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Operational Director of Estates & Facilities

NHS AfC: Band 9

Main area
Estates Management
NHS AfC: Band 9
Full time - 37.5 hours per week
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Across Morecambe Bay
Across Morecambe Bay
£91,004 - £104,927 Per Annum pro rata
Salary period
25/04/2021 23:59

''A great place to be cared for; a great place to work''

University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay has been nationally recognised as the UK’s most inclusive NHS organisation. As such we have a firm commitment to strengthening the diversity of our workforce, and therefore welcome and encourage applications from likeminded people who can support our ambition to become effortlessly inclusive. We are particularly keen to hear from protected groups – including BAME, LGBT+ and people with a disability.

Job overview

Are you up for a new challenge?

Are you looking for a new challenge in 2021 with an opportunity to really make UHMB a great place to work; a great place to be cared for?  If so, we have an exciting opportunity for

Operational Director of Estates & Facilities

Band 9

You will be a visible, inclusive and collaborative leader, ensuring delivery of the Trust’s vision to provide the highest possible standards of compassionate care; the very best patient and colleague experience; and to listen to and involve patients, employees and carers.

Reporting to the Chief Operating Officer, the Operational Director of Estates and Facilities will provide professional leadership and expert advice in all matters relating to the day to day management of the Estates and Facilities Care Group, ensuring delivery of all statutory and regulatory standards and ensure compliance with national standards and policies. 

Main duties of the job

You will provide leadership to and take responsibility for the performance management of all estate and facilities activities across the Trust ensuring that a robust risk management environment is in place and that corporate governance procedures are complied with.

You will be accountable for the establishment and delivery of the Trust’s Estate & Facilities Strategy and the creation and review of relevant policies.  These documents will include emphasis on the quality and safety of the estate and facilities now and into the future, the capturing and sharing of best practice and the delivery of support services that ensure the provision is of appropriate, safe, effective and efficient quality, achieved within the resources identified.

Working for our organisation

The Trust is embarking on a large scale programme of transformational change and the post holder will be expected to ensure that Estates and Facilities services are aligned to the clinical, workforce, quality, governance and finance strategies of the Trust, of Bay Health and Care Partners and broader across the ICS.

A significant estates development programme is the Trust’s partnership with Lancashire Teaching Hospitals in the New Hospitals Programme.  The is currently working through a programme of development for Lancaster and Preston drawing up the Case for Change and developing new clinical models and options for delivery to inform the Strategic outline Case through 21/22.

You will combine gravitas and intellect with extensive professional estates experience and will have a strong track record of delivery, able to manage multiple projects and drive change.


Detailed job description and main responsibilities

You will need to be politically astute, intellectually agile with excellent communication skills.  Creative, innovative and highly skilled at forging relationships with both internal and external stakeholders, you must demonstrate passion and empathy for the values of the Trust

This is an excellent opportunity for an individual with aspirations and ambition of attaining Executive Board leadership roles in the future.

Psychometric testing will form part of candidate assessment ahead of final interview

Person specification


Essential criteria
  • Demonstrably keen to put patient care at the heart of work to improve outcomes and service delivery
  • Motivated to deliver the highest possible standards and quality outcomes
  • Willing to “be the best you can be” continually looking for ways to improve and develop in order to reach full potential
  • Able to work effectively in collaboration with others – patients, colleagues and families to contribute to the delivery of high quality care
  • Build positive working relationships, respecting and valuing the contributions of others and acting in a compassionate, helpful and inclusive manner at all times


Essential criteria
  • Master’s degree (or equivalent postgraduate level ability and experience)
  • Appropriate Professional qualification/ registration or accreditation eg Chartered Building Institute or Chartered Engineering Institute
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development, including leadership development
  • Project management qualification or relevant experience


Essential criteria
  • Successful track record of working in a senior Estates and Facilities role within an environment of comparable scale and complexity
  • Extensive specialist knowledge and expertise across Estates and Facilities disciplines
  • Proven record of leading a complex, multi-faceted change and modernisation programme aimed at raising organisational performance in relation to Estates and Facilities
  • Experience of the strategic development, project management and implementation of new build projects
  • Experience of developing and implementing corporate strategies with a track record of success in delivering national and local targets
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Applicant requirements

The postholder will have access to vulnerable people in the course of their normal duties and as such this post is subject to the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 (Exceptions) Order 1975 (Amendment) (England and Wales) Order 2020 and as such it will be necessary for a submission for Disclosure to be made to the Disclosure and Barring Service to check for any previous criminal convictions.

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Further details / informal visits contact

Kate Maynard
Job title
Chief Operating Officer
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Additional information

For an informal discussion about the role, or to arrange an informal visit to sites, please contact Kate Maynard, Chief Operating Officer, on 01539 715347.