Head of Building and Engineering, Stratton on the Fosse

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Downside SchoolStratton on the Fosse

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Contract type: Full Time
Salary: Circa £50,000
Contract term: Permanent

If you love working with a mixture of old and historic properties as well as contemporary, we can provide that challenge and would love to hear from you!  Our post is based within Downside Abbey and Downside School.  The School is an independent, co-educational boarding and day school for pupils aged 11 to 18, and one of England’s oldest and most distinguished Catholic schools. Downside Abbey is a Benedictine monastery and home to a community of monks. 

We are situated at the foot of the Mendip Hills, twelve miles south of the city of Bath.   This is an exceptional and rare opportunity to have a real impact on the direction and development of Building Services within the Monastery and the School, providing strategic and operational direction, leadership, innovation and a high level of customer service and best practice.  

You will have strong commercial experience with a demonstrable track record of project and stakeholder management to a high standard as well as relevant professional qualifications.  Reporting to the Bursar, the Head of Building and Engineering will provide expertise in the stewardship of heritage estates and listed buildings, planning & development, as well as  maintenance, grounds and contract management (internal and external).  The department consists of 14 staff including plumbers, electricians, labourers and a team administrator.    

Downside is currently in the process of an exciting period of change involving separating the two parts of the organisation (Abbey and School) into two independent Trusts.  This will provide great opportunities to support the future development of both organisations going forward.  Further information will be provided at interview.  

It is essential that the successful candidate possesses excellent interpersonal and communication skills and the ability to work successfully with a diverse range of stakeholders.  Salary is dependent on qualifications and experience.   

Contractual Details 

Rate of Pay/Salary: Circa £50k 

Hours: Full Time 

Probation: 3 months 

Contract: Permanent  

How to Apply

Please follow the application link below.      

Closing date for applications: Friday 16th November at 5.00pm 

Interviews will be held w/c 26th November 2018    

Downside School is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment. The successful applicant will be DBS checked. We strive to be an equal opportunities employer.   

Registered Charity Number: 1158507

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More about Downside School
Type: Mainstream School
Phase: Secondary with sixth form
Funding status: Independent
Gender: Mixed
Age Range: 11 - 18 years
Denomination: Roman Catholic
Address: Stratton On The Fosse, Radstock, Bath, Somerset, BA3 4RJ, United Kingdom
Telephone: +44 1761 235100
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Welcome to Downside, a leading Catholic Independent Boarding School. We are one of England’s oldest and most distinguished schools, for boys and girls aged 11-18. Downside School’s vision – as a leading Catholic School – is to be a bright light in th...