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Head of Building Services

Vacancy Details

Salary: £48,750 per annum
Location: St Pancras
Job Type: Permanent
Vacancy Group: Chief Operating Officers Portfolio
Category: Security and Facilities Management
Closing Date: 06/02/2023
Date Posted: 31/01/2023
Reference: 04395


Full time, Permanent

Play a key part in developing and delivering our new Estates Strategy.

As one of the world’s great libraries, our duty is to preserve the nation’s intellectual memory for the future and make it available to all for research, inspiration and enjoyment. We have well over 170 million items, in most known languages, with three million new items added every year. Many millions of documents are consulted on our website each year. What matters to us is that we preserve the national memory and enable knowledge to be created both now and in the future by anyone, anywhere.

From our iconic, Grade I Listed building in St Pancras, London to our 43 acre campus in Boston Spa, North Yorkshire, the British Library property portfolio is large, impressive and varied.  Equally impressive is the fabric of our buildings, and the engineering systems which support our collection storage, access to the collections, and a great experience for staff and visitors.

The BL property portfolio currently comprises 2 freehold sites. Total floor area exceeds 2 million ft2. The estate has c. 13,000 engineering assets.

Engineering services are delivered to both sites via an Estates Maintenance Contract.  The contract includes:
• Maintenance of the estate: all plant and building fabric.  The contract team comprises c. 46 on-site staff, plus visiting staff and numerous subcontractors.
• Project delivery, ranging from investment works and improvements to the replacement of plant and equipment; to space planning, office moves and the creation of new facilities.
• Energy reporting and reduction.
• H&S management, including supporting wider Library activity such as public and commercial events.

This and other engineering contracts are managed by a team of 4 in-house engineers, who are based in St Pancras and visit Boston Spa as necessary.  The team are technical specialists and act as an Intelligent Client, supporting the Estates Maintenance team in a partnering style contract.

Having completed a series of building consolidations in the past decade, our new strategy to 2030 includes a major extension of St Pancras public space, the renewal of Boston Spa, and the potential for a new presence in Leeds.

In addition to having extensive building management, fire alarm and HVAC systems, we also have more specialist systems including centralised steam, automated book storage and retrieval systems, and reduced oxygen fire protection. 

Summary of Responsibilities

The successful candidate will have expert knowledge and many years’ experience of building services management in a large or complex building, preferably multi-site. Your key skills will include:

·        Electrical and mechanical engineering and relevant standards/legislation (supported by an appropriate professional qualification and/or membership).

·        Building fabric knowledge (preferably for a Listed building)

·        Maintenance contract specification, procurement and management.

·        Project specification, estimating, procurement and delivery.

·        People management.

·        Budget management.

·        First class oral and written communication.

·        IT and specialist systems knowledge and experience.

Above all, you will have a passion for engineering and buildings, and the appropriate knowledge and enthusiasm to help us excel in the development of relevant parts of our new Estates Strategy.

You will be joining an Estates department with a unique and wonderful set of existing building and services, with a vision for a sustainable future and many exciting opportunities.

We offer a competitive salary and a number of excellent benefits. Our pension scheme is one of the most valuable benefits we offer, as our staff can become members of the Alpha Pension Scheme where the Library contributes a minimum of 26.6%. Another significant benefit the Library provides is the provision of a flexible working hours scheme which could allow you to work your hours flexibly over the week and to take up to 5 days flexi leave in a 3 month period. This is on top of25 days holiday from entry and public and privilege holidays.

For further information and to apply, please visit quoting vacancy ref:04395 

Closing Date:  05 February 2023

Interview Date: 23 February

We are unable to provide sponsorship under the UK Skilled Worker visa for this role, as it does not meet the eligibility criteria required for this immigration route


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Disability Confident

We are a Disability Confident employer, and make a commitment to recruit and support disabled people. We guarantee an interview for disabled candidates who meet the minimum (essential) requirements for a vacancy

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