Capital Projects Director

Government Property Agency

Birmingham (HQ), Manchester, Leeds, Bristol – other locations considered

  • Location

    Birmingham (HQ), Manchester, Leeds, Bristol – other locations considered

  • Job type


  • Sector

    Central Government

  • Salary/Remuneration

    c. £133,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    23 August 2021

  • Client

    Government Property Agency

Ref: GSe74275

The Government Property Agency is changing the way the Civil Service works and is at the forefront of Government's transformation agenda; reshaping the relationship civil servants have with their place of work. The Agency is central to the delivery of key Government policies including moving 22,000 Civil Service roles out of London by 2030, contributing to the Net Zero agenda, and supporting Civil Service Reform by delivering working environments that support departments to adopt hybrid working.  To do this we are delivering a major change programmes across the United Kingdom and consolidating our portfolio to save £1.4 Bn over 10 years. This is no small task, and to help us to be successful we need exceptional people.

With a responsibility for delivering the Government’s Estates Strategy we increasingly manage the Government’s property assets including delivering major programmes to construct and refurbish buildings supporting smarter working practices to improve productivity and well-being.  Our vision is clear – to deliver a transformed, shared, sustainable and value for money estate. 

With extensive experience in leading complex and large-scale new build and refurbishment commercial office projects, you will be responsible for leading the strategic direction for the Capital Projects team of 150 integrated GPA and strategic partner design and project management staff, and managing programmes of both new build and remodelling projects from conception to occupation.

This will include responsibility for overseeing the development of compelling programme and project business cases and full P&L responsibility for the portfolio of all GPA capital projects. You will also oversee standard setting for engineering design and look & feel to deliver high quality, sustainable and inclusive workplaces, the evaluation, appointment and management of developers, construction and fit out contractors to meet time, cost and quality targets, and to achieve excellent post occupation evaluation feedback.

Following work to reset our organisational blueprint for the future, GPA is now looking for several senior posts to enable it to build its capability and capacity to deliver its ambitious programme.  As a key member of the senior team, we will look to you to apply your considerable knowledge and experience and personal abilities to a maturing operation, with few other precedents.

This is an unrivalled, but demanding, opportunity that will require you to be highly agile, capable of working with autonomy and comfortable delivering tangible outcomes in an environment that can be ambiguous. An ability to build productive relationships with a wide variety of senior stakeholders is a must.

These are exciting times for the organisation, and this opportunity provides a great chance to make a positive impact and contribution.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date has been extended
17:00 Monday 23 August 2021

Longlist Meeting
2 September 2021

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson
w/c 6 September 2021

Short listing
w/c 13 September 2021

w/c 20 & 27 September 2021

Final panel
w/c 4 October 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation no later than 17:00 on Monday 23rd August 2021.

  1. 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. Statement of Suitability (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 criteria in the person specification;
  3. A completed Diversity Monitoring Form. All monitoring data will be treated in the strictest confidence, will not be provided to the selection panel and will not affect your application in any way. The completion of the Diversity Monitoring Form is mandatory but it includes the option ‘prefer not to say’.

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

If you are unable to apply online, please contact in the first instance.

For more information or for an informal discussion, please contact Anna Scaife on 0113 416 6772, Julie Myers on 07595 779915 or Michael Dobson on 07891 142325.


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