An Estates Manager, also known as an Estate Manager, is a professional responsible for overseeing the management, maintenance, and development of a portfolio of properties or estates. This role is typically found in organisations or institutions that own or manage multiple properties, such as:

  1. Commercial Real Estate Companies: Estates Managers oversee office buildings, retail spaces, industrial facilities, and other commercial properties.

  2. Public Sector: Estates Managers may work in government agencies, local authorities, or educational institutions to manage public buildings, schools, hospitals, and other facilities.

  3. Private Estates: In some cases, Estates Managers are responsible for managing large private estates, including residential properties, grounds, and associated facilities.

Average Salary Range: £40,000 – £70,000 base


The specific responsibilities of an Estates Manager can vary depending on the organization and the scope of the estate portfolio. However, typical duties may include:

Property Management:

Managing day-to-day operations of properties, including maintenance, repairs, renovations, and tenant relations.

Budgeting and Financial Management:

Developing and managing budgets for property operations, maintenance, and capital improvements.

Lease and Tenant Management:

Negotiating leases, overseeing tenant agreements, and ensuring compliance with lease terms and regulations.

Facilities Management:

Overseeing facility services such as cleaning, security, waste management, and landscaping.

Project Management:

Planning and managing construction projects, renovations, and upgrades to improve property value and functionality.

Health and Safety:

Ensuring properties comply with health and safety regulations and implementing appropriate measures to maintain safe environments.

Environmental Sustainability:

Implementing sustainability initiatives to reduce environmental impact and improve energy efficiency within the estate portfolio.

Reporting and Documentation:

Providing regular reports to stakeholders, senior management, or property owners on the performance and condition of the estate portfolio.

Skills and Qualifications

  • Education: A degree in facilities management, real estate management, business administration, or a related field is often required. Professional certifications such as RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors) qualifications or IWFM (Institute of Workplace and Facilities Management) certifications may be advantageous.

  • Experience: Previous experience in property management, facilities management, or real estate management is typically necessary, often gained through progressively responsible roles within the industry.

  • Communication Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential for interacting with tenants, contractors, and stakeholders.

  • Negotiation Skills: Ability to negotiate leases, contracts, and service agreements to achieve favourable terms for the organization.

  • Leadership and Management: Strong leadership abilities to manage teams, coordinate projects, and oversee the efficient operation of estate management activities.

Career Path

Estates Managers may progress into their roles from positions such as Assistant Estates Manager, Property Manager, or Facilities Manager. They gain experience and expertise in managing diverse property portfolios and handling various aspects of estate management.