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Assistant Head of Estates

Defence Infrastructure Organisation
Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire
£53,500 + substantial pension and benefits
Closing date
7 Nov 2021
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Join the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and have a future that matters: Be proud; Be challenged; Be unique

The Challenge

Are you a motivated suitably experienced property professional, who enjoys working within a fast paced and diverse environment, with a passion to be stretched and challenged with a wide range of varied responsibilities and a track record for leading Estates teams?

If so, this is the job for you!

A Principal Estate Surveyor within the DIO Estates Division will be involved in exciting and interesting programme management and delivery of infrastructure that underpins the UK Ministry of Defence Mission across its global portfolio. On this unique Estate no two days will be the same.

A Principal Estate Surveyor will hold excellent communication skills to provide services, professional advice and “consultancy” to internal and external departments, customers and partners and will collaborate with them in ensuring that they are able to adhere to all agreed processes and operating procedures.

This is an excellent opportunity to join the established Land Management Services (LMS) Team and a wider network of highly skilled Surveyors, Planners, Valuers and other property specialists within DIO's Estates Division, who deliver specialist Estates advice to a variety of UK Military customers.

Job Description

As Principal Estate Surveyor Overseas Accommodation the successful candidate will support the Deputy Head Estates (Specialist Teams) in the development and leadership of the LMS Overseas Accommodation team (both UK-based and forward-deployed) and will be responsible for delivering agreed programmes for provision of predominantly Leasehold residential accommodation to, and in support of, UK Service Personnel and their families across Europe, Turkey and in the USA (the latter in an advisory function to the British Embassy Estates Team in Washington DC). Additionally, the Principal Estate Surveyor Overseas Accommodation will be responsible for pan-LMS Overseas Special Projects and Assurance.

The successful candidate will also have a dual role as one of the Assistant Heads of Estates, providing an additional opportunity to be part of the wider Estates Division management team in shaping and developing the future direction for Estates Division.

The role will involve direct line management of 5 x Senior Estate Surveyors who are based in UK, Belgium, Germany, Italy and USA. The successful applicant will provide direction and leadership to their team, delivering LMS business objectives with minimal direction and supervision. We are therefore seeking a highly motivated individual, who is an experienced and passionate team leader who achieves results.

Engagement with other government departments and agencies and Host Nation authorities may also be required. 

Successful candidates will become members of the Government Property Profession, with benefits including: opportunities for Government and industry-led CPD events; access to a diverse community of property professionals across government for sharing knowledge and ideas; and a comprehensive career framework and learning and development curriculum which will support your career journey.

This is a varied role working across the diverse MOD estate, with duties and responsibilities changing as MOD/DIO requirements emerge, change and progress.

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We enable our people to work at the right place, with the right people, at the right time.

We believe that if we look after our people they will be passionate about delivering great things for our customers. 

We understand the importance of life outside of work and our industry leading flexible working practices, digital technology and modern workspaces will give you the opportunity to enjoy a healthy work-life balance. 

Some of the many benefits you will receive:

  • Highly competitive Pension Scheme  
  • Flexi-time scheme
  • Alternative working practices such as working from home
  • 25 days annual leave rising (1 day per year) to 30 days upon completion of 5 years’ service
  • Ability to roll over up to 10 days annual leave per year
  • In addition to 8 public holidays per year you will also receive leave for HM The Queen’s birthday
  • Minimum of 15 Days Special Leave in a rolling 12-month period to for volunteer military or emergency service reserve commitments
  • Special Paid Leave for volunteering up to 6 days a year
  • Enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave
  • Employee Assistance Programme to support your wellbeing
  • Most sites have good travel links with free car parking; many also have other facilities such as a Sports & Social Club, Gym and / or site shops

Learning & Development

  • Professional and Personal Development of skills
  • Access to thousands of training courses through Civil Service Learning, some free or paid by DIO
  • Ability to obtain industry recognised qualifications supported by DIO


For further information regarding this vacancy please contact:

Name: Niels Payne

Telephone: 07824 461841


For full role details, please click the apply button to redirect to Civil Service Jobs which is the Only Official Way to apply for the role.

Closing date: 7th November 2021


The DIO play a vital role in supporting Defence by leading and managing the delivery of what the Armed Forces need to live, work, train and deploy on operations. Under the Future DIO Transformation Programme, DIO will become the Ministry of Defence’s professional estate services business and realise our organisational vision of providing a better estate, a better service and a better business.

As part of the MOD, we are responsible for all acquisition, disposal, allocation of assets, construction and maintenance of estate infrastructure in the UK and overseas.

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