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Estates Manager: Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service

Calcot, Reading, Berkshire
£62,621 - £68,302 per annum
Closing date
6 Dec 2023

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Job Sector
Public sector
Contract Type
Full Time
  • Salary: £62,621 - £68,302 per annum (Grade 9)
  • Location – Service Headquarters, Calcot, Reading
  • Excellent annual leave allowance of 30 days, flexible working hours, onsite gym, parking facilities and a Local Government
  • Pension Scheme are available

Ensuring our staff have the right facilities to stay safe, support their wellbeing and ensure we can deliver the very best services to our communities is essential.

The Estates Manager is required to ensure our buildings meet the needs of a modern and high-performing emergency service. This means ensuring our current buildings are managed effectively and that we continue successful delivery of our Estates Development Programme supporting the delivery of new build and refurbishment projects.

Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service (RBFRS) is a progressive and community-focused organisation that works as one team to deliver services to the people of Royal Berkshire. We have an engaged and dedicated team of some 700 diverse and talented individuals, an inclusive culture as well as a commitment to the training, development and wellbeing of our people.

Our estate consists of 17 buildings ranging from modern tri-service blue-light bases to aging fire stations and training facilities. We operate from these to ensure our staff can deliver response, prevention and fire safety services to the people of Royal Berkshire.

RBFRS is a high performing, diverse and inclusive employer and we require a high performing individual for the role of Estates Manager. The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate experience in delivering against strategies and a proven track record of realising tangible benefits and improvements.

The successful candidate will play a key role in delivering RBFRS’ ambitious 10 year Strategic Asset Investment Programme, will lead a highly motivated and talented team and make a real difference to the experiences of staff and the residents of Berkshire.

This role reports directly to the Head of Assets who is responsible for Estates, Fleet and Equipment.

The key focus of this role is:

Leading and managing the Royal Berkshire Fire & Rescue Service (RBFRS) Estates Function which includes Facilities Management and Property Capital Projects. This post is central to developing the estate to ensure fit for purpose workplaces for a modern and forward thinking Fire and Rescue Service.

Leading and overseeing the delivery of Capital Projects as described in the Fire Authority’s Strategic Asset Investment Framework (SAIF) and ensuring the maintenance, compliance, and development of the wider estate.
Identify, develop and create appropriate policy, procedures and processes with regards to the management of the RBFRS Estate.
Report to, and when required to do so, deputise for the Head of Assets in matters relating to the estate.

Work collaboratively across RBFRS and, where applicable, with external agencies and organisations with regards to the estates and facilities management.

Key role requirements (knowledge, skills and experience):

  • Formal degree qualification in an estates, construction, facilities related profession OR, attained HND Level qualification, or equivalent, with recent relevant experience in estates, construction, facilities related profession, OR actively working toward a formal higher level qualification.
  • Effective Management of significant budgets demonstrating actions to deliver improved value.
  • Experience of delivering property related projects/programmes successfully.
  • Management of contracts and the contract terms and conditions in the delivery of works, service and supply contracts.
  • Knowledge and understanding of navigating procurement processes to deliver excellent value, including the drafting of technical specifications and using frameworks and other strategies where appropriate.
  • Ability to manage effective working relationships with external contractors and internal departments to ensure excellent value and customer service.
  • Demonstrable project management and contract management skills.
  • Technical knowledge of the processes and procedures for the estates management life cycle, including how the Construction (Design and Management) Regulations are applied to estate management.
  • Experience of introducing innovative practices to improve outcomes across property processes and practises.
  • Experience of developing high-performing teams and individuals.

Application and selection process

The successful candidate will demonstrate and promote behaviours in line with the Job Profile/Person Specification and our Behaviour Competency Framework as attached.

The Behavioural Competency Framework allows us to easily identify the behaviours that drive successful performance and enables us to deliver an effective service. The behaviours detailed within the job profile will be assessed throughout the selection process.

The selection process will consist of two stages and is anticipated to take place at Service Headquarters in Calcot, Reading.

Stage One: Closing date – 09:00hrs 6 December 2023

  • Application via the recruitment portal to include providing a CV and Supporting Statement (which should not exceed 1000 words), detailing why you are the best person for the role and how you meet the person specification.
  • Shortlisting is expected 6-9 Dec 2023

Stage Two: W/c 11 December 2023

A presentation will be required demonstrating your understanding of:

What strategies do you employ to ensure properties and assets within an estate are well maintained to meet compliance standards and, when required, replaced?
This should be no more than 15mins. Additional time will be provided for questions and answers after the presentation.

Competency & Behavioural based interview

Appointment is conditional upon undertaking a Standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check.
Rechecks will be required in line with the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) and Recruitment of Ex-Offenders Statement.

For further details about the role or to simply discuss any adaptations or adjustments we can make to assist you in your application or with our recruitment process please contact Paul Brooks, Head of Assets at to arrange an informal discussion.

Please note we do not accept applications via Agencies or CV’s without an accompanying application form.

Closing date for applications is 09:00 hrs 6 December 2023

Anticipated start date: Early 2024 (flexible depending on candidate’s circumstances)

Please note that is your personal responsibility to check whether by applying / accepting this position it would result in any Annual Allowance implications. A breach in the Annual Allowance threshold could result in a Tax charge.

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