Estates Operations Manager

Organisation: The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Salary: £41477 to £46257

Location: EH3 5LR

Full-time, permanent, based in Edinburgh/hybrid
Salary £41,477 to £46,257 (Band E) plus civil service pension, generous holiday entitlement and other benefits

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) explores, conserves and explains the world of plants for a better future.

The Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is a world leading botanical institute and international visitor attraction taking positive action for plants and people; from local communities across Scotland, to more than 40 countries around the world. Our priority is to tackle the biodiversity crisis and the climate emergency and support the conservation and sustainable use of biodiversity. Our work builds on over 350 years of history as a scientific botanic garden, a centre of education, the internationally important botanical collections in our care, and our extensive international partnerships.

Our four Scottish gardens – Benmore, Dawyck, Logan and ‘The Botanics’ in Edinburgh – attract over a million visitors every year. Together, these gardens comprise one of the richest plant collections on earth. As a registered Scottish charity, we are funded principally by the Scottish Government, but as an organisation we are very much global, with an ambitious mission to explore, conserve and explain the world of plants for a better future.

We are currently looking to recruit an experienced Operations Manager to support our Estates Capital & Revenue delivery plan. Although we consider this to be a full-time post, we are happy to consider applications from exceptional candidates looking to work on a part-time basis. Reporting to our Head of Estates & Technology Services you will work with internal colleagues, external consultants, contractors, and partners to support and coordinate the delivery of a wide-ranging programme utilising a wide variety of construction management tools and techniques.

We’re looking for an individual with significant operational management experience in an Estates environment, someone who thrives on playing a key influential role in an organisation. You’ll be a positive persuader who isn’t afraid to roll up your sleeves when required, someone able to influence at a variety of levels across an organisation.

As a 352-year-old institution with an estate that stretches from Edinburgh across Scotland, you can imagine this role will face a variety of challenges – but it will also give you the opportunity to make your mark in a very visible way and help us make substantial improvements to our estate in support of RBGE strategic objectives in horticulture, research, education and public engagement, and income generation.

To apply please email with:
• your CV
• a covering letter outlining the skills, knowledge and experience you’d bring to the post
• a completed equal opportunities questionnaire: EOQ form

Closing date: 5pm on 24 February 2023
Interview date: 7 March 2023

Recruitment Information: Job description and person specification

Informal enquiries about the role can be made to Kevin Haddow at

If you have not heard from us within 2 weeks of the closing date, please assume that your application has not been shortlisted. No recruitment agencies please

Application Deadline: Friday 24/02/2023