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Leigh Trust School Estates & Facilities Manager

Salary Range: Salary: NJC SCP 32-40 (£35,745 to £43,857)

Starting point:  Negotiable depending on experience

Permanent 36.5 hours per week (flexibility required)

Starting Date: Required ASAP



Leigh Trust are currently recruiting for an Estates & Facilities Manager to share our vision and values and to contribute to the strategic and operational planning at the schools within the Trust, which currently includes Alston Primary School, Leigh Primary School, Marlborough Primary School, Nansen Primary School and Wyndcliffe Primary School.


This is an exciting opportunity to make this job ‘your own’ and ensure the Trust develops and improves the provision, resources and premises for all our children whilst continuing to ensure that services to our children remain consistent, high quality and compliant. This role will provide strength in depth to our facilities team already supported by the Chief Operating Officer, Head Teachers, Business managers and school site teams across the Trust.


The right candidate will be expected to line manage, support and develop the Site Managers across all five schools within Leigh Trust.

Specific key responsibilities include to:


  • co-author the Leigh Trust Estate Vision, Strategy and Asset Management Plan and lead on implementation;
  • be responsible for planning, implementation, procurement and delivery of a high quality service in relation to all estate, facilities and health and safety related Trust work;
  • lead on the development of the Trust Business Continuity Plan, liaising with all Central Trust Departments, creating and reviewing processes and procedures
  • source additional funding opportunities for Trust and school development projects;
  • contribute to the prioritisation and allocation of capital funds in line with Trust objectives;
  • provide advice to schools/Trust and support the project management of major and minor building project/repair work across the estate including SCA, self-funded and new build projects;
  • commit to the growth and maintenance of a positive risk management culture within the Trust, taking a leading/supportive role in connection with risk assessments for all related aspects of work;
  • monitor and assess current provision and tender and procure contracted services such as catering, cleaning and utilities
  • to attend various LGB resources meetings and Board meetings when required


Applicants MUST have: Relevant experience and qualifications in an estates or facilities role (see applicant pack for details). Experience of managing multiple sites and project managing estates related building projects. Fire training experience of producing and managing Estates budgets, tenders and sourcing quotes and ensuring all financial regulations are complied with. Relevant Health and Safety Premises management experience & qualifications. A commitment to further enhance your own professional development train and skills as appropriate. An understanding of the importance of Safeguarding within schools. High levels of Numeracy and Literacy skills. Be able to demonstrate excellent communication skills, both written and verbal. Have the ability to manage, lead and influence other staff effectively. Have excellent IT skills. A clean driving licence and access to own vehicle (with Business use insurance). High levels of integrity, probity and honesty. The ability to work flexibly and think creatively.

For further information about the role please see the attached Job Description and Person Specification.


If you are seeking a fresh challenge, enjoy variety in your role and are looking for an opportunity to make this role something special, we would welcome your application.     


Details of the position can be found below; please return your completed application form to


We look forward to hearing from you.


Closing Date: Friday 12th March 2021 midday


Interviews: Wednesday 31st March 2021




Support Staff Application Form (please ensure you use the newest edition application form below issued by Schools HR)