Capital Works Manager

Job reference:
BAS 21/59
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
£39,748 - £50,790 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
Estates team
BAS Cambridge
Closing date:
11 April, 2021 11:59 pm

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, please note there may be delays to our recruitment timeline.


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Capital Works Manager to provide leadership and management of its Estates capital programme in Cambridge.

The BAS Cambridge site is a mixed use facility including but not limited to,

-Catered office accommodation for up to 500 staff.
-45 laboratories with varied disciplines.
-Large packing and logistics facility.
-10+ mixed discipline engineering workshops.

Examples of some of our ongoing projects to completed within 2021/2022 -

- £2million - Roof Replacement & Solar PV system installation.
- £2million - BAS Cambridge ‘Off Gas’ project – Removing natural gas heating from site.
- Polar Aquarium Overhaul - £800k
- Polar Sediment Core Laboratory Installation - £100,000
- Laboratory and critical systems chilled Water replacement - £300,000
- New Ice core Storage facility - £110,000

Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are vital to communicate fluently and persuasively to a range of staff and stakeholders. Flexibility is a must to respond to changes and encourage others to engage with change processes.

This is an exciting position for someone with relevant experience and enthusiasm.


Management, oversight and delivery of the Estates UK capital programme.


• Responsible for the delivery of Estates projects on site at BAS Cambridge in support of long term maintenance, sustainability, operations and science delivery strategies.
• Ensure a robust governance structure is in place and PRINCE2 methodology is applied throughout delivery of all projects
• Oversee the preparation and upkeep of required project documentation and records
• Ensure that project outputs and products are delivered on time and are of agreed quality
• Take part in planning sessions as a senior member of the Cambridge Estates team.
• Financial planning, management and reporting for all Estates capital works at the Cambridge site.
• Safe delivery of Cambridge site construction activities
• Line management of project managers/project support staff
• Production of reports and briefing notes
• Present to a broad range of senior stakeholders
• Implementation of BAS Health and Safety and Environmental Policy
• Play a key role in development of long term maintenance and sustainability strategies
• Liaise with NERC stakeholders to develop funding bids and business cases
• Oversee tender/procurement activities for capital works projects
• Workforce planning in support of future projects

Publication Date: 12th March 2021
Please quote reference: BAS 21/59
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 11th April 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: 22nd April 2021

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Computer / IT skills

  • Use office packages Word, Excel, Powerpoint - Essential
  • Use of Microsoft Project - Desirable [2]

Managerial ability

  • Experience of managing small teams - Essential
  • Track record of time/ work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision - Essential

Numerical ability

  • Able to interpret drawings and technical documents including calculation sheets, energy modelling and technical reports - Essential


  • Membership/Registration with relevant professional body - Desirable [1]
  • Relevant degree, HND/HNC or equivalent - Desirable [2]

Resource Management ability

  • Budget management experience - Essential
  • Evidenced experience in developing budget costing and building business cases. - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Proven track record managing project/programme delivery using the NEC suite of contracts. - Essential
  • Strong communication skills and ability to engage with diverse range of internal and external stakeholders - Essential
  • Experience in building services engineering, facilities management and/or construction - Essential
  • Working knowledge of CDM Regulations 2015 - Essential
  • Professional Project Manager qualification. - Essential
  • Accredited NEC Project Manager - Desirable [2]
  • Implementation of risk assessments and method statements in support of construction activity - Desirable [2]
  • Working knowledge of relevant statutory legislation, standards and guidelines such as COSHH, DSEAR, Pressure Systems, Refrigerant Controls, BREEAM, CIBSE Guides etc - Desirable [3]
  • Understanding/experience of BIM - Desirable [3]
  • Delivery of project using PRINCE2 methodology - Desirable [2]
  • Ability to present to a broad audience - Desirable [3]

In order to apply, please complete and upload all the application forms listed below. If you experience any issues in uploading your Application Form, please email us your complete application, making reference to the job reference and title.

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