Here at West Sussex County Council (WSCC) we have a new permanent opportunity for a Area Building Surveyor to join our Facilities Management team.
Our mission is to ensure that the WSCC Properties remain safe and fit for purpose in order to enable uninterrupted delivery of front-line services. An Area Building Surveyor works within a friendly and supportive Facilities Management team providing 'Intelligent Client' and Building Surveying services to West Sussex County Council.
To find out more information on WSCC and our services please visit our WSCC website.
About The Job
Salary: £36,922 - £39,880 per annum
Working Pattern: Full - Time
Location: Area of role: Horsham Location of office: Corporate Administrative Hub Building
A Corporate County Building Surveying role offers both variety and challenge, in a role that is responsible for organising and delivering Capital and Revenue schemes, utilising a variety of commissioning methods.
You will need to understand how different premises assets support County frontline Operational Service delivery models. You will work with a variety of Services, which have different operational requirements and expectations. The nature of the role requires you to be technically competent, flexible and communicative. You will have to balance competing demands including cost, risk and time pressures, to deliver best practice outcomes that are compliant with Statutory requirements.
Experience and Skills
The nature of the work requires the use of lengthy periods of concentration in order to collate and prepare briefs, specifications, plans, reports and spreadsheets. Good communication is the key to responding to regular enquiries, and in achieving positive outcomes.
The role requires ongoing physical demand in order to carry out site visits, which may also result in exposure to unpleasant or hazardous environmental conditions. The work involves making frequent evidence-based decisions and exercising initiative, without ready access to more senior officers, but with an understanding of when to refer issues to a senior manager.
You will also be able to demonstrate the following key skills and experience:
- Ability to quickly assimilate information, consider the Building Surveying technical issues/risks/resource implications and recommend the most appropriate course of recommended action, using IT to produce reports.
- Ability to work in a customer focused way, providing a high-quality service with a high level of attention to detail, gaining the trust and confidence of customers.
- Ability to diagnose, research, analyse and interpret varied and complex information to make effective and robust judgements and write reports which consider business implications and make articulate recommendations.
- Excellent communication, especially verbal skills, with the ability to influence the actions of others and communicate information which may be complex and contentious, including the ability to gain agreement from the client to the proposal by successfully convincing them of the need to take a specific course of action.
- Ability to think laterally and to adapt to changing situations in a measured and flexible manner in order to adapt the advice and guidance provided to suit any change in circumstance whether legislative, structural, partnership related etc.
- Ability to organise/prioritise work, co-ordinate a variety of tasks in a clear and logical way to meet agreed deadlines.
Qualifications and/or experience:
- Degree in Surveying/Building, or HNC/HND level Surveying/Building, or equivalent level of academic attainment with significant relevant experience.
- Relevant membership of a relevant professional body e.g. Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS) or Chartered Institute of Building (MCIOB).
- Detailed, thorough knowledge of Building Construction and Building Regulations. Broad understanding of Asset Maintenance Design and construction procedures, techniques and Statutory Approval procedures.
- Knowledge of relevant Statutory Property Legislation.
- Relevant advanced theoretical or organisational knowledge of systems, procedures and policies associated with operating a demanding and customer focussed service.
- Sound and accurate IT knowledge e.g. use of maintenance databases/ software and Microsoft Office, in order to carry out service-related processes.
Rewards and Benefits
In addition to 29 days annual leave, as an employer we recognise that it is our employees that are central to everything we do. We aim to create a supportive and dynamic working environment where employees can achieve their full potential, achieve a healthy work-life balance and are rewarded for the work they do.
For a full list of the benefits offered to you as a West Sussex County Council employee you can find them on our Rewards and Benefits page.
The reference number for this role is EIE00844.
Closing Date is Thursday 23 September 2021.
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