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Estates Fabric Supervisor

  • Organisation:Natural History Museum
  • Location:London, England
  • Salary:Up to £37,000 per annum
  • Contract type:Permanent / Full-Time

We are a world-class visitor attraction and leading science research centre. We use the Museum’s unique collections and our unrivalled expertise to tackle the biggest challenges facing the world today. We care for more than 80 million objects spanning billions of years and welcome more than five million visitors annually and 16 million visits to our website.

Today the Museum is more relevant and influential than ever. By attracting people from a range of backgrounds to work for us, we can continue to look at the world with fresh eyes and find new ways of doing things.

The Museum has secured investment from the UK Government to build a new science and digitisation centre at Thames Valley Science Park, a science and technology hub on the University of Reading campus.  The purpose-built centre will house much of the Museum’s collection and will include laboratories, digitisation suites, collaborative research spaces, conservation labs and workspaces.

We employ 900 staff in a variety of roles, all united by our vision of a future where people and planet thrive. We need everyone to have the passion and drive to help us with our mission to create advocates for our planet and inspire millions to care about the natural world.

Diversity and inclusion matter to us.

Our vision is of a future where both people and the planet thrive. Diversity is one of our core values and we strive to build a workplace where everyone feels a sense of belonging. All new staff who join us learn about the importance of diversity and inclusion to the Museum and how to contribute to creating an inclusive environment.

We know we have more to do, but we are committed to ensuring that everyone who works at the Museum feels they can thrive and feel valued and respected.

About the role

The Fabric Supervisor will support the Estates Operations team and Senior Surveyor in capturing, recording and applying site knowledge on all aspects of the Museum’s building fabric, floor loadings and structural information. You will advise on all projects and works with regards to asbestos, fabric queries, structural/physical security, and locks.

You will be responsible for the management and auditing of related areas of Hard and Soft services FM contracts service delivery and reactive/chargeable/quotable works, ensuring a safe, well maintained, and compliant estate, ensuring the building fabric, from roofs to drains, is well maintained, weather-ready and watertight.

You will ensure quality, high standards and value for money through regular audits of reactive and planned contractor works and producing a monthly fabric update, advising progress on issues and making recommendations on fabric improvements always making sure sustainability, carbon impact and carbon reduction are central to decisions and ensuring contractors provide the relevant information.

The role will also support the Technical Compliance Manager in all aspects of Estates project delivery and wider NHM Capital projects, and the Soft Services Operations Manager in all areas relating to grounds, cleaning, logistics and pest management and prevention.

The role will be primarily based at the South Kensington site, however there will be an expectation that the post holder will attend the Natural History Museum at Tring at least once a fortnight.

About you.

You will ideally have a surveying qualification and asbestos qualification and training, e.g., P405. You will have H&S qualifications (IOSH or NEBOSH) and ACoP L8 Legionella awareness training, and bring experience of listed buildings and planning , as well as a knowledge and experience of the locks industry and security practice.

You will have considerable experience of managing the performance of construction contractors, checking risk assessments and method statements and monitoring performance on site and you will be able to deliver quality and demonstrate value for money.

Thriving at the Museum: the way we work

We are proud to work at the Museum and have identified the qualities we all need to embody to reach our shared ambition. This sits alongside the Museum’s values and forms the framework for the way we work.

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What we offer

  • 27.5 days holiday plus 8 bank holidays (full time equivalent)
  • Generous defined contribution Natural History Museum Pension Scheme (employer contribution 4 – 10%)
  • Season ticket, bicycle and rental loan
  • Life insurance
  • Free admission to our exhibitions and many other paid exhibitions at museums, galleries and institutions across London and the UK.
  • Staff discount at our Museum shops and cafes
  • We offer a wide variety of training initiatives and opportunities to build skills. Investing in staff development is important to us, and we are ambitious about helping staff to grow and fulfil their potential.
  • Affordable membership to the Civil Service Sports Council which offers a range of benefits including an extensive list of special offers and reduced entry fees at a selection of cinema chains, theme parks, theatres, retailers and supermarkets. It also provides entry to up to 300 English Heritage sites and other national treasures. For more details, visit
  • Membership to our Sports and Social Association (for a small fee), which includes access to our in-house gym and clubs such as football, softball, table tennis and tennis and classes in Middle Eastern dance, yoga and Tai Chi

How to apply

If that sounds like you, please apply online on the Natural History Museum’s careers portal, at

Closing date: 9am, Monday 10 October 2022

Interviews expected: w/c 17 October 2022

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