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Associate Director of EFM: Engineering & Maintenance

  • £77,425 - £107,174
  • Permanent
  • Sheffield, UK
  • 19082

Associate Director of EFM: Engineering & Maintenance
Salary scale £77,425 – £107,174 plus excellent benefits

The University of Sheffield is seeking to recruit to the role of Associate Director of EFM: Engineering & Maintenance.

The University of Sheffield is a truly special place, with a bold and ambitious future.  A leading global university renowned for the excellence, impact and the distinctiveness of its research-led learning and teaching across a wide range of disciplines, we are home to 30,000 of the brightest students and over 8,000 staff from more than 140 countries around the world.  We want Sheffield to be an international centre of excellence for centuries to come, so we recruit ambitious, creative people from across the globe and we nurture their talent.

The Department of Estates and Facilities Management (EFM) at the University of Sheffield is the largest Professional Services Department at the university, employing over 720 staff across a range of professions and specialist areas.  
Now is an exciting time to take up a leadership role within the department. 

Following the appointment of a new Director of Estates and Facilities
Management in March 2024, EFM is entering a transformational period with further leadership appointments in the department that will shape the team and culture for many years to come.  There are exciting challenges ahead, with the development of a new estate strategy, significant capital investment, drive to net zero, asset management and space optimisation, engineering and maintenance delivery, and campus services provision.

Reporting to the Director of EFM, the Associate Director of EFM: Engineering & Maintenance is responsible for leading on the strategic direction and operational management of the estate maintenance and engineering infrastructure across the university’s large-scale and complex estate portfolio, which serves as a crucial enabler to the realisation of the University’s Vision and Strategic Plan.

You will deliver a customer centric, performance driven service that offers demonstrable best value, through a multidisciplinary in-house team consisting of circa 140 staff, as well as a diverse spectrum of contractor partners.

We are seeking an individual with significant career experience in engineering leadership roles across large scale, operational property portfolios, together with a track record of planning and executing transformation programmes resulting in performance improvement in the areas of engineering, maintenance and estate compliance.  The role calls for a leader that is a natural collaborator with excellent stakeholder management skills and a customer-centric approach to delivering engineering and maintenance services.

The University offers a compelling reward package including extensive wellbeing, lifestyle, training and development benefits as a well as a very generous pension scheme and annual leave allowance (41 days leave including UK public holidays and university closure days).   

To learn more about the role and opportunity visit the candidate brochure here. (should you require this in an alternative format please contact  

For a briefing discussion please contact our retained advisors David Craven ( and Michael Hewlett ( of MRG. 

Applications should consist of a CV and supporting statement and should be sent to and

Closing date for applications: 19th May 2024

We build teams of people from different heritages and lifestyles from across the world, whose talent and contributions complement each other to greatest effect. We believe diversity in all its forms delivers greater impact through research, teaching and student experience.

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