Senior Building Surveyor

  • Tyne and Wear, UK
  • 12 Feb, 2024

Job Description


We are looking for a Senior Building Surveyor with a strong knowledge of historic properties to become part of our team in the North. This is a rare and special opportunity to apply your professional skillset to some of the North's iconic structures. Our places are spread across the county, from wild coasts to wooded estates and Lakeland hills.

This role will ideally be based in the Northeast of the North region, but we are willing to be flexible and would consider different locations/bases for the right candidate.

We use a hybrid working model that mixes home, office and on site working. Expect to be onsite at properties across the North or in one of our offices - at Newcastle, York, Grasmere or Altrincham/Manchester at least 3 days a week. Due to the travel required in this role, you will need a full driving licence with access to your own vehicle.

As Senior Building Surveyor, you'll have line management responsibility for a Contracts Manager or Building Surveyor.

This is a permanent role offering a salary in the region of £47,000.

What it's like to work here

Your work will be integrated into our National Trust Consultancy which provides properties with advice and practical support across the full range of conservation and supporter development activities. You'll bring to the team an in-depth conservation building knowledge, a high level of experience and the ability to work at pace in complex technical situations.

What you'll be doing

You'll be allocated a number of places that you will act as building surveyor lead for and while you will manage and support projects at these sites, we will also seek to match skillsets with the work needed, so this can mean involvement at other places in the North region. You'll work alongside other Building Surveyors and be supported by the wider building surveyor community in the North and nationally.

Whether it's Mansion houses, Castles, or aspects of civil infrastructure, you'll be responsible for the provision of an excellent conservation building service, taking work from inception to delivery. Your work will be focussed on larger-scale planned maintenance and on higher value project work for our in-hand estate (this can be conservation or compliance related). You'll provide expert advice, and delivery of building work to the highest conservation standards. You're likely to act as project manager, following the NT's project governance framework and managing external advisers and contractors. You'll contribute to project planning and lead building conservation condition assessments.

Managing and building strong relationships with stakeholders is critical. Your internal clients are usually National Trust General Managers and Facilities Managers at local sites. You'll be involved with other NT specialists, and statutory and local authority officers. You'll be able to clearly communicate the essential elements of the work and collaborate on finding the best solutions.

Who we're looking for
  • full membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors/Chartered Institute of Building.
  • a good knowledge of professional building consultancy across complex portfolios, with knowledge of building conservation, defect diagnosis, maintenance, and repair.
  • a strong track record of planning and delivering a programme of works/project, with a value up to £500k.
  • an understanding of relevant legislation and best practice
  • knowledge of contract appointment and administration
  • experience of financial responsibility for projects and cyclical work
  • strong communication skills focused on the client's needs and what's needed to progress the work to schedule and standards.
The package

The National Trust has the motto 'For everyone, for ever' at its heart. We're working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It's important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we're for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust places for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax-free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts such as gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most Trust places
  • Independent financial advice

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