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Property Portfolio Lead

Scottish Government
City of Edinburgh
£64,698 - £74,675
Closing date
2 Dec 2021
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Property Portfolio Lead

Salary: £64,698 - £74,675

Location: Edinburgh

Employment type: Permanent Employee

Hours: Around 37.00 per week

We are currently seeking applications for a Property Portfolio Lead within the Scottish Procurement and Property Directorate based in Edinburgh. This is a permanent and pensionable appointment and new entrants will normally start on the minimum of the pay range. Candidates with a disability who meet the essential criteria below will be invited to the assessments.

Property Pay Supplement

A Property Pay supplement of £5250 pa is payable for suitably qualified candidates. Pay supplements are subject to regular review.


Would you like to make a positive difference using your professional property skills? Does your ethos mean you choose carefully where you work?

Here is what we are about (About the Scottish Government - ( – if making a difference using your professional skills appeals to you, please call for a chat about this opportunity.

In a challenging and stimulating environment, you will lead and oversee a portfolio of projects and teams supporting the Deputy Director in Property and Construction Division (PCD). The work is varied, fast-paced and high profile, and involves regular contact with Ministers and senior stakeholders.

PCD leads, enables and delivers public sector property and construction procurement policy for Scotland. We improve the work of property and procurement professionals and the stewardship of Scottish Ministers built assets to deliver social and economic outcomes aligned to Scotland's National Performance Framework.

The division includes four teams; Construction Procurement Policy Unit, Estates Management Services and Advice (ESMA), Property Finance and Support, and Property Policy Advice (PPA).

As part of the division's Senior Management Team, you will be leading and empowering the surveyors in ESMA and PPA, helping set a clear direction and inclusive, collaborative, learning and high-performing tone and culture.

• ESMA delivers estate management, strategic asset planning and evidence-based operational and property policy decisions and advice, scrutinises property business cases for Ministers' civil estate and supports Scottish Government and public bodies to acquire, manage and dispose of their property portfolio in accordance with the SG Estates Strategy (2019).

• PPA provides guidance to agencies, non-departmental public bodies and colleagues across the Scottish Government, on all types of property and interests in land including policies which impact property, valuation, Scottish Public Finance Manual matters and liaises with a range of professional, other government and industry representatives.

Applicants should hold professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and comply with their continuous professional development requirements. To demonstrate the depth and breadth of knowledge required for the post you will have extensive post-qualification experience leading professional property teams, advising on or developing property policy or guidance for large portfolios and delivering in a number of commercial property areas such as Scottish Landlord and Tenant, in-house estate management, heritable and leasehold acquisitions and disposals, business case assessment and planning and delivery of strategic asset management and associated policies.

Essential Criteria

1. A track record of building and/or leading effective, diverse and resilient professional/specialist teams through change and challenge, driving and embedding shared ambitions on culture, capability and collaborative working with strong resilience and self-awareness on how to best empower, motivate and support high-performing teams.

2. Evidence of planning and deploying excellent communication skills, distilling large amounts of complex or conflicting information into clear, concise and compelling proposals, guidance or briefs, with an ability to adeptly tailor messages to different audiences to influence outcomes; and using this to manage and influence complex and sensitive stakeholder environments - credible at all levels and making connections across boundaries to build strong networks and partnerships.

3. Strong evidence of working collaboratively across boundaries to manage and deliver business priorities, with excellent planning, project and risk management skills; a continuous improvement ethos, with the ability and resilience to adapt to changing circumstances; and a track record of delivering positive impact and outcomes that balance disparate stakeholder expectations.

4. This is a specialist role which requires evidence of:

• Advanced level Professional membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors e.g. MRICS/FRICS;

• Extensive depth of post qualification experience in a range covering: leading and delivering in-house estates management, strategic asset management, Scottish heritable and leasehold acquisition, disposal and negotiation and evidence-based risk and business case analysis;

• Commercial acumen combined with an ability to oversee and provide advice regarding complex and technical professional evidence, relating that to the wider policy, strategic and/or political environment(s).

Nationality Requirements

This job is broadly open to the following groups:

• UK nationals

• nationals of Commonwealth countries who have the right to work in the UK

• nationals of the Republic of Ireland

• nationals from the EU, EEA or Switzerland with settled or pre-settled status or who apply for either status by the deadline of the European Union Settlement Scheme (EUSS)

• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals working in the Civil Service

• relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals who have built up the right to work in the Civil Service

• certain family members of the relevant EU, EEA, Swiss or Turkish nationals

Further Information

For further information on this vacancy please download and review the "Person Specification and Further Information for Job Applicants" which you will find below. To apply, you must fully complete and submit an online application via this website before the closing date. To learn more about this opportunity, please contact Morag Angus at

Important Information Regarding Interviews

In recognition of the Scottish Government's ongoing measures and guidance in its response to Covid-19 (Coronavirus), we would like to advise applicants that a decision has been taken that all interviews must be conducted in a virtual/remote setting.

In order to facilitate this new way of working, we are asking all applicants to ensure that they have a suitable space to complete the virtual interview. In addition, a personal device of choice, which has the interview application downloaded. This could be MS Teams or Webex for example. This will allow candidates to undertake the interview/assessment if selected. We are also asking you to ensure that your personal Wi-Fi/Broadband capacity will be sufficient to carry both audio and video feeds.

The Scottish Government is a diverse and inclusive workplace and we want to help you demonstrate your full potential whatever type of assessment is used. If you require any adjustments to our recruitment process, please let us know via

Closing date: 2 December 2021 at midnight.

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