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Rural Practice Surveyor
Great opportunity for a qualified Rural Practice surveyor to deliver a range of services to clients across the Lothians and Borders. This is an all-rounder role encompassing Property Management & Consultancy, Land & Property Sales & Acquisitions, Valuations, Home Reports & EPCs, Rural Development Contract Applications and Asset Reviews.
Working in a small practice you will have direct client contact and be expected to be a team player in your department. You should be professionally agile, a strong networker, ambitious and able to work both independently and alongside our architectural and estate agency teams.
Salary will be commensurate with experience.
Please apply with a covering letter, your CV and a completed application form, available in the News section at www.chalmers-surveyors.com, to: firstname.lastname@example.org or Mrs Audrey Stevenson, Office Manager, Chalmers & Co, 48 High Street, Haddington EH41 3EF.
Our pitch to you
• Surveying is one of three services we offer along with architecture and estate agency. All the teams work closely together for a rounded overall service to clients.
• Our primary focus is currently within East & Midlothian, serving a long-established farming & estate client base.
• Our strapline – ‘Shaping the Countryside’ is a deeply held motivating desire to inspire (humbly) development initiatives for clients.
• We offer a breadth of experience for most rural surveying work including renewables, general practice valuation and agency work.
Your pitch to us
• Are you an all-round surveyor who can sell, value and manage property and who understands the rural way of life?
• Are you at ease discussing rates per square foot, per acre or per tonne of wheat and able to develop a broad knowledge of property values
• Can you manage as well as advise?
• Are you a good team player, willing to roll your sleeves up and contribute to all areas of work within a small surveying team and work effectively with the other office teams.
• Would you be comfortable promoting the department and the firm to build a strong local reputation and gain instructions?
• Does networking and communication with people come easily?
• Do you have an analytical mind to consider markets and trends?
• Are you numerate and computer literate, ideally including database packages and digital mapping?
• Can you be flexible to changes imposed by clients or colleagues?
The Job – in outline
• Property management and consultancy: A healthy blend - ensuring advice is based on experience on the ground and that the management proposals are routed in market knowledge.
• Land and Property Sales and Acquisitions: Handling enquiries, negotiating heads of terms for sales, acquisitions or option agreements, liaising with associated professionals (e.g solicitors)
• Valuations: For sale, rent, compensation, bank, tax or accounting purposes. They are frequently for domestic properties but also include shops, offices, small commercial sites, farms and diversified uses such as phone masts and land for development. Also ensuring database is kept up-to-date with comparables sales information, working with colleagues where appropriate to do so.
• Home Reports and Energy Performance Certificates: Thorough preparation and delivery according to client’s needs.
• Rural Development Contract Applications: Grant applications to programmes such as the SRDP, SCHRI and other grant awards which are relevant to rural property.
• Asset Reviews: An appraisal of existing land uses with recommendations (if appropriate) for change.
• Compensation Claims: Negotiating entry agreements, compulsory purchase and crop loss compensation.
• Property Management: Assistance in all day-to-day matters for management for retained estates.
• General consultancy: Negotiating agreements for access, drainage, water and other property related matters within the boundaries of rural and general practice surveying.
• Departmental Management (Financial Management and Man Management)
• Business Development