Building Surveyor - Reading
Salary: £37,462 per annum and a generous benefits package
Contract: Full time, Part Time, Part time Term Time, Job Share, permanent vacancy
Location: Based in Reading
Job reference: 25103
We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to undertake building surveying duties in connection with the lock houses situated along the river Thames. We have an ambitious programme of works including those to upgrade the houses to help meet our net zero targets.
With an up-to-date knowledge of current building legislation and best practice, you’ll undertake tasks and manage building surveying projects, working as part of a small team and also liaising with external framework surveyors. You will also be supported to develop both personally and professionally.
Responding to incidents is a central part of what we do. You will be required to have an incident role and make yourself available to respond to incidents, or provide business continuity support during an incident. This may attract an additional payment and full training and alternative working arrangements will be available to support you with your incident role.
This role isn’t just about providing professional building surveying expertise, it’s about playing an exciting and evolving role in making a long-term difference.
Experienced Building Surveyor in residential property you'll hold an appropriate RICS qualification (MRICS/FRICS) in building surveying. You'll be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience in one or more of these areas:
• Experience working on the maintenance and refurbishment of residential properties, and ideally working with older properties
• Experience managing programmes of work including CDM and procurement responsibilities
• Knowledge of current legislation and best practice, enabling you to provide specialist advice.
• Confident communicator, able to engage professionally, efficiently and effectively with internal and external customers.
• Well-developed negotiation and dispute resolution skills.
The residential team comprises 3 people and focusses on the Thames lock houses. The wider 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.
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.
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The competencies we will assess are ‘Achieves Results’, ‘Focus on Customers and partners’, ‘Communicates Effectively’, and ‘Technical Skills’. You can learn more about these competencies in our capability dictionary: https://tinyurl.com/ycu4cjrg
If you would like to find out more about this role and the Environment Agency, you can download the Candidate Information pack, which contains some useful information that may help you when applying for this position and the careers website at https://environmentagencycareers.co.uk/
For further information, you can email the Estates Recruitment Team: RecruitmentEstates@environment-agency.gov.uk
A full and valid driving licence is essential. Regular travel, including site visits to some remote locations, is required. You'll be provided with a vehicle to carry out this work if required.
Closing date for applications: 5 February 2023.
Interviews: will take place via MS Teams on 23/24 February 2023.