Regional Building Surveyor (South West)

YHA England and Wales
£42,810.00 - £53,781.00 Per Annum + Benefits
Closing date
21 Mar 2023

Job Details

YHA (England and Wales) are looking to recruit a Building Surveyor for the Southwest Region.

YHA is not your average office, we have amazing properties in some of the most iconic and inspiring places in England and Wales. And you’ll have plenty of time to make the most of these amazing places in your spare time. Whether you’re an urban explorer, countryside rambler or a seasoned surfer, there’s a YHA for you.

But we’re more than just unique buildings in spectacular locations – YHA is also a charity. By working for YHA, you’d be helping improve access to life-changing travel and adventure.

As a YHA employee you’ll have access to a whole host of benefits designed to make your job as happy and rewarding as possible.

What can YHA offer you?

YHA offers a fantastic benefits package including:

  • We pay £42,000-£53,000 per annum for our Regional Building Surveyor South West
  • This role is field based/remote.
  • This role qualifies for car allowance and mileage is paid from home 
  • You will get access to YHA’s staff discount and cash back portal
  • Free YHA Membership each year
  • 10 nights free hostel stays per year for you and up to 3 friends or family

There’s lots more benefits to working for YHA so please visit our YHA Jobs website to find out more.

Regional Building Surveyor skills and experience:

Due to the nature of the role of the Building Surveyor we require candidates to hold an MRICS qualification (Building Surveyor or Project Management) or similar i.e., CIOB.

Experience of leading multi-disciplinary teams delivering refurbishment projects across a diverse range of properties is essential along with a proven ability to deliver/manage responsive repairs, cyclical repairs, and planned maintenance programmes.

Excellent communication* skills are required to ensure information is conveyed clearly, accurately, and convincingly.  A keen ear to listen to and understand the needs of others would be an advantage.

This role is field based, therefore, equipment to set up office from home and work remotely between sites will be provided, along with a car allowance and mileage paid.  We require the successful candidate to hold a full current driving license and live within reasonable reach of the region (for a full list of the regional coverage for the Southwest please email

A proven ability to manage internal and external project teams to deliver development and repairs programmes would be a real advantage as well as good ICT skills, including the use of email and Microsoft packages such as word and excel.

Regional Building Surveyor role responsibilities:

Our buildings are diverse within our network but particularly in our South West region where we have many properties, a Lighthouse at Lizard, cliff top accommodation at Perranporth and a castle at St Briavels Castle. A total of 21 hostels 

The role will be to provide a complete building surveying service across the South West region, delivering a programme of high volume, low value asset protection, cyclical maintenance projects and large capital investment projects. 

As building surveyor, you will ensure an appropriate range of contractors are supporting the network and that best value is achieved. Developing and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders, intermediaries, and business colleagues, you’ll ensure Operating and Business Plan objectives are met in all areas.

Your role would also require you to:

  • lead on and deliver a range minor building refurbishment project, considering operational requirements and those of key stakeholders in addition to budgetary and programme constraints.
  • be responsible for developments on site ensuring that development works are costed, and contractors tenders received to YHA requirements.
  • work in conjunction with internal and external stakeholders, develop, communicate, maintain, and protect YHA assets through online purchase ordering tools.
  • ensure that the projects follow the YHA processes, procedures, standards, and regulations.
  • ensure that all development specifications, contracts, and designs meet corporate, legal and regulatory standards.
  • to complete risk management tools as required and adhere procedures to assist in delivery of projects.
  • provide technical support to the SSHEQ and Estates Team and where required.
  • to maintain ongoing level of standard specifications and designs to ensure best value.

How do you apply?

Submit your CV and complete the application form (it’s a short one, we promise!). If you need any assistance, please visit the contact page on the YHA Jobs website and someone from the team will help you.

Who are YHA?

If you would like to find out more about YHA the charity, the culture, the heritage and so much more please visit our jobs website.

YHA’s core strategic priority is access for all. It is a fundamental part of our charitable objects and the foundation upon which our 90-year history is built. We’re actively building diverse teams and we welcome applications from everyone.

You can find out more about us by visiting the ‘Working for YHA’ pages of the YHA Jobs website.

PLEASE NOTE All relevant checks are in place to ensure safeguarding and legal requirements of safer recruitment are adhered to.

We do reserve the right to close this advertisement early if we receive a high volume of suitable applications.


We are YHA.

We’re here to give every young person the chance to experience amazing places, share extraordinary journeys and discover the skills and confidence that will take them places.

Every bed, in every hostel, on every night of the year can make a positive difference to somebody – be they holiday-maker, short-breaker, business traveller or backpacker. But that’s just for starters. As a youth charity, we intensively support travel opportunities for young people – especially those for whom adventures are otherwise out of reach. And our particular focus is on improving physical and mental health and wellbeing through these experiences – and passing on crucial life skills that improve young people’s life chances.

We are YHA. We transform young lives forever through travel and real adventure.

Because where you go changes who you become.

In the early years, clusters of hostels sprang up regionally. And, as the decades rolled on and our membership expanded, more hostels were added to create a large, varied network. Hostels in towns and cities opened, democratising access to centres of culture and heritage. Standards improved. Opportunities grew.

Over the last ten years, we have transformed the sustainability of our charity. By operating on the principles of social enterprise, we continue to offer everyone affordable access to the countryside, our coasts and the culture of towns and cities.

Today, YHA is in impressive shape. We have a stable financial base. We top the Hostelling International list for customer satisfaction. Our operational standards are at their best. And our 150 uniquely characterful properties are well placed to enable us to tackle some of the most pressing social issues of the day.

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