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Network Rail
Flexible - Derby or York
starting at £40,107 increasing to £45,120 per annum
Closing date
21 Aug 2022
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Job Title: Surveyor

Role Type: Full Time Permanent

Location: flexible - Derby or York

Closing date:  21st Aug 2022

Salary:  Starting at £40,107 increasing to £45,120 per annum

About Network Rail:

Network Rail has played a key role in keeping the country moving during the coronavirus pandemic – and we will play an equally important part in rebuilding from it.

We get people where they need to be, whether they are commuting to work, visiting friends or family, or going for a night out.

We make millions of lives better every day and have a vital job in driving the economy and prosperity of the nation!

Over the coming years we will be building and improving crucial rail links between the country’s biggest cities, making our services faster, more comfortable and more reliable for the people who rely on us.

We’re also changing our organisation to put the passenger at the heart of everything we do, to make our people even prouder to work for us and to be recognised as a true leader in our industry.

In joining Network Rail, you’re not only joining an organisation with a vital role to play for the country, but also a team of more than 40,000 people, and a business dedicated to being one of Britain’s best employers.

To deliver a professional property service to the business supporting the delivery of railway infrastructure improvements and enhancements.  The successful applicant will primarily acquire land and rights on a permanent or temporary basis as well as resolving issues with third parties and neighbouring landowners.

The work is varied and includes, disposals, lettings, adverse possession, and general property related queries.  All these duties are to support the delivery of a safe, efficient, reliable, and sustainable rail service whilst also being a responsible landowner and good neighbour.

You will play a key part in providing a property service to operational and major project teams.  and get involved in some interesting projects and schemes both operationally and community focussed. There will be opportunity to get involved in Transport & Works Act Orders, specifically the Midland Main Line Electrification Programme.

Primarily the work will be focused on the East Midlands and East Coast Routes but flexibility to work across the Eastern Region will be required.

The work is varied and interesting and you will be working with different disciplines across the business daily to achieve a common goal; running a safe, reliable and efficient railway fit for the 21st Century, serving customers and communities.

Some Key Accountabilities of the role:

Stakeholder Management – To deliver a range of professional property services for a client group including (but not exclusive to): acquisition, compensation claims, leases, surrenders, complex lettings, sale, temporary use of operational land and protection of the railway estate.  Be responsive to the needs of the business in delivering a range of property services.

Operating Environment – Take responsibility for managing projects property needs and the programmes to an agreed budget. Manage property queries from external parties to assess financial and reputational risk to the business and take appropriate action.  Provide service to maximum efficiency, delivering business objectives in terms of cost savings, income generation, asset management.

Resource Management – To develop and maintain close and effective working relationships with internal colleagues to enable efficient and effective delivery.  To engage with external agents for the benefit of the business when appropriate. 

Service – To deliver a professional service to all internal clients and external customers, outperforming service targets, and develop strong working relationships with all key stakeholders. Instruct and manage relationships with external agents and solicitors to deliver optimum value commercial agreements.

Leadership – To provide the business with technical leadership on a range of issues and advise on suitable property solutions.

Strategy and process – To identify and implement changes required to support delivery of Property Services overall strategy. Get involved in continuous improvement of the team overall. 

Safety – to implement property solutions in support of delivery of a safe working environment and a safe rail system including but not exclusive to the requirements around the property needs for operational works.

Sustainability – to make sustainability a key element of all activities being delivered and highlight and champion community schemes.

Financial – to increase Property’s contribution to the cost savings of the company’s rail operations specifically through delivery of the client property requirements and also through identifying opportunities for efficiencies if appropriate using professional knowledge.  Identify and exploit opportunities for cost savings, income generation and capital growth.

Knowledge Sharing – Seek to share best practice and learnings across the team for the benefit for NR and Property.

Authority / Decision Making – Take responsibility for providing property solutions, and a range of property transactions including (but not exclusively) acquisitions, leases, surrenders, re-grants to maximise benefit to Network Rail on land utilisation issues.

Project / Programme Management – Provide the client group and colleagues with consistent and professional advice in determining the most effective approach to project property requirements.

Essential Criteria:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent MRICS qualified or working towards, or considerable relevant experience
  • Good communication and influencing skills
  • Proven negotiation skills
  • Proven experience of managing a range of property transactions
  • Good presentation skills

Desirable Criteria:

  • Understanding of compulsory purchase issues
  • Understanding of the rail industry and rail legislation
  • Full Driving Licence


Our vision is a better railway for a better Britain

We aim to deliver a railway that is safer, more reliable and more efficient than ever before, to help build a thriving, sustainable economy.   

Britain’s railway does more than transport passengers and goods. It brings people and businesses closer together, which creates new jobs, opens up new markets and stimulates economic growth. We want to provide the best possible service to everyone who relies on the railway – passengers, train operating companies and businesses nationwide. Rail is vital to Britain's future.

More to us than meets the eye

There’s more to our organisation than you might have imagined. Although rail is a huge part of our business, we’re also one of the largest land and property owners in the UK. We manage a huge property portfolio that includes 18 of the biggest stations in Britain, the retail outlets inside them, and the small businesses that live under their arches. Sales at some of our stations have even been outperforming the high street.

We’re also behind some of the biggest, most innovative projects in the country – from the world’s largest solar bridge at Blackfriars through to electrification and HS2. Pioneers in advanced technology, our technical team invented the use of HD cameras to identify track wear-and-tear more efficiently. We’re also responsible for the 17,000km-long fibre optic network that powers our trackside signals, telephones and electrical systems. We do all this whilst maintaining safety as our number one priority.

Our rail network is the fastest growing and safest in Europe. But we still have work to do to create a railway fit for 21st century Britain. We’re investing more than £25bn in developing our infrastructure so that we can deliver more services and better journeys. This is the largest programme of sustained investment in the railway that Britain has ever seen, presenting an abundance of opportunities for ambitious and enthusiastic people like you to make an impact.

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