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Property Business Manager

Diocese of Winchester
Winchester, Hampshire
£41,862 pa
Closing date
8 Mar 2021
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Property Business Manager 

Responsible to: Director of Operations            

Responsible For: Property Development Officer

Main Purpose: To develop, implement and deliver a rolling 5-year property strategy for the diocese. To review and develop policy, process and protocols to ensure compliance and best practice in all areas of property management.

Hours: 35 hours

Salary: Spine Point 16 £41,862

Responsibilities and Purpose: 

Development Sites and Project Management

  1. To review all diocesan property holdings including Parsonages, DBF Corporate Property, Glebe, Parochial Property, and Schools, preparing a rolling 5-year strategy to maximise income and capital receipts in line with relevant secular and ecclesiastical legislation.
  2. To identify potential sites for development, possible sale, surplus or costly stock, and opportunities for increased income.
  3. To consider issues of environmental sustainability, helping the organisation to reach Carbon Net zero by 2030.
  4. To prepare detailed reports assessing the feasibility and outlining options for potential development sites, working with external partners as required.   
  5. To provide detailed project management for major property development projects, working closely with contractors, planners, stakeholders and specialists as required.
  6. To ensure all property for which the Diocese is responsible is properly registered with the Land Registry.
  7. Working closely with the Property Development Officer, to ensure timely, professional advice and support is provided to PCCs in the management, sale or development of any property they own.
  8. To manage all house, land and site purchases and sales, liaising with agents and solicitors as necessary.

Compliance & Governance

  1. Working closely with the Houses Coordinator, to review and update all property related policies and protocols, ensuring clear processes and communication is shared with clergy and other stakeholders.
  2. To support the Property Working Group in preparing reports and recommendations in the areas of developing policy, practice and budgeting.
  3. Working closely with the Houses Coordinator, to enact a regular programme of reviewing all contracts, agreements and tender processes with third parties, ensuring these are robust, transparent and compliant.
  4. Alongside secular legislation, to develop a strong working knowledge of appropriate ecclesiastical legislation including the Church Property Measure 2018, Mission & Pastoral Measure and PCC Powers Measure - guidance will be provided.


  1. To support and cover for colleagues A required, playing a full part as a member of the Property Team.
  2. To undertake other tasks as may reasonably be required by the Director of Operations or Chief Executive.

Person Specification:

Education and Qualifications

  • Graduate or equivalent level of education in a relevant field;
  • A qualified Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) desirable or confirmation of working towards a relevant qualification;
  • It will be a requirement of the appointment that Safeguarding Training to Leadership level is completed along with:
  • Equality and Diversity
  • GDPR 
  • Fire Safety Awareness
  • DSE for Home workers/office workers
  • First Aid refreshers 
  • Office Health and Safety
  • Evidence of CPD is required.

Background and Experience

  • Detailed knowledge and understanding of property legislation and planning and development processes including feasibility appraisal techniques.
  • Experienced negotiator with a track record of property acquisitions, sales and management.
  • Experience of managing and developing both operational and investment portfolios.
  • Experience of managing people and delivering through a team.
  • Experience or understanding of managing projects.

Skills and Personal Competencies

  • A demonstrable team player with a collaborative and open working style. Able to work under pressure, flexible in attitude, highly organised and able to work to deadlines.
  • Ability to prioritise and delegate work under pressure.
  • Flexible in working relationships, comfortable with some ambiguity and able to see projects and tasks to completion.
  • Able to relate well at all levels, a strong communicator, able to build positive professional relationships. When necessary, able to give disappointing news clearly.
  • Entrepreneurial skills and positive, can do approach.
  • Intermediate level of proficiency with various software programmes, including but not limited to Microsoft Office.


  • Confidential and able to handle sensitive information.
  • Current driving license and access to a vehicle.
  • An understanding of and a commitment in principal to the Church’s ministry and mission is essential.


The following general principles should be observed:

  • This role will be based at The Diocesan Office, Wolvesey, Winchester, SO23 9ND. It is anticipated that some home working may be available/necessary.
  • The role holder will have an understanding of and empathy for the work of the Church of England as well as the mission, ministry and priorities of the Diocese.
  • The role will require some travel about the diocese, sometimes outside usual business hours and to locations that are not served by public transport. The role holder will need to have access to their own transport.
  • The role is offered on the basis of the role holder having a right to work in the UK.
  • Employer will be The Winchester Diocesan Board of Finance. As such the role is under the leadership of the Chief Executive Officer. WDBF policies and procedures are directly applicable to the role. WDBF Employee Terms and Conditions apply.
  • This job description and person specification is not an exhaustive list of tasks and responsibilities.


Founded in 676AD it is one of the five senior dioceses of the Church of England. The Diocese consists of about two thirds of the County of Hampshire and most of Bournemouth in the County of Dorset, excluding Portsmouth and the area immediately to its north and north-east.


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01962 737300
Diocese of Winchester
Old Alresford Place
SO24 9DH
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