Head of Estates and Technology Services

Organisation: The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Salary: £60687

Location: Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Edinburgh, EH3 5LR

Full-time, permanent post, based in Edinburgh. Hybrid working arrangements may be possible
Starting salary £60,687 plus civil service pension, generous holiday entitlement and other benefits

RBGE is a world leading botanical institute and international visitor attraction taking positive action for plants and people; from local communities across Scotland, to more than 40 countries around the world. Our priority is to tackle the biodiversity crisis and the climate emergency and support the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Our work builds on over 350 years of history as a scientific botanic garden, a centre of excellence for plant conservation and education, the globally important botanical collections in our care, and our extensive international partnerships.

We are looking to recruit an experienced estates professional with either expertise in managing the delivery of technology solutions across an organisation, or a keen interest in developing knowledge and skills in this arena to lead our Estates and Technology Services team. Reporting to the Director of Resources & Planning, you will provide leadership in all aspects of estates, facilities, and technology management operational delivery – ensuring that services show continuous improvement and evolve with changing colleague and stakeholder requirements through developing and maintaining secure, resilient, and fit for purpose digital and physical estate environments at all four RBGE sites.

This is a key post in our senior leadership team and will be critical to the success of our continued ability to maximise our assets and facilities towards a net zero and sustainable future. Applicants will need to have experience of delivering estates, sustainability and asset management strategies, as well leading teams to deliver a variety of planned, preventative, and reactive maintenance projects.

Full details of the role and responsibilities can be found in the Head of Estates and Technology Services recruitment brochure available on the RBGE website linked below.

Although we see this as a full-time role (37 hours per week), applications will also be considered from exceptional candidates looking to work on a part-time basis.

To apply please email with:
• your CV
• a covering letter outlining the skills, knowledge and experience you’d bring to the post
• a completed equal opportunities questionnaire (available on the RBGE website)

Closing date: Midday (GMT) on Thursday, 14 December 2023
Interview date: Monday, 15 January 2024

To arrange an informal discussion about the role, please contact Fiona Parker at

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been short-listed. No recruitment agencies please.