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Principal Corporate Property Surveyor

Principal Corporate Property Surveyor (Lease Advisory/Corporate Property Surveyor) (Property Management)

  • Ref: 317210
  • Salary: £49,403 - £61,392
  • National: £49,403 - £55,823, London: £54,328 - £61,392 *A specialist pay allowance of up to £6,000 per annum may be available to exceptional candidates who are able to evidence at interview against pre-determined criteria.
  • Closing date: 11:55 pm on Thursday 7 December 2023.

Job summary

Defra Group Property (DgP) is part of Defra Group Corporate Services and provides accommodation services to the Defra Group. It also leads significant workplace transformation programme across the corporate property portfolio focused on creating great places to work for Defra Group staff.

Our ambition and goals for the Defra Group estate is to:

Create sustainable property and workplaces that enhance wellbeing, engagement, and productivity

Put people in the places they need to be to do their best work and among the communities they serve

Give choice over where and how people work so that they are empowered to work in the smartest ways

We’ll do this by:

  • Creating working environments and collaboration spaces that people want to use and that make them more productive
  • Keeping people safe and enhance their wellbeing
  • Connecting people from across the Defra group
  • Attracting a diverse and talented workforce
  • Achieving sustainable, aspiring to the highest environmental standards
  • Meeting the needs of the business and customers it serves now and in the future

To achieve this, we deliver a range of property services and projects on behalf of Defra Group and its partner organisations. These activities range in scale and complexity across 350 property holdings, from offices to laboratories, and projects encompass new builds, refurbishments, refits, life cycle replacement works and everything else in between. Defra Group Property has been rated the best out of all government property functions in the 2021 Annual Functions Quality Survey run by Cabinet Office. We have a strategic workplace and property plan for the next three years with our key projects and works now agreed, so there’s never been a more exciting time to join DgP.

Job description

Your role will be to support the efficient and effective management of property interests, and central to that will be the opportunity to use your skills and experience to protect the interests of the Defra group as an owner and occupier of property. The Corporate Property function is both a supervisory and transactional business which combines in-house knowledge and experience with out-sourced market expertise.

You will be involved with and be expected to advise organisations within the Defra Group on the property matters impacting their business area, as well as supporting a Group wide estate transformation programme through the delivery of a property transactions and disposals.

The primary purpose of a Principal Corporate Property Surveyor role is to provide technical leadership, provide clear consistent and reasoned advice on property matters to all parts of the Defra Group as required; commission, manage and assure professional services and facilitate and support the delivery of strategy designed to make workplaces more efficient and to minimise costs.

A value-added service, the post holder will be a technical expert and possess the professional knowledge, skills and experience required to manage the property portfolio and deliver commercial transactions that provide value for money. The post holder may also provide advice to support the delivery of the Strategic Workplace and Property Plan, Capital Investment plan, disposals and acquisitions as well as advising on ownership issues connected with the delivery of FMR (forward maintenance for asset management).

This role will work closely with each team within group property to provide specialist strategic asset management advice, give recommendations and inform decision making to ensure the operational estates is operationally effective, sustainable and efficient.  The Corporate Property Surveyors will also be required to mentor, coach and challenge colleagues in order to build wider capability over time.

High quality, transparent outputs will be a key deliverable for the Principle Corporate Property Surveyor role.

Working for the Civil Service

The Civil Service Code sets out the standards of behaviour expected of civil servants.

We recruit by merit on the basis of fair and open competition, as outlined in the Civil Service Commission's recruitment principles.

The Civil Service embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria.

The Civil Service also offers a Redeployment Interview Scheme to civil servants who are at risk of redundancy, and who meet the minimum requirements for the advertised vacancy.

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

The Civil Service welcomes applications from people who have recently left prison or have an unspent conviction.

Contact point for applicants

Sally-Anne Barber,

Recruitment team,

Principal Corporate Property Surveyor

United Kingdom
National: £49,403 - £55,823, London: £54,328 - £61,392 *A specialist pay allowance of up to £6,000 per annum may be available to exceptional candidates who are able to evidence at interview against pre-determined criteria.

Published on 16 Nov 2023

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