Regional Building Surveyor

YHA England and Wales
South West England
Closing date
1 Feb 2022
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Regional Building Surveyor – Southwest

Salary Negotiable £42,000-£48,000

Field Based. Car Allowance and Mileage Paid

Central Postcode to the region PL20 6TU

YHA have amazing properties in some of the most iconic and inspiring places in England and Wales. A job with YHA could see you behind a bar 20 metres from the shore of Windermere or changing beds in an 800-year-old castle. And you’ll have plenty of time to make the most of these amazing places in your spare time. Whether you’re an urban explorer, countryside rambler or a seasoned surfer, there’s a YHA for you.

But we’re more than just unique buildings in spectacular locations – YHA is also a charity. By working for YHA, you’d be helping improve access to life-changing travel and adventure.

As a YHA employee you’ll have access to a whole host of benefits designed to make your job as happy and rewarding as possible.

Regional Building Surveyor skills and experience:

Due to the nature of the role of the Building Surveyor we require candidates to hold an MRICS qualification (Building Surveyor or Project Management) or similar i.e., CIOB.

Experience** of leading multi-disciplinary teams delivering refurbishment projects across a diverse range of properties is essential along with a proven ability to deliver/manage responsive repairs, cyclical repairs, and planned maintenance programmes.

Excellent communication* skills are required to ensure information is conveyed clearly, accurately, and convincingly.  A keen ear to listen to and understand the needs of others would be an advantage.

This role is field based, therefore, equipment to set up office from home and work remotely between sites will be provided, along with a car allowance and mileage paid.  We require the successful candidate to hold a full current driving license and live within reasonable reach of the region (for a full list of the regional coverage for the Southwest please email

A proven ability to manage internal and external project teams to deliver development and repairs programmes would be a real advantage as well as good ICT skills, including the use of email and Microsoft packages such as word and excel.

Regional Building Surveyor role responsibilities:

Our buildings are diverse within our network but particularly in our Southwest region where we have many properties, a Lighthouse at Lizard, cliff top accommodation at Perranporth and a castle at St Briavels Castle. A total of 21 hostels (for a full list of locations please email:

The role will be to provide a complete building surveying service across the Southwest region, delivering a programme of high volume, low value asset protection, cyclical maintenance projects and large capital investment projects. 

As building surveyor, you will ensure an appropriate range of contractors are supporting the network and that best value is achieved. Developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, intermediaries, and business colleagues, you’ll ensure Operating and Business Plan objectives are met in all areas.

Your role would also require you to:

  • lead on and deliver a range minor building refurbishment project, considering operational requirements and those of key stakeholders in addition to budgetary and programme constraints.
  • be responsible for developments on site ensuring that development works are costed, and contractors tenders received to YHA requirements, all approvals are gained ahead of works commencing, all orders are raised, and all meetings controlled to ensure quality information flows to key stakeholders, ensuring project briefs are maintained.
  • work in conjunction with internal and external stakeholders, develop, communicate, maintain, and protect YHA assets through online purchase ordering tools.
  • ensure that the projects follow the YHA processes, procedures, standards, and regulations.
  • ensure that all development specifications, contracts, and designs meet corporate, legal and regulatory standards.
  • to complete risk management tools as required and adhere procedures to assist in delivery of projects.
  • provide technical support to the SSHEQ and Estates Team and where required.
  • to maintain ongoing level of standard specifications and designs to ensure best value.

We are YHA.

A 90-year-old charity and social enterprise dedicated to connecting people with nature, the outdoors, culture, and heritage through brilliant hostel stays and experiences. We operate hostels and activity centres throughout England and Wales and welcome all but specialise in creating opportunities for young people. As well as memorable holidays and short breaks, we deliver education residentials, group trips, and a variety of volunteering opportunities.

Our strategic priorities and working culture

Our top priority is ensuring YHA is for everyone. To achieve this, we need a diverse workforce that is representative of the communities we serve. We support equity, diversity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work.

Our people share a common purpose: to improve health, wellbeing, and life skills. Our culture is collaborative; we work together following core values and behaviours called HEART: Helpful, Efficient, Authentic, Respectful and Team-spirited.

To ensure we are reaching all, we capture equality information at both the attraction and onboarding stages of employment.

*We note that communication can take many forms. This may include sign language; other adaptions for those with hearing impairments; or other speech or language difficulties.

We welcome candidates with lived experiences** that are willing to share, that can inform/shape our approach, and help to reach those facing a range of personal or professional challenges.

**Lived experience can include protected characteristics, class, educational experience, personal experience such as debt, caring responsibilities, illness, hobbies, community work and interests.

Please note in order to apply for a vacancy with YHA we require an up-to-date CV and a completed application form. 

If you require any assistance to submit your application, please email:

Please note: YHA is committed to safeguarding and ensuring the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. The suitability of all prospective employees or volunteers will be assessed during our safer recruitment process in line with this commitment, this will include the checking of relevant ID’s for Right to work and a DBS application.

We do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.


We are YHA.

We’re here to give every young person the chance to experience amazing places, share extraordinary journeys and discover the skills and confidence that will take them places.

Every bed, in every hostel, on every night of the year can make a positive difference to somebody – be they holiday-maker, short-breaker, business traveller or backpacker. But that’s just for starters. As a youth charity, we intensively support travel opportunities for young people – especially those for whom adventures are otherwise out of reach. And our particular focus is on improving physical and mental health and wellbeing through these experiences – and passing on crucial life skills that improve young people’s life chances.

We are YHA. We transform young lives forever through travel and real adventure.

Because where you go changes who you become.

In the early years, clusters of hostels sprang up regionally. And, as the decades rolled on and our membership expanded, more hostels were added to create a large, varied network. Hostels in towns and cities opened, democratising access to centres of culture and heritage. Standards improved. Opportunities grew.

Over the last ten years, we have transformed the sustainability of our charity. By operating on the principles of social enterprise, we continue to offer everyone affordable access to the countryside, our coasts and the culture of towns and cities.

Today, YHA is in impressive shape. We have a stable financial base. We top the Hostelling International list for customer satisfaction. Our operational standards are at their best. And our 150 uniquely characterful properties are well placed to enable us to tackle some of the most pressing social issues of the day.

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