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Corporate Solutions
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Job Description




Job Title

Director of Higher & Further Education – Strategic Advisory


Business Unit

Strategic Business Advisory





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Overall Purpose of Job

Our story

Our Canadian-born business was founded in 1978 and has become a global organisation that now spans 120 locations across 20 countries. Our expansion has been rapid, but what matters most is the common belief that drives all 5,000 of our people to be a different type of real estate organisation. We believe that the places in which we live, work and play have the power to make us happier and healthier, and we are united by a shared sense of purpose, to have a positive impact on people’s lives. In short, we are a global commercial real estate advisory firm with a simple aim: for real estate to play a leading role in creating vibrant buildings, cities and places that deliver long-lasting social value and economic impact.


Why work for us?

We believe our industry is changing and we want our business to be a company of curious minds, passionate hearts and strategic intelligence. At Avison Young, we are committed to hiring people from all walks of life who have a collaborative style and innovations focus; we believe a diverse and embracing workforce makes for a stronger, more capable and competitive company. We will provide you with a place where you can step up and change the game.


Collaboration is embedded in the way we work – our people have the autonomy to collaborate on client relationships, engage teams across the business, lead operations, work collectively on projects, participate in strategy and are ultimately responsible for our growth.


Our distinctive Principal-led, privately-owned model puts us in the enviable position of being able to offer every employee the opportunity to own a share of our business and inspires and allows anyone to become a Principal. This role carries voting rights, so our people have a very real say in the future direction and operation of our business. This means that we are able to attract, engage and retain the best talent.


Why this job?

The purpose of this role is to:

1)       Support Higher & Further Education institutions solve complex estate-related challenges

2)      Help ensure that the sector secures value-added services from our full range of service lines

3)      Significantly grow revenue generated from the sector through the provision of responsive, high quality, insightful services.




Main Duties, Responsibilities & Accountabilities


Avison Young wishes to appoint an H&FE business leader to establish itself as the service provider of choice to the H&F BE sector.    The role will involve coordinating existing AY business units and resources to provide a range of key business services to universities.


The appointee will be a focal point to deliver business opportunities, leveraging on their experience and reputation within the sector.


Working with the Association of University Directors of Estates (AUDE) as a Business Partner organisation, British Universities Finance Directors Group (BUFDG) and the Higher Education Design Quality Forum (HEDQF) the H&E lead will maximise AY’s presence within the sector.


The role also requires winning and delivering engagements with universities for the provision of a range of strategic property services including estate strategies, decision support services, feasibility studies, business cases, asset management plans, organisation reviews, efficiency reviews, planning, management, acquisition, development and disposal services.  The precise nature of these services will to an extent depend upon the experience and subject matter expertise of the candidate.








Desired Knowledge, Skills and Experience



·        15+ years experience in sector, or a significant track record in other sectors

·        The appointee is well known, recognized and respected within the H&FE community

·        Strong Delivery Track Record

·        Extensive experience of developing strategies and business cases

·        The candidate is likely to have managed a department with internal delivery team, (preferably in an HE Institution), as well as third party contracts, large programmes and capital projects.

·        A wide network of external relationships with established relationships with constructors, construction related professional practices, legal firms and developers.

·        Comfortable with promoting and coordinating a wide range of services to the sector (delivered by AY service lines) including Post-Covid review of working practices, the repurposing of redundant office accommodation, carbon neutral strategies, condition surveys and the rationalisation of estates assets, capital programme development, commercialisation of existing assets, identifying third-party funding for capital developments, annual business plans, key Performance Indicators (KPIs), service level statements, performance diagnostics, reviewing organisational structures, reviewing statutory compliance