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The British Museum
Operations Strategic Planning
Design and Space Strategy Manager
Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Visitors can travel the world and experience the collections from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the ancient world, including iconic objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, the Lewis Chessman and Egyptian mummies. We receive around six million visitors a year and are the UK’s top visitor attraction. The range of activity is impressive: examples of projects include our tremendously well-received and popular radio series A History of the World in 100 Objects; an on-going £135m building project to construct new exhibition spaces, conservation studios and provide high quality storage for the most vulnerable parts of our collection; and a wealth of projects in collaboration with partners locally, nationally and across the globe.
The post will require someone to take responsibility for developing, maintaining and updating a space use strategy ensuring that all the Museum’s short, medium and long term needs are met. Additionally, you will also be required to develop and monitor guidelines for all design aspects of building-related projects within the context of a space use strategy across all Museum properties.
An essential part of the role will be establishing good working relationships both within and outside the Museum, in particular working closely with the line manager for this role; the Head of Operations Strategic Planning when developing key space and design strategies. You will work closely with senior managers across the Museum on all space related needs, be able to advise the Operations Programme Management team on any queries relating to proposals made by architects & other external parties. The Design and Space Strategy Manager role is expected to develop and ensure that Museum wide guidelines and standards for the use of space are in line with Government and other relevant standards. It will also take into account the restrictions and limitations of the Museum’s complex estate, whilst ensuring that all operational records of space allocation are being accurately maintained by the FM provider in line with the requirements of the FM contract. It is expected to successfully use the Museum’s Conservation Plan to champion the conservation of the architecture of the building with all relevant stakeholders, provide input on all design and space strategy matters, for the on-going development of the new build World Conservation and Exhibition Centre project.
The ideal candidate will be educated to degree level and have a relevant professional qualification. A related post graduate design qualification would also be desirable but is not essential to the role. You will also hold a RIBA or equivalent recognised design qualification with experience of working in a strategic property or facilities management role, with proven experience of preparing and presenting reports to Boards or Committees and has the ability to work with partners and stakeholders. Experience of working in a cultural or visitor attraction within a design based role would be preferred. The skills required of the successful candidate are diplomacy, ability to influence, good written, communication and presentation skills and experience of problem solving.
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Closing date: 12 noon, Wednesday 19th December 2012.