Head of Real Estate Strategy and Portfolio Planning

Department for Work and Pensions

London, Leeds or Sheffield

  • Location

    London, Leeds or Sheffield

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £100,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    29 April 2019

  • Client

    Department for Work and Pensions

Ref: GSe52539

This is a fantastic opportunity to work in a Department that touches the lives of citizens the length and breadth of the UK. What we do matters. We serve 22 million customers a year; we keep children out of poverty; we help people without jobs to find work so that they can support themselves and their families; we ensure the most vulnerable in society are protected. DWP has an ambitious programme of welfare reform, and the way in which we need to deliver our services is changing from digital shifts to cutting edge behavioural science.

Our diverse national property portfolio reflects this scale, with around 810 properties covering over 1.3m square metres providing workplaces for 84,000 employees across our network, and following the successful exit from a PFI contract in 2018 the DWP Estates Directorate has established a new operating model, and is accountable for the delivery of all real estate services including facilities and project management either directly or through third party supplier partners.

As Head of Real Estate Strategy & Portfolio Planning, you will play a central part in building on established relationships across DWP to ensure alignment of estate strategy and business need, and you will lead a team that brings together estate data and market insight to develop well-informed estates strategies that maximise value for money opportunities and input into the department’s business planning cycle. You will work collaboratively with the Government Property Profession and with other departments, as part of a strategic, high performing real estate function, recognised across Government as a leader in its field.

You will be an experienced leader with a proven track record in understanding business strategy and developing real estate strategy which aligns with complex and diverse business needs. With strong financial acumen and an analytical approach, you will be comfortable operating at scale and at pace, and you will be able to demonstrate the communication and influencing skills required to operate with credibility with a range of senior stakeholders.

Closing Date12:00 Monday 29th April 2019
Longlist Meetingw/c 6th May
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySandersonw/c 13th May & w/c 20th May
Shortlist Meetingw/c 27th May
Assessments, Staff Engagement Exercise & Informal Discussionsw/c 3rd June & w/c 10th June
Final Interviewsw/c 17th June
How to Apply

To apply for this post please submit the following documents no later than 12.00, Monday 29th April 2019

  • A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.
  • 2. A supporting statement (no longer than two pages) explaining how you consider your personal skills, qualities and experience provide evidence of your suitability for the role, with particular reference to the essential criteria in the person specification.
  • A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way. This form will appear once the two previous documents are submitted.

If relevant, please also submit:

  • A completed Guaranteed Interview Scheme Form if applying under this scheme.

If you do not receive a notification of your application within 24 hours please contact julie.smith@gatenbysanderson.com.

Please note: the documents stated are mandatory.

If you would like a confidential discussion about the role please contact Michael Dobson (07891 142 325) or Adam Davidson (07595 779 915)

Associated documents
  1. GIS Scheme 2019.docx
Contact details
Matt Malone: 0113 205 6063