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Head of Operational Estates (Hard FM)

South East England
NHS Agenda for Change Band 8c
Closing date
1 Jun 2024

Job Details

Finegreen are currently supporting a large NHS Trust in the appointment of a senior Estates professional for a period of 6 to 12 months. This role will focus specifically on Hard FM Estates; therefore any candidate must be from a Hard Services background i.e. Engineering, Building Services qualified. The role will also have a focus on putting key contracts for these services in place for the Trust, therefore any candidate must be able to demonstrate knowledge in this area also.

Key responsibilities will include:
  • Responsible for the provision and management of strategic and day to day Operational Estates building and engineering maintenance services for multiple sites;
  • Comprehensively support the needs of patients, visitors, and staff ensuring the environment is presentable and the capacity for patients is not affected;
  • Provide professional leadership, management and support to the Estates Maintenance Managers, and Compliance, Contracts & Support Manager, as part of the senior leadership within EFCD;
  • Line Manager to Estates Maintenance Managers and operational staff;
  • Provide expert specialist and professional building and engineering expertise as the subject matter expert to estates staff, capital projects, senior managers, directors and external companies and negotiate as required with suppliers and contractors;
  • Deputise for Directors within the Estates team when required for all aspects related to Estates Operations or other nominated issues including attending meetings and compiling reports;
  • Manage and be accountable for the performance of the Operational Estates function including Planned Maintenance, Reactive Maintenance, Contract management and all aspects of Compliance; Deal with discrepancies, technical, financial, or poor performance as necessary in accordance with Trust policies;
The ideal candidate will have:
  • Demonstration of relevant engineering, construction and/ or engineering building services training;
  • Professional knowledge acquired through a Building Services; engineering degree or equivalent + specialist knowledge acquired through post graduate courses and experience to masters level equivalent;
  • Specialist training, such as that required to hold the position of ‘Authorised/Responsible Person’ and/or ‘Senior Operational Manager’, under the Department of Health’s Technical Memorandum (HTM) 00: Policies and principles of healthcare engineering;
  • Considerable previous experience at a senior level in the engineering and/or building construction industry including site supervision of contractors and in-house teams, working to complex programmes and delivery schedules;
  • Significant operational management experience in a healthcare or similar complex estate environment;
  • Understanding of best practice strategies and methodologies for effective asset management,
  • including PPM.
If you are interested in the role, please contact Donna Larder on 0161 241 9674 or send your to


Put simply, we help our clients to recruit the best possible people to lead, manage and direct their organisations. Since launching in 2005 we have become an award winning, market-leading consultancy focusing on both public and private sector Healthcare recruitment. 

Leadership skills have rarely been at such a premium - as organisations across both public and private sectors attempt to improve services and standards at a time of widespread change and unprecedented financial constraints.

Like other leading executive recruiters, Finegreen has developed a pool of talent built up over many years, along with established networks, to ensure that right-match candidates get to hear about relevant positions. Where Finegreen differs from many others, is in its willingness to spend quality time with clients - to gain an in-depth knowledge of roles being filled and their importance to an organisation.

Over the last 17 years in the Healthcare market, Finegreen has developed into a Virgin Fast Track top 100 company - and was voted Recruiter of the Year at the Health Investor Awards, Top small to medium sized business at the Best Business Awards, and featured in Recruiter’s Top 10 Public Sector Recruitment providers.


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0345 130 4006
M12 6JH
United Kingdom

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