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Associate Director of Engineering and Maintenance

Do you want to make a real difference? Are you able to provide the strategic direction and leadership for all engineering, operational maintenance, design and repairs services to facilitate a world-leading university achieve its strategic aims in a changing and competitive global environment?

The University of Southampton’s mission is to change the world for the better. As a world-leading, research-intensive university, with a strong and high-quality educational offering, it is renowned for its innovation and enterprise. It is a founding member of the Russell Group – an organisation of 24 top UK universities committed to maintaining the highest research and teaching standards.

The University of Southampton is seeking to appoint an Associate Director (Engineering and Maintenance) to lead in an optimal, cost effective and sustainable manner, all engineering, operational maintenance, design and repairs services to all University owned and run buildings in the UK.

You will provide strategic and technical leadership in the built environment of the University’s assets and in particular to manage the delivery of engineering infrastructure services, energy procurement and carbon management with engineering design activities to optimal levels of cost and quality. In addition, you will form a liaison or “bridge” role in the context of major capital planning and implementation.

You will have proven stakeholder management experience of working with people form diverse backgrounds and levels of seniority along with a proven track record of leadership and management experience within large complex organisations. The successful applicant will have significant knowledge and experience of managing a large maintenance organisation using both in-house and out-sourced resources, with budget responsibility. An engineering degree would be advantageous but is not essential.

The higher education sector in the UK is facing unprecedented challenges and uncertainty at this time whilst also leading on efforts to combat the COVID-19 pandemic and we are proud of the role the University of Southampton is continuing to play at the forefront of these efforts. This opportunity plays a key part in enabling the University to continue to make a global impact through its research and teaching.

What we can offer you

We offer some fantastic benefits including 44 days leave per year including public holidays, options for flexible working, excellent family leave arrangements (including maternity, paternity, adoption, parental and carers leave), a wide variety of on and off-campus arts and culture facilities and access to a range of staff discounts and offers at local shops, restaurants and service providers.

The University of Southampton is committed to supporting and promoting equality and diversity to create an inclusive working environment. We believe this can be achieved through attracting, developing, and retaining a diverse range of staff from many different backgrounds who share our ambition to be a university recognised for delivering world-class research and creating a community that values independent thought.

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