Group Director, Estate Development

Coventry University
Coventry, West Midlands
Competitive Salary plus excellent benefits
06 Feb 2019
17 Feb 2019
Job position
Contract Type
Full Time

Group Director, Estate Development

Coventry University is a dynamic, modern university with a proud tradition as a provider of high quality education and a focus on applied research.  The University ranked 13th in the Guardian University Guide 2019 and was voted University of the Year for Student Experience in The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019.

We are continuing the evolution of the University Group and as we look to build on our position of strength we aim to continue to create state-of-the-art campuses for our students, staff and visitors. Our Strategy to 2021 will enhance our position as a leading provider of innovative education and impactful research both nationally and internationally, reinforced by the fact that we were awarded the Gold rating and ranked 2nd in the UK for Teaching Excellence in the Teaching Excellence Framework (2017).  A very high quality of estate provision is a key enabler to this.

We have invested £500m in the estate in the last 9 years including the addition of a ground-breaking £55m Engineering and Computing Building, an award-winning £35m Student Hub as well as the new £64m Science & Health Building which was opened in 2018 by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge.  To deliver the vision of the Corporate Strategy we have ambitious future Estate Development plans with several key projects underway including a second building for the Engineering and Computing Faculty, the redevelopment of the Faculty of Art and Humanities Building and a new home for our CU Coventry subsidiary.

Reporting directly to the Chief Operating Officer & Deputy Vice-Chancellor the Group Director, Estate Development will lead the delivery of the masterplan and capital programme supporting the strategic development of the Group’s Estate (in the UK and beyond), ensuring that development is forward thinking, has student satisfaction at its heart and is future proof and sustainable.

We are seeking an individual with a proven track record in a senior estate development leadership role with experience of initiating, developing and delivering estate development strategies and programmes to support an organisation’s institutional strategy.  You will have strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to lead and inspire team members and internal and external stakeholders whilst effectively managing resources across a complex portfolio of activities.  Experience of working on a capital programme, projects and property types similar to those found at Coventry University Group would be advantageous.

For a confidential discussion and/or the Candidate Brochure, please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( or Nick Coppard ( of the Management Recruitment Group on 0203 962 9900. Applications should consist of a CV and Covering Letter and should be sent to .  

The closing date for applications is 17th February 2019.  Panel interviews will take place at Coventry University on 22nd March 2019.

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