London, Greater London (On-site)
Circa £80,000 per year
Permanent, Full-time
Job description

Head of Estates and Facilities


Location:                  London (with travel to schools in other locations when required)

Contract:                  Permanent

Pattern:                    Full Time

Closing date:           11.59pm on Sunday 30 January 2022

Salary:                      Circa. £80,000 per annum


The role:

We are looking to appoint a dynamic, enthusiastic, and forward-thinking Head of Estates and Facilities, a key leadership role within the organisation, to oversee the management and development of the Ark estate, and lead the team, focusing on the development of the three-year strategic priorities to ensure that the service to Ark schools is exceptional.


The Ark estates consists of over 40 assets in four geographical regions, and we are looking for a candidate able to lead on both the continued improvement of the school facilities, oversee the capital development of the estate, including a focus on sustainability projects, efficiency standards and modernisations to services. The Head of Estates and Facilities will also have full responsibility of all health and safety and compliance aspects for the Ark estate, ensuring all documentation is kept up to date against both regulatory and statutory requirements and effective reporting is undertaken and delivered. You will be accountable and responsible for the planning, implementation, procurement, and delivery of a high-quality services across the whole estate. The Head of Estates and Facilities will ensure that robust plans are in place to ensure that school buildings continue to be high-quality and inspiring to Ark staff, students, and visitors.


About you:  

The successful candidate will be able to clearly demonstrate a strong working background of leading an estates and facilities function across a comparable size, high footfall, and live estate that has similar characteristics of those found at Ark. This experience will need to be coupled with a strong knowledge and capability of planning, implementation, and delivery of strategic and operational initiatives. We are committed to our values and vision and are a people orientated organisation – the successful candidate will need to embody this and have outstanding communication and interpersonal skills. These core skills are essential for the new Head of Estates and Facilities to be a success in this wonderful opportunity.


About Ark

Ark is an education charity that exists to make sure that all children, regardless of their background, have access to a great education and real choices in life. From working with just one school, Ark has since grown into a network of 39 schools in four geographical regions in the UK - and is now recognised as one of the highest achieving academy groups in the country.



  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays, rising with each year of service
  • We are committed to providing high-quality professional learning throughout your career with us and offer a variety of training sessions and experiences designed to meet your needs
  • Access to Ark Rewards scheme offering savings from over 3,000 major retailers, interest-free loans available for season tickets or a bicycle and gym discounts offering up to 40% off your local gym
  • As an Ark Schools staff member, you will have the opportunity to be part of the generous Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS), a salary average defined benefit pension scheme - this means you build up a guaranteed amount in your pension, payable for every year of your retirement. 


How to Apply:

For a confidential discussion about the role or to submit your CV application, please email us quoting the reference RC/16589. We are working exclusively with The Management Recruitment Group for this role, so you will be contacted by them directly.


Ark is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people; all successful candidates will be subject to an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service check.


Ark Schools are committed to attracting, developing and retaining a diverse workforce, with a broad range of backgrounds, experiences and perspectives. 

More about Ark Schools

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Refreshed on: 20 January 2022
Closed date: 30 January 2022 at 23:30
Job ref: RC/16589
Tags: Project Management, Operations

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