Head of Strategic Asset Management

Location
England, London, Greenwich
Salary
£71016 - £75571 per annum
Posted
18 Sep 2020
Closes
02 Oct 2020
Ref
REC/20/00358
Contact
Sarah Thompson
Seniority
Head of services
Contract
Permanent
Hours
Full Time
Organisation Type
Local authority

Royal Greenwich is proud to be a borough synonymous with first class modern services. A world heritage site, our communities are vibrant and diverse, and our elected members are ambitious to realise the potential of the borough whilst working within a challenging financial environment.

The Repairs and Investment service within the Housing and Safer Communities Directorate, delivers responsive repairs, capital and major works, and all safety and compliance services to our 25,000 Council tenants and leaseholders. We carry out approx. 80,000 repairs a year, and will this year deliver capital programmes of c£30m through a range of contractors. Our repairs service is mainly delivered by our in-house team, with some more specialist services being delivered by external contractors.

As one of London's largest social landlords, we are seeking an exceptional leader to help develop our asset management strategy to meet the challenges ahead and lead our team to ensure successful delivery of our Housing Capital Programme. We've done a lot of work analysing the outputs of our Stock Condition Survey completed by Savills in 2018, giving us a baseline, but our aspirations as a Council are bolder than just maintaining our stock. The Council declared a Climate Emergency in June 2019, setting us the challenge of achieving zero carbon as a borough in the next 15 years. Our corporate social value plan sets out the case for maximising the wider benefits from the considerable procurement activity we undertake, in order to improve lives in the communities we serve.

The successful candidate will lead on developing our future strategy, ensuring we have a clear and costed plan to meet the challenges ahead.

You will work with the Senior Management and Leadership Team, delivering a cohesive and co-ordinated approach to asset management and investment. With a strong focus on delivering measurable improvements, you will lead on developing strategy and operational change for the service, managing the asset management, capital and planned delivery, and technical client services teams. You will manage up to 7 staff, with wider staffing of approximately 30 within the section.

The unprecedented events this year triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic has required agile thinking, and provides the opportunity for us to rethink our working model to work smarter.

The successful candidate will need to lead on innovation, seeking out creative solutions in products and investment to ensure that we can deliver the challenges ahead. You will work closely with key stakeholders, including Residents' Groups and Members, ensuring excellent stakeholder engagement, communication and customer focus.

In the past year, the service has embarked upon significant change and invested in upgrading systems and is fully upgrading and implementing Keystone. It is about to embark on an upgrade project for its Northgate Housing Management System, which will provide opportunity for developing new ways for residents to contact and engage with us.

The successful candidate will have excellent written and communication skills, being at home communicating with residents, key elected members and stakeholders, building a positive 'Can-Do' culture within the service.

For an informal discussion, please contact

Your supporting statement should be no longer than 2000 words.

Closing date: 5 October 2020 10AM

Interview Date: w/c 19 October 2020

During this time, our priority for all of our recruitment activity is to make sure our hiring departments, applicants and new starters are informed, safe and supported. If shortlisted for this position, interviews will be held in a suitable setting and format to ensure any current safety requirements are fully adhered to. If you are shortlisted and invited to interview, full information will be provided about the interview arrangements.

Royal Borough of Greenwich reserves the right to close any vacancy earlier than the advertised closing date should there be a high volume of applications received.