Senior Estate Surveyor

Job Category: Technical & Professional
Reference HQ000000
Service Corporate Property Services
Contract Type Temporary
Duration 6 months
Job Type Full-time
Start Date ASAP
Hours per week 37
Rate From £30.00 to £40.00 per hour

About the job:

On behalf of Oxford City Council, Opus People Solutions are seeking a temporary Senior Estates Surveyor to complete a temporary assignment for a period of six months.

This position offers the opportunity of contributing towards the delivery of comprehensive commercial property management in respect of the Council’s diverse property portfolio, commercial and operational (approx. 750 properties of which approx. 350 are retail).

The work is varied and requires a fully qualified experienced general practice RICS surveyor to contribute with an enthusiasm for work and a “can do” attitude. The work will involve mainly professional activities including rent review and lease renewal negotiations, tenant liaison. Depending on skill-sets there may also be opportunities for acquisitions, disposals, the preparation of valuations and marketing of vacant property, RICS Red Book, Rating, CPO as required.

The post-holder must demonstrate experience of working within a multi-disciplined practice, ideally with local authority knowledge and experience, be well organised, an excellent communicator, adaptable and flexible in your approach yet possessing strong negotiation and influencing skills and capable of utilising IT skills in a remote working environment.

To deliver the following service:

Support to the service area on delivery of the corporate and service business plans using appropriate organisational tools, policies and procedures in line with a Corporate Landlord approach.

This includes;

  • Undertake leadership and line management duties for the Graduate Surveyors, including appraisals, performance and personal development management and training. Closely monitor their performance; manage any underperformance within agreed Council policies.
  • Provide appropriate support to the Graduate Surveyors to enable them to work towards membership of the RICS including acting as their Supervisor for the purpose of their APC diary.
  • To carry out allocated rent reviews and lease renewals, some of which may be complex, in order to maximise income flows.
  • Assisting in the establishment and delivery of commercial property management services. Other tasks may include acquisitions, disposals, valuations (including Council house valuations under right to buy legislation and RICS Red Book Asset Valuations), options appraisals, CPO, any other valuation work such as rating as required and depending upon experience and skill sets.
  • Provide professional advice to the Council on matters relating to the commercial portfolio and property management, especially in relation to landlord and tenant matters.
  • Ensure the involvement of and consultation with stakeholders in the delivery of services as required.
  • Assist in the establishment and implementation of appropriate maintenance and improvement programmes for the Council’s commercial property and other let portfolios as required.
  • Ensure the implementation of good/best practice principles in the area of commercial estates /property management.

Carry out day to day commercial property management duties to include:

  • Working with Finance to ensure that all rents, service charges, insurance and other payments are correctly demanded, paid and collected when due, including enforcement when necessary.
  • Completing relevant database documentation relating to ownership and tenancies when required.
  • Dealing with landlord and tenant issues, including applications for consent to assign, sublet, alter and changes of use.
  • Undertaking inspections and ensuring landlords’ and tenants’ compliance with lease obligations.
  • If required, assisting in the preparation of marketing materials, and reletting of any voids within the portfolio.
  • Providing the information required for budget forecasting, and KPI’s.
  • Where required, ensuring that schedules of dilapidations, wants of repair and notices regarding breaches of covenant are dealt with promptly.
  • Liaising with tenants ensuring that a high standard of communication and service is achieved at all times.
  • To deal with allocated property matters which may include negotiating release of covenants, temporary licence agreements, and easements.
  • Work to develop the Council’s reputation as a successful Council, and represent the Corporate Asset Manager as appropriate.
  • Undertake such other duties and responsibilities as determined by the Corporate Asset Manager that are consistent with the level and nature of the post.
  • To contribute to projects and service project teams as required.
  • To monitor service area delivery and support continuous service improvement, challenging existing practice and actively seeking ways of achieving greater outcomes and leaner delivery.
  • The ability to work from home/part of a remote team is essential.
  • Degree level and Qualified as a RICS Chartered Surveyor (General Practice).
  • Significant experience in commercial property portfolio estate management, valuation and negotiation of rent reviews and lease renewals within a Corporate Landlord framework.

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