Head of Property and Estates

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Oxfam GB
Oxford, OXF, United Kingdom

Oxfam GB

Published 28 days ago

November 19, 2020

Are you a nurturing people manager who has experience leading diverse multi-site teams working across a large network?


Do you have substantial knowledge of commercial and charity retailing practices?


Are you a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors?

We are looking for a Head of Property and Estates at a pivotal time of transition and change for the organisation.

You will join as we respond to the profound impact Covid-19 is having on societies around the world, to our c.600 shops across the UK, within the communities we support and to Oxfam itself. Globally, we face reversal of some of the hard-fought wins around poverty and inequality. The founding principles of Oxfam GB – of saving lives and changing policies – seem just as relevant as they did in 1942, but we need to adapt and our business model needs to evolve fast.

What you’ll be doing:

You will lead a team responsible for the strategy and co-ordination of our properties, ensuring they are cost effective, ethical and compliant, but importantly creating spaces where our retail teams can thrive to deliver an ambitious and transformation retail strategy. Most importantly, you will do this in a way that models our culture, our values and feminist leadership approach.

You will be provide strategic leadership and management for the Property and Estates Functions comprising 600 shops, warehouses and offices.

You'll have:


Most of all we’re looking for a candidate who cares about Oxfam's mission to end poverty and is personally aligned to our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusion in all you do. 

An ideal candidate for the role will also have:

·        Experience of leading multi-site teams who work remotely and across a large geographic network.

·        Strong business acumen with the ability to think strategically and act tactically with a desire to achieve results.

·        Proven experience in managing and delivering significant projects across complex divisions and organisations both internally and externally. Ability to communicate.

·        Substantial knowledge of commercial and charity retailing practices.

·        Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

The full list of essential criteria is outlined in the attached job profile. There is an additional document which shares how we will assess the criteria at shortlisting and at interview.


About Oxfam’s retail team and why we need you:


Oxfam shops are at the heart of the charity and their community, raising vital funds and increasing public awareness of what we do. They are always guided by our values of empowerment, accountability and inclusiveness and focused on making as much money as possible. Shop teams are the heart of our shops and 20,000 volunteers donate their diverse skills to maximize the income from thousands of donations we receive every day. We are building a newly integrated retail team, sitting as part of our Engagement Division, that can work together to make all our supporters – from someone who donates in our shops to a major corporate partner – feel part of a community creating change.


It’s people power that brings about change.

As an organisation that works on poverty and inequality, we will only be effective if we embody equality, diversity and inclusion and reflect the communities we serve from within. The more diverse we are, the better able we’re able to bring new perspectives and tackle the global challenges we are facing in the world today.


We need everyone, and that means we need you.



We believe flexible working is key to building the Oxfam of the future, so we’re open to talking through the type of flexible arrangements which might work for you. We think this role would work particularly well as partially homebased or job share.


Our values and commitment to safeguarding:



Oxfam is committed to preventing any type of unwanted behaviour at work including sexual harassment, exploitation and abuse, lack of integrity and financial misconduct; and committed to promoting the welfare of children, young people, adults and beneficiaries with whom Oxfam GB engages. Oxfam expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment by complying with our code of conduct. We place a high priority on ensuring that only those who share and demonstrate our values are recruited to work for us.


The post holder will undertake the appropriate level of training and is responsible for ensuring that they understand and work within the safeguarding policies of our organisation.


Conditional offers made in selection stages may also be subject appropriate screening checks. Oxfam GB participates in the Inter Agency Misconduct Disclosure Scheme. In line with this scheme we will take into account any live disciplinary sanctions a candidate may have when making the selection decision.

Further Information:


Location: Oxford Office or Home Based

Hours: 36 hours per week

Salary: £39,644 - £51,816

Job Family: Property & Logistics

Job Type: Open ended

Closing Date: 19 November 2020

How to apply:


To apply for this rewarding and multi-faceted role please visit the following link:


Oxfam GB is a Disability Confident Employer. Should you be unable to submit your application online and would prefer an alternative method please contact our recruitment team ( If you also want to discuss your application, please do contact us as well.


About Us


Oxfam is a global community who believe poverty isn’t inevitable. It’s an injustice that can be overcome. We are shop volunteers, women’s right activists, marathon runners, aid workers, coffee farmers, street fundraisers, goat herders, policy experts, campaigners, water engineers and more. And we won’t stop until everyone can live life without poverty for good.


Oxfam GB is a member of an international confederation of 19 organisations working together with partners and local communities in the areas of humanitarian, development and campaigning, in more than 90 countries. 

In response to Covid-19 if you are offered a role where you are required to travel between countries please ensure you have been briefed by the Hiring Manager about any changes to working or precautions you should take as part of your role.

Are you a nurturing people manager who has experience leading diverse multi-site teams working across a large network?


Do you have substantial knowledge of commercial and charity retailing practices?


Are you a member of the Royal…

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