University of Oxford

University of Oxford

Director of Estates

United Kingdom

Closing in 4 days

Director of Estates

Estates Services

We aim to lead the world in research and education for the benefit of society both in the UK and globally. Oxford's researchers engage with academic, commercial and cultural partners across the world to stimulate high-quality research and enable innovation through a broad range of social, policy and economic impacts.

We believe our strengths lie both in empowering individuals and teams to address fundamental questions of global significance, while providing all our staff with a welcoming and inclusive workplace that enables everyone to develop and do their best work. Recognising that diversity is our strength, vital for innovation and creativity, we aspire to build a truly diverse community which values and respects every individual's unique contribution.

The Director of Estates is a senior officer and holds a pivotal position, providing strategic leadership and overseeing the efficiency, effectiveness, growth and success of our Estates Management services. Reporting to the Registrar, the successful candidate will work closely and in collaboration with the Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Planning and Resources) and the Chair of the Building and Estates Sub-Committee.

The Director will engage with a diverse range of stakeholders, both internal and external to the University and will lead the University's overall relationship management of the estates supply chain. The Director will be responsible for the development and implementation of the ambitious Estate Strategy in line with the broader institutional strategy including our transformational sustainability agenda.

We are seeking an exceptional leader with a proven track record of leading estates and facilities across a similar diverse and technically complex portfolio. A natural collaborator, you will possess the interpersonal, communication and stakeholder management skills to succeed in a world-leading higher education institution. This role will suit professionals who excel at delivering innovation, change and transformation in a sector leading environment.

Please see the Candidate Information Pack for details of the role and how to apply.

The closing date for applications is 23:59 UK time on Sunday 2 June 2024.

The Management Recruitment Group has been exclusively retained for this recruitment and will manage applications on the University's behalf. To schedule a confidential discussion, please contact our advisors Michael Hewlett or Ben Duffill at [email protected] or [email protected].

Contact Person : Michael Hewlett Vacancy ID : 172793 Contact Phone : Closing Date & Time : 02-Jun-2024 23:59 Contact Email : [email protected]

Job details


Director of Estates


University of Oxford


United Kingdom


May 08, 2024

Application deadline

June 02, 2024

Job type



Business and Economics

About the employer

The University of Oxford is the oldest university in the English-speaking world, and is actually so ancient that its founding date is unknown – though it is thought that teaching took place there as early as the 11th century. It’s located in and around the medieval city center of Oxford, dubbed “the dreaming city of spires” by the 19th century poet Matthew Arnold, and comprises 44 colleges and halls as well as the largest library system in the UK. 

There are 22,000 students at Oxford in total, around half of whom are undergraduates, while 40 per cent are international students. A quarter of the city of Oxford’s residents are students, giving the city the youngest population in the UK. 

The University of Oxford does not have a main campus, its buildings and facilities instead being scattered around the medieval city center. Its colleges each have a distinctive character and traditions often dating back centuries. Colleges are self-governing institutions to which students usually apply directly. There are four academic divisions within Oxford University: Humanities, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences; Medical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The university’s particular strength is the sciences, and it is ranked number one in the world for medicine.

Oxford is a youthful and cosmopolitan city with plenty to see and do. There are dozens of historic and iconic buildings, including the Bodleian Libraries, Ashmolean Museum, Sheldonian Theatre, the cathedral, and the colleges themselves.  Students can choose to spend their time studying or avail themselves of the many extracurricular activities available. There’s a strong musical life at Oxford, with clubs and societies spanning all genres, from jazz, through to classical and folk. Oxford is also ranked highly for sport, with its top rowers taking part every year in the world-famous boat race with the University of Cambridge on the River Thames. Drama lovers are also well catered for, with one of the largest and most vibrant university drama scenes in the country.

Oxford has an alumni network of over 250,000 individuals, including more than 120 Olympic medalists, 26 Nobel Prize winners, seven poets laureate, and over 30 modern world leaders (including Bill Clinton, Aung San Suu Kyi, Indira Ghandi and 26 UK Prime Ministers). 

It has a friendly rivalry with Cambridge for the title of best university in the UK and is regularly ranked as being one of the top three universities in the world. Notable Oxford thinkers and scientists include Tim Berners-Lee, Stephen Hawking and Richard Dawkins.

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