Interim Director of Facilities Management

12 month fixed-term contract

Salary: £60,000 per annum

Bristol Zoological Society is world-famous. Established in 1835, the Society is a charity dedicated to saving wildlife together. We do this through conservation action and engaging people with the natural world.  We achieve our mission through operating two zoos, Bristol Zoo Gardens and Wild Place Project, engaging with visitors, delivering formal and informal education programmes, and through a series of science and field conservation programmes.

Bristol Zoo Gardens is the fifth oldest zoo in the world and in 2013 we opened Wild Place Project, our second zoo, located on a rural site in South Gloucestershire. Wild Place Project has been expanding rapidly: in 2017 we opened a new Giraffe House and a major new exhibit, Bear Wood, is due to open in July this year.

A new Strategy to 2025 has recently been agreed with Trustees and shared with staff and our shareholders. It is a bold and ambitious plan, which recognises the importance of developing a sustainable long-term future for Bristol Zoological Society. In particular the need for the Society to ensure that our facilities are efficiently and effectively maintained; our activities are delivered in a safe and secure way; and that our impact on the environment is considered in all that we do.

In order to realise this ambition, we are seeking a well-rounded individual; someone with wisdom and leadership; a man or woman who inherently understands the importance of the management of our facilities and how to realise their potential in the context of two busy visitor attractions. We hope that you will bring a blend of skills, experience and character traits that will allow you to thrive and flourish in our organisation. Your character is as important as your professional skills.

You will be comfortable and conversant in all aspects of Facilities Management for a mid-sized organisation in a consumer-facing business or charity. Significant relevant Facilities Management experience is essential, as this is at the heart of the role, in particular a demonstrable knowledge of relevant legislation and regulation to ensure compliance in all that we do. You will be able to demonstrate previous success in managing change, in particular change to ensure the highest standards of maintenance, safety and security.

This is a busy and varied role, with multiple projects and initiatives underway and more to come! You will need to be an excellent multi-tasker, with a real commitment to building and supporting your team. The ability to get things done through others is also a must, so that your time can be focused on real priorities for our Society. Importantly, this is also a role where you will need to be prepared to roll up your sleeves and lead by example.

Closing date for applications is noon on Friday 16th August 2019.

To register your interest and request an information pack please contact our HR team on 0117 428 5308 or email

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