Building Surveyor – Diagnostics

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Building Surveyor - Diagnostics
Interim Position

Islington RQ790330

Posted: 24th January 2023 08:55
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  • Pay Rate:

    £230.00 per day PAYE

  • Hours per Week:

    35 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 2-3 months

  • ISLINGTON, London,

    N7 9QH

What's involved with this role:

Interim Building Surveyor - Diagnostics

Reference no: Islington RQ790330

Pay rate: £230.00 per day PAYE

Enhanced DBS required for this role

The Diagnostic Surveyor will be responsible for visiting customers in their home and identifying defects which are the Councils responsibility to repair. Training will be required to be undertaken. To deal with repair issue cases referred, diagnose the cause and arrange for works to be carried out. This will include the assessment of condensation cases and drafting reports for presentation to the High Value Repair Panel.

Key responsibilities:

  • Carry out building inspections as necessary to diagnose the cause of building defects, raise work orders using National Housing Federation Schedule of Rates or specifications as appropriate.
  • Prepare reports relating to condensation in compliance with the LBI Condensation Protocol.
  • Assist in the preparation of reports for senior managers, including those of a policy or strategic nature.
  • Produce professional technical reports and present them to the High Value Repair Panel.
  • Manage subsidence and structural failure cases in association with specialist external consultants.
  • Assess alteration requests from tenants and leaseholders and complete paperwork in compliance with the process.
  • Manage fire, flood or collision Insurance cases.
  • Assist the Legal Disrepair and Diagnostics Manager in the development of policies and procedures relating tom the Repairs Service.
  • As and when required, attend meetings, including those held out of normal working hours.
  • Monitor and oversee works on site. Agree variation requests and manage payment system.
  • Obtain quotations and tenders in line with the Councils Procurement procedures and manage delegated Project Budgets.


“Role Requirements” – to give yourself the maximum chance of success please try and ensure your CV addresses the following essential criteria:

Qualifications & Experience:

  • HND/C Building with demonstrable post qualification experience of BSc Building and 2 years post qualification experience Or proven experience in demonstrable building surveying experience Or proven supervisory experience.
  • Ability to effectively manage the technical workload of the Technical Quality Team.


Knowledge & Skills:

  • Ability to carry out surveys and diagnose defects in all types of Council owned properties.
  • Ability to write and prepare specifications for repairs and maintenance work and major repairs and planned maintenance contracts.
  • Ability to prepare Bills of Quantity.
  • Ability to prepare work programmes, estimates, value work in progress and issue variations.
  • Ability to prepare and certify interim and final payments to contractors.
  • Ability to administer contracts and supervise work in progress.
  • Ability to communicate effectively by telephone, in writing and face to face in small and large meetings. To include report writing to validate information for High Value Repair Panel, speaking at and chairing meetings, and writing client care letters following complaint investigation.
  • Ability to attend Council meetings and present technical reports as necessary, taking into account and adapting to the level of technical understanding of target audiences.
  • Ability to liaise and work effectively with colleagues within the organisation.
  • Ability to use computer equipment effectively for the purpose of communication, input and extraction of data.
  • Proficiency in the use of devices, aids and instruments for the purpose of assessments and diagnosis of building failures.
  • Working knowledge of the building industry codes of practice, measured team and building forms of contract, the Construction (Design and Management).
  • Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  • Strong IT skills using Microsoft packages or equivalent (e.g. G Suite).


NB: Please feel free to apply to us direct via [email protected] by quoting the job reference and job title exactly. SEE DETAILS AT THE BOTTOM OF THIS AD.

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If you are successful in securing this role, please note that for the entire duration of this contract, regardless of extension you will be working this role at the PAYE rate that has been advertised. For absolute clarity, we only work on a PAYE basis, rather than entertaining umbrella pay terms, we do not offer Ltd/umbrella or outside IR35 rates. If you wish to understand PAYE vs Umbrella more, please let us know and we can send you some additional information for clarity.

Please quote the Job Title & Vacancy Reference No. in your application, or we will be unable to match your CV to the role being applied for.

Other “Essential Requirements” – Please check to ensure that your CV addresses the following items:

  1. Our clients are generally seeking applicants who are reasonably local, so on that basis we would ideally like you to supply us with your address (or at least your post code) and a telephone number so that we can reach you during working hours.
  2. Your recent UK working experience going back at least 5 years, or full employment history if you have been working for fewer years than this.
  3. Your availability to work either immediately, or at short notice.
  4. Unless the DBS requirement stated above is for a Basic Disclosure, your DBS must be either through us or be accompanied by a subscription to the DBS updating service.
  5. ***Qualification details and any other experience/skills relevant to the job role to help support your application (and help us to help you!) – please give full details within your CV document.
  6. Please refer to the Role Requirements section above - your CV must address the requirements listed.


Other preferable/desirable details to include on your CV, if applicable:

  1. Any local authority/public sector experience
  2. Any relevant qualifications held or being studied for.


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Job Ref: Islington RQ790330
Building Surveyor - Diagnostics
Client Category: Local Authority

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