Diocesan Surveyor and Property Manager

Blackburn, Lancashire
09 May 2018
15 Jul 2018
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Position


Diocesan Surveyor and Property Manager



Full time



The Diocese of Blackburn represents the Church of England in most of Lancashire and part of Wigan Metropolitan Borough, covering an area of 878 square miles with a population of 1.3 million.  Within the Diocese, there are 279 churches, comprising around 235 parishes with around 200 clergy and 140 licensed readers.

The Blackburn Diocese Board of Finance Limited (DBF), which is the charity that manages the Diocesan finances and properties, has a significant property portfolio (but this excludes churches and church halls).  This property portfolio comprises over 230 houses (£85m insured value).  In addition, there are over 70 agricultural lettings, two other properties, and a small development portfolio.

Main Responsibilities

Key purpose of the post:

  • To inspect and schedule repairs of clergy housing on a rotational five year basis (the post incorporates the role of Diocesan Surveyor which is a statutory appointment in the Diocese from the Repair of Benefice Building Measure)
  • To ensure the Board's property portfolio is managed and maintained within budgetary and policy constraints to meet the needs of the clergy within the Diocesan strategy
  • To ensure the Board's Glebe land portfolio is managed and reviewed to maximise income and gains on sale and identify development opportunities.

The Ideal Candidate

  • Chartered Building Surveyor (RICS) or equivalent with current corporate membership
  • Substantial experience within Surveying and Property Managing a varied housing portfolio
  • Undertaking property surveys
  • Building relationships with suppliers and consultants
  • Creating specifications; issuing tenders, negotiating best value with suppliers and undertaking site inspections
  • Purchasing and selling houses
  • Planning and managing substantial budgets
  • Undertaking building defects analysis
  • Working knowledge of legal issues surrounding property and land management and an ability to apply these appropriately
  • Delivering multiple projects concurrently on time and to budget
  • Implementing relevant health and safety, planning and building regulation legislation
  • Managing and developing team
  • Sympathy with the aims, mission and values of the Church of England


For more information and how to apply please visit our site using the 'Apply' button.


For information about Blackburn Diocese please visit here

Closing date for applications: 15 July 2018

Interviews will be held on 12 or 13 September 2018

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