Head of Building Surveying

Swindon, Wiltshire
£73,000 pa
04 Jan 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Position
Head of

Head of Building Surveying

£73,000 pa

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)


Ref: IRC58722 


In 2015 we launched our new strategy ‘Playing our part’. Central to this is looking after our huge range of over 28,000 magnificent buildings at an annual cost of over £100m. With this in mind we are investing in our Buildings team which will have a significant part to play in embedding a new culture into the profession.

One of these roles is that of Head of Building Surveying. You’ll be responsible for creating the vision for the way we manage our buildings within and beyond the Profession at the Trust.

What it's like to work here

We provide the best possible working environment for you throughout the building whilst also promoting and fostering a sociable Heelis Community. Do great things for us and we’ll do great things for you and your career.

Heelis is the Central Office for the National Trust; it was named after one of the Trust’s biggest benefactors Mrs William Heelis, There are approximately 500 staff from across the Trust’s directorates, including the Executive team and the Director General, are based here.

Heelis was designed to be highly sustainable and has won a number of nationally recognised awards. Designed by Feilden Clegg Bradley Architects in 2005, this architectural gem uses timber from our woodlands and wool from Herdwick sheep grazed on Trust farmlands, to help make Heelis a unique working environment.

What you'll be doing

Reporting into the Land & Estates Director you’ll lead the profession acting as the Trust’s voice both internally and externally relating to our buildings.

You’ll drive up conservation outcomes in our buildings through agreeing and influencing standards, monitoring delivery, engaging directly with property and project teams, and supporting the Executive Team and Trustees to make informed decisions around conservation-spend.

You’ll provide inspirational leadership to over 150 regional building surveys surveyors and facilities teams, ensuring they are clear on and have the skills required to deliver the standards.

Who we're looking for

To be successful in this role you’ll come with significant proven experience of Building Surveying, facilities and maintenance in a heritage environment at a leadership level. You’ll also need the following:

  • Relevant professional qualification at Fellowship level e.g. Chartered Building Surveyor FRICS, MRICS FCIOB, FRIBA or FICE. MSc in Historic Building Conservation or Conservation Accreditation. Heritage Accreditation/Certification at expert level.
  • Broad knowledge and significant experience of the application of conservation principles in heritage settings.
  • Strong ability to coach and influence others within a matrix management environment at all levels, with the purpose of improving building conservation, maintenance and facilities management standards.
  • Exceptional leadership skills
  • Highly connected professionally within the sector, regularly promoting the discipline and the Trust for Building Surveying (external promotion)

The package

Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Closing Date: 28th Jan 2018

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