Head of National Estates

Organisation: Eden Scott

Salary: From £56,679 + £3800 Essential Car User Allowance

Location: Scotland

This is an exciting opportunity to lead an important part of the work of Scotland’s largest conservation charity.

The role exists to lead a team providing an advisory service to the NTS Regional Teams in the management of the Trusts land and property portfolio, in accordance with statutory requirements and a remit to maximise income from these assets.

The scope of the role includes strategic planning and a broad range of change management and commercial delivery targets.

The role encompasses on-going review of the effectiveness of the National Estates’ function within the Trust, and budget setting.

A number of specific responsibilities and outputs are detailed below to deliver and develop the current strategy but the main aim is to demonstrate that commercial activity is compatible with the protection and promotion of the heritage significance of the asset portfolio, to generate and deliver new ideas to increase revenue and release capital for Trust reserves.


Lead, manage and develop the National Estate Management Team to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of land and property asset management, income generation, financial forecasting and service delivery to support corporate strategy.

Professional leadership of the National Estates team, incorporating the HQ Facilities Team team, with a high standard of effective people-management skills.

The National -Estates team comprises seven full time staff (may vary) plus temporary and volunteer staff as and when required. This team structure may change to reflect the needs of the business. The Facilities team at Hermiston Quay comprises three full time staff.

Support and assist Regional Property management teams by contributing to strategies to generate optimal income targets, deliver subsequent year on year increases towards that target, and maintain targets and delivery strategies under constant review.

Statutory compliance recommendations for the asset portfolio and landholding.

Budgetary control and effective financial management, in particular in relation to the Trust’s annual rental income; agricultural return subsidies; and asset disposal income.

Co-chair of the Asset Management Steering Committee, (CFO is co-chair), ensuring robust end-to-end strategic overview and Strategic Asset Management process.

Oversight of the Trust’s ‘live’ Asset disposals pipeline.




MRICS professional qualification with proven successful, extensive and relevant post qualification experience;

Breadth and depth of experience of senior management accountabilities for complex and sizeable Estates and land/asset management;

Driving license, valid for driving in the UK


Degree in relevant land and asset management subject

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Closing Date : 31st August 2021

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Application Deadline: Tuesday 31/08/2021