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The role: strategy and property review manager, Islington LBC.

Describe the responsibilities of this role

This manager will provide strategic advice on the most efficient management of corporate assets. Islington has in the region of£2.6bn of assets, so this is a large-scale role. Smart working and sustainability are key aspects of the use of assets within Islington, and the manager will work across departments to aid them in maximising service delivery through optimising the use of corporate assets.

Who does this role report to?

The role reports to the assistant director of property. Given the strategic nature of the job, there will also be close contact with the executive member for resources.

What is the appeal of this role?

The successful candidate will be working within one of the largest local authority corporate property portfolios. Islington has a broad range of regeneration projects, in a borough with a diverse community, both from a residential and commercial perspective. The council is also working on a number of groundbreaking initiatives, including a renewable energy project that is currently in place in 30 sites across the council. This is an opportunity to work within a small team in a highly visible role within the council.

What career background might perspective candidates have?

We expect this person to be a senior professional in a strategic corporate real estate role. Ideally someone with a mix of public and private sector experience would be most appropriate. Experience of working with consultants in long-term partnerships would also be beneficial.

What key attributes and skills are required for the role?

Drive and determination, coupled with the ability to interpret the needs of various service delivery teams are essential. The post holder must have the ability to work across the council, with the new chief executive and directors, as well as staff responsible for service delivery. Working within a small team they will need to be proactive in building these relationships and comfortable with working to long term goals and strategies.

What are the future prospects for somebody moving into this role?

This role would be a stepping stone in to a head of service role, but could also lead to senior roles within private sector property consultancies.

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