Head of Real Estate Major Projects

Department for Work and Pensions

Flexible - DWP Hub locations London, Leeds, Sheffield, Blackpool, Newcastle and Manchester

  • Location

    Flexible - DWP Hub locations London, Leeds, Sheffield, Blackpool, Newcastle and Manchester

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    Up to £100,000 - Standard pay rules apply for existing civil servants

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    04 September 2019

  • Client

    Department for Work and Pensions

Ref: GSe56689

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 Major Projects, you will play a central role in delivering the construction and refurbishment projects which will help shape our future organisation and the way it delivers services. Our rationalisation plans will see the development of more focused and/or larger Job Centres, and in collaboration with the Government Hubs Programme we are overhauling our back-of-house operations. You will provide key technical input to the development of future estate strategy and will work with our delivery partners and supply chain to oversee the delivery of all major (£5m+) construction and refurbishment projects. You will provide the essential programme leadership required to help senior stakeholders understand and stay informed of progress and risks, and you will utilise your commercial and contract management expertise to protect DWP’s interests and ensure the best value-for-money for the taxpayer.

The successful candidate will have a proven track record of leading large-scale construction and refurbishment programmes and projects end to end across a diverse, mixed-use estate portfolio. You will have strong leadership and management skills, with experience of developing, motivating and leading teams across a portfolio of projects, and will be able to demonstrate the high-level of communication and relationship management skills required to engage across a complex stakeholder landscape.

Closing Date for Applications Wednesday 4th September 2019 @ 23.59
Longlist Meeting w/c 9th September 2019
Preliminary Interviews with GatenbySandersonw/c 16th September 2019 or w/c 23rd September 2019
Shortlist Meetingw/c 30th September 2019
Psychometric Assessment & Fireside Chats (FSC)w/c 7th October 2019
Final Panel Intervieww/c 14th October 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this post please submit the following documents no later than 23:59 on Wednesday 4th September 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.
  • 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. This form will appear electronically once the two previous documents are submitted online. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence and will not affect your application in any way. 

If relevant, please also submit:

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

Failure to submit all documents will mean the panel only have limited information on which to assess your application against the criteria in the person specification.

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

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
Adam Davidson: 020 7426 3964

Michael Dobson: 0207 426 3968

Padraig O'Hara: 0113 205 6098