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Assistant Director, Property
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Assistant Director, Property
Grade CO4 (£93,615-£105,315 per annum)
Fixed-term contract for 2 years (subject to extension upon review)
Full-Time, 36 hours per week

About us

With a new ambitious four-year corporate plan, it’s an exciting time to work in property at the Royal Borough of Kingston. This new high profile role is fundamental to delivering an ambitious and transformal agenda that will positively impact on outcomes for our residents and businesses who need our support the most, by providing new 21st century homes, high quality commercial premises and the right infrastructure.

As a major landowner in the borough of circa £1billion of strategic property portfolio, you will play a central and transformational role in delivering outstanding property services and world class building projects to meet key ambitions that will us help both drive income, social value and meet the organisation's environmental sustainability targets of being carbon zero by 2030.

We are looking for you to build an excellent Property Service, that will encourage and deliver innovation through commercial acumen and expertise needed to maximise value from our portfolio to bring about positive outcomes for our residents and the Kingston economy as a whole.

The role
Reporting to the Director of Growth, this role is responsible for the design, development, implementation and review of all property strategies and initiatives as well as capital programmes of work.

The Assistant Director of Property, will provide exceptional strategic leadership and be commercially astute, they will have a skilled and experienced understanding of the mechanisms for delivery of complex property projects. The person appointed will provide the leadership to involve and inspire partners, and colleagues, to take forward the development and delivery of a comprehensive programme which will deliver the Council’s ambitious property plans.

If you join Kingston Council, as part of our Corporate Leadership Group you will play a key role in achieving these ambitions.

The Council is focused on progressing its thinking to deliver the best possible outcomes for its communities. To do this the Council needs people who thrive in a collaborative organisation, and who can work corporately, across complex networks - providing strong operational leadership within a strategic context.

About you
You are self motivated, innovative and passionate about driving an ambitious Growth programme to support the lives of residents within the Borough, whilst managing the significant financial challenges councils are facing. You will be able to apply the right skills and confidence to work corporately across complex networks and organisations. The ideal candidate will have strong operational leadership, commercial acumen, significant property experience with expert skills and a proven track record in delivery, actively engaging with stakeholders across public, private or voluntary sectors.

You will be politically astute, comfortable working with the senior leadership team and able to build high levels of credibility and impact quickly across the council, while working successfully with key external partners and stakeholders including residents, businesses, communities, organisations and other public services. You can constructively build and manage teams to ensure it embeds a positive and motivated culture that inspires the confidence and develops the skills in others around you.

Our offer
We offer the chance to join a forward thinking organisation that is committed to transforming its business and improving outcomes for residents and driving improved value for money. You will be listened to and supported by your colleagues and the senior management team together with a commitment to learning and development of your career, and you as a person. We have a modern working environment for our staff allowing you to work flexibly, whilst on the move from your mobile or Chromebook, and at home following the introduction of Google Mail and Apps which have acted as a key enabler for collaborative and streamlined working.

We also offer a range of staff benefits, including:
  • 32 days leave per year, in addition you receive 8 statutory bank holidays
  • Local discounts for shopping, eating out and leisure activities
  • Interest free season ticket loans
  • Local Government Pension Scheme
  • Cyclescheme - enabling you to get a brand new bike and safety equipment for your commute
  • Access to our Zipcar scheme for work use and discounted rates for personal use
  • Comprehensive Learning and Development programme
  • A forward thinking and networked organisation where employee’s views are valued.
How to apply
Before applying please refer to the role profile and ensure you meet the essential criteria. You will then need to complete the online application, adding a supporting statement addressing how you meet the criteria, as outlined the role profile referencing your experience with examples.

For an informal chat about the role, please contact Nazeya Hussain, Director of Growth -

Closing Date - Sunday 22nd December 2019
Technical Interview Date - Week commencing 13th January 2020
Final Panel Interview Date - Week commencing 20th January 2020

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