Estates Manager

Northwood CollegeHillingdon

Northwood College has an enviable estate, occupying 12 acres in leafy Northwood and boasting a diverse portfolio of buildings and excellent sporting facilities. The School is part way through its £16m Estates’ Development Plan, with the new School of Science due to open in spring 2021 and the Sixth Form centre opening this Easter.

We are now looking for an Estates Manager to lead the Estates Team, develop the School’s facilities and deliver first class customer service to the staff body. 

In consultation with the Director of Finance and Operations, you will be responsible for providing an outstanding facilities management service, ensuring the School is compliant, that all safety standards are adhered to and that the buildings, grounds and sports facilities are maintained and continuously improved. You will oversee all aspects of building and facilities management to provide a safe, secure and stimulating environment for pupils, staff and visitors.

Responsible for developing and delivering the School’s planned and reactive maintenance schedule, you will appoint, manage and hold to account contractors appointed to carry out works, ensuring that value for money is delivered and that all elements of compliance (including CDM) is met at all times. You will develop excellent working relationships with the School’s incumbent catering and cleaning contractors and be responsible for ensuring that agreed service levels are maintained.

The successful candidate will have an excellent eye for detail and will seek to deliver continuous improvements across the estate, recognising the significant impact the built environment has on the School’s stakeholders.  

The successful candidate will have a good knowledge of security and emergency procedures, good maintenance and management skills and ideally a trade skill. You will have the ability to work effectively on your own initiative, but it is essential that you can collaborate with other teams. You must also possess excellent interpersonal skills. 

The Estates Manager will demonstrate a professional manner, recognising the essential role the Estates Team plays in supporting the smooth running of the school day and as such this role will suit someone who is passionate about delivering excellent customer service. 

The successful candidate would have ideally previously undertaken significant levels of relevant personal development, demonstrated through IWFM, NEBOSH or pool operator course qualifications.  However, this is not a prerequisite as the GDST does offer significant training opportunities to its staff.

This is a full-time position, working 36 hours per week. A flexible shift pattern with early starts, and weekend/evening work is in place for all members of the Estates Team. In addition, there may occasionally be additional weekend and overtime work to accommodate the busy school calendar.

About the School:

Northwood College for Girls is an independent, academically selective day school for approximately 860 girls aged 3-18. We aim to empower each NWC girl with the knowledge, insight and motivation to enter adult-hood as a conscientious, ambitious, confident and happy member of society; one who is equipped to turn challenge into opportunity, to embrace change and innovation, to maintain a lifelong love of learning and to succeed in a path that is most advantageous to her individual strengths and aspirations. 

We believe, with a passion, that every day at NWC should be a fulfilling and enriching experience within a happy, vibrant and considerate community.


As part of the GDST, the UK's leading network of independent girls' schools, we can offer a variety of benefits, such as:

  • Family friendly policies
  • Access to extensive professional development opportunities
  • Training grants for qualifications
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Free life assurance benefit
  • A discount of up to 50% on fees for children at GDST schools
  • Interest free loans for training, computer purchase loans and travel season ticket loans
  • A Cycle to Work scheme

For further details and to apply, please click the apply button.

Applications must be received by 9am on Monday 12th April 2021.

Interviews will take place the following week.

The GDST is committed to diversity, inclusion and real change: a family where every individual is valued, respected and included.

We are committed to the safeguarding of children and child protection screening will apply to this post.

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