Interim Principal Surveyor – Estates Services

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Interim Principal Surveyor - Estates Services
Interim Position
Basildon RQ377839
Posted: 8th November 2019 11:00
  • Pay Rate: £21.14 per hour PAYE
  • Hours per Week: 35-37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours
  • This opening assignment is for 7 months
  • Basildon, SS14 1DL
What's involved with this role:

An experienced RICS qualified Estates Surveyor is required to provide a variety of professional and technical functions including complex casework, managing work programmes including valuations of council land and property for a variety of purposes, completing the disposal and acquisition of property interests in land and buildings on behalf of the Council and valuations and negotiations for the grant of new leases, lease-renewals and rent review and commercial property management.

Responsibilities include:

  • To be responsible for the recruitment, management, work planning, performance, appraisal, training and development of staff
  • Supervise and train staff reports in order to achieve productive and motivated staff and to secure the best use of resources
  • To contribute towards the achievement of service objectives, targets and performance indicators using comprehensive financial and management information systems to effectively monitor and report on performance and continuous improvements
  • To represent the Service at Council meetings or outside meetings in a specialist capacity as necessary or when required by the Team Manager-Estates
  • To undertake, supervise or procure estate management functions including the granting of new leases, conducting rent reviews, or renewal of existing leases and other duties either as landlord or tenant
  • To manage a programme of valuation work including, but not limited to, asset valuations, rating, housing right to buy
  • To deal with the disposal of properties on lease by way of private treaty negotiations and competitive tendering as appropriate
  • To understand negotiations to agree either the transfer or acquisition of an interest in land or property on behalf of the Council
  • To undertake a programme of commercial property management work including contributing towards property reviews and action plans to deliver recommendations and revenue to the General Fund
  • To carry out, supervise or procure regular inspections of the properties to ensure compliance by tenants with terms of leases and proper maintenance
  • To instruct the Council’s Legal Officers or external legal firms on preparation of new leases, variations to leases and disposals and acquisitions
  • Attend and give evidence at Court Hearings, formal enquiries and tribunals
  • Support Major Regeneration projects and the Housing Development and Investment team by providing and/or procuring property and valuation advice for new housing development schemes
  • Respond to technical property enquiries received from members, senior colleagues and members of the surveying practice and the public
  • To keep abreast of all relevant legislation, case law, practices and techniques and disseminate advice and take appropriate action as necessary, including developing practice notes.

The applicant must have a full clean driving licence and access to the use of a vehicle for work purposes.

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.

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

  1. Your address (including 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. Full current driving licence and use of a vehicle for business use.
  5. Qualifications:
    1. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors Degree Or Similar Degree
    2. Associate Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.
  6. Knowledge & Skills:
    1. Ability to carry out complex valuation of land and property.
    2. Ability to carry out detailed negotiations to complete significant disposals or acquisitions of land and property.
    3. Ability to communicate clearly and able to clearly explain complex matters to non-property professionals.
    4. Good organisational, self-management, communication and negotiating skills.
    5. Ability to set the agenda, take the lead and ensure that positive progress is achieved when attending internal and external meetings.
    6. Ability to maintain and develop internal and external relationships with key stakeholders and be prepared to identify methods by which improved service levels can be provided.
    7. Capable of working with a minimum of supervision.
    8. Ability to manage workloads and motivate staff.
  7. Experience:
    1. At least four years experience gained in the professional property industry.
    2. Experience in estate management.
    3. Experience of valuation methods and valuation practice, process of disposal, acquisitions and related legislation.
    4. Experience in working in a local authority estates department.
    5. Experience of IAS and preparing valuations for balance sheets.
    6. Experience of delivering best value.
    7. Experience in managing a full caseload and supervising the work of junior staff.
  8. Strong IT skills including Microsoft packages, GIS and Asset Management software.


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.
  3. Experience of working within an estates department within Local Government.
  4. Experience of managing and supervising staff and consultants.
  5. Experience of developing staff particularly in the professional development of surveyors.


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Job Ref: Basildon RQ377839
Interim Principal Surveyor - Estates Services (IMMEDIATE START)
Client Category: Local Authority

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