Post Vacancy: FACILITIES MANAGER
Location: The HEART Education Trust (Norwich)
Salary: £34,611 to £40,513
Job Type: Permanent; full-time
Start Date: September 2021
This is an exciting opportunity for an FM professional ready for a challenge. Our facilitates management service that had previously been outsourced came back in house abruptly in January 2021, leaving little time to appropriately plan and manage this huge change. It also brought with it a host of legacy issues that had not been resolved by the external contractor. We now need someone who not only has the skills and expertise in facilities management to do this role well, but who also has the passion and attitude to tackle those legacy issues that are preventing the department from becoming great. We want someone who is energetic, enthusiastic and well organised: who will see this challenge as the opportunity to make their mark and shape the department into something they are proud of.
Communication between the Facilities department and the Academy Headteachers has been historically poor, and we need someone to come in and provide the bridge between facilities and senior management, so that our schools are supported in providing the best outcomes for our pupils. You’ll need to find the problems schools are facing, and solve those problems. You’ll need to look at the operations of your team, and identify how you can improve efficiency to make the most of everyone’s time and continue to provide a high quality service when everyone is already at capacity. In short, you’ll need to come in and turn the department around – and you will have the freedom and full support on the Executive Board to do this.
As we are a small organisation, you’ll have a relatively small team of Cleaners and Assistant Caretakers to manage. The team needs a strong people manager after the number of changes they have experienced, TUPEing back from the external contractor. They need a line manager who is going to invest time in them. This is an operational role, and will suit someone who is more hands-on. However, the management aspects of the role – including the creation of a list of suppliers, contractor management, value for money, budget management and, most importantly, health and safety compliance – is the most important part of this role. That will fall to you, and you alone. We are small, and that means you’ll end up doing a bit of everything, and won’t have a vast team to delegate to. However, as the organisation grows, the team you build will grow with it. If you are looking for career development and to prove your abilities, perhaps looking for your second step in management, then this is the role for you.
You will have:
- A relevant professional qualification
- IOSH managing safety, NEBOSH or a similar level of health and safety training
- Experience of managing contracts and suppliers
- Thorough knowledge of health and safety legislation / regulations
- Excellent leadership and motivational people management skills.
- Excellent communication to business units and senior management
- Ability to prioritise workload under pressure
About The HEART Education Trust
The HEART Education Trust is a Norwich based trust, consisting of 4 Primary schools with approximately 1,000 pupils. The HEART Education Trust is committed to improving the life-chances of children and young people through excellence in education, encouraging pupils to challenge themselves and hold high aspirations in their academic learning, personal and social development. We encourage pupils within our family of Trust Academies to challenge both the self and externally imposed restrictions, to hold high aspirations for their futures and to develop a thirst for learning. Our Trust Academies aim to ensure that our pupils are well prepared to make the most of future opportunities as citizens within an ever-changing world.
Here is what our staff have to say about The HEART Education Trust and working within it:-
“The inclusion team at Heart Education Trust are always there to support teachers and support staff. This welcoming and thoroughly experienced team is always ready with resources, advice and guidance in supporting teachers and support staff with adapting their lessons to meet the needs of all of their learners. The Inclusion team are known within the Trust for their well-resourced and highly professional training sessions.” (Teacher in Trust school)
“One of the main reasons I enjoy working for The HEART Education Trust is the strong sense of community and teamwork that runs throughout the schools. All staff are dedicated to providing the best possible education they can for the children and do this successfully by supporting each other and working collaboratively.” (Deputy Head in Trust school)
If you are motivated and excited to join our amazing team and make a lasting difference to young peoples’ lives, we would be delighted to meet you.
See the Recruitment pack below for further information and job description. To apply please complete and return the attached application form to us at HR@thehearteducationtrust.co.uk.
We are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and the successful candidate will be required to undergo an enhanced D.B.S. and full pre-employment checks. This post is likely to come under the requirements of the Childcare (Disqualification) 2009 Regulations and the successful applicant will be required to complete a declaration form to establish whether they are disqualified under these regulations.
We will take references prior to interview, and all posts are subject to a probationary period.
Closing Date: 23 July 2021; interviews w/c 26 July 2021