Surveyor – Estates Improvements Schemes

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Surveyor - Estates Improvements Schemes
Cambridge, Cambridgeshire
Interim Position

Cambridge 5224271

Posted: 22nd February 2023 09:25
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  • Pay Rate:

    Up to £22.03 per hour PAYE depending on experience

  • Hours per Week:

    37 Monday – Friday, normal working hours

  • This opening assignment is for 3 months

  • Cambridge, Cambridgeshire,

    CB4 0GU

What's involved with this role:

Interim Allocations & Lettings Officer – Housing

Reference no:  Cambridge 5224271

Pay Rate: Up to £22.03 per hour PAYE depending on experience  

This opening assignment is for 3 months

The purpose of the role is to maintain the Council’s land and property portfolio (excluding its housing portfolio) under the control of Customer Services & Resources committee in a good state of repair & condition. Also, carry out such alterations/refurbishments as may be undertaken from time to time in accordance with the Council’s Office Accommodation Strategy and Policy for Property Holdings.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Inspection of and reporting on the condition of all corporate property under the control of Customer Services & Resources (CS&R) Committee.
  • The preparation of estimates and programmes of maintenance for corporate properties under the control of CS&R Committee.
  • The preparation and periodic review  of Repair and Renewal Fund estimates for corporate properties under the control of CS&R committee.
  • The preparation of plans, schedules, specifications ,estimates and tender documents, the obtaining of tenders, issuing of works orders ,supervision of works and settlement of accounts.
  • To comply with the Council’s Constitution in all matters to do with employment of contractors .
  • The provision of professional Building Surveying advice to the Head of Service and other officers and departments as and when required.
  • Preparing committee reports and attending committee meetings as required  from time to time by the posts Line Manager or Head of Service.
  • Preparing Schedules of Condition for lease documents when requested by the Chief Estates Surveyor or Head of Service.
  • Preparing Schedules of Dilapidation and negotiating settlements of dilapidation claims with Council tenants or landlords when requested to do so by the Chief Estates Surveyor or Head of Service.
  • Update or carry out new Fire Insurance Valuations for Council buildings as and when requested by the Chief Estates Surveyor or the Finance Depts Support Services Manager.
  • Carry out such other duties as the Head of Service shall properly require from time to time in accordance with the grading of the post.
  • Maintain manual/computerised property maintenance and property condition records.
  • Carry out fire and other relevant property related risk assessments and identify, cost and report on appropriate remedial measures to reduce risks to acceptable levels.
  • Prepare estimates for and manage designated cost centres and assist the Line Manager, Chief Estates Surveyor and Head of Service with the preparation, control and monitoring of income and expenditure budgets for all Property Services Cost Centres.


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



  1. Degree in building surveying and /or qualified Member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyor’s Building Surveying division.


Skills & Experience:

  1. Minimum of 12 months recent experience in a similar role, or context and ideally within a public sector organisation.
  2. Demonstrable period of post qualification work experience as building surveyor, in public and/or private sector, responsible for maintenance of commercial and/or industrial and/or local government services buildings.
  3. Numerate and Literate.
  4. Ability to communicate with professional colleagues, senior staff, members, tradesmen, contractors, commercial tenants by telephone, letter, email and in person.
  5. Good negotiating skills.
  6. Up to date professional knowledge of building construction methods and materials, building regulations, health and safety regulations, specifying and ordering planned and reactive works particularly of commercial and industrial buildings and including listed buildings.
  7. Good problem solving and analytical skills
  8. ICT Skills: Strong IT skills including 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. Full UK driving licence.
  5. 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: Cambridge 5224271
Surveyor - Estates Improvements Schemes
Client Category: Local Authority

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