London (Central), London (Greater) (GB)
c£55,000 pa, Plus excellent benefits
25 Jun 2019
08 Jul 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Position

About the Middle Temple

The Middle Temple is one of the four Inns of Court which have the exclusive right to call men and women to the Bar i.e. to admit those who have fulfilled the necessary qualifications to the degree of Barrister-at-Law, which entitles them, after a period of pupillage (vocational training), to practice as Barristers.

Funding for Middle Temple’s collegiate and membership activities is derived from its historic estate given to the Inn under Letters Patent in 1608 by James I.

About the Estates Department

Middle Temple’s estate consists of an interesting and historically important collection of buildings ranging from Middle Temple Hall built in 1570 through to post war properties constructed in sympathetic style in the 1950s. A large number of the buildings are listed and together with associated courtyards and gardens, all sit within ‘The Temple’ conservation area.

Apart from administrative areas such as Treasury Office, Library and Banqueting rooms, all of the buildings house a mixture of professional and residential accommodation for members of the Bar. Middle Temple is also responsible for the care and maintenance of Temple Church, which it jointly owns with the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple.

The Estates Department is based on site and is responsible for managing all aspects of running the estate from routine maintenance through to capital refurbishment projects and property acquisitions.


  • To undertake building surveys, including the identification of building defects, preparation of schedules of repair and of dilapidations and advising on appropriate form of building contract.
  • To work with the Estates Officer, to ensure that improvements works carried out between change of tenancy are completed in a timely fashion to minimise rent voids.
  • Provide technical advice on the maintenance of buildings, including the Inn’s Grade 1 and Grade 2 and 2* listed buildings.
  • Liaising with the Head of Facilities to ensure that the Estates Maintenance Team meets the agreed standards of delivery of service and facilities throughout the Inn and that they all work within budgets.
  • Where projects are undertaken within the Department, to assist in the submission of planning and listed buildings applications and comply with property legislation and building regulations.
  • To prepare detailed delivery programmes and specification of works for the development, refurbishment and maintenance of the estate and undertaking project management of major works in conjunction with the Director of Estates.
  • Preparing specifications and tender documents for annual decoration contracts, analysing tender results, supervising the work, and approving interim and final payments.
  • The Commissioning of professionals to undertake work on behalf of the Inn and to ensure that they perform as expected, including approval of designs, production information, detailed costings and programmes prepared by them.
  • Manage the appointment of contractors necessary for the implementation of the Inn’s building programmes, negotiate fees, co-ordinate development plans and negotiate and agree final accounts.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Estates, to assist in the preparation of the annual budget for the development, refurbishment and maintenance of the estate and to ensure that spending is within budget and work is completed to agreed standards. This will include forward programming of the works, projected cash flow forecasts and advising on suitable contractors.
  • Maintain an accurate and complete record of drawings for all the Inn’s buildings and where necessary modify or prepare new drawings to keep the information up to date.
  • Assessing existing access points to buildings and, where practicable, recommending modifications in order to meet the needs of people with disabilities and comply with the Equalities Act 2010.
  • Ensure compliance with Health & Safety and other statutory requirements; identifying and reducing risks where practicable and implementing risk management requirements of insurers and/or the Inn’s health and safety advisers.
  • Check, monitor and code invoices for purchases and contracts.
  • In conjunction with the Director of Estates, preparing reports and attending internal Committee meetings as required.
  • Provide estates services and administration, as directed by the Director of Estates, and to deputise for the Director of Estates when holiday and/or sickness cover is required.
  • To undertake other duties commensurate with the post-holder’s level of skill and experience, at the discretion of the Inn.
  • Diagnose and analyse building defects and propose cost effective remedial action.


  • Full membership of an appropriate professional body e.g. RICS (Building Surveying) or other qualifications (ideally MRICS) with a minimum of 5 years PQE.

Background /Experience

  • Experience of surveying and working on historic buildings (Grade 1, 2 and Grade 2*) and their maintenance and refurbishment.
  • Experience of preparing Schedules of Condition and Dilapidations.
  • Experience of leading and managing successfully large multidisciplinary teams and demonstrating good management skills and the ability to work as part of a comprehensive Estates Team.
  • Experience of leading and managing successfully large multidisciplinary teams and demonstrating good management skills and the ability to work as part of a comprehensive Estates Team.
  • Proven ability to manage and monitor budgets effectively, providing detailed budgets, cash flows and flow charts for all managed projects.
  • Experienced in developing detailed delivery programmes and costed specification of works.
  • Experience of successfully delivering major works programmes.
  • Experience of working for a heritage organisation
  • Experience of Landlord and Tenant matters, including rent review and lease renewal procedures would be an advantage.


  • Excellent project management skills.
  • You should be an excellent negotiator and able to forge strong relationships with tenants. The ideal candidate will be experienced in both hands on asset management and property management.
  • Ability to advise on appropriate form of building contract to be used.
  • IT skills to intermediate level for Microsoft Word, Excel, Project and Outlook and AutoCAD/Autodesk architectural packages, with a good knowledge of property computer systems.
  • A good understanding of Regulatory and Health and Safety legislation as it relates to building maintenance and construction.
  • Experience of a range of procurement methods and the ability to manage service level agreements and contracts to ensure quality and cost effectiveness.

Personal Qualities

  • Highly motivated, with a positive attitude and customer focus, and the ability  to work  under own initiative
  • Good teamwork and communications skills with ability to work effectively with colleagues at all levels.
  • Flexibility and good analytical skills with an ability to develop imaginative solutions to complex building problems.


This job description reflects the current situation. It does not preclude change or development that might be required in the future. The list of duties is not exhaustive. The position of a duty on the list is not necessarily indicative of its importance.

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