Client Side Building Surveyor

Hays Property & Surveying
England, London, City of London
Up to £52000.00 per annum
Closing date
19 Oct 2021

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Building Surveyor
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Client Side Building Surveyor - The Diocese of Southwark

Your new company
I am exclusively representing The Diocese of Southwark in their search for a Building Surveyor. The Property Department is responsible for the direct management and development of a substantial property portfolio including the headquarters building Trinity House, two satellite offices and around 400 properties located mainly in South London and covering an area of 320 square miles.

The properties are mainly residential dwellings occupied by clergy but also include rental properties and some redundant churches (current churches are handled by another department). In addition, the department provides support and advice to its parishes (more than 300) in the management of their own buildings such as church halls. This is a key role in providing technical surveying expertise to enable the diocese to effectively management and maintain its property portfolio.

Your new role
The postholder will have responsibility for designated areas of work including specific portfolios of properties plus the delivery of projects and support to other members of the team. This may include:

  • Providing technical surveying and professional advice to parishes under the trust's responsibilities as custodian trustee.
  • Managing the implementation of vacancy and other works for properties, ensuring that the properties are available for new clergy to carry out their mission and ministry in their parishes. This will involve working closely with Archdeacons, developing good working relationships, and delivering the stated standards of the property department.
  • Taking a lead role in ensuring that Trinity House and other Diocesan offices are well maintained and compliant with relevant legislation.
  • Taking a lead role in relation to re-establishing and implementing quinquennial inspections

Main Duties and Responsibilities

  • Under the direction of the Diocesan Surveyor take overall responsibility for building fabric, services and facilities within the Diocesan Offices including ensuring statutory compliance and that the offices are well maintained.
  • Leading the completion of the condition survey of parsonages and other housing properties together with the re-instatement and implementation of quinquennial inspections
  • carrying out site and structural inspections; analysing building defects; determining causes; reporting; and specifying and supervising appropriate action.
  • Appointing and supervising contractors, specialist consultants and other advisors where appropriate.
  • advising from time to time on the Law of Property and Planning; lodging Building Regulation and Planning applications and negotiating with Local Authorities to deliver consents.
  • undertaking small scale land surveys to facilitate building design and establishing the position of boundaries.
  • writing schedules, specifications and obtaining tenders; assessing the ability of contractors and encouraging rising standards of performance; instructing contractors, supervising building works and authorising payment; preparing, when appropriate, costs in use analyses and detailed technical papers for committees.
  • undertaking work within the parameters of The Repair of Benefice Buildings Measure 1972.
  • assisting in devising, developing, and implementing strategic policies for the effective management of diocesan properties. This will include assisting with the modernisation of the departmental procedures and processes, for example the development of stock condition and quinquennial surveys for the whole estate, coordination and implementation of maintenance plans, and the implementation and population of property management and information systems.
  • negotiating claims with loss adjustors, statutory authorities and exercising a client function with consultants.
  • Providing support to colleagues on the responsive repairs help desk, acting upon telephone and e-mailed` reports and organising jobbing repairs as and when defects arise.
  • ensuring that the diocese complies with the relevant Statutes, Statutory Instruments, European Directives and Ecclesiastical Measures, including all relevant Health and Safety legislation.
  • ensuring that proper file and inspection records and photographs are kept on the server and records are updated.
  • acting on behalf of the diocese and parishes in Party Wall Matters.
  • Provide building surveying and/or professional advice to parishes from time to time, including attending meetings with parishes to advise on integrated development opportunities.
  • Inspection and preparation of quinquennial inspection surveys and building reinstatement valuations when required.
  • Deputise for the Diocesan Building Surveyor when required, including occasional attendance at evening meetings if needed.
  • Contribute to the building and maintaining of excellent working relationships with the users of the property department, particularly clergy, and to work collaboratively with other senior mangers of the diocese.
  • Ensure that relationships with advisers, suppliers and contractors are managed within the highest ethical standards, and in accordance with RICS professional requirements and the Diocesan Business Ethics policy.

What you'll need to succeed

  • Chartered Building Surveyor MRICS or equivalent - Essential
  • A minimum of 5 years experience within a property maintenance environment
  • A working knowledge and understanding of hard facilities management within offices.
  • A good understanding or repair, maintenance, and refurbishment of houses.
  • Have a good working knowledge of modern and traditional methods of building construction as they relate to a varied property portfolio including historic buildings.
  • An ability to keep up to date with relevant legislation and to manage quality standards.
  • Possess experience in exercising cost controls. Be fully familiar with the current Building Regulations and CDM Regulations.

What you'll get in return

  • 35 hours per week, Monday - Friday; normally 09:00 - 17:00, but flexibility required for some evening or out of hours meetings for which time off in lieu is offered.
  • Salary of £52,000
  • You will receive 26 days annual leave per annum, increasing to 31 days after 2 years' service. There is also an entitlement to 2 local and 8 national bank holidays. The leave year runs from 1st January to 31st December.
  • A non-contributory pension will normally be arranged with the Church Workers' Pension Fund, currently a 15% employer's contribution, subject to eligibility.

What you need to do now
If you're interested in this role, please forward an up-to-date copy of your CV to Diana Amalinei at Hays Property&Surveying.
If this job isn't quite right for you but you are looking for a new position, please contact us for a confidential discussion on your career.

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