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Regional Estates Manager – Kent and Sussex – 38992
£54,599 - £65,518
Rochester

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We would like to bring to your attention that since this job role was advertised the news of the progression of Functional Leadership has been announced. 

This means that this job role alongside the division it sits in (Prison Maintenance Group) will join the Ministry of Justice Estates Directorate on 2 April 2021. 

As a result of this move, existing contractual pay, terms and conditions (T&Cs) and allowances will be protected by the Cabinet Office Statement of Principles (COSoP) at the point of transfer. The pension arrangements will not change upon transfer to the MoJ.

With the transfer of this job role to the Ministry of Justice staff will move to 30 harmonised MoJ policies. These are for the most part very minor and will have no detriment or impact on T&Cs.

Overview of the job

  • The Regional Estates Manager on behalf of the Service Manager (SM) and the regions.
  • Prison Group Director provides specialist expertise and advice to establishments and other key stakeholders. (In the absence of a central HMPPS Estates Management function estates and property responsibility is devolved to regions).
  • The REM works to the Service Manager for the custodial TFM contract (the SM) and with Service Delivery Managers in the region (SDMs) to oversee custodial TFM contractor performance and ensure delivery in line with the contract, including due governance and process, and with MoJED to ensure works and building projects are defined and delivered in line with stakeholder requirements.
  • The REM provides assurance to HMPPS and MoJED that services are being delivered to agreed standards and oversees the resolution of any regional issues regarding the provision of goods and services. The REM will lead SDMs and work with other REMs to identify wider or ongoing issues that need to be resolved at contract level involving the Service Manager.
  • This is a Head of Group post reporting to the Service Manager with a dotted line relationship to the regional Prison Group Director.
  • This is a specialist role that has responsibility for regional policy, budgetary accountability, service delivery management, custodial TFM contract and line management responsibilities based within a Prison Service Region.

Note: The custodial TFM contract includes legislative compliance associated with the maintenance of buildings, equipment and grounds, Health and Safety and Fire safety maintenance, small-scale works and building projects, management of stores, cleaning of non-prisoner areas, waste, energy and environmental management and escorts for contractors and their vehicles.

Summary

  • The job holder will provide management leadership, vision and strategic direction for regional estates management and ensure effective contract management is delivered.
  • The job holder is deemed the senior lead for the care and development of Public Sector Prison buildings and site infrastructure to maximise the asset value of all mechanical, electrical and building elements. This will include:

o Monitoring and assurance of statutory and mandatory compliance activities and overall management of the TFM contract for HMPPS in their region subject to the strategic contract management responsibility of the Service Manager for the contract Lot.
o Delivery management for TFM services to ensure consistency at regional and contract level; to support Service Delivery Managers where issues require to be escalated; and to support and advise the Service Manager.
o Monitoring the performance measurement MI of the TFM contractor in their region and identifying, challenging and where necessary bringing any performance issues to the attention of the Service Manager and the Contractor for rectification.

  • Exercising delegated budgetary authority and manage spend or where budgets are delegated to governors, coordinate prioritisation of spend in their Region.
  • Contributing to coordination and consistency of contract performance MI across the contract lot.
  • Liaison with the Procurement Contract Manager for their Region for the effective commercial contract management of the contract.
  • Seeking approval from Service Manager for all spend above delegation.
  • Line managing the Service Delivery Managers in their region.
  • Reporting to the Service Manager as line manager and for overall prioritisation and contractual/performance matters.
  • Accountable to the Prison Group Director as lead customer for estates and contract delivery management in the region. Providing specific necessary information and advice.
  • In liaison with Ministry of Justice Estates Directorate (MoJED) and the Prison Group Director the job holder will represent the region’s custodial and non- custodial property needs in regard to the MoJED’s wider Estates Transformation strategy.
  • The job holder will work collaboratively alongside the Region’s Senior Management Team taking forward any initiative proactively to ensure effective delivery within the custodial setting.
  • This role requires working unpredictable and unsocial hours and to be on call to provide advice or attend sites at any time.

This is a non‐operational job with line management responsibilities.

Responsibilities, Activities and Duties

The job holder will be required to carry out the following responsibilities, activities and duties:

  • Accountable to SM for leading regional team including managing the transition to the new contract and operating model, identifying continuous improvement and delivering corporate requirements.
  • Responsible for the custodial TFM contract supported by Service Delivery Managers in the region (SDMs) and for overseeing contractor performance ensuring delivery in line with the contract, including due governance and process, and with MoJED for ensuring works and building projects are defined and delivered in line with stakeholder requirements.
  • Responsible for assurance to HMPPS and MoJED that services are being delivered to agreed standards and for overseeing the resolution of any regional issues regarding the provision of services and providing leadership to the SDMs and working with other REMs to identify wider or ongoing issues that need to be resolved at contract level involving the Service Manager.
  • Accountable and responsible for the care and development of Prison Service buildings and site infrastructure to maximise the asset value of all mechanical, electrical and building elements). This will include:

o Monitoring and assurance of statutory and mandatory compliance against the contract and delivery management for Works and FM services to ensure consistency at regional and contract level;
o Supporting the Service Delivery Managers where issues require to be escalated; and
o Supporting the Service Manager in exercising overall strategic control and contract management responsibility.

  • Accountable to the Prison Group Director and MoJED Estates Directorate (MoJED) to provide a regional overview on estates and property issues. The job holder will manage competing pressures whilst maximising asset value, physical security requirements and maintaining optimum operational requirements, including taking account of Health and Safety and Fire Safety advice and providing estates/maintenance guidance to H&S Advisor.
  • Accountable for developing and co‐ordinating Regional and National initiatives such as the Capital Asset Investment Programme (CAIP) for the Estates related services in the custodial estate.
  • Accountable for developing and co‐ordinating Regional strategies and policies to implement national organisational required outcomes.
  • Manage the regional estates function and business unit which includes line management of a team with significant budgetary and statutory accountability.
  • Accountable for ensuring the contractor produces and delivers a fit for purpose Regional Maintenance Strategy for Public Sector Prisons, ensuring the maintenance and development of the HMPPS custodial estate within the region.
  • Accountable for ensuring all associated risks of building work in a live custodial setting are effectively managed to ensure both HMPPS expectations are met in respect of mitigating operational risk and MoJED expectations of programming, project timescale are delivered.
  • Accountable or ensuring that the maintenance work is well planned and delivered by contractors and is effectively managed to achieve the forward maintenance plan and estates management strategy.
  • Work, where required, on complex and specialist issues with contractor and MoJED with support of Service Delivery Managers and the HMPPS Service Manager, ensuring implementation of any Estates related remedial actions and engaging with enforcing authorities where necessary to prevent re‐occurrences both locally, regionally and at contract level.
  • Ensure visits are undertaken as required to the Region’s Public Sector Prisons establishments to assess contractor performance and compliance, addressing emerging issues and produce reports on specialist and technical subjects for and on behalf of the Prison Group Director for escalating to the Service Manager and onward progression to HMPPS/ MoJED Directors if required.
  • Validate regional performance data through appropriate checks; and analyse regional performance data and review contract KPIs.
  • Responsible for collating and reviewing regional and SDM input and contributing on a quarterly basis to update report coordinated by SM for MoJED contract management oversight purposes, reflecting any material changes to the contract or performance, any remedial action/recovery plans that have been put in place and changes to the contract plan.
  • Provide advice and support to establishments and the Prison Group Director to inform decision making about contract and estates related issues within overall strategy coordinated by the SM.
  • For minor works within delegated authority ensure that all relevant specialist contract information is available for bidding purposes for contract. Act as ‘managing agent’ and supervise performance and payment agreements once contract awarded. Carry out Technical evaluations of tenders and enter into competitive dialogue where appropriate.
  • Scrutinise, consider and approve business cases, the specification provided by the contractor, and associated contract documentation to allow the procurement and delivery of specialist capital and maintenance services.
  • Prioritise and approve all Estate Investment Proposals for onward progression to MoJED for major maintenance, essential maintenance and development schemes.
  • Accountable for supporting competition processes, providing all necessary information both to the MoJED Asset Management Unit and HMPPS project teams.
  • Provide performance data as required by NCM and MoJED to supplement data gathered by Planet FM and CAIP.
  • Accountable for the management, prioritisation and allocation of financial resources to deliver the Regional Strategies including sustainability and maintenance.
  • Accountable for ensuring all HMPPS/MoJED Financial policies are complied with and that appropriate governance is in place. Various ongoing Estates functions outside the TFM contract
  • In coordination with other REMs (and the Service Manager where appropriate) provide regional contribution/act as Point of Contact for topics including:

o Historic Estate (ePIMS, Quadrennial)
o Estates Planning, Perambulation Reports, Land Disposal
o MoJED Estates Transformation strategy
o Responses to HQ policy initiatives
o Working Groups (MoJED)
o Major Project (Delivery, Management, Liaison, Escort
Management)
o Post Project Evaluation
o Closure Programme
o Management Information Returns (Regular Returns, Waste, Cell Certificates, Physical Security)
o Compliance Audits
o CPIG/HSE Enforcement Actions, DDA
o Local Maintenance Bidding, Allocation Management, Capital Allocations Operational Support (Incidents)
o Asset Replacement in line with strategies (e.g. Catering)
o Investigations/Enquiries
o Security Vetting
o Regional PFMe Oversight (Principal Users)
o Recruitment/Boards
o HR Issues (Oracle/Industrial Relations)
o Contingency Planning
o PQs and FOI requests
o Estates related data not defined within the TFM contract, for MoJED, HMPPS, and other agencies including Building Research Establishment, NAO and enforcement and supervisory bodies

  • Develop regional contingency plans in conjunction with contractor, SDM and Service Manager and be available to be part of the regional Prison Group Director’s command team in the event of an emergency/incident.
  • Manage HMPPS properties where tenancy and lease agreements to and from third parties are in place. Ensure compliance with occupier liability procedures e.g. landlord/tenancy enforcement.
  • Provide establishments with support in emergency situations/incidents and work with contractors to co‐ordinate resources to provide mutual aid to support of business continuity.

Other management tasks including:

  • Provide professional supervision, coaching and mentoring of staff to enable their self‐development and succession arrangements.
  • Provide leadership and management of the Function.
  • Will have the skills to apply all Human Resources (HR) related policies and practices.
  • May be required to provide line management for the Regional H&S and Fire Safety Advisor and team.
  • Manage devolved budgets in accordance with the financial procedures outlined in the budget delegation exercising delegated budgetary authority and managing spend or where budgets are delegated to governors, coordinate prioritisation of spend in their Region.
  • Responsible for the management of all staff within their area. This includes staff performance, development and annual appraisal through to sickness absence management.
  • Ensure all HMPPS standards and KPIs are implemented and managed within the relevant work area.
  • Ensure all national and local policies and procedures are implemented and compliant e.g. National Security Framework (NSF), Local Security Strategy (LSS), Finance Manual.
  • Attend as directed any relevant boards/meetings and actively contribute, either as chair or team member.
  • Provides leadership and direction to managers and staff within their defined work area through briefings, building informal and formal relationships and effective communication.
  • Produce relevant reports as required and ensure all correspondence is replied to within agreed timescales.
  • Liaise and form good relationships with internal and external stakeholders.
  • Manage resources to deliver the activities within the defined work area, and contribute to the mid‐to‐long term business planning process.
  • Ensure the defined work area and associated activities comply with Health and Safety legislation.
  • Provide assurance that all risk assessments are undertaken and staff are made aware of their personal responsibility towards ensuring Health and Safety compliance.

The duties/responsibilities listed above describe the post as it is at present and is not intended to be exhaustive. The job holder is expected to accept reasonable alterations and additional tasks of a similar level that may be necessary. Significant adjustments may require re-examination under the Job Evaluation Scheme and shall be discussed in the first instance with the job holder.

Behaviours

  • Changing and Improving
  • Leadership
  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Working Together
  • Developing Self and Others
  • Managing a Quality Service
  • Delivering at Pace

Ability

  • Essential to have strong commercial and financial awareness, drive and resilience, effective team management leadership and interpersonal skills and ability to work accurately under pressure.

Experience

  • Essential to have relevant Project Management and contract management experience.
  • Must have experience in managing a diverse geographically spread estate portfolio preferably with custodial characteristics.

Technical

  • Must have relevant technical or trade experience and qualification.
  • Must have industry recognised qualification equivalent to the BTEC Advanced Diploma in Maintenance Management covering building technology, contract and measurement procedures, mechanical technology and electrical technology.
  • Essential to hold National Examination Board Occupational Safety Health National Certificate in Construction Health and Safety.
  • Must have completed the National Engineering and Construction Contracts Accredited Training and have or be able to rapidly acquire excellent understanding of the TFM contract, NEC3 provisions and the associated processes.

Additional Information

We would like to bring to your attention that since this job role was advertised the news of the progression of Functional Leadership has been announced. 

This means that this job role alongside the division it sits in (Prison Maintenance Group) will join the Ministry of Justice Estates Directorate on 2 April 2021. 

As a result of this move, existing contractual pay, terms and conditions (T&Cs) and allowances will be protected by the Cabinet Office Statement of Principles (COSoP) at the point of transfer. The pension arrangements will not change upon transfer to the MoJ.

With the transfer of this job role to the Ministry of Justice staff will move to 30 harmonised MoJ policies. These are for the most part very minor and will have no detriment or impact on T&Cs.

Working Arrangements & Further Information

Some of MoJ’s, including HMPPS, terms and conditions of service are changing as part of Civil Service reform. The changes will apply to staff joining MoJ who are new to the Civil Service. Staff joining MoJ from other civil service employers will transfer onto the new MoJ terms if they are already on ‘modernised’ terms in their current post or onto ‘unmodernised’ MoJ terms if they are on ‘unmodernised’ terms at their current post. Details will be available if an offer is made.

Standard working hours for this post are 37 hours per week excluding breaks which are unpaid.

If you are a current NPS employee, this vacancy may be available on a Loan basis for up to 2 years. Applications are invited from suitable qualified staff.

The Loan/Secondment is subject to the approval of the selected candidate’s Business Unit, which should be obtained before confirmation of appointment.

Benefits

Annual Leave

-The holiday year runs from 1 March. If you work a non standard work pattern your leave entitlement may be expressed in either hours or days as appropriate. Leave entitlement is calculated on a pro-rata basis and you will be advised of your actual entitlement on appointment. If you were appointed internally and your leave was previously calculated in days, this will continue to be the case.

Bank, Public and Privilege Holidays

You are entitled to 9 days (66 hours 36 minutes) in recognition of bank, public and privilege holidays. These hours are added to your annual leave allowance. There is a requirement to work some public and bank holidays subject to your shift pattern and the operational needs of the establishment

Pension

-The Civil Service offers a choice of two pension schemes, giving you the flexibility to choose the pension that suits you best.

Work Life Balance

-HM Prison & Probation Service (HMPPS) is keen to encourage alternative working arrangements. Work life balance provides greater opportunities for staff to work more flexibly wherever managers and establishments can accommodate requests to do so. HMPPS offers flexible working subject to completion of a satisfactory probationary period and NVQ

Season Ticket Advance

-After two months’ service, you’ll be eligible to apply for a season ticket advance to purchase a quarterly or longer-period season ticket for travel between home and your place of work

Childcare Vouchers

For any moves across the Civil Service may have implications on your ability to carry on claiming childcare vouchers

Training

-HMPPS is committed to staff development and offers a range of training and development opportunities, including areas such as Equality and Diversity, Dealing with Challenging Behaviour, Suicide Prevention and Anti Bullying Programmes

-There are opportunities to access promotion programmes and HMPPS provide a variety of training appropriate to individual posts

-All staff receive security and diversity training and an individual induction programme into their new roles

Eligibility

-All candidates are subject to security and identity checks prior to taking up post

-All external candidates are subject to 6 months probation. Internal candidates are subject to probation if they have not already served a probationary period within HMPPS

-All staff are required to declare whether they are a member of a group or organisation which HMPPS considers to be racist

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity.

There is a guaranteed interview scheme (GIS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.