Commercial and Residential Estate Surveyor

Chatham, Kent (GB)
25 Aug 2017
20 Sep 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Chatham Historic Dockyard is a thriving community with 115 residential properties about 100 commercial tenants including the University of Kent with 600 students and is a visitor attraction receiving up to 170K visitors a year.  It is a unique heritage environment, being the most complete Dockyard of the age of sail in the world.  The estate is owned and operated by Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust (The Trust), an independent charity, that has transformed the formally derelict post-industrial site into the 21st Century, 24/7, place that it is today.  More detail about the Trust and its operations can be found at 


The growth of the Trust’s operations requires us to increase the strength and depth of our team by recruiting a:


Commercial and Residential Estate Surveyor

This is a new role focussed on the management, administration and advancement of our established commercial and residential tenant portfolio.  An important part of the role will be to establish processes and systems to improve the professionalism and efficient management of the estate.  There is a complex ecology of uses across the site that must be balanced in harmony and the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate an understanding of this sensitivity and a willingness to work with team members working in other departments to enhance and develop the functionality and diversity of our operations.

The role is likely to suit a property professional looking to develop a career in a demanding but rewarding role or a more experienced operator who is perhaps looking to work in a complex but smaller scale environment.  The role will report to the Chief financial Officer and is supported by a part time assistant.


Main Purpose 

The efficient management and administration of all aspects of the Estate’s commercially tenanted, residential and vacant property portfolio.


Key Tasks:

To manage the marketing of commercial leasehold property, including valuation, usage guidance, lease negotiation and preparation of Heads of Terms in liaison with the Trust’s professional advisers, Chief Executive and Chief Financial Officer.

To liaise with the Estate’s residential community, both directly and through the Residents Association Committee attending periodic meetings as required.  Dealing with all under-lease issues including assignment and responding to pre-sales enquiries, service charge and maintenance funds, insurance and residential management duties.
To be the lead CHDT representative at Residents’ Association Meetings
To deal with all Landlord and Tenant issues both for new commercial tenants and in relation to the management of the existing portfolio, including the regular review of lease obligations, undertaking rent reviews and renewals in accordance with the latest legal requirements.    Undertake all rent reviews, lease extension negotiations and break arrangements to meet Trust needs. 
To consider all opportunities to increase yields via lease negotiations with the objective of achieving a sustainable tenant base through “affordable” rents and service charges but sustainable income levels for the Trust meeting market standards. 
To modernise, rationalise and maintain the tenant and residential files and electronic data management system.
To liaise closely with the Assistant Facilities Manager and Historic Environment & Buildings  Manager in the matter of estate maintenance issues relating to residential and commercial tenant needs.  This may involve formally ‘contracting’ works from either internal or external sources.
To set budgets for the management of the residential and commercial estates and to liaise closely with the Finance & Internal Audit Manager to ensure appropriate, timely and accurate financial control of the property portfolio.

To deal with the Local Authority and other agencies in relation to planning, rates and service issues working with the Historic Environment & Buildings Manager and Chief Financial Officer as required.
To perform such other duties as may reasonably be required.











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