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Programme Manager

  • £60,000 - £70,000
  • Permanent
  • Duxford, UK
  • 16994

Ayer Associates, an independent, multi-disciplinary development, property and facilities management consultancy and primary estates consultant to the Imperial War Museums (IWM), is seeking to appoint a Programme Manager to lead the delivery of a capital programme based out of its Duxford site in Cambridgeshire. 


Ayer Associates was founded to offer a range of land, development, property and facilities management consultancy services to clients across the private and public sectors – and we are proud to have been appointed at the lead estates consultant partner to the Imperial War Museums.


The IWM has a portfolio of five museums that uncover the causes, course and consequences of war, from the First World War through to present-day conflict.  IWM Duxford is Europe's largest air museum.  IWM Duxford’s historic site includes a vast range of enormous hangars, gigantic aircraft, a live airfield and a wide collection of exhibitions, collections and hospitality and events space.


The IWM has secured significant funding from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport to sustain and improve its estate portfolio.  The Programme Manager will lead the delivery of the £multi-million masterplan and capital programme, which is largely centred at the Duxford site, overseeing a diverse spectrum of development, infrastructure, conservation and sustainability projects.   Whilst the emphasis of this role will be on the Duxford site, there is also a need to support capital investment across IWM’s other sites.


The successful candidate will possess experience of leading the delivery of capital programmes and projects consisting of refurbishment, lifecycle and infrastructure projects, preferably gained on estates and projects of a comparable nature to those found at the IWM. You will have experience of reporting on projects and programmes from a cost, contract and risk perspective and will relish the challenge of achieving value from a large scale and diverse capital programme.  Excellent leadership and management skills will be essential to be successful in the role, due to the significant stakeholder management requirements and the need to lead and motivate project teams made up of internal and external colleagues.


This role represents a fantastic and rare opportunity for a projects and programme management professional to lead a transformational capital programme across an iconic museum and visitor attraction portfolio.  The Candidate Brief can be viewed at


For a confidential discussion please contact our retained search advisors Nick Coppard ( or Ben Duffill ( of MRG.  Applications should consist of a CV and Covering Letter and should be sent to   



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