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The British Government is an inclusive and diversity-friendly employer.  We value difference, promote equality and challenge discrimination, enhancing our organisational capability. We welcome and encourage applications from people of all backgrounds. We do not discriminate on the basis of disability, race, colour, ethnicity, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, veteran status or other category protected by law. We promote family-friendly flexible working opportunities, where operational and security needs allow.

We are recruiting to fill the position below:


Job Title: Estates Manager

Job ID: 09/21 LOSLocation: LagosGrade: Executive Officer (EO)Job Category: Other British Government Departments (Partners across Government, including UK Visas) Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (Operations and Corporate Services)Working Hours: 35Job Subcategory: EstatesNumber of Vacancies: 1Type of Position: PermanentStart Date: 1 March 2023

Main Purpose of Job

We are looking for an organised and pro-active Estates Manager to spearhead the operation and upkeep of the British Deputy High Commission Lagos estate.
The successful candidate will be responsible for the management of all estates operations, including staff and contractors. They will also lead on estates projects, operations and supplier management to ensure a safe and compliant platform for all staff, with support from Technical Works Supervisors.
This is an exciting and fast-paced job that offers real responsibility.

The job-holder plays a crucial role:

Managing the High Commission’s estate across Lagos, Nigeria (Inc. both offices and residential properties) to deliver high quality office space and housing for staff, against detailed policies and achieving good value for money in line with UK government policy
Participating in the development of estates related tender documents and contracts
Ensuring strong contract management for all current estates contracts
Liaising with internal and external stakeholders to deliver a substantial office refurbishment project.
Managing all facilities – including maintaining relevant registers, inventories and detailed documentation, liaising with a Technical Works team to ensure the whole estate meets compliance standards including health & safety requirements, implementing and overseeing a comprehensive  preventative maintenance schedule, and ensuring a highly effective system for addressing reactive maintenance needs.
Line-manage: Estates Foreman, Estates Supervisor and Estates Asset Officer, creating a supportive, inclusive and personal development orientated work environment for all Estates and TWG Staffs;

Roles and ResponsibilitiesEstates:

Ensure Implementation of the FCDO estates guidance and housing policy including participation in the British Deputy High Commission’s Post Housing Committee
Oversee the sourcing of accommodation for all UK officers in conjunction with the TWS, HCS and Post Housing Committee
Ensure that Plannon records are updated regularly
Line Management of 3 x Estates Staff (Estates Foreman, Estates Supervisor and Estates Asset Officer)
Develop and implement an Estates and Assets Management Plan for Lagos that highlights key priorities for maintenance, refurbishment and development.
Manage the official procurement credit card to procure goods and services for Estates, and maintain records and supporting documents for audit purposes.
Energy Management; put in place systems to measure post energy consumption and ensure that energy infrastructures are used optimally.
Overseeing the management of leases when necessary (with legal advice provided as necessary), relationships with landlords and maintaining central records on property management software);
Working closely with the Technical Works team to ensure all office and residential premises meet all requirements in line with policies, regulations, compliance standards and all maintenance and other works are planned, monitored and delivered to high technical standards
Management of estates budget (including evidence-based forecasting, monitoring, evaluating expenditure, delivering maintenance and works to budgets) and overseeing procurement, commissioning and payment of all works, maintenance and other estates-related projects, in particular realising value for money, adhering to financial procedures and meeting audit requirements
Ensure, through the Asset Officer, completion of asset register for all properties on the estate is maintained and up to date inventories of stock, goods and fixtures and fittings throughout the estate are accurate and effective controls and processes are in place


Managing Estates procurement for all transactions below the value of ÂŁ25000 (following the purchasing, payment and financial management processes and ensuring all documentation in retained for audit purposes) in line with FCDO policy;
Source from approved suppliers meeting relevant Health and Safety requirements complying with the relevant purchasing guidelines.
Maintain full up to date inventories of all properties and submit quarterly reports to CSM.
Work with post Procurement team on any Estates related tenders or contracts
Implementing new contracts identified by the British Deputy High Commission’s strategic procurement plan

Health and Safety:

Ensure the BDHC residential estate and offices meet all Health and Safety requirements in line with FCDO  guidance including: compliance with fire alarm standards, gas installation compliancy, electrical installations compliancy, provision of safe drinking water, asbestos management, amenities guidance etc.

Resources managed (staff and expenditure):

Day to day Line Management of 1 x B3 (L) Estates Foreman, 1 x B3 (L) Estates Supervisor, and 1 X A2 (L) Property Asset/ Compliance Manager. 
Estates budget approx. ÂŁ500,000

Essential Qualifications, Skills and Experience  

Degree or Higher Diploma in Facilities Management or related fields
Excellent IT skills including at least all Windows applications and bespoke financial management software
Minimum 3 years’ experience of delivering a high standard of customer service in a challenging environment
Fluent written and spoken English.
Minimum of 3 years management of estates management, budgets and procurement of the scale set out above
Contracts and quality assurance management experience

Desirable qualifications, skills and experience  

Procurement experience
Property Management and/ or Facilities Management experience
Experience of technical aspects of property or facilities management.
Health and Safety experience
Experience in Project Management

Required behaviours  

Making Effective Decisions, Managing a Quality Service, Communicating and Influencing, Working Together


Other Benefits and Conditions of Employment:

The British Deputy High Commission Lagos encourages a strong learning and development culture and a wide variety of personal development training opportunities are available to all BDHC staff.



How to ApplyInterested and qualified candidates should:Click here to apply

Application Deadline  18th January, 2023.


Please check your application carefully before you submit, as no changes can be made once submitted.
The British Deputy High Commission in Lagos is an equal opportunities employer, dedicated to inclusivity, a diverse workforce and valuing difference.
Employees recruited locally by the British Deputy High Commission in Lagos are subject to Terms and Conditions of Service according to local employment law in Nigeria.
Spouses/registered partners of UK Based Staff are able to work within the BDHC but their salary will be abated at the appropriate tax rates.
All candidates must be legally able to work and reside in the country of the vacancy with the correct visa/work permit status or demonstrate eligibility to obtain the relevant permit.
The responsibility lies on the successful candidate to Obtain the relevant permit; Pay fees for the permit; Make arrangements to relocate; Meet the costs to relocation
The British Deputy High Commission does not sponsor visas/work permits except where it may be local practice to do so.
Employees who are not liable to pay local income tax on their Mission salary may have their salaries reduced by the equivalent local income tax amount.
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