Head of Facilities and Building Services

Hove, East Sussex
£50,635 - £55,520
08 Jun 2022
06 Jul 2022
Job role
Head of Service
Contract Type
Full time

Job introduction

Have recent world events led you to consider making changes in order to achieve a better work/life balance? Join us in Brighton and Hove – a unique city by the sea with a diverse mix of people, culture and skills that makes it an exciting place to develop your career.

There are so many great reasons to work in Brighton & Hove: reduce your carbon footprint, reduce time spent commuting and get a genuine work / life balance. Our staff enjoy the benefits of flexible working including options for remote working and from safe office accommodation, enabling them to fit work around caring for loved ones, nursery/school drop-off & collection times, personal matters and fitness/hobbies. While there is flexibility in terms of hours of work and location, we would anticipate there is a need to be present in the office or at sites around the city 2 or 3 days a week in order to meet the service delivery needs of a busy operational department.

A unique opportunity has arisen at Brighton & Hove City Council in the Property & Design department to lead and influence at a senior level.

We are looking for an exceptional and inspirational Head of Facilities & Building Services to join our Property & Design Senior Management Team.

About the role

The Head of Facilities & Building Services will provide senior operational leadership to the council’s estates infrastructure and facilities services across the organisation through a successful Corporate Landlord model, ensuring excellent service delivery. Excellent people management skills are essential in order to lead and develop teams to be successful now and in the future. It is a key and visible role within the council’s senior management team that keeps council staff, buildings and residents safe and secure.

This is a significant opportunity to play a key leadership role in an ambitious council and contribute to our Climate Change and Carbon Neutral Agenda alongside a committed and strong Property and Design leadership team. We are seeking an exceptional Facilities and Building services expert with proven experience of managing complexity, influencing and negotiating at a senior level. You will be a values-driven and politically astute leader committed to partnership working and passionate about the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda. In light of COVID19, the way the council operates is changing. You will be leading and supporting work to help modernise the organisation's workplaces and respond to this unprecedented challenge. You will be a key member of staff in influencing the future ways of working for the organisation as we develop our future operating model.

As the Head of Service you will have extensive experience of how to get the best out of your teams in order to deliver effective facilities and building services operations and compliance including term maintenance, mechanical and electrical servicing and maintenance, reactive fabric repairs, operation of a 24/7 premises helpdesk, security and concierge, cleaning, waste disposal, public facing customer service and reception provision, post, courier and print/copy services. You will have experience of leading a diverse team at a senior level to drive strategic priorities, service improvement and resolve conflicting strategic agendas, understanding the financial challenges facing local authorities and how to support them, managing service and project budgets in accordance with public sector standards and be able to shape strategy and policy and come up with innovative solutions to achieve better outcomes for residents and customers within a complex and politically sensitive environment.

There's a lot to do, and we need someone who is passionate about making a difference, is comfortable working in a complex political environment, and has a proven track record of providing excellent service delivery and acting as a role model for staff, managers, partner agencies and stakeholders on good customer service and service improvement.

You will have a Professional qualification from an appropriate professional body such as IWFM, IFMA, MRICS, FCABE, CIBSE, MCIOB, ICE or similar.

If this is you, then we would love to hear from you.

To arrange an informal conversation about this role please contact Angela Dymott, Assistant Director, Property & Design at angela.dymott@brighton-hove.gov.uk

To apply please click the Apply Now link below.