Global Estates Programme Manager
Country / Territory
Global Estates
Job Category
Senior Management
Pay Band
Senior Leadership Band
Vacancy Description
Payband: SMPs + Benefits Location: London Contract type: IDC / Permanent Contract Closing date: Sunday 10th November 2019, 23:59 GMT Further details: Applicants must have the right to work in the UK

Please note that for London location, In December 2020, the British Council will relocate its new global headquarters to: International Quarter, Stratford, and London E20.

The opportunity:


Global Estates strategically supports the British Council by providing, delivering and managing business-appropriate property solutions that are financially viable, cost competitive and prompt, while meeting essential corporate standards.


The estate is British Council’s highest spend category after people, with over 300 commercial property interests and up to £10m on property projects (both new lease acquisitions and upgrading of existing property interests).  Consequently, it is essential that we are able to monitor the spend and progress of the Global Estates activities, using that management information to proactively support the delivery teams and engage with the businesses (our clients) to ensure that we are providing and demonstrating value.


The GE Programme Manager will be responsible for planning, tracking and reporting on Global Estates activities to support the delivery of the GE master programme and ensure the capital projects and transaction management teams operate effectively and efficiently and have all the necessary data available to them.


This role will also manage and track Global Estates budgets, both business as usual budgets and annual investment budgets, assisting the prioritisation and timing of implementation processes having due regard to resourcing.


This will involve proactive engagement across Global Estates, its partners and key stakeholders to ensure timely flows of information and reporting, as well as reviewing existing processes to improve Global Estates ways of working. There may be times when this role will lead and coordinate key Global Estates initiatives as required.


What we require of the successful candidate: 

  • Full membership of Royal Institution Chartered Surveyors (Building or QS Division); alternatively, Chartered Membership of Association of Project Managers, or equivalent.
  • Understanding of real estate service lines, including transaction management, project management and facilities management.
  • Experience of leading the programme management of a function, demonstrating project prioritisation 
  • Experience of working within a complex global organisation.
  • Experience of managing complex estate budgets and advising colleagues in accordance with financial policy and requirements.
  • Experience developing core business and delivery processes and procedures and demonstrating continuous improvement.
  • The ability to work collaboratively and influence others to achieve agreed outcomes.
  • Highly developed communication, challenge and negotiating skills with the ability to engage with a wide range of audiences.
  • Well-developed analytical and problem-solving skills, including the ability to coach others in these.
  • Excellent level of IT literacy, with the ability to be able to interrogate and analyse databases and datasets, using self-service, digital user platforms and applications and MS Office including MS Project and Excel.


For further information please see the attached documents:


Role Profile

BC Core Skills.pdf
BC Behaviours.pdf



Outstanding Civil Service Pension Scheme

32 Days Holiday

Annual Travel Season Ticket Loan

Annual Performance related bonus


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, and finance as a function is absolutely committed to this. 


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 10th November 2019, closing at 23:59 UK time.