Head of Property

Somerset County Council


  • Location


  • Job type


  • Sector

    Local Government

  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    10 October 2019

  • Client

    Somerset County Council

Ref: GSe58232

We’ve got big plans for Somerset. It’s a beautiful and vibrant place and we’re ambitious about how it can grow. Our vision is focused on improving lives through innovative services that create a thriving and productive County, resilient and compassionate communities, successful partnerships, and support to those who need it most.

To underpin this vision we have taken, head on, the challenge of balancing our budgets whilst improving services. Councillors and officers have made some difficult choices as we know that we need to continue to improve and innovate whilst living within our financial means. Based on our reframed finances, we have realistic and exciting plans for designing and delivering our services.

To realise our ambition, we are looking for an exceptional property expert to help us to develop a new strategic and investment approach to our portfolio and to provide a platform for transformation of the current property services of the Council. You will oversee some large build projects, including a highly ambitious schools building and improvement programme, ensuring they are delivered on time and to budget.  In addition, you will champion our corporate landlord model and lead a comprehensive and innovative asset management service.

We require a driven, ambitious individual with broad property knowledge, including commercial property expertise ideally.  Experience of leading large projects/construction contracts is key, including a track record of working with a wide range of stakeholders, you will have the ability to build and sustain effective relationships at a senior level.  High levels of political nous and an understanding of local government will also be essential for this senior role. 

Somerset is a fantastic place to live and work - home to Exmoor National Park and a whole host of beautiful landscapes, towns and villages. We really believe this is a great opportunity in an exciting organisation and we’d be delighted to give the right candidate a warm Somerset welcome.

Closing date11th October 2019 at 10am
Longlist meeting15th October 2019
Preliminary interviews25th October 2019
Shortlist meeting6th Novemberr 2019
Final interviews25th November 2019
How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

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Contact details
Dawn Faulkner: 0121 644 5703

Rachel Cox: 0113 205 6068