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Senior Estates Surveyor

Environment Agency
Birmingham, Lincoln, Nottingham, Shrewsbury
£46,374 per annum and a generous benefits package
Closing date
3 Jul 2022
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Senior Estates Surveyor – Central Hub

Birmingham, Lincoln, Nottingham, Shrewsbury

Salary: £46,374 per annum and a generous benefits package

Full time, Part Time, Part time Term Time, Job Share, permanent vacancy based in Reading.

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to provide professional Estates expertise across all aspects of the Environment Agency’s business.

You will be the senior surveying expert working collaboratively within project teams helping deliver an ambitious programme of capital flood defence works investing £5.2 billion nationwide, better protecting 336,000 households from flood risk 2021-2027. You’ll be involved at all stages of project delivery.

Your surveying expertise will also be applied to managing a diverse land and property portfolio, including property management, valuation and dealing with landlord and tenant issues. As a confident negotiator, you’ll represent our interests externally with a broad client base. 

This senior role will hold a portfolio of complex cases but will also require you to support others through proactive sharing and application of up-to-date knowledge of current legislation and best practice.  This role sits within the Hub leadership team helping manage delivery and reputational risks across Central England.  Whilst much is delivered in house, some projects require you to act as Intelligent Client working with our suppliers through framework contracts. 

This role isn’t just about providing professional surveying expertise, it’s about playing an exciting and evolving role in making a long-term difference.

About you

With experience of working as a Senior Surveyor in a professional estates service, you’ll hold an appropriate RICS qualification (MRICS or FRICS) typically from commercial or rural pathways. You’ll demonstrate knowledge/experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • In-depth understanding and application of planning, property and compensation legislation and compulsory purchase procedures.
  • Provide advice on land and compensation matters to minimise project risk and compensation liabilities.  Negotiating access to land, securing appropriate interests and settling compensation claims.
  • Manage a diverse land and property portfolio including property management, valuation, landlord and tenant issues to ensure sustainable land use.
  • Knowledge of current legislation and best practice to enable you to provide specialist advice as part of integrated teams. 
  • Confident communicator, able to engage professionally, efficiently and effectively with both internal and external customers through good networking skills.
  • Exceptional negotiation and dispute resolution skills. 

About us

The Estates service extends to 125 people, offering professional support for Environment Agency land, property, compensation and valuation matters. We are core to the delivery of the Agency's £5.2 billion capital programme to better protect 330,000 homes. Our experienced teams specialise in negotiating access, dealing with compensation claims from land and property owners where they have suffered loss as a consequence of our work.

We also manage the Agency's landholdings, which extends to 26,000 hectares.

The rewards

As well as the opportunity to make a real difference to the environment, you can look forward to a competitive package with a range of benefits. These include:

  • a generous career average salary pension scheme (currently 19% contributions from us):
  • holiday allowance linked to grade and length of service, rising from 25 days to 30 days per year, plus 8 statutory public and bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees); generous enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes;
  • a range of flexible working options including flexi-time; these depend on business needs, but our aim is to help you achieve a positive work-life balance.

We will support your continued personal and professional development too and we’ll put a formal development plan in place for you and help you to identify and address any skills gaps. We are committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including job share. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements on your application.

For more information

A full and valid driving licence is essential. Regular travel including site visits to some remote locations will be required.

For further information, you can email the Estates Recruitment Team:

To apply, please visit our website or click "Apply Now"

Closing date: 3 July 2022.

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