The University of the West Indies (UWI), at Cave Hill, Barbados

The University of the West Indies

at Cave Hill, Barbados


Campus: Open

Candidates for the position should possess:
a Master’s degree in Facilities Management, Engineering (Civil, Electrical or Mechanical), Construction Management, Business Administration or related field; 

  • at least ten (10) years of work experience in construction and building maintenance projects at a managerial level, particularly in a distributed environment; 
  • certification in Project Management and working knowledge of Microsoft Projects 2013/16; 
  • certification/accreditation from a recognized body (LEED, IFMA, BIFM etc) will be a definite asset;
  • extensive experience in preparation of RFPs, tender documents, contract management and procurement;
  • knowledge of building and electrical codes and ability to understand and interpret structural and architectural drawings will be an asset; 
  • experience in writing funding proposals for development of facilities.
The successful applicant should have:
  • excellent leadership and management skills; 
  • strong interpersonal, communication and presentation skills; 
  • knowledge of facilities planning and construction management processes and procedures; 
  • knowledge of local and internationally accepted building codes and standards of practice; 
  • good negotiations skills; 
  • good decision-making skills; 
  • good supervisory and coaching skills; and 
  • the ability to deliver in accordance with strict reporting deadlines.
The Director of Facilities Management will:
  • collaborate with key stakeholders to develop appropriate master planning frameworks to ensure that decisions impacting facilities management are in keeping with the broader vision of The UWI; 
  • develop and implement a comprehensive maintenance programme/plan to ensure continuous operational efficiency of building infrastructures, plant etc. across the Campus; 
  • oversee the management of all facilities management related projects/tasks undertaken by the UWI Open Campus, including construction, refurbishment, installation/removal of equipment, security and custodial services; 
  • oversee the development of specifications, drawings, and estimates related to procurement, outsourcing FM services, maintenance and construction activities across the Open Campus Plant regionally; 
  • participate in the Biennium budget planning process to ensure that the Campus’ operational maintenance needs and projected needs are adequately funded/budgeted and implements control mechanisms for the effective deployment of assigned budgets; 
  • collaborate with the Campus Registrar and relevant divisional Heads on the utilisation of space and assignment of resources for new buildings, and on initiatives to re-organize current premises; 
  • conduct periodic audits and risks assessments, and undertakes the development of appropriate plans, policies and procedures to support continuous improvement of facilities management activities, processes and practices across the Campus; 
  • coordinate the Campus’ emergency preparedness efforts in collaboration with key governmental agencies, NGOs and sister campuses across the region; 
  • establish and manage a customer relationship management system (CRM) to ensure that customer concerns and needs across the OC community are adequately addressed/satisfied; 
  • collaborate with colleagues at sister Campuses as needed; and 
  • Perform any other job related duties as may be assigned.

Contact: Applications should be made on forms obtainable from The UWI Open Campus website: and sent via email as soon as possible, along with an up-to-date curriculum vitae to:
Director of Human Resources
C/o The University of the West Indies
Open Campus
Via Email:                                                         
Applicants are advised to request referees to send references under CONFIDENTIAL cover directly to the Director of Human Resources, without waiting to be contacted by the University.
Download: Application Pack