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Chartered Surveyor – Minerals Team

Valuation Office Agency (VOA)
Various with hybrid and flexible working as standard
£44,768 or £45,786 (min 2 yrs PQE) plus industry leading pension
Closing date
7 Mar 2024

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Birmingham, Bristol, Cambridge, Cardiff, Carmarthen, Colchester, Durham, Eastbourne, Exeter, Folkestone, Hull, Lancaster, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Norwich, Nottingham, Oxford, Plymouth, Preston, St Austell, Stoke-on-Trent, Swansea, Wrexham

About the job

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) are the public sector’s property valuation experts and advisers. We are one of the largest employers of surveyors in the country offering access to a whole host of learning and development opportunities to support your career development.

We’re looking for talented people who are eager to contribute to vital public services and assist us to deliver taxation and benefits support to the government and local authorities. Your skills and experience will enable us to provide an efficient, effective service right at the heart of the public interest.

At the heart of the agency, we are committed to providing our people with a work environment which is accommodating and accessible to all and which values diversity and inclusion in everything we do.  We encourage our people to bring their whole selves to work by providing a culture that values different perspectives to help tackle complex problems, promote innovation and deliver stronger decision making in a safe and supportive environment. We therefore welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds to join our organisation and enable us to be representative of the communities we serve.

Our people have the freedom to manage their own diaries and are empowered to deliver under their own autonomy. We trust our people and look forward to welcoming your skills into the VOA’s Surveying community.

Job description

Chartered Surveyor – Built Environment – Role Overview

The Built Environment (BEAMS) team at the Valuation Office Agency has exciting opportunities to join their team of highly enthusiastic surveyors with a technical aptitude.

The team offers specialist surveying services across government on a range of professional and technical projects. Our work offers variety. We are responsible for the delivery of surveying services on a range of properties and specialist building structures which range in complexity and size.

Our Minerals & Waste Management Team provide advice both internally and directly to external clients regarding the management and valuation of properties in the minerals and waste management industry. Our team also provide mining reports and advice on contaminated land and brownfield sites.

Applications are invited from RICS qualified surveyors through the Chartered Valuation, Commercial Real Estate or Minerals Pathways.

Chartered Surveyor – Minerals Team – Key Responsibilities

  • Your primary casework will involve the valuation of mineral and waste properties for Non-Domestic Rating purposes. You will also assist with other casework where mineral or waste management interests are involved.
  • You will maintain your knowledge through CPD (Continuous Professional Development) in areas of legislation, case law, codes of practice and professional standards relevant to your area of expertise and the work undertaken within the Built Environment Team.
  • You will manage and mitigate risks and issues, ensuring timely escalation to senior colleagues.
  • On occasion, you may be called upon to act as an expert witness at Valuation Tribunal and other courts as required. (Training and support in appearing as an expert witness will be provided)
  • You will provide mentoring, technical advice, and training to support graduates and apprentices on their APC pathways and to support the development of others within the immediate team or wider agency as required.

Travel and overnight stays away from home are necessary to facilitate work delivery. We are reasonable with our expectations and provide flexible working arrangements to support this need.

Person specification

We are seeking a dedicated individual with a desire to broaden their horizons and enter the world of mineral and waste valuations. We will provide comprehensive training in this area to ensure candidates are well equipped to carry out this work.

We welcome applications from people who either have experience in this area or wish to expand their knowledge and gain broader valuation experience.

Essential Requirements

  • MRICS or FRICS qualified through the Valuation, Commercial Real Estate or Minerals Pathway.
  • Have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and be able to deal with a wide range of customers and partners.
  • Demonstrate strong analytical and judgement skills by interpreting a range of evidence to provide relevant advice and reach sound conclusions.
  • Good report writing and presentational skills.
  • Able to undertake site visits and occasional overnight stays; together with travel to other VOA locations being part of a dispersed National Team.
  • A willingness to learn new software and VOA IT systems, training will be provided.
  • A full valid driving licence.


Full UK Driving Licence

Some sites are difficult to access via public transport and therefore a full UK Driving Licence is essential to the role. However, if you are considered disabled under the Equality Act 2010 and do not hold a full driving licence, we will consider your application. Please contact with your details to discuss this further.






We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing
  • Delivering at Pace
  • Developing Self and Others

Technical skills

We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical questions will be asked at interview.


Alongside your salary of £44,768, Valuation Office Agency contributes £12,087 towards you being a member of the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme. Find out what benefits a Civil Service Pension provides.

The VOA operates a Flexible Working policy, allowing you to balance your work and personal commitments.

The VOA also operates Hybrid Working – your role will be a combination of office and home working. 

We offer a generous leave allowance that starts at 25 days and goes up to 30 days after 5 years’ service.

  • Pay – In the last few years, we have increased both the minimum and maximum pay points for everyone in the VOA.
  • Pension - We make contributions to our colleagues’ Alpha pension equal to approximately 27% of their salary. Please click on this link for further information Civil Service Pension.
  • Family friendly policies – Our maternity, adoption or shared parental leave encompasses 26 weeks with full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid at your discretion. We also offer paternity leave of 4 weeks at full pay.
  • Personal support – We offer extensive special leave to help balance your life and work commitments, a variety of non-financial rewards (including a Cycle to Work scheme of up to £4000) and we work with professional providers to provide occupational health and full mental and physical wellbeing services.
  • Coaching and development – We are committed to continuous professional and personal development. You will be supported by colleagues with a wealth of knowledge and experience to continually grow in your role.
  • Essential Equipment - VOA will support everyone to get additional essential kit and equipment, to make sure they have a suitable and safe home working environment.

Download the Employee Value Proposition for full details of the benefits of being a VOA employee at:

If you would like further information and details on how to to apply, please follow the 'Apply' button to the civil service jobs website. 


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