Principal Property Surveyor – Commercial Property

Principal Property Surveyor – Commercial Property 150 150 TCLRec
Principal Property Surveyor - Commercial Property
Interim Position

Cambridge 5251619

Posted: 8th July 2024 16:01
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  • Pay Rate:

    up to £25.66 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 6-7 months


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Interim Principal Property Surveyor - Commercial Property

Reference no: Cambridge 5251619

Pay rate: up to £25.66 per hour PAYE depending on experience

Hours per week: 37 Monday - Friday, normal working hours

This opening assignment is for 6-7 months


Hybrid working

Pro-actively manage and undertake general asset management and valuations of the Council’s land and property holdings, including the commercial investment and corporate portfolios. Drive the performance of the Council’s commercial investment portfolio to maximise income, capital, redevelopment and investment opportunities. Ensure that the Council’s commercial investment portfolio is well managed, maintained and competitive in the market.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Day-to-day estate management of the Council’s commercial land and property portfolio including developing, reviewing and implementing asset management plans and marketing strategies for properties within the commercial portfolio.
  • Provision of general practice surveying property advice to Directors, Councillors and other Council departments as required.
  • Undertaking professional work in connection with the management of the Council’s commercial and corporate portfolio including negotiating new lettings, lease renewals, rent reviews, lease restructuring, deeds of variation and dilapidation claims. Ensure that reviews and renewals are dealt with in a timely manner and in accordance with the performance standards/requirements.
  • Acquisition and disposal of land and property as required or in accordance with asset management plans including negotiations in respect of compulsory purchase and compensation claims.
  • Ensure that the commercial property portfolio is properly repaired and maintained in accordance with contractual commitments and good asset management. To liaise with Estates & Facilities to ensure that they have all properties within the portfolio included in relevant corporate contracts managed by them in relation to repair, maintenance, statutory servicing and compliance testing required and advised as necessary by Estates & Facilities.
  • Oversee inspection, survey and preparation of reports, valuations and plans of Council houses and flats under the 1985 Housing Right-to-Buy provisions, including appeals submissions to the DV and Equity Share transactions as may be required.
  • Carrying out valuations and appraisals of the Council’s commercial and corporate portfolios and on behalf of other Council Departments as required.
  • Attend and present reports at Committee and other meetings as may be required related to this role. Deputise for the Chief Property Surveyor when required or in their absence.
  • Maintaining and keeping updated property and valuation records as required, reflecting professional best practice, and specifically maintaining the Council’s property management database and case management system up to date at all times.
  • Contribute to the establishment, review and implementation of procedures and performance standards for the Council’s property portfolio including property performance, condition and customer satisfaction. Monitoring and reporting in accordance with these procedures and performance standards as required.

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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.

Due to the number of CVs being sent to us under current market conditions, we cannot, unfortunately, respond to all applications. If, therefore, you have not heard from us within 3 days please make a working assumption that you have not been shortlisted on this occasion. We will, however, be very happy to receive future applications from you for other roles

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:


  • Cognate Degree/Diploma (or Post Graduate Diploma) recognised by RICS and current MRICS qualification or comparable
  • Other qualifications which may be of use to the section eg: in management, valuations, mapping software, marketing, business studies, planning - desirable
  • Hold a current driving licence or ability to travel between sites


  • Knowledge of estate management and valuation procedures and performance standards - desirable
  • Knowledge of Cambridge - desirable
  • Some knowledge of project working - desirable


  • Post qualification work experience with a professional firm of surveyors or Local Authority property department or company property department
  • Experience of: asset/development management; property investment; feasibility, valuation, acquisition and disposals; managing industrial, office, retail and long leasehold properties; compiling computer reports from databases - desirable
  • Supervisory experience - desirable
  • Use of property management databases/software and standard PC applications

Skills & Abilities:

  • Good verbal and written skills, numerate and use of Microsoft Word and Excel. Spreadsheet capability and familiar with property management databases
  • Problem solving skills
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to organise and prioritise workloads
  • Ability to manage and develop staff


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Job Ref: Cambridge 5251619
Principal Property Surveyor - Commercial Property
Client Category: Local Authority

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Principal Property Surveyor - Commercial Property
Client Category: Local Authority

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