The Role

Can You Help Southwark Council to shape a new future for public leisure services?

This is a unique opportunity to be part of the newly insourced Leisure team in Southwark. If you enjoy a challenge, can see the bigger picture and maintain an eye for detail, we would like to hear from you.

We are looking for a proactive and experienced Facilities Manager with experience of working in a leisure setting, who will directly manage Facility Management (FM) services, support contracts and building compliance, ensuring the development of robust relationships with building managers and end users.

The role is responsible for the delivery of FM services across our eight Leisure centres to support the provision of excellent leisure facilities that are fit for purpose and provide a safe, efficient and cost-effective environment for customers and staff in line with statutory and mandatory legislation.

The Leisure Division sits within the Department of Environments, Neighbourhoods and Growth, which is responsible for the day-to-day management of parks and open spaces, trees, sports and leisure, cemeteries, youth and play, highways, roads, parking, refuse collection, street cleansing, culture and libraries. It also looks after public health, trading standards and consumer safety.

About Southwark

We are the largest local authority social landlord in London, managing 55,000 homes lived in by 40% of Southwark’s residents. We are home to over 18,300 businesses including iconic London venues and social enterprises and we have a young, diverse and growing population.

At Southwark we are committed to making our borough just and fair and are taking positive action to tackle inequalities. Our residents and communities are our greatest asset and the passion we have for Southwark is shared by millions of Londoners who enjoy our outstanding cultural offer, use our hospitals and attend our universities. Our refreshed borough plan and focus on Southwark Stands Together, (which is our work with Southwark’s communities and the council’s staff to tackle racism, injustice and inequality) underpins all that we do.

About You

  • Demonstrate knowledge and experience of both hard and soft aspects of Facility Management in a Leisure Centre setting.
  • Be capable of managing Contractors delivering the Pre-Planned Maintenance Programme along with day-to-day reactive maintenance across the sites
  • Have sound knowledge of mandatory and statutory building compliance.
  • Have experience of managing FM contracts and working in a large facilities management department.
  • Have the ability to manage small work projects
  • Be ‘hands on’ with small and urgent maintenance tasks around the centres
  • Be able to lead and motivate a small, diverse team
  • Have a good understanding of IT packages in order to manage systems and report on performance
  • Have excellent communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to build strong relationships with stakeholders.

Recruitment timetable

Application Closing Date: 11:59pm on 25th March 2024
Interview Date: 9th April 2024

We are an organisation that is passionate about our people and understands that richness of diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to increase representation at senior management level in the Council.

Guaranteed Interview Scheme

As part of our commitment to inclusion, we offer guaranteed interviews for specific groups of people. To qualify, you’ll need to meet the minimum requirements for the role, and identify with one of the below criteria:

  • Members of the Armed Forces and veterans
  • Are currently in care, or have previously been in care
  • If you consider yourself to be disabled or if you have a long-term health condition


Additional salary details

Additional Information

  • Job type – Permanent (Full Time)
  • Will be required to work occasional weekends and evenings to meet the needs of the service.
  • Basic DBS check required.
  • Comply with and promote the Council’s Equal opportunities policy

Benefits and more information


Salary: £42855 – £50088 per annum

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