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Head of Estates

About the role

National Museums Scotland (NMS) is one of the leading museum groups in Europe, with a growing international reputation for successfully delivering significant cultural, social, educational and economic impact.

It is responsible for the acquisition, preservation and display of a substantial part of Scotland’s cultural, historic and national heritage. Built up over 150 years, the collections comprise over 12 million objects from across the globe. The 4 museums are the National Museum of Scotland, the most visited attraction in the UK outside London, the National Museum of Flight, the National Museum of Rural Life and the National War Museum. Additionally, the National Museums Collection Centre is an internationally significant facility for collections, research, access and storage. Over 3.2 million visitors a year are welcomed across all four museums.

NMS now seeks exceptional candidates for the role of Head of Estates. Reporting to the Director of Estates and Facilities, the Head of Estates will be responsible for the operational maintenance and minor works programme of the diverse multi-site portfolio.

The Head of Estates will manage the Estate’s pre-planned and reactive maintenance and utilities budgets, energy efficiency measures, suppliers, term contractors and be responsible for ensuring all statutory compliance and business continuity risks are controlled.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Strategic control of resources in planning and delivery of works programmes
  • Support the Director of Estates & Facilities in coordinating Major Capital Programme
  • Develop the scope of contracts, preparing specifications and tender documentation
  • Promote legislative and health & safety advice on Estates related activity, access policies, procedures and guidelines
  • Optimise operational coordination with the strategic build capital programme
  • Enhance communication strategies across multiple departments within NMS

We are looking to appoint an extremely organised and highly credible individual, with relevant degree or construction related professional qualifications. The Head of Estates will be able to demonstrate a track record of success across similar, multidisciplinary organisations with an extensive and varied buildings portfolio.

A proven knowledge in the technical aspects of estates and facilities management, current legislation and a good understanding of public finance procurement procedures and processes will be highly attractive skills to possess. Strong leadership, communication and stakeholder management skills are important, as are sound planning and project management.

Interested candidates should send their CV, with full remuneration details, to Graham Burns, of FWB Park Brown at  For a confidential discussion, please call 0131 539 7087. The closing date for completed applications is 12pm on Monday 23rd of September 2019.

Salary £48,998 – £55,554 per annum, plus membership of the Civil Service Pension Scheme.

National Museums Scotland is committed to being an Equal Opportunities Employer.