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Assistant Director - South West Landscapes & Infrastructure

Assistant Director - South West Landscapes & Infrastructure

Posted 18 June by National Trust

The National Trust is a conservation charity that recognises the importance of our nation’s heritage and open spaces and wants to preserve them for everyone to enjoy. This is a rare opportunity to join the South West Regional Management Team and to bring the National Trust’s strategy to life in the South West. You will provide inspirational, inclusive leadership for the Wiltshire Landscape (which includes the Stonehenge and Avebury World Heritage Site) and Cotswolds Countryside portfolios, and sponsor South West landscapes and infrastructure projects and programmes.

This role is a 2 year Fixed Term contract.

First interviews 2nd July (online) second  interviews 8th July

What it's like to work here

The National Trust is Europe’s largest conservation charity, recently voted 19th Best Not for Profit Origination to work for in the recent Sunday Times survey We have a clear Playing Our Part strategy. This role will be multi-faceted, high pressure at times, demanding and rewarding, and every day will be different. You will require the ability to think strategically, to develop and communicate compelling visions for places, whilst having a practical understanding of day to day operational property management and being able to turn plans into reality. You will need to prioritise and manage your time, as well as giving clear guidance to your teams about their priorities.

The National Trust places an emphasis on effective leadership of self and teams, and on leadership values and behaviours. You will need to be able to communicate effectively and build rapport with a diverse range of people, from Trustees and senior external stakeholders to our operational teams on the ground (staff and volunteers) and local communities. There are established teams and a wealth of knowledge in the Trust and amongst partners about our properties. The work you will be doing will draw on and build on that knowledge and the progress made to date.

Follow the links to see our strategy and our views and responses to the road schemes.

For more information please visit features/strategy

For more information please visit projects/stonehenge-a303-road-improvement-scheme

For more information please visit crickley-hill/projects/crickley-hill-and-the-a417-road-improvement-scheme

What you'll be doing

We are looking for an experienced manager and leader. You will lead the Wiltshire Landscape and Cotswolds Countryside portfolios, managing and developing the operational teams. You will support the General Managers to develop and deliver the Property Business Plans, including budgets and KPIs, and monitor portfolio performance. You also manage South West landscape and infrastructure projects and programmes, with an immediate focus at Stonehenge and Crickley Hill in response to Highways England’s proposed major road schemes. These projects and programmes are complex, working to influence and deliver outcomes both on and off Trust property. Co-creating and communicating compelling visions for conservation, access and visitor experience, building the plans and business cases for investment, and seeing these through into delivery is a central part of this role.

You will lead co-ordination of input and responses to informal and formal highways consultations, working with colleagues to actively co-ordinate our public communications and media responses. You will lead, motivate and support the project teams; setting direction, co-ordinating activities, drawing on and balancing technical advice from multiple specialist work streams, taking responsibility for successful implementation within the Trust’s governance structures. Building a sense of shared purpose and understanding across the matrix and dispersed team is important. You will need to take a long-term perspective, planning and thinking ahead to identify opportunities and mitigate risks before they arise.

The significance and profile of these portfolios and sites, shared ownership and management arrangements, and the multiple stakeholders involved, fundamentally mean that you will do this through developing, understanding, negotiating and managing excellent relationships. You will seek creative and practical solutions to difficult problems.

This role will require you to share your time between different National Trust offices and South West properties. Main office base will be in the SW but is flexible depending on applicant. For further information about the role, please see the role profile attached.

Who we're looking for

You will manage and support the General Managers, property, project and specialist teams to develop and deliver the Property Business Plans, ensuring excellent day to day operational delivery across the portfolios. You will co-create and communicate compelling visions for conservation, access and visitor experience, building plans and business cases for investment and seeing these through into delivery.

With a track record in creating positive and results-focussed work and team environments, you will foster individual development, commitment and accountability. Encouraging collaboration and open and effective communication will provide a foundation for collective success. Working closely with and involving national and regional colleagues, drawing on their specialist knowledge and experience, and ensuring that the property and project teams are integrated with regional colleagues will be essential. Being able to manage and support teams through change is an important aspect of the role.

The National Trust owns over 800 hectares of land in the Stonehenge World Heritage Site. We also jointly own and manage Crickley Hill situated in the Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Managing South West landscape and infrastructure projects and programmes, an immediate focus of the role will be leading on the National Trust’s response to Highways England’s major road schemes at Stonehenge (A303) and Crickley Hill (A417). In this you will closely collaborate with and draw support from senior colleagues, specialists and the project teams. You will work with local communities, diverse and high level stakeholders (internal and external) and partners to influence scheme designs, deliver improved heritage and nature conservation outcomes, and develop new visitor access and experiences that reflect the stories and international significance of these places.

Depending on capacity and opportunity, you may also lead on other major projects or programmes within the region.


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