We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic individual to provide professional Estates expertise across all aspects of the Environment Agency’s business. You will be involved in a wide variety of surveying work, keeping your days varied and interesting while building your knowledge and experience.
You will be the lead surveyor working closely together with project teams. Collaboratively, you will help deliver capital flood defence works, investing £5.2 billion nationwide better protecting 336,000 households from flood risk (2021-27). You’ll be involved at all stages of project delivery, from feasibility through to completion.
Your surveying experience will also be applied to managing a diverse land and property portfolio, including property management, valuation and dealing with landlord and tenant issues. As a confident negotiator, you will also represent our interests externally with a broad customer and client base.
With an up-to-date knowledge of current legislation and best practice, you’ll provide technical guidance and support to other members within the team. You will also be supported to develop yourself, both personally and professionally.
Experience working as a Surveyor in a professional estates service, you'll hold an appropriate RICS qualification (AssocRICS/MRICS/FRICS) from relevant sector Pathways e.g. Land and Resources, Commercial or Rural or equivalent level of experience with commitment to complete your qualification. You'll be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience in one or more of these areas:
- Good understanding of planning, property and compensation legislation and compulsory purchase procedures.
- Provide advice on land and compensation matters to minimise project risk and compensation liabilities. Negotiating access to land, securing appropriate interests and settling compensation claims.
- Manage diverse land and property portfolio including property management, valuation and landlord and tenant issues to ensure sustainable land use.
- Knowledge of current legislation and best practice, enabling you to provide specialist advice.
- Confident communicator, able to engage professionally, efficiently and effectively with internal and external customers.
- Well-developed negotiation and dispute resolution skills.
The Estates South Hub is made up of 11 team members, who have varying levels of experience in surveying and project work, offering professional Estates advice and support for land, compensation and valuation matters across the south-east of England.
We sit within a 125-strong function providing national coverage and offer the opportunity to share best practice and specialist knowledge. We'll play a key delivery role in enabling us to meet our ambitious Net Zero target.
As well as the opportunity to make a real difference to the environment, you can look forward to a competitive package with a range of benefits. These include:
- a generous career average salary pension scheme (currently 19% contributions from us);
- holiday allowance linked to grade and length of service, rising from 25 days to 30 days per year, plus 8 statutory public and bank holidays (pro-rata for part-time employees);
- generous enhanced maternity, paternity and adoption leave schemes;
- a range of flexible working options including flexi-time; these depend on business needs, but our aim is to help you achieve a positive work-life balance.
We will support your continued personal and professional development too and we’ll put a formal development plan in place for you and help you to identify and address any skills gaps. We are committed to having an inclusive workforce to reflect the communities we serve. We welcome applications from candidates seeking flexible working patterns, including job share. Please highlight any information regarding preferred flexible working arrangements on your application.
For more information
If you want to find out more about this role and the Environment Agency, you can download the Candidate Information pack, which contains some useful information that may help you when applying for this position.
The competencies we will assess are ‘Achieves Results’, ‘Focus on Customers and partners’, ‘Communicates Effectively’ and ‘Manages Self’. You can learn more about these competencies in our capability dictionary: https://tinyurl.com/ycu4cjrg.
For further information, you can email the Estates Recruitment Team: RecruitmentEstates@environment-agency.gov.uk.
A full and valid driving licence is essential. Regular travel, including site visits to some remote locations, is required. You'll be provided with a vehicle to carry out this work if required.
The closing date for applications is 06 February 2022 and we expect to be holding interviews in early March.
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