Project Director

The Management Recruitment Group
c. £70,000 p.a. plus generous benefits package including relocation assistance
13 Jun 2017
01 Jul 2017
The University of Exeter is a Russell Group university that combines world-class research with very high student satisfaction. Exeter has over 21,000 students from more than 130 different countries and is in the top 1% of universities in the world with 98% of its research rated as being of international quality. Our research focuses on some of the most fundamental issues facing humankind today. Fifty percent of our organisation is made up of Professional Services support staff that partner closely with the Academic colleges to ensure we achieve our strategy and vision. We are seeking to appoint a project leader to manage the implementation and delivery of the flagship project in the University’s current ten-year Estate Strategy. This project is known as “Project Exceptional”, a new building of some 13,500 sqm GIA on our Streatham campus which will house several new academic institutes which are interrelated and will be seeking to work in a collaborative multidisciplinary environment which will include research laboratory space. The latest completion date is September 2021, with possible phases prior to this and a total gross budget of circa £85m. The post holder will be responsible for delivery of all aspects of the project including the programme, assembly of the brief, procurement and management of all consultants and contractors within public procurement regulations, design development and sign off, statutory compliance, construction and handover of the project. We are seeking an individual with a proven track record of leading high-profile, complex projects up to and in excess of £50m in value. You will be adept at managing the developmental stages of projects including elements such as masterplanning, cost planning, brief development and programming as well as the delivery stages of major construction projects as an ‘informed client’. High-level interpersonal skills and stakeholder management abilities are essential as the postholder will be expected to gain the confidence of and work successfully with a broad range of stakeholders from with the University as well as externally. This role offers an opportunity to work for one of the region’s top employers on a large scale and diverse estate portfolio and capital programme. The University offers some fantastic benefits including 41 days leave per year, options for flexible working, numerous discounts at leading retailers, an onsite gym, parking and a stunning campus environment in the heart of Exeter. If you are not currently in Exeter please have a look at our website ( for some further information on what a beautiful part of the country we are based in. For a confidential discussion and/or a full job description, please contact our retained advisors Ben Duffill ( ) or Nick Coppard ( at The Management Recruitment Group on or 0207 959 2368. Applications should consist of a CV and covering letter and should be sent to Closing date for applications: 3 rd July 2017 Interviews are scheduled for: 24 th July 2017 The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer. We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer. Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce. ​