Maxwell Stephens and Kindred Group

Background

Kindred Group are an online gambling operator consisting of 13 major brands within the sector, including Unibet, 32Red and Bingo.com. Despite advertising the job themselves, the group required support with the recruitment of a Head of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management, as as a result of a competitive tender process, they made the decision to partner exclusively with Maxwell Stephens Recruitment to fill this position.

The Position

The key priority for this position was to support Kindred Group’s organic and acquisitional growth, as well as delivering a great place to work for over 1,400 employees in offices across the globe, including the 4 main locations of the UK, Malta, Sweden and Gibraltar.
The successful candidate would have a real impact on the overarching strategic management of the group’s real estate property portfolio, in addition to overseeing all facilities related operations for the group. This would also involve directing and monitoring vendors and other service providers as required to ensure the scalability and localisation of all real estate and facilities services.

The post holder would also be required to direct a range of projects such as employee and department moves, building maintenance, refurbishments, fit-outs and disaster planning. Developing annual operating and capital budgets was also required in order to implement effective cost management and achieve budgets. As well as those detailed above, this wide ranging senior position involved numerous other duties and responsibilities which included but were not limited to: leading delivery of workplace and footprint strategies; overseeing vendor selection processes; developing annual performance objectives; designing and approving floor plans; providing regular status reports to senior management team and leading the negotiation of leases and purchases.

The Candidate

Due to the level of responsibility and seniority of the position, applicable and extensive experience was a necessity for the ideal candidate. The post required a candidate with at least 10 years experience of corporate real estate and facilities management, as well as extensive previous management experience. The post holder would also need experience of leading corporate real estate projects and project budget
management, as well as experience with designing and coordinating Disaster Preparedness Plans.

The ideal candidate would be degree qualified, preferably with a focusing Real Estate, FM disciplines, Finance or Business. Advanced specialist knowledge was also a key requirement in areas such as HVAC, mechanical systems, building safety, OSHA and ADA codes, blueprints and schematics.

The nature of the position required a strategic thinker with the ability to provide leadership and guidance to a wide variety of stakeholders within the organisation. Strong business partnering and relationship management skills were also a key requirement.

The Results

Following a successful competitive tender process, extensive initial consultations were carried out to gain a comprehensive knowledge of the organisation, it’s corporate culture and ethos, and the better understand the requirements of the role and the ideal candidate.

A shortlist of five exceptional candidates was provided to Kindred Group, three of which were invited to interview for the position, resulting in an offer being made and successfully filling the position.

I could not have asked for more…

I am thrilled to have secured my position with Kindred Group, I can’t thank the team at Maxwell Stephens enough for their help and support throughout the whole process. They were always a pleasure to deal with, always came back to me when they said they would, followed up, offered advice and support. I could not have asked for more!

Liza Viney, Head of Corporate Real Estate and Facilities Management
Kindred Group