Head of Cambridge Site

Job reference:
BAS 21/93
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
Salary from £50,702 to £56,336 per annum.
We offer generous benefits
British Antarctic Survey
BAS Cambridge
Closing date:
25 July, 2021 11:59 pm


The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Head of Cambridge Estate to provide leadership, strategic vision and management of our Cambridge Estates Team.

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.

To be successful in this post, you will need to demonstrate your facilities management experience and how your skills will effectively be applied to our complex site in Cambridge.

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 FM / project management experience to lead and manage a lively and enthusiastic team.

Who we are

British Antarctic Survey (BAS) delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Our skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through our extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation www.ukri.org

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as keep the keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in one of the most unique places in the world, then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.


To provide leadership, strategic vision and management of the BAS Cambridge Estates team in order to support the delivery of world-class science.

The core responsibilities of the Cambridge Estates team are split into 3 teams,

- Laboratory Management (including remote facilities).
- Soft & Hard Facilities Management
- Projects and Capital investment.

Working with your management team, the post holder will be expected to drive continuous improvement and ensure all aspects of our Cambridge facilities are fit for purpose, now and into the future.

BAS is currently undertaking a series of strategic investments across its site in Cambridge. The Head of Cambridge Estates will be a key stakeholder in delivering these critical infrastructure projects.


FM / Construction / Engineering Professional qualification or equivalent experience


• Lead the Cambridge Estates Team in order to deliver BAS strategic and operational objectives.

• Responsible for delivering safe, environmentally sound and sustainable infrastructure at BAS Cambridge.

• Ensure the Cambridge Site is at the forefront of all relevant regulatory and sector developments.

• Maximise the safe use of appropriate emerging technologies to ensure our future challenges are met with coherent, innovative solutions.

• Fulfil all associated managerial functions

o Manage the personal and professional development of your team and ensure effort is aligned to estates/organisational strategic objectives
o Prepare annual budgets, monitoring and reporting as required .Ensure the Cambridge Estate operates within allocated resource and capital limits.
o Prepare, review and maintain procedures/policies that ensure:
 The safe operation of our Cambridge site.
 Cost effective operational delivery
 Compliance with all relevant regulations and best practice
 Emergency procedures, incident response and resources are fit for purpose.
 All required audits, inspections, reviews and actions are carried out in a timely manner.
o To collate and prepare business cases for capital investment in our Cambridge Site.
o Ensure capital projects are delivered on time within budget and are of an appropriate quality.
o Ensure the Condition Survey and Long Term Maintenance Plan are updated on an annual basis.

• Work collaboratively with colleagues and key stakeholders to formulate strategy and deliver effective operations.

• To be a key enabler in developing new ways of working at BAS Cambridge. To unite your team and be a champion for positive change, continually seeking new ways to improve working practices. Initial priority areas:

o Optimising our on-site sustainable energy production
o Introduce and champion the use of Maximo.
o Investigate and introduce new flexible ways of office working. Including open plan / shared desk options / desk booking systems.

Undertake other duties as directed by the Head of Estates and BAS Director consistent with the key roles & responsibilities of the post.

This Job Description sets out the principal responsibilities of the post; duties may vary from time to time without changing the general character of the role or the level of the responsibility entailed

Please quote reference: BAS 21/92
Publication date: 30/06/21
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 25th July 2021
Interviews are scheduled to be held: TBC

At BAS, our vision is to be a world-leading centre for polar science and operations. Making our vision a reality depends on the excellence and diversity of our staff. We are committed to creating a workplace where all our staff can flourish and succeed. BAS is a Disability Confident employer, we are proud to hold a bronze Athena Swan award and we are a member of enei, the Employers Network for Equality & Inclusion.

We appreciate the importance of achieving work-life balance and support this with a number of family and carer-friendly policies. Plus a flexible working policy for those who may wish to amend their working pattern or arrangement.

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

Communication skills - a) oral skills b) written skills

  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to communicate technical information to a wide range of individuals and groups both orally and in written form - Essential
  • Report writing experience - Essential
  • Power point presentation experience - Essential
  • Track record in presenting to a national and international audience - Desirable [3]

Computer / IT skills

  • High level use of office packages, Microsoft Project - Essential
  • Ability to use AutoCAD - Desirable [2]
  • Experienced user of IBM Maximo - Desirable [2]

Decision Making

  • Ability to make technical assessments and evaluate site information and data. - Essential
  • Ability to make decisions and provide options for solutions to tasks, combined with a clear understanding of when assistance/confirmation with decision-making should be sought - Essential
  • Should be enthusiastic about tackling a range of problems and determined to provide satisfactory solutions - Essential

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team. - Essential
  • Ability to build productive relationships and work with a wide range of people including operations staff, scientists, administrators and contractors - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Project / Program Management experience - Essential
  • Track record of time/ work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision. - Essential
  • Line management experience - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Basic numeracy, ability to manage budgets - Essential
  • Able to interpret drawings - Desirable [1]

Other Factors

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities - Essential
  • Can identify key issues that need to be addressed to achieve objectives and how to tackle them. - Essential
  • Demonstrate understanding of Health & safety issues - Desirable [1]


  • Appropriate professional qualification in an engineering / construction / FM discipline or equivalent experience - Essential
  • NEBOSH / IOSH certification - Desirable [3]
  • Prince 2 Practitioner - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Budget management experience - Essential
  • Contractor management experience - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Proven track record in Facilities Management - Essential
  • Proven track record Project / Program management - Essential
  • Knowledge of building systems - Desirable [1]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015 - Desirable [2]
  • Proven FM experience in a Laboratory/Research environment. - Desirable [2]

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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