Business Manager- Council Priorities and Assets

Business Manager- Council Priorities and Assets


  • Location: Cirencester/remote working available
  • Salary: £53,065-£59,485 per annum
  • Hours: 37 per week
  • Contract Type: Permanent
  • Closing Date: 17 October 2021
  • Interview Date: 01 November 2021

Do you have experience in project delivery and asset management?…

The delivery of a programme of projects addressing our partner Councils priorities will utilise existing specialists in these fields already employed by Publica, supported by consultants but experience in asset management and coordinating challenging projects involving multiple partners and to tight deadlines, will be essential. Experience in the individual specialisms embedded within these priorities is desirable.

About the role…

We have an exciting opportunity for a Business Manager who will ensure the delivery of the top priority projects identified by Councils in their Corporate Plans, with management responsibility for the Assets (Property & Estates) and Climate Change functions. 

You will be accountable for ensuring key deliverables are agreed with Councils, effective project structures are put in place and project delivery is managed effectively, reporting on performance against agreed targets and outcomes, key milestones and budgets.  You will work closely with a range of services internally to ensure relevant specialisms are brought into each project and there is true corporate engagement.  By liaising with external partners, consultants and contractors you will ensure a clear planned public engagement and communication strategy is embedded and delivered for each project.

You will need to fully explore the opportunities to achieve multiple benefits through a single project, which contribute towards more than one priority, such as zero carbon social housing.

This role will focus on helping our partner councils deliver their priorities through effective asset management including property development, acquisitions and disposals.  It will also drive actions that will deliver against climate change strategies; assessing how we might deliver additional affordable homes, support the local economy, and develop investment proposals, as well as supporting the councils with the modernisation and improvement of services. 

This is a replacement role covering the Cotswolds, Forest of Dean and West Oxfordshire.  These beautiful areas are famous for quintessentially English market towns and villages built from honey-coloured stone and the rich outdoor environment of the Forest of Dean. Within the Districts, there are plenty of places to see and visit and a great range of outdoor activities such as hiking and cycling. 

You will need…

  • A degree related to land, property or asset management
  • A minimum of 5 years’ experience in:
    • Asset management
    • Project and/or programme management
    • Developing option appraisals and business cases
    • Managing a team
  • To be able to provide leadership within your area of specialism and actively contribute to the overall strategic direction of Publica.
  • To deliver flexible, efficient and resilient services to all partner organisations that meet their current needs and future aspirations.

For more information about this role please see the Job Description/Person Specification.

Special Conditions…

  • Use of a car for work purposes

Who are we…

Publica is a unique place to work – we’re a local government organisation with a twist! Publica wants to transform the way local services are delivered. To help do this we have started to fundamentally rethink the way we design our services in the digital era so that Publica is a customer focused organisation driven by real user needs.

What can we do for you…

  • agile working allowing a mix of home and office working
  • flexible working arrangements (depending on the role)
  • 26 days paid annual leave (pro rata if you are working part time) plus bank holidays and an extra two volunteering days off a year for you to support a charity of your choice
  • paid for health cash plan giving you cash back on health, dental and eye care
  • pension scheme with a good employer contribution of 5% of your earnings
  • paid for Employee Assistance Programme 24/7, providing positive, preventative and supportive advice and counselling to deal with everyday events and issues
  • cycle to work scheme
  • paid for access to digital financial advice (covering your pension scheme, mortgages and other finances)

These are just a handful of the benefits  that you can enjoy when you join us!

If you wish to have an informal discussion about this role, please contact Claire Locke by email Claire.locke@publicagroup.uk

Closing date: Sunday 17th October 2021 @ midnight

Interview date: W/C 1st November 2021

If you feel this is the role for you please email your CV and supporting statement detailing how you meet the criteria above by clicking on the ‘Apply for this Position’ icon within this page. Alternatively, please email us at join-us@publicagroup.uk or contact the recruitment team on 01285 623319.

Your application will not be considered if you have not provided a supporting statement, in addition to your CV.

Accredited of the disability confident scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy/ies - Please state this within your covering statement or in a separate email.

Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies. Successful candidates will be required to complete a pre-employment medical questionnaire; provide references;  proof of identity; nationality and immigration status; three years’ employment or education history (if applicable) and, in some cases, verification of criminal record.


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