Principal Building Surveyor

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  • Salary:
    £30.00 - £34.00 / Hour
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  • Posted:
    1 month ago
  • Category:
    Housing & Construction
  • Deadline:
    April 11, 2021

Spencer Clarke Group are currently recruiting for a Principal Building Surveyor to work in the South Gloucestershire area.

A local authority based in South Gloucestershire have a fantastic opportunity for a Principal Building Surveyor to join their team.

Role and responsibilities :

  • Under the direction of the Property & Facilities Manager, the post holder will be the Council’s principal source of professional advice on the condition and maintenance of the corporate estate ensuring that the Council achieves value for money and can deliver its services and meet corporate objectives. The corporate estate comprises around 100 properties, excluding schools, and the requirement ranges from a fully managed service to a landlord role when buildings are leased to community groups or partners.  Schools, around 80, have delegated budgets and are responsible for their sites and buildings, however, the post holder is responsible for providing advice and monitoring to ensure required standards are achieved.
  • The post holder will be responsible for preparing and submitting reports to enable informed decisions to be made in the best long term interests of the council.  Critical to the effective running of the estate will be maintenance planning and the post holder is responsible for condition surveys and preparing and updating a 30 year programme in respect of building maintenance requirements.
  • Analysing client’s requirements for alterations and improvements to buildings will be required and the post holder will provide professional advice to them concerning their proposals, including management of expectations and ensuring compliance with legislation.
  • The post holder manages delivery of the capital repairs & maintenance (R&M) programme across the corporate estate, including schools and procuring and managing minor capital projects and providing a specialist technical/professional role on major projects.   
  • Appraise existing buildings, identifying structural defects, health and safety hazards and other deficiencies, to enable the safe occupation and use of buildings.  Manage reactive and day to day maintenance as required.
  • The post holder will manage two Building Surveyors and work in close conjunction with the Building Services and Energy Manager and the Facilities Manager to ensure a comprehensive and co-ordinated service is delivered across the estate.
  • Manage, participate in, and lead as appropriate, multi-disciplinary groups of professionals, both internal and external consultants, assembled for individual projects and/or tasks. Co-ordinating and programming their input so as to meet council requirements with respect to timing and expenditure.
  • The post holder has a key role providing a response service in the event of an emergency, potentially this could be out of office hours and would include incidents such as a fire, flood or discovery of a dangerous substance such as noxious gas.  The post holder may be the most senior officer in emergency situations and will be required to use wide ranging experience and knowledge to make decisions that could have both immediate and longer term impacts and potentially significant reputational implications for the Council

Candidate requirements:

  • Educated to degree level or equivalent and hold corporate membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors – Building Surveying Division or equivalent (KSE1)
  • Experience and ability to line manage professional staff (KSE2)
  • The post holder should have demonstrable skills in building surveying enables services to be provided without supervision with in depth professional knowledge (KSE3)
  • Broad knowledge of all relevant contracts, guidance and statues and to keep this up to date (KSE3)
  • Excellent interpersonal skills to facilitate good communication with members and council officers at all levels and with schools, voluntary and community groups, partners and contractors.(KSE 5/8).
  • Excellent written communication skills enabling drafting of clear, concise and informative policies, reports and committee papers (KSE 5/8)
  • Proven negotiating skills and the ability to achieve the most economically advantageous contracts (KSE7)

If you’re interested in the role and would like to apply please email your up to date CV to or call Chris on 01772 954 200



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