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British Antarctic Survey - Head of Polar Estates - Cambridge

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Head of Polar Estates - Cambridge

Please quote ref no: BAS 73/16a

Closing date for applications: 05 Feb 2017

Main Description

The British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is looking for a Head of Polar Estates to provide leadership, strategic vision and management of the BAS Estates Team in order to support delivery of world class science in some of the most inhospitable places on earth.

To be successful in this post, you will need to demonstrate your experience of large infrastructure projects and have proven leadership and management experience. You will need a proven track-record of managing budgets and processing budgetary information. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are vital to communicate fluently and persuasively to a range of staff and stakeholders. Flexibility is a must to respond to changes and encourage others to engage with change processes.

This is an exciting position for someone with relevant industrial project management experience to lead and manage an lively and enthusiastic team.


HNC/HND in a construction / engineering industry qualification or equivalent experience


Open Ended Appointment


In the range of £45,271 to £49,207 per annum

Online application forms and further information are available on our website at

These are also available from the Human Resources Section, British Antarctic Survey, High Cross, Madingley Road, Cambridge, CB3 0ET. Tel: (01223) 221508.

We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome.

British Antarctic Survey has for over 60 years undertaken scientific research in both Antarctica and the Arctic. BAS is currently recruiting for a variety of staff to support the stations for the coming Antarctic seasons, on both 6 and 18 month contracts.

BAS is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). Based in Cambridge, United Kingdom, it has, for over 60 years, undertaken the majority of Britain's scientific research on and around the Antarctic continent. It now shares that continent with scientists from over thirty countries.

BAS employs over 400 staff, and supports three stations in the Antarctic, at Rothera, Halley and Signy, and two stations on South Georgia, at King Edward Point and Bird Island. The Antarctic operations and science programmes are executed and managed from Cambridge, and rely on a wide-ranging team of professional staff.

BAS has a long and distinguished history of carrying out research and surveys in the Antarctic and surrounding regions, undertaking most of the British research on the frozen continent. The close linking of our science programmes with essential logistics support makes us very effective in carrying out the complicated and sophisticated scientific field programmes that are necessary today.

As a major research centre of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), we:

  • Provide a national capability for Antarctic science and logistics
  • Carry out scientific research, long-term observations and surveys that cannot be done by anyone else in the UK 
  • Provide a focus for international co-operation and programme co-ordination
  • Concentrate on issues fundamental to NERC’s science strategy and conservation of the Antarctic environment.


Visit our website at for more details.


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