specialist advice to the University and the wider Estates team on space utilisation, reconfiguration and new provision.

·Technical Data – “owner” of the Unit’s comprehensive bank of estates information with specific responsibility for curatorship and periodic update as well as ad-hoc changes as they arise. This also includes the Unit’s CAD capability.


The successful applicant will hold a construction related degree or equivalent and full membership of a relevant professional body, coupled with extensive experience with the field, including at substantial management and leadership experience within a similar environment. You will have a demonstrable track record in the delivery of large capital development programmes, and managing and controlling substantial budgets together with a detailed understanding of financial management systems. A strong working knowledge and understanding of construction and property related legislation and procurement procedures is essential. Furthermore, the successful applicant must possess extremely strong leadership, people management and communications skills, with the capability of building robust and effective working relationships across seniority levels both internally and externally at the University.


St Andrews are working in partnership with SearchHigher on the recruitment of this post. For further details and information on how to apply, please contact SearchHigher. All applications must be made via a full curriculum vitae and supporting statement prior to the closing date of Midnight on Monday 10th October. If you require any further information please feel free to contact Henry Timpson

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Contact Name Henry Timpson
Telephone 02476 523 848

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