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Assistant Project Manager: Estates Capital Projects

Brighton College
Brighton, East Sussex
£40,000 per annum
Closing date
5 Jun 2023

Job Details

Brighton College is seeking to appoint an Assistant Project Manager: Estates Capital Projects. This is a great opportunity to make your mark at the College and develop your career by delivering high quality, affordable and innovative projects on the ground swiftly.  We welcome your ideas and creativity. 

This role will report into the Head of Estates Capital Projects and will lead on the successful delivery of a broad portfolio of capital projects, typically up to a value of £600k per project, and frequently with up to 30 projects running concurrently.  The role will have close contact with the Operations Bursar to help drive forward our commitment to deliver outstanding spaces and experiences for our pupils, staff and guests. 

Key aspects:

  • Under the guidance of the Head of Estates Capital Projects, manage a defined portfolio of refurb projects (all those delivered by third party contractors; keeping a watching brief on smaller refurbs managed via inhouse service team).  
  • Form a clear overview of the project planning schedule (what is happening when), with liaison with other key members of staff for impact. 
  • Work with the Head of Estates Capital Projects, to develop best practice ideas from elsewhere into tangible designs, affordable and of high quality on the ground.
  • Contribute to the longer-term programme planning of projects, 3-5 years, assisting with the refresh of project management procurement, commissioning and monitoring techniques.
  • Supporting the Head of Estates Capital Projects with paying invoices on time and in a managed way, organising key project tasks under direction and with support to keep projects on track.
  • Reporting of project progress to stakeholders.
  • Contribute to the delivery of the estates capital delivery programme.
  • Ensure that sustainable practices are followed when designing, overseeing and delivering projects. This may include working with the Head of Energy and Sustainability to introduce the use of sustainable materials, responsible waste management and implementation of energy and water efficiency measures in refurbishments.
  • With support from your line manager, ensure project compliance: Planning permissions, listed planning, building control applications and sign off, fire strategy and regulations and contractor documentation, where required on each project are adhered to.
  • Taking an inclusive approach throughout.
  • Work with your line manager to develop your learning and development plan, including identifying and making the business case for any relevant training or other opportunities to enable you to perform well in role. 

Essential criteria:

  • Experience of delivering projects, or in a related project management / coordinator role.
  • An understanding of construction procedures and material and project management principles.
  • Knowledge of current construction and safety legislation.
  • Familiarity with quality and health and safety standards.
  • Outstanding communication and negotiation skills.
  • Excellent organizational and time-management skills.
  • A collaborative leader and team player.
  • A confident communicator which will involve chairing meetings, taking an active role in project debate.
  • An exemplary level of customer service in dealing with all internal and external stakeholders.
  • Computer literate and competent in the use of Microsoft software packages and Project Management programmes and Gantt charts.
  • Be able to work occasionally outside of normal College business hours, taking a turn at being on call.

Desirable criteria:

  • A construction professional holding a degree level or equivalent qualification or demonstratable level of experience.
  • Experience of working in a project delivery or estates role in either the following sectors: education, hospitality and hotels, construction, housing, or other related sector.
  • Experienced at running a portfolio of projects, especially internal building refurbishments to time and budget.
  • Familiarity with construction/project management software.
  • Membership, or working towards accreditation of an appropriate professional body e.g. RIBA, RICS, CIOB.
  • Ability to demonstrate a full understanding of the Construction, Design and Management Regulations 2015.
  • Able to showcase a range of completed projects in the education, hospitality, or similar working environment in the UK or overseas.

Safeguarding responsibilities:

  • This role will involve daily contact with pupils, and you will be engaging in regulated activity relevant to children.
  • All staff and volunteers have a responsibility for promoting and safeguarding the welfare of children and young persons for whom you are responsible and with whom you come into contact. 

Hours of work:

  • 8.30am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday inclusive, with a one-hour unpaid lunch break.
  • Flexible approach needed to work beyond core hours to complete projects.
  • There is some flexibility available with regards to the hours, to be agreed during the interview. 


  • 20 days, in addition to bank holidays. Rising to 25 days after two years' service.
  • Please note that no more than three continuous days in the latter part of July and August may be taken. 


  • Significantly subsidised gym membership for the School of Science and Sport is available, which includes access to yoga and Pilates classes and use of the gym and swimming pool (for eligible staff).  
  • Healthy heart checks.
  • Meditation sessions. 
  • Access to books, magazines and DVDs from the College Library. 


  • Complimentary lunch is provided.
  • Free tickets to the College’s music, dance and drama performances.
  • Job-specific Learning and Development programme available to all employees.
  • Life Cover is provided whilst working at Brighton College after successfully passing probation period (for eligible staff).
  • Brighton College provides a contributory pension scheme, which all eligible employees will be automatically enrolled into within three months of commencement of employment.
  • Perkbox:  Employee* benefit and rewards platform that provides access to a wide range of discounts, employee benefits and wellbeing resources. 
    *Eligible staff are those who are exclusively employed at Brighton College and on a permanent, contracted hours basis.


Brighton College is one of the UK’s leading schools and the oldest public school in Sussex.

The College was recently named ‘England's School of the Decade’ by The Sunday Times. The award was given on the basis of our exceptional examination results as well as our fundamental emphasis on kindness and social engagement.

The Sunday Times also named Brighton College ‘England’s Independent School of the Year 2019’, the second time in a decade the school has won this accolade. The Week magazine named Brighton College ‘Most forward-thinking school in Britain’ for two years running in 2017 and 2018. Tatler magazine awarded Richard Cairns the title of ‘Head Master of the Year 2012-13’, and Brighton College was named UK ‘Independent School of the Year 2013- 14’ at the Independent Schools Awards. The last full ISI inspection in 2015 awarded the College the top grade in every category including ‘Exceptional’ for teaching and learning.

The Brighton College family of schools also includes Brighton College Nursery, Pre-Prep & Prep School, St Christopher’s School and Handcross Park, educating a further 1,150 children aged 3 to 13. Overseas, the College has opened Brighton College Abu Dhabi, Brighton College Al Ain, Brighton College Dubai and Brighton College Bangkok, with Brighton College Singapore the most recent addition, having opened in September 2020.

There has also been major investment in new facilities over the last ten years. This has seen the construction of five major buildings on the main site, including the new £55m School of Science and Sport which opened in January 2020, which includes eighteen state-of-the-art laboratories alongside a new sports hall, 25-metre swimming pool, fitness centre and roof-top running track. Other recent additions include two new boarding houses, a state-of-the-art Music School and the Yeoh Building, a teaching building which includes 22 classrooms for maths, history, economics, politics and EAL, alongside an innovative Creative Learning Centre, opened in 2017.

Above all, Brighton is a very happy place where staff and pupils feel fulfilled and purposeful. We are proud to have taken a progressive stand on diversity, equality and inclusion and we are committed to furthering this agenda through our teaching, and all aspects of the life of the school. We are a member of the School Inclusion Alliance and an important aspect of our vision for education is to increase diversity among our teaching staff to enrich all aspects of the life of the College and provide diverse role models for all pupils. We pride ourselves on being a warm, inclusive and respectful community, where our staff are welcoming and positive and our pupils are intellectually curious and kind.

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