Plumpton College
Plumpton Green, Lewes [East Sussex]
£43,019.00 - £51,369.00 Per Year, £43,019 - £51,369
30 Aug 2019 09:37
29 Sep 2019 23:59
Further Education
Job Level
Estates / Facilities / Operations
Contract Type
Full Time
Organisational Type
Land-based College


Plumpton College is a medium sized organisation with over 3000 students, a turnover of £18m and a rich and diverse business portfolio aligned to the needs of the land based and rural sector across the South East. The college has a clear strategic plan, excellent resources and a drive for continuous quality improvement.

Reporting directly to the Deputy Principal, the Estates Manager Health is responsible for the development and maintenance of the college facilities and its estate. This is a cross-college role with significant responsibilities which support the overall customer experience, the maintenance of exceptional safety standards and the continual development of the College’s reputation as an exemplar facility.

The successful candidate must have proven experience of buildings and facility management as well as a successful track record in delivering small scale building and refurbishment projects. Line management experience as well as the ability to drive efficiencies in resource utilisation is also essential. 

As well as a competitive salary, you can also look forward to a great range of benefits including 26 days holiday plus bank holidays (as well as upto 7 efficiency days at Christmas), membership of the Local Government Pension Scheme and free on-site parking.

Job role includes: 

  • To support the strategic growth and direction of the College through the delivery of a professional estate management service to all College users at all College sites.
  • Plan and support the delivery of all maintenance requests through timely and accurate reporting, communication with all stakeholders and a prioritised approach based upon business impact or effect.  
  • Implement and develop the Contractor Management Policy with support from the Safety Team.
  • Organise and collate Estates-related data on an inspection-ready basis to prove compliance with all statutory requirements within the Estate Management remit. The main elements of this, for example, would be fire safety, water-hygiene testing, fixed wire and portable appliance testing.
  • To act as line manager for the Estates team involved with the maintenance, cleaning and development of the College buildings and grounds.
  • To develop, implement and monitor safe systems of work undertaken by internal Estates staff and external contractors.
  • With support from the H&S Officer implement the College Health & Safety Policy through all Estates functions and create a culture of risk awareness and management within the Estates team.
  • Undertake the role of project manager for all Estate development projects funded both internally and through external grant support.
  • To manage the annual budget delegated for Estates activities achieving best value at all times in line with the college’s financial regulations.
  • Negotiate leases and renewal of the same on property not owned by the College with support from the SMT.
  • In consultation with the SMT manage the College housing stock through formal occupation licences and landlord’s works and inspections.
  • To liaise with department and division managers on Estates activities that affect their areas of responsibility.
  • To adhere to all College policies and procedures ensuring the same adherence within the Estates team. 

Essential criteria for the post:

  • Considerable experience of managing building maintenance activities.
  • Demonstrable experience of resource management including the monitoring and improvement of environmental performance within buildings.
  • Project management experience within building refurbishment and minor construction projects.
  • Considerable experience of managing facility compliance to meet statutory regulations.
  • A sound understanding of lease and building / tenant management arrangements.
  • Full UK driving licence.
  • Line management experience with a proven ability to lead and work as part of an integrated team within appropriate professional boundaries.
  • Experience of managing complex and varied workloads underpinned by excellent time management skills.
  • A proven ability in budgetary management, tendering, procurement and financial forecasting.
  • GCSE English & Maths at grade C minimum.
  • Experience of working with Windows based data systems and all MS Office products.
  • Be an excellent communicator with highly developed interpersonal skills
  • Possess a CDM regs qualification / or training
  • Excellent ICT skills to include the production of MI and reports at all levels.
  • Demonstrate evidence of raising standards.
  • Experience of online facilities management programmes.
  • Experience of risk assessment compilation and review.

 Working Hours

Basic working hours are from 08.30 to 17.00 Monday to Friday but some flexibility will be required to meet the needs of the business. This is an all year round post. There will be some evening and weekend working required to support faculty activities, and whole college recruitment and promotional events.


The candidate appointed to the post will automatically become a member of the Local Government Pension Scheme and pay contributions as determined by annual salary levels.  The pension scheme includes life assurance cover and the college will also pay a contribution towards your pension. There is also free car parking and a competitively priced dining room service.

Equality and Diversity

Plumpton College is committed to the promotion of equal opportunities and is dedicated to pursuing non-discriminatory policies and practices and eliminating unfair discrimination on any basis. This means that no job applicant will receive less favourable treatment than another on grounds of gender, marital status, age, racial origin, disability, sexual orientation or political or religious beliefs.

Criminal Record Check via the Disclosure Procedure

The Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 gives individuals the right not to disclose details of certain old offences when asked about their criminal record as they may be defined as ‘spent’. There are exemptions to this if the individual is offered a post which involves contact with children or regular work at an establishment exclusively or mainly for children.

The post you have applied for falls into this category and, therefore, requires a criminal background check.

If a job offer is made, you will be asked to apply for a DBS Disclosure Certificate. The Disclosure Certificate will contain details of current and “spent” convictions, cautions, reprimands or warnings held on the Police National Computer, excluding certain specified old and minor offences.

The DBS Disclosure will also indicate whether information is held on government faculty lists of those individuals who are barred from working with children or vulnerable adults (if applicable).

The post-holder cannot begin employment with the college until the DBS Disclosure Certificate is received and considered by the Principal.

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