Head of Polar Estates – Cambridge and Antarctica

Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
In the range of £45,271 to £49,207 per annum
13 Apr 2018
29 Apr 2018
BAS 38/18
Job Function
Operations, Project Manager
Job position
Head of
Contract Type
Full Time

Head of Polar Estates – Cambridge and Antarctica

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Head of Estates to provide leadership, strategic vision and management of the BAS Estates Team in order to support delivery of world-class science in some of the most inhospitable places on earth.

To be successful in this post, you will need to demonstrate your experience of large infrastructure projects and have proven leadership and management experience. You will need a proven track-record of managing budgets and processing budgetary information. 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 industrial project management experience to lead and manage a lively and enthusiastic team.


To provide the leadership, strategic vision and management of the BAS estates team in order to support delivery of world-class science in some of the most inhospitable places on earth. This is not a typical estates or facilities management function – it goes far beyond that. It ensures that BAS is able to conduct safety-critical operations at the limits of human and equipment performance. It is a key role in the organisation – people’s lives depend on the successful delivery of a safe, responsive and reliable service 24/7/365 in dispersed, isolated and exposed locations. The post holder will be expected to set the agenda, driving improvement and ensuring that all aspects of our facilities in Cambridge and the Antarctic are fit for purpose, now and into the future.

BAS is currently undertaking a series of high impact/high value modernisation projects. The Head of Estates will be a key stakeholder in helping to deliver the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Project. Working closely with the BAS Project Office, technical advisors, construction partners and key stakeholders you will be a key enabler in driving the best solutions and ensuring that project benefits are realised.


HNC/HND in a construction / engineering industry qualification or equivalent experience.


  • Lead the estates group as a united team in order to deliver BAS’ strategic objectives by providing the management and guidance necessary to support success and safeguard our reputation.
  • Be the driving force in delivering safe, environmentally sound and sustainable infrastructure, ensuring that BAS has an effective long-term view of estates.
  • Keep abreast of relevant regulatory and sector developments to ensure maximum use is made of appropriate technology to deliver coherent solutions to issues.
  • Ensure effective communication at all levels that allows positive engagement with all stakeholders.
  • Identify, scope and deliver the projects and benefits required to support operational output.
  • Fulfil all associated managerial functions, including:
    • Properly manage staff, supervising, guiding & advising as necessary in order to ensure their professional and personal effectiveness; run an effective appraisal system.
    • Prepare annual budgets, monitor and report as required. Ensure the department operates within allocated resource and capital limits.
    • Prepare, review and maintain up to date plans, procedures and policies that ensure:
      • cost effective operational delivery
      • compliance with relevant rules, regulations and best practice
      • emergency procedures, incident response and resources are fit for purpose
      • all required audits, inspections, reviews and follow up actions are carried out in a timely manner
  • Work with key stakeholders to ensure that BAS views and requirements are properly represented.
  • Work collaboratively with colleagues to formulate strategy and deliver the plan that enables the above. Be a champion for change and actively seek new ways to improve working practices.
  • Undertake other duties as directed by the Director of BAS, 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.
  • The post holder will be expected to spend short periods deployed south during the Antarctic season.

On-line application forms and further information are available on our website at www.bas.ac.uk/vacancies
These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

Please quote reference: BAS 38/18

Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 29th April 2018
Interviews are scheduled to be held on: TBC
Proposed start date: As soon as possible.

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 role.

From April 2018, the British Antarctic Survey, a component part of the Natural Environment Research Council, will be part of UK Research and Innovation. UK Research and Innovation will bring together the seven Research Councils, Innovate UK and a new organisation, Research England. The vision for the new organisation is to be the best research and innovation organisation in the world. More information can be found online at http://www.ukri.org. From April 2018, you will be employed by UK Research and Innovation.

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