Senior Estates Manager (Strategy) - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £67,161 per annum
Closing date: 16 Jun 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17023
Role: Property
About the role

Senior Estates Manager (Strategy)

Fixed Term, 3 years

Full Time

Up to £67,161 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 16th June 2024

The Opportunity

The Essex Property team is responsible for managing the Essex County Council’s (ECC) £1.7bn estate, which covers approximately 350 buildings and around 1,500 sites ranging from residential care, waste, country parks, schools and corporate offices. ECC’s challenge is to deliver an efficient estate strategy to achieve best value, whilst supporting service delivery.

ECC is in a partnership with a delivery agent for all property and facilities related operational functions. The Property Team operates as the Corporate Landlord, providing a strategic, intelligent client function for ECC by developing corporate property policy, strategic advice and managing the transactional and property management services procured through the contract.

The Senior Estates Manager (Strategy), will take a lead role in delivering ECC’s Operational Estate Review. This will require the management of in-house staff and professional consultancy in order to identify, develop and deliver projects resulting in property efficiencies. This will require engagement with Service Managers across the council to establish their future requirements for property based on transforming their operational practices. Subsequently, to explore those opportunities both within the council and with the Essex One Public Estate network to deliver efficiencies in the broader public sector estate.

This opportunity comprises the following-


  • To line-manage a small team of estate managers who are engaged into development of the Operational Estate Review
  • To manage and commission property services in order to develop and deliver projects that generate efficiencies through income, reduced costs or greater utilisation of council property.
  • To establish, develop and maintain effective and collaborative communication, working relationships and arrangements with all internal and external stakeholders to optimise the use of ECC property assets.
  • To engage with ECC’s wider estate function to ensure alignment of strategic opportunities with the normal management of ECC’s estate and relevant policies.
  • To manage a caseload of Property projects, ensuring effective integration and coordination across the property strategy.
  • To commission works as appropriate from the supplier partner and to oversee, monitor and evaluate the outputs from these projects.
  • To provide accurate and timely reporting to members and senior officers on the identification and delivery of opportunities and projects
  • To lead to development of business cases to support requests to draw down funding to implement property projects together with preparing reports seeking formal governance decisions.
  • Provide expert, specialist advice and guidance to ECC as required

The Experience You Will Bring

  • Educated to RFQ Level 6 or equivalent

· Evidence of continuing professional development and a qualified member of an appropriate property and/or facilities professional body

· Experience of public sector strategic reviews and the implementation and commissioning of projects.

· Ability to intelligently instruct and analyse work from professional consultants

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Why Essex?

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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