Head of Building and Engineering, Downside Abbey, Somerset

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Head of Building and Engineering, Downside Abbey, Somerset

£50,000 per annum | South West | Date posted 02 Nov 2018

If you love working with a mixture of old and historic properties as well as contemporary, we can provide that challenge and would love to hear from you!

Our post is based within Downside Abbey and Downside School. The School is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18, and one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools. Downside Abbey is a Benedictine monastery and home to a community of monks. We are situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills, twelve miles south of the city of Bath.

This is an exceptional and rare opportunity to have a real impact on the direction and development of Building Services within the Monastery and the School, providing strategic and operational direction, leadership, innovation and a high level of customer service and best practice.

You will have strong commercial experience with a demonstrable track record of project and stakeholder management to a high standard as well as relevant professional qualifications.

Reporting to the Bursar, the Head of Building and Engineering will provide expertise in the stewardship of heritage estates and listed buildings, planning & development, as well as  maintenance, grounds and contract management (internal and external). The department consists of 14 staff including plumbers, electricians, labourers and a team administrator. 

Downside is currently in the process of an exciting period of change involving separating the two parts of the organisation (Abbey and School) into two independent Trusts. This will provide great opportunities to support the future development of both organisations going forward. Further information will be provided at interview.

It is essential that the successful candidate possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work successfully with a diverse range of stakeholders.

Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.

How to Apply

Please follow this application link https://cvminder.com/1811qikd to review the Job Description and apply. 

Do contact the HR email address, hr@downside.co.uk if you require further information. 

Closing date for applications: Friday 16 November at 5.00pm

Interviews will be held w/c 26 November 2018

Downside School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be DBS checked. We strive to be an equal opportunities employer. 

Registered Charity Number: 1158507


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Application deadline:
16 Nov 2018