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Senior Surveyor

Southern Water
Falmer, East Sussex
Up to £50,000 depending on skills and expertise.
Closing date
1 Jul 2022

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Job Title: Senior Surveyor
Location: Falmer, East Sussex
Perm/FTC: Permanent
Hours: 37
Salary: UP TO £50,000 depending on skills and expertise.


Role Overview: 
As part of a multi-disciplinary team you will be responsible for securing entry to, or acquisition of rights in, third party land to meet the needs of individual projects in building, maintaining and/or repairing Southern Waters’ assets. 

The role includes using negotiation and the implementation of Southern Waters statutory powers, in accordance with the ‘Code of Practice for the exercise of pipelaying powers on land by Southern Water’ where applicable, to secure the required access including agreeing and paying compensation due, as well as instructing and assisting solicitors in the completion of any legal agreements.

Role Accountabilities:
Accountabilities Estimated Time Spent:

  • Liaising with project managers and Delivery/Service Partners to identify individual project needs and manage expectations in relation to securing land entry (45%)
  • Preparation of land and compensation estimates, supporting the development of the project schedule and advising on associated risks relating to an individual project (10%)
  • Identification of landowners and occupiers and preparation of landownership schedules and landownership index maps (10%)
  • Owning the relationship with owners and occupiers affected by the works and liaising with them and keeping them informed and updated throughout the project (5%)
  • Advising the project team on land entry matters, including opportunities and constraints and ensuring compliance on the project with Southern Waters’ ‘Code of Practice for the exercise of pipelaying powers on land by Southern Water’ and the Water UK ‘Land Entry Principles’ where applicable (5%)
  • Conveying information from the landowner to the project team that may influence design, constrain the project or mitigate the impact of the project on the landowner/occupier (5%)
  • Service of statutory notices in relation to land entry, including the management of any requirements for seeking a Warrant of Entry. (5%)
  • Negotiating and agreeing compensation under Schedule 12 of the Water Industry Act 1991. Approval of compensation payments up to a value of £10k (5%)
  • Negotiating and agreeing acquisition of an interest in land required as part of a project and managing the process through to legal completion (5%)
  • Providing project teams with regular updates on land entry progress, risks and compensation (5%)

Person Specification:

  • BSc in relevant subject
  • Membership to RICS, CAAV or other relevant professional bodies
  • Minimum of 5-10 years post qualification experience (desirable)
  • Extensive experience of working in the utilities sector
  • Highly effective organisational and time management skills
  • Excellent communication skills – ability to liaise with both internal and external stakeholders to ensure optimisation of outcomes for the business 
  • Proven negotiating skills, with the ability to diffuse and resolve conflicts with stakeholders
  • Good IT skills and willingness to learn new systems
  • Ability to work collaboratively within a cross function team environment to achieve optimal outcomes
  • Willingness to challenge and improve to seek optimal performance

As well as a competitive salary, we develop our people, recognise talent and reward hard work – and you’ll also enjoy a substantial list of benefits:

  • Career progression, training and development opportunities
  • Company and performance-related bonus
  • Generous pension with up to 11% company contribution
  • Life assurance payment equal to four times your annual salary
  • Health benefits through a Cash Plan
  • Two paid community volunteering days a year
  • 25 days annual holiday
  • Occupational health service
  • Perkbox benefits offering discounts and savings on a number of products and experiences
  • Study support may be available for job-related qualifications
  • We offer competitive maternity leave and flexible return to work options


Privacy Statement: 
Please note: If you are an existing Southern Water employee, you will need to confirm within your application that your Manager is aware of your application. Please note, CVs will be sent upon advert closing date.

All applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. You will need to provide evidence of eligibility (e.g. a passport or long birth certificate and proof of NI) and current proof of address (dated within the last 3 months), will be required as part of the recruitment process. If you do not meet these criteria, your application will not be considered.

By submitting your details to this position at Southern Water, you are also agreeing to share your details with Gattaca PLC who are the managed service provider for all recruitment with the Southern Water Business. Should you wish to see the Gattaca PLC privacy policy please go to

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