Head of Facilities & Building Services

Posted on 10 November 2021
  • Directorate BHCC: Economy Environment & Culture
  • Salary £49765 - £54566
  • Contract Permanent
  • Closing Date This vacancy has closed


Hove Town Hall

Job Summary

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    Brighton & Hove City Council

Job introduction

Have recent world events led you to consider making changes in order to achieve a better work/life balance? Join us in Brighton and Hove – a unique, energetic, diverse centre for culture in the South East and an exciting place to develop your career.

There are so many great reasons to work in Brighton & Hove: reduce your carbon footprint, reduce time spent commuting and get a genuine work / life balance. Our staff enjoy the benefits of flexible working, enabling them to fit work around caring for loved ones, nursery/school drop-off & collection times, personal matters and fitness/hobbies. Follow the link below to find out more information about the Council’s flexible working policy and core working hours.

Why work for us (brighton-hove.gov.uk)


About the role

A unique opportunity has arisen at Brighton & Hove City Council in the Property & Design department to lead and influence at a senior level.  Brighton and Hove City Council is a busy and diverse place to work and it is an exciting and significant time to be joining Property & Design.

We are looking for an exceptional and inspirational Head of Facilities & Building Services to join our Property & Design Senior Management Team. The Head of Facilities & Building Services will provide senior operational leadership to the council’s estates infrastructure and facilities services across the organisation through a successful Corporate Landlord model, playing a key and visible role within the council’s senior management team to ensure excellent service delivery and that council staff, buildings and residents are kept safe and secure.

This is a significant opportunity to play a key leadership role in an ambitious council and contribute to our Climate Change and Carbon Neutral Agenda alongside a committed and strong Property and Design leadership team. We are seeking an exceptional Facilities and Building services expert with proven experience of managing complexity, influencing and negotiating at a senior level. You will be a values-driven and politically astute leader committed to partnership working and passionate about the equality, diversity and inclusion agenda.

In light of COVID19, the way the council operates is changing. We will also be leading and supporting work to modernise the organisation's workplaces and respond to this unprecedented challenge. You will be a key member of staff in influencing the future ways of working for the organisation as we develop our future operating model.  

As the successful candidate you will be responsible for the effective delivery of all the facilities and building services operations and compliance including term maintenance, mechanical and electrical servicing and maintenance, reactive fabric repairs, operation of a 24/7 premises helpdesk, security and concierge, cleaning, waste disposal, public facing customer service and reception provision, post, courier and print/copy services. You will have experience of leading a diverse team at a senior level to drive service improvement and resolve conflicting strategic agendas, understanding the financial challenges facing local authorities and how to support them, managing service and project budgets in accordance with public sector standards and be able to shape strategy and policy to achieve better outcomes for residents and customers within a complex and politically sensitive environment. 

There's a lot to do, and we need someone who is passionate about making a difference, is comfortable working in a complex political environment, and has a proven track record of providing excellent service delivery and acting as a role model for staff, managers, partner agencies and stakeholders on excellent customer service, change and improvement.  You will have a Professional qualification from an appropriate professional body such as IWFM; IFMA; MRICS ; FCABE; CIBSE ; MCIOB ; ICE or similar.

If this is you then we would love to hear from you. 

To arrange an informal conversation about this role please contact Angela Dymott, Assistant Director, Property & Design: angela.dymott@brighton-hove.gov.uk

Interview dates: 10th / 11th January 2022

Interviews will be held on MS Teams

As part of your application, you will need to upload your CV and a supporting statement. Your supporting statement is the most important part of your application as it will be used in the shortlisting process to assess whether you meet the essential requirements for the role that are set out in the person specification and to decide whether you should be offered an interview. Before you start your application, please read our guidance here (CV guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk) and Supporting statement guidance (brighton-hove.gov.uk)) as this gives important advice which will increase your chance of success in the shortlisting process.


Additional information

Your starting salary will be pro rata if the above position is less than 37 hours or term-time only.

Work Permits: We may be able to obtain a Work Permit for this post but this is subject to meeting the requirements of the UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) Points-based Immigration System. Please see Gov.uk for more information on the Skilled Worker Visa.

Company information

Please note that this post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974, and is subject to a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) Check.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community but particularly encourage applicants from a BME or White Other background as well as those who identify as disabled, LGB, female or trans as these groups are currently under-represented in our Directorate workforce.


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