Estates manager

Estates managers make sure that our hospitals and other sites are the safest and best possible places to be for patients, staff and visitors.

Working life

As an estates manager, you're responsible responsible for maintaining NHS properties. This may include:

  • buying and selling of property
  • organising repairs and maintenance
  • project managing building and renovations

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In many hospitals, you're also responsible for facilities management. This can include domestic and hotel services, catering and laundry teams.

Senior estates managers work strategically to plan:

  • the design and building of new hospitals and clinics
  • changes to contracts for services to the NHS
  • selling or redeveloping sites no longer required

At any level estates managers have responsibility for:

  • recruiting and training staff
  • managing absence and discipline
  • controlling budgets

Who will I work with?

You will work with estate technicians as well as members of the corporate services team such as surveyors and architects. You will also work with other estates and facilities managers, admin staff, HR and finance managers. You will have some contact with clinical staff, but little or no contact with patients.

Want to learn more?

  • Estates managers working in the NHS are paid on the Agenda for Change (AfC) pay system. You will typically start on AfC band 7. With further training and experience, you could apply for more senior positions up to band 9.

    Estates managers in the NHS work standard hours of around 37.5 a week. The job may involve attending meetings or events in the evenings or at weekends.

    Terms and conditions will usually be different for estates managers working outside of the NHS.

  • With experience, estates managers can progress to become senior managers such as area managers or directors.

    There may be opportunities outside the NHS.

  • If you're applying for a role either directly in the NHS or in an organisation that provides NHS services, you'll be asked to show how you think the NHS values apply in your everyday work. Find out more about NHS values.

    Most NHS trusts advertise their vacancies on NHS Jobs. Just some of the current vacancies are below. 
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      Senior Estates Manager

      Preston, PR5 6UP

      • Salary:

        Depending on experience

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust

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      Estates Manager (Infrastructure Projects)

      North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester, M8 5RB

      • Salary:

        £38,890 - £44,503 Per annum

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust

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      Estates Manager (Capital Projects)

      Leighton Hospital, Crewe, CW1 4QJ

      • Salary:

        £38,890 - £44,503 per annum

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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      Estates Manager, Higher Level (Capital Projects)

      Leighton Hospital, Crewe, CW1 4QJ

      • Salary:

        £45,753 - £51,668 pa pro rata

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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      Estates & Facilities Project Manager

      Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, London, SW10 9NH

      • Salary:

        £52,643 - £58,558 per annum inc HCAS

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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      Business Manager Estates

      Bronllys, LD3 0LY

      • Salary:

        £38,890 - £44,503 per annum

      • Type:

        Permanent

      • Employer:

        Powys Teaching Health Board

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