Estates Strategy Manager
Country / Territory
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Based in UK: Location negotiable
Global Estates
Job Category
Corporate Affairs
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Pay band: Senior Management Payband Location: London Contract type: Indefinite Contract Requirements: Candidates must have the right to work in the UK Closing date and time: Sunday 19th January 2020 (23:59)

Please note – For London Location, our headquarters will relocate to Westfield, Stratford – E20 in Autumn 2020.


Role Purpose:

The Estates Strategy Manager, Global (GE) leads on the development and implementation of all estate strategies relating to the British Council global portfolio of properties. This includes the development and implementation of the Global Asset Management Strategy & Plan (GLAMP) and Regional Asset Management Plans (RAMP).


This role will work across GE to support business case governance and approvals, including the prioritisation of the projects based upon funding, essential maintenance and alignment with the identified strategic objectives.  You will coordinate and lead business and financial reporting across GE, and as part of the GE leadership team you will participate in the development of suitable estates related policies, processes and procedures befitting an effective and efficient commercial in-house global estates function.


You will strategically partner the business, leading and aligning GE strategies with the business strategy through building and leveraging the senior leadership network within British Council and the Wider Government departments.  You will work across the specialist teams within the Global Estates Function (Standards & Performance, Capital Projects, Transaction Management, Global FM and Major Projects). The estate is British Council’s highest spend category, after people, with over 300 commercial property interests.


Main opportunities:


You will be an experienced and driven estates professional who is able to formulate financially model-based strategies for the Global Portfolio. This is a challenging role that requires commercial astuteness, strategic and analytical thinking, tenacity and the ability to navigate through complexity to ensure that tangible outcomes are capable of being defined and delivered.  

There is a huge opportunity to deliver a more fit for purpose and affordable future estate for the British Council.  The British Council operates within a complex mix of cultural activities, grant-funded programmes and commercial business operations. Underpinning all of this is the need for the estate to be functional, efficient and have high impact. Our Global Estate strategy and Portfolio management plans need to take account of these requirements, while reflecting the unique contextual issues and constraints operating in each geographical region and country, whether these are legal, commercial, climatic or cultural.


Challenges in this role: 

An immediate and challenging aspect of this role will be supporting the Director GE and the Global Network Team in implementing the zero-based review of the global estate (a recommendation from the recent Tailored Review). This will involve leading reviews of our estate in terms of business and real estate suitability plus alignment to commercial strategies.

You will play a key role in the development of a new global operating model for the British Council estates function to incorporate professional leadership of a global team supporting the British Council footprint in more than 100 countries.  This will be a challenging change programme requiring extensive stakeholder and staff engagement skills as well as solid knowledge of professional standards and operating models and experience of organisational change.


What we require of the successful candidate: 

  • You will have experience of strategic occupational management and asset management models including the framework, governance and skills required for delivery
  • You will have track record of working in a strategic Estates role 
  • Thorough understanding of the real estate and project management lifecycle and principles.  Strong vendor management and commercial skills, particularly in relationship to alliances/partnerships with service providers
  • You will be expert in commissioning and managing multi-disciplinary professionals to achieve requirements
  • Experience of overseeing programmes of work of all sizes and working with capital budgets
  • Significant commercial track record relating to occupational management and client-side property transactions
  • You will be educated to a degree level or with equivalent professional experience in a property relate disciple, supported by full membership of and accreditation with a relevant professional property institute (e.g. RICS)


To find out more about this role, please view the following  


British Council Behaviours.pdf




32 days paid annual leave (excluding bank holidays) 

Generous Defined Benefit Civil Service Pension Scheme

Interest Free Travel Season Ticket Loan


Further details:

If you are interested in the post and feel that you are suitable for the role, then we would really like to hear from you. Please apply by Sunday 19th January 2020 (23:59)

About us:

The British Council is the UK’s international organisation for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  We create friendly knowledge and understanding between the people of the UK and other countries. We do this by making a positive contribution to UK and the countries we work with – changing lives by creating opportunities, building connections and engendering trust. 
We work in over 100 countries across the world in the fields of arts and culture, English language, education and civil society.  Each year we reach over 20 million people face to face and more than 500 million people online, via broadcasts and publications.


Our Equality Commitment:

Valuing diversity is essential to the British Council’s work. We aim to abide by and promote equality legislation by following both the letter and the spirit of it to avoid unjustified discrimination, recognising discrimination as a barrier to equality of opportunity, inclusion and human rights. All staff worldwide are required to ensure their behaviour is consistent with our policies. 


The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. In line with the British Council's Child Protection policy, any appointment is contingent on thorough checks. In the UK, and in other countries where appropriate systems exist, these include criminal records checks.