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Senior Surveyor

Network Rail
York, Derby or Manchester (other locations will be considered for the right candidate)
starting at £53,202 with progression to £59,853
Closing date
4 Jul 2023

Job Details

Job Title: Senior Surveyor

Role Type: Full Time, Permanent

Location: York, Derby or Manchester (other locations will be considered for the right candidate)

Salary: salary starting at £53,202 and increasing to £59,853 (plus Employee Healthcare)

Annual Leave: 28 days + bank holidays

Hours: 35 per week

🚆Employees will also receive a 75% discount on leisure travel for them and immediate family🚆

At Network rail you will have a clear development path, access to training and can enjoy a range of employee benefits, such as; up to 28 days annual leave, 75% off Leisure Travel and Season Ticket for travel, a range of pension options, flexible and agile working arrangements, healthcare, discounts on shopping, gym memberships and much more.

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Network Rail is at the heart of revitalising Britain’s railway and is one of the largest land and property owners in the country. The Property team is responsible for helping to deliver ambitious investment programmes to upgrade infrastructure; transforming how people travel and creating a better railway for all.

The team provide the Eastern Region with a high-quality professional service maximising the returns and efficiencies from a diverse portfolio of assets as well as ensuring the safe operation and improvement of the railway by acquiring access rights and land.

The Regional Property team is key to delivering Network Rail's ambitions for the railway: "to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway fit for the 21st century". Our extensive & diverse portfolio includes prime retail units, freight sites, business space, offices & depots. The property team provide a range of professional services including, Town Planning, Compulsory Purchase, Land Strategy, Development, Landlord & Tenant, Acquisitions & Disposals.

As a Senior Surveyor your role is to provide a professional property service to the business supporting the delivery of railway infrastructure improvements and enhancements. This particular role will be based on the Transpennie Route Upgrade (TRU) project. This is a project with a value of circa. £9bn and is currently the most high-profile project Network Rail is delivering nationally.  

Great property advice and input is at the heart of delivering the success of the TRU project.  The successful applicant will have demonstrable knowledge and experience of implementing and advising on the compulsory purchase process, be able to influence senior leaders within the project and wider Alliance and will be mindful of dealing with outside parties affected by Network Rail’s approved compulsory purchase powers.

The Senior Surveyor will work closely with internal clients and Alliance partners to manage the property requirements for the implementation of works that are authorised under the Transport & Works Order legislation as well as undertaking negotiations by private treaty as and when required. Strong stakeholder management and negotiation skills are essential.  The postholder will be required to attend site meetings, as required, with project team members, landowners, agents and their professional representatives and should be able to demonstrate an ability to lead and manage discussions relating to the implementation of railway works. 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.

The TRU project is delivered through an alliancing structure that promotes shared behaviours for delivery partners, alongside an emphasis on transparency and collaboration.

The TRU project is varied and interesting and you will be working with different disciplines across the project daily to achieve the common goal of delivering the necessary upgrade to the operational railway connecting Manchester through to York.

Stakeholder Management – To deliver a range of professional property services including (but not exclusive to): acquisition and compensation claims via application of the compensation code.

Operating Environment – Take responsibility for managing the TRU project 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 the TRU projects outputs.

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

Service – To deliver a professional service to all internal clients and outperforming service targets, and develop strong working relationships with all key stakeholders within the TRU project and the wider business.

Leadership – To provide the business with technical leadership on a range of issues and advise on suitable property solutions, with a particular emphasis on guiding more junior staff members where necessary.

Strategy and process – To identify and implement any changes required to support delivery of a robust acquisition strategy for the TRU project.  

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 within the TRU project.

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, along with income generation and capital growth where possible.

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 via the compulsory purchase order and to have a sound knowledge of the application of the “compensation code”.

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

Essential Criteria:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent
  • MRICS qualified or working towards, or considerable relevant experience centred around compulsory purchase and compensation
  • Good communication and influencing skills
  • Proven negotiation skills
  • Proven experience of managing a range of property transactions
  • Good presentation skills
  • Full Driving Licence
  • Direct experience and knowledge of the compensation code including the compulsory purchase process, claim management and managing suppliers to conclude claims within budget

 Desirable Criteria:

  • Understanding of the rail industry and rail legislation


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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