Statutory Compliance Lead

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  • Job Reference: REF/ 389
  • Job Title: Statutory Compliance Lead
  • Location: Cambridge
  • Basic Salary Range: Up £65,000 + Excellent Benefits & Opportunities
  • Job Type: Full Time
  • Posted 3 weeks ago

About The University of Cambridge

Founded in 1209, The University of Cambridge has been at the forefront of academic study and research for over eight centuries. The University of Cambridge is the fourth-oldest university in the world. Among their alumni they have 110 Nobel Prize Laureates, 47 Heads of State and 190 Olympic Medallists. Cambridge is a globally diverse institution and their students come from over 147 different countries.

Mission and Core Values

The University’s mission is to contribute to society through the pursuit of education, learning and research at the highest international levels of excellence.

Estates Division

The University of Cambridge has the largest operational estates in Higher Education with some 370 teaching, academic and research buildings with a total footprint of 723,000 square metres, plus more than 1000 residential units.     The operational estate is valued at £3.4 billion and comprises a diverse range of teaching, research and support facilities housed in a multitude of building types from Grade 1 Listed buildings to state-of-the-art laboratories.

The Estates Division is the custodian of the University Estate, with responsibility for  high-level strategic planning and development, the delivery of new construction, refurbishment and asset replacement programmes, and the operation and maintenance of the estate.

Scope of the role

This key role is responsible for ensuring that the University Estate is fully compliant with all necessary regulatory and statutory requirements covering areas such as fire safety, asbestos, gas and oil, electrical systems, pressure systems, water hygiene and other associated mechanical and electrical services.

The individual will manage a specialist statutory compliance team comprising in-house experts supported by a range of external consultants and contractors.  They will drive high levels of compliance performance, develop strategies for the future delivery of such services and provide management information for the Estate Division leadership team and University safety committees.


This role reports to the Head of Asset Management within the Estates Operations section.

What You’ll Be Doing

  • You will develop and lead a high performing Statutory Compliance Team, providing effective resource planning, line management, performance management, training and development.
  • You will ensure that all regulatory and legislative compliance responsibilities are fulfilled for the University estate.
  • As well as this you will promote the improvement and efficiency of statutory compliance services by implementing a programme of audits and reviews, and by acting upon the findings.
  • You will work closely with the University Safety Office to ensure that all University policies, procedures, codes of practice and guidance notes relating to statutory compliance are kept up to date and are regularly reviewed.
  • You will work closely with multiple stakeholders, providing professional guidance to them regarding health, safety and compliance.
  • You will provide regular objective and accurate reporting, monitoring and assurance of all areas of estates compliance.
  • You will contribute to the long-term strategy for delivery of statutory compliance and maintenance related works, ensuring these are managed effectively to deliver the safety, commercial and quality requirements of the University.


  • You have a strong working knowledge of statutory compliance legalisation, regulation and good practice relating to the built environment.
  • You have demonstrable experience of driving high standards of statutory compliance performance within a large and diverse estate.
  • You have demonstrable leadership experience in building, leading and developing effective compliance teams.
  • You have experience in defining compliance and maintenance works delivery strategy and policy.
  • You have experience in compiling compliance data and reports, in conducting audits of activities and information provided by third parties, and in providing effective management information.


  • Strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Competent in identifying methods and processes for effective operations.
  • Proactively and effectively manage risks, issues and problems.
  • Ability to multi-task and to manage a large and complex workload.
  • Are able to plan and monitor the work of team members and take accountability for their performance.


  • Relevant professional Health and Safety Qualification (such as an IOSH or NEBOSH)
  • An appropriate degree or substantial vocational experience that is suited to this role

About You

This post requires first class interpersonal skills with an ability to communicate with all stakeholders both internal and external to the University of Cambridge at all levels. For success in this role you will also need be a strong team player who uses initiative but with a consultative approach. Holding a strong customer focus you will be committed to excellence in service delivery.


This is an exciting time to join one of the world’s oldest and most successful universities globally.

The University of Cambridge is committed in its pursuit of academic excellence to equality of opportunity and to a proactive and inclusive approach to equality, which supports and encourages all under-represented groups, promotes an inclusive culture, and values diversity so If you’re looking for a new challenge and would like excellent benefits, extensive learning opportunities and a stimulating working environment in return for your skills and contribution please apply today.

For a confidential conversation please get in touch with our engaged consultants at Maxwell Stephens; either Peter Forshaw ( or by telephone on 0207 118 4848.

To apply please send both a CV and a couple of paragraphs on why you feel you are suited to this exciting requirement to with reference:

All direct and third-party applications will be forwarded to Maxwell Stephens.


Closing Date:  Friday 10th June 2022


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