Director of Estates


20th March 2024

Closing Date

21st April 2024





Interviews Scheduled

22nd May 2024

Glasgow Caledonian – the largest and leading modern university in Scotland – is a vibrant, values-led organisation with campuses in the heart of Glasgow and London. Through our strong commitment to delivering high quality education and research we are responsive to the needs of the communities we serve.

With a wide range of professionally accredited courses and links with over 300 industry partners, we have the highest proportion of first-degree graduates in highly skilled occupations (83%) compared to other Scottish modern universities, and 91% of our students are in employment or further study within 15 months of graduating (HESA 2023). We are also Scotland’s leading provider of Graduate Apprenticeships where students combine degree study and work.

In 2023 we entered the top 40 universities in the UK in the Guardian University Guide, and were in the top 50 UK universities in the 2024 Times and Sunday TimesGood University Guide for the first time. We perform exceptionally at subject level too. We’re the leading University in the UK in key health areas including Radiography, Physiotherapy and Subjects allied to Medicine, according to the Times and Sunday Times, with Hospitality, Leisure, Recreation and Tourism ranked second in the UK (first in Scotland). The Guardian also ranked us in the top three in the UK, and first in Scotland, for Social Work, Animation and Game Design, and Nutrition and Food Science.

Our recently appointed Chancellor, Dr Anne-Marie Imafidon MBE, is one of the UK’s most influential women in Tech and a major advocate of diversifying talent in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).

The Director of Estates will provide strategic transformational leadership and effective management of the Facilities Management Department, and will manage and be accountable for the efficient and effective provision of comprehensive client centred services for estates planning, management and facility support activities.

Candidates interested in this role will educated to degree level and have significant leadership and management experience in leading an effective and well-motivated, multi-disciplinary and multi-task estates and facilities team. This experience need not be in Higher Education but the ability to demonstrate some familiarity and considerable empathy with the challenges of the University sector. In addition, a proven track record in strategic planning and management of significant financial and human resources is essential,  as is an exceptional  track record of delivering effective transformational change.

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How to apply

Applications should be made via email to and must include on separate documents:

  • a letter of application setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the person specification
  • a comprehensive curriculum vitae (CV)
  • details of three referees and notice period (referees will not be contacted without your permission)
  • a completed Personal Details Form (available above)

The closing date for application is Midnight, Sunday 21st April 2024

Formal interviews will take place on Wednesday, 22nd May 2024. Shortlisted candidates
will also be asked to make a presentation to members of the panel prior to the interview.

In making an application for this role we ask you also to view our Privacy Notice which outlines our compliance to General Data Protection Regulations and the use and storage of your data. Personal Data is held and processed on the lawful basis that such action is in the Legitimate Interest of the company in pursuing the purposes described and has been considered through the use of a Legitimate Interest Assessment utilising the Balance Test to not be outweighed by risks to the rights, freedoms and interests of the Data Subject.

Please note that our client is legally obliged to confirm that the appointee is eligible to work in the UK. As of 1 January 2021, government restrictions have changed. For further information visit the Home Office website at

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