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Head of Property

  • Organisation:Science Museum Group
  • Location:Science Museum Group - Multiple Locations
  • Salary:up to £60,000 per annum
  • Contract type:Permanent / Full-Time

The Science Museum Group (SMG) is the largest and most complex museum estate in the country which also houses a scientific collection of international significance.

The Estate Operations team has responsibility for ensuring that the SMG Estate meets all legislative and operational requirements, is consistently well maintained, efficiently run and delivers an excellent customer experience to staff and visitors alike.  In addition to overseeing the maintenance of building assets both historic and new, there is also a significant role for the team in ensuring full integration with Masterplan and Capital projects across the portfolio and to sustain those new developments once project delivery is completed.

‘Resilience’ derived from the Estate is a strategic priority for SMG and this special period ahead will see significant investment made which builds on the standout developments already achieved and further conserves and expands on an incredible portfolio of building assets across six sites, each with their own unique challenges and opportunities.

About the role

As part of this objective and having introduced a Strategic Asset Management Plan to better manage its property going forward, the group is keen to develop the potential from some of its underutilised assets in the north and is expanding the Estate structure to ensure that we can deliver on these ambitions over the coming years. Whilst these are a small number of properties, their heritage value and future potential is substantial.

In the newly formed role of Head of Property, you will help SMG to realise this ambition, building on initial feasibility work to design and deliver robust future plans for each building asset under consideration.

These plans will need to overcome the challenges of this new area of business and respect the proximity of these assets to their public facing museums, as well as SMG’s reputation as a national science museum. You will also be accountable for wider property transactions across the estate and regular liaison with its partners, landlords, tenants and stakeholders across the portfolio.

This position can work from either our Science and Industry Museum, Manchester and National Railway Museum, York on a hybrid basis, however travel between our SMG sites will be required.

Interested, but not sure if you have a full picture? Our Director of Estate is holding an information session about this opportunity, at 12.30pm on Tuesday 4 October 2022 – Please join us to hear more about the position and to ask any questions that you may have, by clicking into the following link at the time of the event:

About you
You will need to be comfortable working at pace as you build strong business cases for change of use and apply your negotiation skills in securing the best value and outcomes for SMG.

You will possess the drive and entrepreneurial experience to drive placemaking across the northern sites (in particular), whilst working collaboratively with departments such as Masterplan and Enterprise (commercial) to support our existing activities.

With substantial experience in property/built environment, you have developed a strong sense of leadership, and understand how to inspire and manage a professional property function, delivering a breadth of relevant services.

You have good technical and regulatory understanding of property management, as well as sound commercial acumen and experience of negotiation on a range of contracts and values.

View the Vacancy Information Pack listed under ‘Attachments’ on the vacancy listing on our website for more details about the role and the application process, or click ‘Apply Online’ to submit an application.

What we offer

Joining us as an employee, you will have the opportunity to develop your career in a world-class museum group.  We know work/life balance and wellbeing is crucial to our colleagues, so we offer up to 27 days annual leave in addition to bank holidays; a support with personal and professional development; employee assistance programme; enhanced contributory pension; and enhanced support for things that happen in life such as parental and adoption leave, sickness and career breaks.

‘Open for All’ is one of the Science Museum Group’s five core values and sets out our important aspiration to be a place for everyone. As a national museum group, we have an ability to reach a wide and diverse population of audiences, colleagues and partners through our geography and scale.

We are working hard to understand our organisation better and to foster a culture that recognises and values different backgrounds, mindsets, skills, experience, knowledge and expertise. By having greater diversity, we believe that we will be a stronger and better organisation and ultimately will be able to inspire more futures. We therefore welcome applications from those who bring difference.

Application Closing Date: 11 October 2022

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