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Associate Director of Capital Estates and PFI

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust
£90,000 to £96,000 a year Dependent upon experience & market conditions
Closing date
5 Aug 2024

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Contract Type
Full Time
We are looking for an exceptional person to join the senior leadership team of our highly performing Trust in a newly developed role. Working closely with Executive Directors you will be required to lead a team of both in-house professionals and external consultants to successfully manage the capital estates portfolio and act as the Trust representative across the Trust's 3 PFI sites including day to day management of the lifecycle investment plan and operational delivery in line with the contract. The post will also be required to lead on and prepare for PFI contract expiry.

This is an exciting opportunity for someone ambitious who is ready to progress in their career . The postholder will build and develop partnerships within their team, across clinical and non-clinical teams in the Trust, with the Trust's wholly owned subsidiary, PFI partners and external agencies.

The postholder will be a construction professional (RIBA, RICS, CIBSE, IET, IHEEM or similar) with experience of working at senior management level and an ability to demonstrate a thorough understanding of development and project delivery in the NHS or PFI market

Salary Range is�90,000-�96,000 dependent upon experience and market conditions as approved by Rem & Nom Committee

Main duties of the job

The postholder will contribute to the Estates and Facilities strategy, policies, development, management, and leadership whilst ensuring that the corporate objectives of the Trust are achieved.

You will be the accountable for the delivery of the Trusts capital estate programme from inception to completion, the development and maintenance of the 5 year Capital Estates Plan, and will act as the Trust representative for its 3 PFI projects.

Working with PFI partners including the day to day management of the lifecycle investment plan and operational delivery in line with the contract as well as leading on and preparing for PFI contract expiry ensuring that the hospitals are handed back in the required condition in accordance with contractual provisions.

You will be expected to build and develop partnerships with clinical and non-clinical colleagues, the Trusts wholly owned subsidiary company, PFI partners and external agencies to ensure all estates/capital planning strategies, initiatives and implications are considered as part of responding to, and shaping, the Trusts Clinical Service Strategy and the development of the longer term Trust strategy.

About us

If you are being interviewed you must accept an interview slot in the system to continue, even if you have arranged with the manager

You must be able to produce ALL certificates stated essential in the person specification or you will not be able to complete pre-employment checks

We provide hospital services from two acute sites - Darlington Memorial Hospital and University Hospital of North Durham. We have a centre for planned care in Bishop Auckland and provide care from community hospitals in Chester-le-Street, Shotley Bridge, Barnard Castle, Sedgefield and Weardale as well as over 80 other community based settings and providing care in patients' homes.

We particularly welcome applications from disabled and Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) candidates as BAME and disabled people are currently under-represented

From April 1 2024 we are unable to offer sponsorship for healthcare roles that do not meet the minimum salary �23,200, to apply you must have Right to Work in the United Kingdom. If you are in the UK on a VISA please ensure you have no restrictions that would prevent you from taking this post

Full Job Descriptions can be found in the adverts supporting documents

Job description

Job responsibilities

As Associate Director of Capital Estates and PFI you will be responsible for all capital and handback elements of the Trusts PFI premises portfolio, infrastructure and patient support functions, ensuring that they are managed effectively, safely and within budget.

You will be the Senior Responsible Person for all professional aspects of the Trusts Estate, Capital Design, Development and Project Management under your control. This will include full professional responsibility and accountability for design, safety, quality, technical suitability, and statutory compliance in accordance with all relevant government directives. This will include providing assurance to the Board on all aspects of statutory compliance in relation to the properties within your remit.

You will support the wholly owned subsidiary, Synchronicity Care Limited (SCL), with the development of the Trusts Estates Strategy including the evolution of robust site enhancement plans making the most effective use of space across the Trust.

You will carry out the duties as the nominated Trust Representative for the PFI Contracts. This will have a core focus on the delivery of quality Hard FM services.

You will provide specialist and professional advice to the Board and Executive Team is relation to assurance and governance resulting from activities associated with the Trusts premises, infrastructure, PFI contracts and Capital planning.

Person Specification

Special Skills and Knowledge


  • In depth knowledge of NHS Estates and Facilities related standards, HTMs, statutory compliance requirements and Health and Safety legislation.
  • Knowledge of PFI Management field.
  • Significant experience in a senior management role at Director or Deputy Director level in a large complex organisation with a demonstrable track record of success.
  • An in-depth understanding of the commissioning process and how this relates to working within a Trust and with other partners.
  • Have direct experience, normally acquired over several years post qualification, and understanding of a wide range of NHS Facilities and Estates Services, their place in the organisation, use and commissioning.
  • Experience of project management, board level reporting, business planning, quality assurance, compliance and NHS statutory reporting requirements.
  • Proven skills in researching and drafting strategy and policy documents, including Trust Board papers and returns to regulators.


  • Experience of working at Senior Management level within the NHS or PFI market



  • Masters degree level or equivalent qualifications/experience
  • Additional specialist experience in an Estates Capital Projects field.
  • Leadership qualification or demonstrable experience
  • Evidence of continuing professional development


  • Degree in business administration
  • Proven ability to work at Senior Management level
  • Post-graduate qualifications.
  • Experience in PFI Management field

Statutory Registration


  • Membership of appropriate professional body e.g. Chartered with an appropriate Institute e.g., Chartered Institute of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), Institute of Engineers and Technicians (IET), Healthcare Engineering and Estate Management (IHEEM), RICS and/or RIBA



  • To have significant experience and understanding of the design, construction, and procurement process.
  • Experience of managing large, multidisciplinary staff groups
  • Experience of contract procurement and management
  • Significant budget management experience (capital, revenue pay and non-pay) and a track record of delivering financial targets
  • Significant experience of delivering NHS Estates and Facilities services which provide value for money and perform well when related to peer benchmarking
  • Experience of capital contract management and successful delivery of complex projects from concept to delivery.
  • Excellent leadership skills with the ability to set out a clear direction and inspire staff to deliver quality services
  • Effective communicator at all levels within the Trust from Board level to front line staff as well as patients, customers and external stakeholders
  • Ability to think strategically and manage operationally
  • Excellent report writing skills with the ability to analyse and interpret complex information and be able to present succinctly and clearly


  • Experience of delivering complex projects through third party organisations as the 'informed client'

Special Requirements


  • High level of computer literacy
  • Demonstrate effective change management skills
  • Strong commercial acumen
  • Sets high standards for self and team and support staff to reach these standards, applying measures to track and quantify achievement
  • Challenges conflict where this is impacting on service delivery or standards and helps to broker agreements
  • Uses information from benchmarking and other networks to stimulate ideas, innovate services and improve the patient experience.
  • Able to use influencing strategies to bring about sustainable change, including user involvement
  • Strategic vision and possess adept communication skills to convey strategic concepts and plans to all levels of staff, as well as internal and external stakeholders
  • Enjoys challenge. Demonstrates resilience in managing highly complex and sensitive matters and competing priorities to demanding and strict deadlines
  • Able to maintain sustained focus and intense concentration requiring in-depth mental attention
  • Flexible and pragmatic approach to problems and working practices.
  • Able to travel independently across all Trust sites, regionally and nationally to fulfil the duties of post


  • Self-starter, capable of working on own initiative and to a personal agenda.

Employer details

Employer name

County Durham & Darlington NHS Foundation Trust


University Hospital Of North Durham

North Road



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