LocatED, the Department for Education’s property organisation, is an award-winning company with purpose.
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LocatED is recruiting a Senior Surveyor/Associate to work across its property and development teams. This is a market facing role in a fast-paced organisation with a strong reputation for delivering best in class projects across the education property sector. Since 2017 LocatED has acquired over 200 sites across England for the free schools programme and delivers innovative mixed-use schemes, including the award-winning Fulham Boys’ School.
The role is to lead property transactions in the education land and sector. It requires the postholder to take ownership of the full life cycle of acquisitions and disposals from identifying and appraising the opportunity through to finalising contracts and completing the deal. You will work closely with the development and asset management teams, as well as providing bespoke property advice to key stakeholders such as the DfE and schools.
We are looking for someone with the drive and determination to deliver at pace against a challenging and ever-changing education and economic backdrop. Experience in land and property transactions is essential but sector specific knowledge is not required.
MAIN DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE:
Applying your experience in property identification and negotiation to ensure acquisition commissions are met, ensuring the highest possible client satisfaction
Working at pace, utilising market knowledge and experience to achieve the optimum outcome for the DfE which adher to Managing Public Money (MPM) principles
Building relationships with agents, developers, investors, schools and local planning authorities in order to leverage these networks to support property disposals
Managing the end-to-end transaction life cycle, being held to account for project progress and achieving the most appropriate exits for land held by the Department
Ensuring the highest levels of communications including the required liaison with a range of internal and external parties throughout the process
Obtaining Executive Team, Investment Committee and DfE approvals for acquisition and disposal strategies the post holder has responsibility for
Managing the work of internal and external property, technical and legal advisors, including serving as the instructing party for external legal advisors
Taking responsibility for deal closure, ensuring that all parties involved execute all requirements in a timely manner, namely through liaising with the appointed disposal agents and solicitors
Maintaining a reputation with clients and colleagues as a source of property expertise.
KEY SKILLS & REQUIREMENTS:
To be successful in this role you will need:
To be a qualified Chartered Surveyor (MRICS/FRICS)
Knowledge of national, regional or local property markets
Understanding of the town planning system
The ability to develop a network of contacts with landowners, institutional investors, developers and local authorities
Demonstrable commercial awareness of the property market, market norms and best practice
A track record of identifying and supporting the negotiation and execution acquisitions and disposals with landowners, developers, house builders and institutional investors.
IN RETURN WE OFFER:
A basic salary of up to £65,000 depending on experience
25 days annual leave increasing with service up to 28 days plus statutory holidays
A matched pension scheme for contributions up to 6%
Opportunity to earn up to 20% of salary in an annual performance related pay scheme
Ability to access training and other continuing professional development opportunities
Various discounts with popular retailers
Life Assurance Policy
Ability to work from home – needs to be based in London/South East with ability to travel to London as required.
Equality, diversity and inclusion is fundamental to the continuing success at LocatED. We welcome applications from everyone as we value the uniqueness that individuals can bring to our business. We are committed to promoting diversity and developing an environment where all employees are treated with dignity.
To apply please send your CV and covering letter detailing why you are interested in this role to careers@LocatED.co.uk. The closing date for applications is 9 September 2022