Head of Real Estate Policy and Compliance

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 £90,000 per annum, plus pension and benefits

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    20 September 2021

  • Client

    Department for Work and Pensions

Ref: GSe77324

The Department for Work & Pensions touches every citizen in the country at some time in their life. We are the UK Government’s largest public service provider, providing services and support to over 22 million people and managing Whitehall’s biggest annual budget, totalling over £176 billion. At the same time, we are delivering a once in a generation programme of welfare reform.

DWP Estates is accountable for the delivery of all aspects of real estate services and the work we do is critical in ensuring the vital work that the Department undertakes is enabled effectively. DWP’s commercial estate is the largest within Government and our diverse national property portfolio of circa 1000 buildings reflects this scale. We are accountable for the service delivery of key real estate services, facilities management and project management either directly or through third party supplier partners. Ultimately, the Department relies on us to provide safe and secure buildings that are fit for purpose and meet the needs of the business. The work you will be undertaking is therefore crucial in us meeting the needs of all those who use our services.

As a function, we have undergone major change recently, exiting a 20-year PFI contract and introducing a brand-new operating model to transform the way we deliver to the Department. The Head of Real Estate Policy and Compliance will be a critical member of the Estates Team as we adapt our operating model: changing Integrator supplier and moving a number of functions in-house, doubling the size of the function. Helping us step up the new model, you will also stay abreast of all applicable legislative and policy requirements, making sure we translate these into deliverable solutions for the DWP portfolio, instilling a culture of compliance and providing robust assurance.  

Responsible and accountable for all aspects of compliance and assurance for and on behalf of Estates, this role will drive operational excellence, policy and process management. It will promote and lead a strong Health and Safety culture across the Estates portfolio, as well as drive an innovative and effective approach to energy and sustainability. It will enforce regulations in all aspects and levels of business as well as provide guidance on compliance matters, preserving the Department’s integrity by making sure it stays on a lawful and ethical course.

To be successful in this role you will be an experienced property professional, with a track record of effective leadership in Health, Safety, Security and Environment in a large, complex, customer-facing operating context. Confident overseeing multi-disciplinary Estates strategy, plans and programmes of work, you will be capable of delivering through multi-disciplinary teams and directly employed and supply chain partners. Influential and inclusive, you will need to be confident building relationships internally and externally and at the most senior levels, whilst also being able to provide inspiring leadership to your team.

With such a broad brief, it is unlikely that you will be an expert in all areas of your portfolio – but you will need to demonstrate your ability to work effectively with your subject matter experts, challenging and testing their advice, and translating complex, technical concepts into compelling language that colleagues can understand.

This is a challenging role at the heart of a vibrant and ambitious Estates function. If this excites you, we would love to hear from you.


Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
23:55pm Monday 20 September 2021

Long listing
w/c 4 October 2021

Preliminary interviews
w/c 4 October and 11 October 2021

Short listing
w/c 18 October 2021

w/c 25 October and 1 November 2021

Final panel
w/c 8 November 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this post, you will need to submit the following documentation no later than 23:55pm on Monday 20 September 2021.

  • 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 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;
  • 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 ivy.rowe@gatenbysanderson.com in the first instance.

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