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Vacancy: Premises Manager



Premises Manager: Blackheath Conservatoire

Salary: up to £30,000 per annum dependent on experience


A wonderful opportunity has arisen for an experienced premises manager to join a very special creative charity in South East London. Responsible for a large estate of Grade II listed buildings with over 1400 learners passing through every year, this is a dynamic and friendly environment with a supportive and close team.

The ideal candidate will have experience of working either in a premises team or as a premises manager. S/he will be a proactive, practical person who is confident in dealing with the wide range of people who use our services.

Reporting to the Operations Manager, the successful candidate will oversee the maintenance and development of a safe, welcoming and vibrant environment which helps us fulfil our aim to be a leading arts provider and community hub.

The Conservatoire

Founded in 1881, the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music moved to purpose-built premises in 1896.  It has operated continuously since our foundation – teaching carried on throughout both world wars – and in 1991 it merged with the Blackheath School of Art to become the Blackheath Conservatoire of Music & the Arts, now known simply as The Conservatoire.

The Conservatoire is an open-access, independent specialist arts education centre. It operates as a company limited by guarantee and registered charity, and is governed by a board of directors, who act also as the trustees of the charity. Learners are currently aged from three months – there is a very well established Early Years Music programme – to 102 years. About half of the students are adults.

Each week during term about 1,400 students attend regular, weekly classes and a further 450 attend weekend and school holiday courses during the year. Some 120 freelance musicians and artists teach at the Conservatoire. Outreach work to local communities and schools is offered and this area will be the subject of significant expansion in the next few years. With the exception of outreach and professional development work, nearly all activity takes place in our late Victorian music and art buildings in Blackheath – both buildings were constructed in 1896 and are listed Grade II – although some classes take place off site. A major capital development programme has been implemented and further development of the estate is a priority to ensure we continue to thrive as a venue.


How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter outlining why you are suitable for the role to the Principal, John Keeley: john.keeley@conservatoire.org.uk


CLOSING DATE: 27th August 2018





Job Description – Premises Manager

Salary: up to £30,000 per annum dependent on experience



To oversee the efficient running and maintenance of the Conservatoire buildings and grounds
To act as The Conservatoire’s Health and Safety Officer
To undertake a programme of maintenance and upgrade of learning spaces
To work closely with the Operations Manager and Principal on ensuring the site provides a welcoming, safe and statutorily compliant learning environment


Areas of Responsibility

To oversee the efficient running and maintenance of the buildings and grounds

Running and Maintenance

Design, implement, budget and manage proactive and reactive maintenance systems
Ensuring accurate delivery of all logistical aspects of classes (music, art, drama)
To manage all aspects of room set-up and liaise with tutors, ensure that any additional requirements are met
To manage the booking of rooms via the room booking system
To source, liaise with and schedule the work of third party contractors as required for all maintenance tasks, within agreed budget, whilst maintaining top quality workmanship and service
To review current Conservatoire suppliers and, where necessary, advise on and source more cost effective alternatives
To undertake work across disciplines as appropriately skilled (carpentry, plumbing, decorating etc.) and to schedule and undertake training as required
To seek continually to implement improvements in the site-wide facilities and the cost effectiveness of them
Promote and contribute to energy savings wherever possible
Undertake minor repairs to furniture and equipment


To act as The Conservatoire’s Health and Safety Officer


To act as the Conservatoire’s lead on Health and safety and be responsible for its site – wide Health and Safety Policies including Fire Safety, Manual Handling, PUWER, COSHH and Control of Asbestos implementing new policies on these where applicable


Maintain strict adherence to The Conservatoire’s Asbestos Management Plan and ensure that and work around this area is complied with in accordance to The Control of Asbestos Regulations 2006


To manage all fire escape procedures and policies, including fire drills and staff training


To manage the storage and handling of all hazardous materials



Maintain managerial overview of work of Premises Steward, including creation of rota
To deal directly with customers and clients as necessary to ensure outstanding customer service and communication
Attend Staff meetings as a key member of the Senior Management Team
Stand in for Premises Steward where applicable and necessary
Liaise with Local Council representatives as required
To undertake any other duties that may be reasonably requested


Reporting Structure

The Premises Manager reports directly to the Operations Manager and is a member of the Senior Management Team. The Premises Manager is responsible for a team of evening and weekend Stewards, who assist with room set-ups, basic maintenance work, etc.

Working Location

The Premises Manager will normally work on site at the Conservatoire, but also occasionally at other locations as necessary.

Working Hours

During Conservatoire term times (Autumn, spring and summer terms of 13 weeks equating to school terms), the hours are 1200-2000. Out of term times, the hours are 0900-1700. Some flexibility may be required – for example, with large planned maintenance works, or to cover holidays or occasional special events. TOIL is usually offered for such work.



Annual salary up to £30,000 dependent on experience



The annual holiday entitlement is 25 days in addition to statutory, public or other official holidays, to be taken with due regard to the efficient operation of the Conservatoire and by agreement with the Operations Manager.