Starting salary £45,367 per annum and a generous benefits package
Full time, permanent vacancy based in Reading
As a Senior Estates Surveyor, you will take a lead role in the Estates team, acting as a role model and advisor, undertaking complex work. You will hold a RICS qualification, and have extensive land and property experience. You will be involved in a wide variety of surveying work, which will keep your days varied and interesting, enabling you to use your knowledge and experience gained through your career. You will take a lead on supporting major projects, delivering land entry and acquisition and will also deal with all aspects of estate management, including leases and disposals. There will be opportunities for you offer technical advice and guidance to other teams members. The Estates service is committed to delivering a professional service that exceeds customer expectations, through an innovative approach, which delivers value for money. Working in the Environment Agency will mean that the environment will be at the heart of everything you do.
With a focus on our customers, this role will involve regular travel around your work area including some remote locations and local and national travel. A full and valid driving licence is essential. You will be provided with a vehicle to carry out this work if required.
As a Senior Estates Surveyor, you will be a chartered surveyor (MRICS or FRICS), with substantial experience of working in a professional estates service and a proven track record of delivering results on time in a pressurised environment. A credible and enthusiastic communicator with good networking skills, you’ll be highly effective at both written and verbal communication with experience of developing working relationships with a wide range of colleagues and key stakeholders at a senior level.
Your experience will include managing a diverse land and property portfolio, including property management, valuation and dealing with landlord and tenant issues to provide sustainable use and deliver best practice. With a good understanding of planning, property and compensation legislation and of compulsory purchase procedures, you’ll be able to provide advice on land and compensation matters to minimise project risk and compensation liabilities. As a confident negotiator, you will be able to secure access and appropriate interests, along with settling compensation claims. With an up-to-date knowledge of current legislation and best practice, you’re able to provide technical leadership, guidance and support to other members of your team on surveying matters.
We operate at the place where environmental change has its greatest impact on people’s lives. We reduce the risks to people and properties from flooding; make sure there is enough water for people and wildlife; protect and improve air, land and water quality and apply the environmental standards within which industry can operate. From regulating major industry to improving water quality, from reducing pollution incidents to the regulation of waste management activities, it’s our job to create a better place for people and wildlife.
The Estates Service offers professional support for Environment Agency land, property, compensation and valuation matters. We are core to the delivery of the Agency's £2.6 billion capital programme to better protect 300,000 homes. Our experienced teams specialise in negotiating access, dealing with compensation claims from land and property owners where they have suffered loss as a consequence of our work.
We also manage the Agency's landholdings, which extends to 26,000 hectares.
As well as the opportunity to make a real difference to the environment, you can look forward to a competitive package with a range of benefits, these include:
- A generous career average pension scheme (19% contributions from us);
- Holiday allowance related to grade and length of service, rising from 27 days to 30 days per year, plus 8 statutory public and bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees);
- Generous enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes;
- A range of flexible working options, including flexi-time - these depend on business needs, but our aim is to help you achieve a positive work-life balance;
We will support your continued personal and professional development too: we’ll put a formal development plan in place for you and help you to identify and address any skills gaps.
For more information about this role, the Estates team and the Environment Agency you can download the candidate information pack. If you have any further enquiries about this role please email RecruitmentEstates@environment-agency.gov.uk
The closing date for applications is 25 October 2020, and we expect to be holding interviews early in November.
We are committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including job share. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements on your application.
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