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Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estate - South Yorkshire - Estate Director

Job Description:

Salary: A competitive salary and benefits package

The Fitzwilliam Wentworth Estate is a diverse rural estate with an immense history and wealth of heritage; it is part of the Fitzwilliam Estates, whose principals are the Naylor-Leyland family, and is centred around Wentworth Village between Rotherham and Barnsley in South Yorkshire. At the heart of the Estate is an 18th Century parkland landscape within which the magnificent Wentworth Woodhouse sits (the house now being owned separately by the Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust.)

The Estate generates significant economic, environmental, and social benefits and comprises some 15,000 acres of land, a diverse portfolio of let houses, farms, and business premises, fishery, woodland, and grouse moor. There are plans to enhance visitor experiences and enterprises on the Estate; in addition, the Estate holds considerable allocated and promoted sites for future development.

An exceptional opportunity has arisen for a commercially focussed Estate Director with a hands-on approach and a clear management style to take a pivotal role managing and optimising the performance of all elements of the estate business, recommending improvements, promoting sustainable growth through identifying areas of new revenue generation, and overseeing development and diversification projects. He/she will reinforce an inclusive, collaborative, and professional culture across the Estate and will be heavily involved in the development of relationships with tenants, local authorities, and people in broader communities.

The Candidate

  • MRICS qualified in the Rural Faculty of the RICS with a proven track record and considerable experience in the management of private landed estates with significant commercial activities including a good understanding of the development process.
  • A self-motivated and driven individual who thinks strategically, has the tenacity to see demanding and long-term projects through to fruition and who is also sensitive to the heritage and ethos of a multi-generational family estate.
  • An engaging and friendly character with strong leadership qualities. People focussed. Confident in conversing with a range of people in a variety of situations and possessing the empathy and humility to negotiate successful outcomes for key stakeholders.
  • Commercially and financially astute but who is motivated by the environmental and social impact of his/her role.

Reporting to the Chief Executive, this rewarding opportunity offers career progression for an applicant with ambitions to take on wider responsibilities, the drive to take forward new initiatives, and the determination to contribute to the strategic direction of this high-profile estate with commitment and diplomacy.

For a copy of the job description and to discuss confidentially please contact Helen Astill on 07721 437 085 or send a CV to

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