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Head of Operational Estates

Isle of Wight NHS Trust
£58,972 to £68,525 per annum/pro rata
Closing date
29 Sep 2023

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Other Health Profession
Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
We are recruiting for a Head of Operational Estateswho wishes to join #TeamIOWNHS. You should share our passion and drive to ensure that our patients receive quality and compassionate care and work with us to ensure the Trust continues its journey towards great people, great place.

The post holder has the day-to-day responsibility to lead the Trust's Estates infrastructure and Hard FM function to ensure high quality, safe and value for money services are provided.

The post holder will also deputise for the Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities (DDEF) in all aspects of Hard and Soft FM. The Head of Operational Estates (HOE) will take overall responsibility for the scheduling of planned preventative and corrective maintenance.

The HOE will ensure estate business continuity plans, emergency response and contingency arrangements are in place and periodically tested, ensuring the operational service compliments the Estates Strategy.

Interviews to be conducted 12th October 2023

Main duties of the job

The HOE will closely liaise with the Head of Capital Estates, the Head of Facilities and the site estate operational and facilities managers, to ensure all legal requirements are met, and all Responsible Persons and Authorised Persons are trained and appointed in accordance with HTM guidelines.

This role is responsible for the operational management of building, engineering and grounds / garden services for the trust and for management of the trust's estate, including staff management.

For an overview of the main duties of the role please see the 'Job Description and Main Responsibilities' section below. To understand the day-to-day responsibilities in more detail please read the full job description document attached.

We are passionate about providing excellent CARE, which is why our values are Compassion, Accountable, Respect and Everyone counts. Our mission is to make sure that our community is at the heart of everything we do and that we hold our values across all our services.

We are committed to endorsing inclusion, diversity and multiculturalism throughout out services and as such, our procedures and policies ensure that applicants are always treated fairly throughout the recruitment process.

Why not come and see for yourself the CARE we give to our patients and staff. Apply to be part of our team today.

About us

The Isle of Wight NHS Trust is the only integrated acute, community, mental health and ambulance health care provider in England.

Working for our Trust brings a variety of benefits, including an onsite day nursery, cycle-to-work scheme, discounts at local businesses and gyms, employee assistance programme that includes access to our home electronics scheme, physical and mental health and wellbeing support and more. We offer many flexible working opportunities, speak to us about how we might be able to accommodate a flexible working arrangement for you and if it works for the service, we will do our best to make it work for you.

The Isle of Wight is a unique and stunning gem located off the South Coast of England, a short ferry journey from Portsmouth and Southampton, with journey times taking from as little as 10 minutes. London can be reached in 90 minutes by rail from Southampton or Portsmouth. The island offers an amazing coastline with beautiful countryside, year-round events, festivals and award-winning attractions.

Our 2020-2025 strategy sets out to ensure that we continue to be a provider of excellent and compassionate care. As part of this strategy, we are proactively taking steps to ensure that we recruit and retain the highest quality of talent to provide CARE and we would welcome applications from under-represented groups to ensure our Trust is an inclusive and diverse employer.

Job description

Job responsibilities

The HOE will play a key role in the Estates and Facilities Division with responsibility for managing estate maintenance, statutory compliance, fire safety planned maintenance and supporting the management of energy, estates CAFM, backlog maintenance and minor works.

The post holder has managerial, professional, and technical responsibility for the asset stewardship of the estate on behalf of the Trust.

The HOE provides a single point of contact on day-to-day estate operations matters in these areas of responsibility.

The post holder will be responsible for the operational management of highly complex buildings and engineering services that are critical to patient care and the management of the Trusts estate.

The post holder will provide highly specialist and professional estates expertise to directors, clinicians, senior managers and other staff throughout the Trust.

At a corporate level the post holder will assist the Deputy Director of Estates and Facilities to contribute to the formulation and delivery of strategic and operational objectives whilst ensuring the provision of a comprehensive and efficient estates service working on behalf of patients, visitors and staff.

Post holder also has an overall responsibility for ensuring that building and engineering maintenance, including contract work, is carried out to appropriate standards and specifications and provides expert specialist and professional building and engineering expertise to other estates staff, directors, senior management of the organisation may advise external agencies whilst also undertakes Authorised Person responsibilities in relation to specified system / services.

The HOE will deputise for the DDEF as directed to provide support / cover for managing Medical Equipment and Management (MEMS), Property Management, Capital Planning & Project Delivery and all elements of Soft FM services (Catering, Cleanliness, Portering, Waste and Linen Services).

The HOE will be expected to embrace the changes in in the delivery of health care and to identify and implement innovative solutions that support the Trusts objectives.

The post holder is required to deputise for the Deputy Director of Estates when required with regard to all matters concerning the Estate and Facilities Services.

The post holder may be required to participate in a Senior Leadership Team on call service.

Person Specification



  • Professional knowledge acquired through degree or equivalent plus specialist knowledge acquired through post-graduate courses and preferably experience to masters equivalent level
  • Membership of an appropriate professional body (e.g. IMechE, CIBSE, IET, IHEEM)



  • Extensive experience of engineering / construction services / project management.
  • Substantial post qualification experience in Building Services and proven experience in Estates Health and Safety Services at a senior level.
  • Experience of managing a large workforce delivering maintenance services.
  • Experience of Fire Code and management of fire safety with Healthcare buildings.
  • Experience of management of large and small works projects using multidisciplinary teams including NHS and external consultants.
  • Experience of managing external contracts and specialist engineering service providers. Understanding of public sector corporate governance and assurance requirements.
  • Experience of budget management

Employer details

Employer name

Isle of Wight NHS Trust


St Mary' Hospital

Parkhurst Road



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