Building Surveyor

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
England, Berkshire, Maidenhead
From £43,200 DOE plus benefits
Closing date
9 Feb 2023
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Location: Maidenhead, with a minimum of 2 days a week in the office

Function Area: Africa and Asia Area (AAA)

Contract Type: Permanent

Hours of work: Full time, 37 hours per week

About this Role and you :

As a global organisation, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission (CWGC) operates in over 150 countries and territories, and honours and cares for the men and women of the Commonwealth forces who died in the First and Second World Wars, ensuring they will never be forgotten. Funded by six Member Governments, our work began with building, and now maintaining, cemeteries at 23,000 locations all over the world.

Today, over a century after we first began, our work continues through our staff, supporters and volunteers who preserve our unique cultural, horticultural and architectural heritage and ensure that the stories of those who died are told.

We are incredibly excited to be hiring for an energetic Building Surveyor from a practical surveying/engineering background to support our Operations team in managing structural projects across The Middle East, Africa and the Indian Sub-Continent. Primarily based in Maidenhead, you will be travelling far and wide, so a love of travel would be an advantage.

You will spend time working with our overseas works staff, delivering technical training to build and enhance their development. You will line manage a small team and oversee the construction and maintenance of monuments and other structures within Commission sites across Southern and Eastern Africa. You will advise on all technical matters and manage overseas works staff. It will also ensure alignment with Commission strategy, policies and procedures, along with other Area requirements. It is a key part of the Area's Operations team and reports to the AAA Deputy Director. It is essential that you can demonstrate an ability to deliver in an environment with multiple internal and external stakeholders.

You will be able to demonstrate

To be successful in this position you will have a degree in a relevant technical qualification and substantial experience in managing, leading and training small teams. An expert knowledge of conservation techniques, experience of undertaking condition surveys of sites and experience of researching and compiling business case documents is essential. Extensive experience of project management from end to end, including the implementation of repairs via a project and managing and tendering processes for £50K to £300K range projects, will be an advantage. As this role will involve travel, experience of travelling to remote locations and lone working would be beneficial.

Everyone who works for us, or with us, share our values which are formed around the concept of CARE (Commitment, Ambition, Respect and Excellence) We are proud and committed to ensuring we bring this to life every day, for ourselves, each other and those who lost their lives

What We Can Offer You:

  • 25 days annual leave, rising each completed year of service to 30 days
  • Paid public holidays, one paid 'privilege day', plus paid office shutdowns for the afternoon of Maundy Thursday and between Christmas and New Year
  • Generous Pension Scheme with CWGC contributing up to 15%
  • Up to six times salary Life Assurance Cover

For can informal discussion about the role, please contact Tracy Salter via

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time once we receive sufficient applications and encourage all interested applicants to apply at their earliest convenience to avoid disappointment.

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