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Head of Office & Facilities (12-month Mat Cover)


London, GB, Wc1X 8Hb

Temporary / Per Diem / Freelance (Non-Staff)

Simon & Schuster is one of the most successful global publishers in the world. Our Adult fiction list in the UK includes bestselling authors such as Philippa Gregory, Santa Montefiore, Kathy Reichs, Colleen Hoover, Graham Swift and John Irving.  Our Adult non-fiction list ranges from Number One bestsellers Bob Mortimer, Dave Grohl and Rupi Kaur to John Nichol, Laura Bates, Anita Anand and Walter Isaacson.


Simon & Schuster Children’s Books is one of the UK’s most vibrant and fast-growing publishers for young people.  Our children’s fiction and YA list features an array of bestsellers and rising stars, from Ben Miller and Adam Silvera to Nadia Shireen, Benjamin Dean, A.F. Steadman and many more, with successful series including Dragon Realm and Dork Diaries.  Our picture book list is world-renowned and we are the proud home of the smash-hit Supertato series by Sue Hendra and Paul Linnet as well as stand-out author-illustrators such as Benji Davies, Tom Percival, Beach and Steve Small.


In addition to publishing a wide mix of literary and commercial fiction and non-fiction, and an award-winning children’s list, we also provide sales and distribution services to several award-winning independent Client Publishers from the UK, USA and Australia. These include VIZ Media, Andrews McMeel, National Geographic Adult and Elliott & Thompson.



Simon & Schuster UK is looking for a proactive and adaptable Head of Office & Facilities to join the team on a 12-month fixed term contract. The postholder will be responsible for managing all aspects of the office environment and facilities to meet the demanding and growing needs of the business. This includes, but is not limited to, all matters of health and safety, office layout and furniture provisions, all maintenance and security, company fleet and ESG business support.


Key responsibilities and duties include:
•    Management of all day-to-day office operations
•    Invoice management
•    Manage the office space and layout, from basic desk planning to managing all office moves and required building works
•    Project manage all office repair and refurbishment works 
•    Responsible for all health and safety procedures and documentation, including fire safety, first aid, DSE and risk assessments
•    Making sure the company is compliant with all regulations and codes of best practice with regards to office and workplace standards
•    Conducting all required risk assessments and reviewing them as appropriate
•    Direct line management of a small team; regularly reviewing team performance, appropriate delegation of tasks and provide support when required
•    ESG business support including to chair the Green Initiative Committee


Key skills, attributes and characteristics:
•    Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
•    Organised with the ability to multitask
•    Strong leadership skills
•    Resourceful with the ability to manage irregular workload 
•    Confident and able to deal with a variety of people and situations
•    Demonstrate a full understanding of health & safety, building compliance and ESG legislation and codes of practice.
•    Competency in the use of IT, including invoicing systems 
•    Ability to write, develop, review and promote policies and procedures in relation to facilities management, health & safety and ESG
•    Ability to manage, conduct and action risk assessments
•    A good understanding of project management


Qualifications and experience:
Senior Facilities Management experience gained in comparable environments is essential. Including:
•    Relevant Health & Safety qualification (e.g. IOSH or NEBOSH) 
•    Previous experience managing office space planning strategies and implementation 
•    Experience managing all Health and Safety, building compliance and environmental regulations and legislative requirements. Including policy and procedure management.
•    Proven involvement in conducting risk assessments, both for general purposes and for individuals
•    Previous experience managing a team and their development
•    Experience in contract management, particularly in the office services sector
•    Fire Marshal, First Aid and Mental Health First Aid qualifications are all beneficial to the application


Application deadline:

7 December 2022.


We reserve the right to close applications early should we receive a suitable number of applications before this date. Therefore, if you are interested, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. 


Simon & Schuster UK is an equal opportunities employer committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse workforce. We welcome applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

Paramount believes in creating environments that allow our primary focus to remain on providing entertainment, education and information to our millions of viewers around the world. As part of this commitment to health and safety, Paramount requires COVID-19 vaccines for current U.S. employees, including all newly hired employees, subject to applicable law. Union employees are subject to the agreement reached between the Company and the applicable Union.