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Head of Campus Planning

University of Bristol
Salary from £66,570 to £71,390 plus excellent benefits
Closing date
3 Oct 2021

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Surveyor - Planning & Development
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Head of Campus Planning

The University of Bristol is seeking to appoint to the newly created senior role of Head of Campus Planning.

The University of Bristol is a thriving and international community dedicated to learning, discovery and enterprise. Situated in the heart of Bristol it is a major force in the life and economy of South West England and a world leader in research. 

We have ambitious plans to improve and develop our Estate. In June 2016, the University launched its new strategic plan for the period up to 2023 and this sets out ambitious plans for the development of many areas of University activity which are to be supported by significant (and fully funded) capital investment including the £100 million plus transformation of the heart of the campus, Tyndall Place, and a new £350 million city centre campus, the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus.

Reporting to the Director of Campus Development, the role will lead on forming Campus Division’s response to a wide range of competing space and asset needs/plans. As well as commissioning the critical data sets required for planning, the Head of Campus Planning must manage the immediate short-term needs for Faculties, Learning & Teaching and Professional Services, whilst also driving forward a shift to a longer-term vision through the development of a Campus Plan. The Campus Plan will be a 10-15 year road map to transform the University’s physical and built (including digital) environment team.  The Plan will set-out an achievable strategic capital development plan which outlines the physical and infrastructure needs for the Campus. As such, the role will lead a multi-professional team aimed at integrating space and asset planning, placemaking, capital planning, development and the needs of the Faculties/University.  Working directly to the Director of Campus Development, the post will play a pivotal role within Campus Division in the implementation of the integrated planning process (IPP), the cyclical business plan for the University, as well as responding to the opportunities and challenges facing University strategic planning.

Potential candidates will have a proven track record in a senior leadership role with responsibility for leading capital planning, estate masterplanning and space management across large-scale and complex estate and space portfolios. Experience and in-depth understating of capital project delivery and associated principles is essential.  The role will suit an individual with excellent interpersonal, communication and influencing skills, with huge enthusiasm for strategic planning, built environment placemaking and transformation planning in a University Campus setting.

This role offers the chance for an induvial to take up one of the leading client-side capital planning and space management roles in the South West region, in one of the UK’s leading cities.  The Candidate Brief can be viewed and downloaded at

To arrange a confidential discussion please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( or Nick Coppard ( of The Management Recruitment Group via email or on 0203 962 9900.

The closing date for applications is 3rd October 2021. Interviews will be held at the University of Bristol during w/c 18th October 2020.

The University is committed to creating and sustaining a fully inclusive culture.  We welcome applicants from all backgrounds and communities.

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