Property Operations Manager

Property Operations Manager

We have an exciting opportunity for an Operations Manager to join our Corporate Property Department to lead and develop the Property Maintenance Operations service. We’re looking for an experienced property professional with strong management skills to take this positive, can-do to the next level.  The Property Maintenance service is a site-facing manual delivery team consisting of electricians, plumbers, fabric technicians and multi-skilled tradespeople.

We are adopting a hybrid way of working which will consist of supporting flexible working arrangements to ensure our teams feel supported and are able to achieve the right work life balance.  This role will require regular office-based working (which could be combined with working from home); regular site visits to scope work or meet clients are also required.

Here’s what you can expect to be doing

You will deliver cost effective programmes of planned and reactive maintenance, and a range of minor works projects, across our corporate estate and to external clients.  You will also oversee Somerset’s in-house Asbestos team, providing surveying, testing and investigation services.  As a member of the departmental management team the role will also shape asset management and property strategy and make a key contribution to the direction of the wider property service.

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, managing a friendly and collaborative team who are passionate about the work that they do and the service they provide. We offer great training and development opportunities and a modern and flexible approach to work.

In addition to core operational management responsibilities, the role also functions as the council’s professional lead on building compliance controls.  You will develop the service to reach its potential, through the implementation of new systems, procurement, and commercial strategies, and most of all by developing and empowering staff.  The role will be varied, balancing customer-focussed operational guidance with service improvement and commercial management, as well as making a strategic contribution as part of the management team.


A few things about you

You will be passionate about directing a team that has a wide range of skills and attributes, enabling staff to develop and reach their potential. You will have the ability to adapt quickly to changing priorities and able to motivate and sustain teams in a demanding yet dynamic environment.

You will be organised and have excellent communication skills in order to work collaboratively with staff within your team, the wider Property department, as well as internal and external customers.  A strong customer focus will also be essential.

You will be able to demonstrate capability in relevant professional/technical skills as well as strong aptitude in commercial and financial management, and the ability to identify and develop opportunities for service improvement.  We are looking for someone that has a relevant higher level technical or professional qualification. Experience of utilising Asset Management/CAFM systems is essential for the role.


Additional information

If this role is customer facing you will need to speak fluent English.

The salary for this role is £47,391 per annum.

Feel free to contact Oliver Woodhams if you would like an informal chat about the position


Why choose Somerset County Council

We are proud to offer an environment that is supportive and rewarding, working as part of a team who are passionate about the work they do to improve the lives of people in Somerset. We offer great training and development opportunities, with supportive management. As well as this, we have some fantastic employee benefits available:

• We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.

• Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.

• Staff discounts in gyms.

• Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.

• Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.

• A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.

• My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

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