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Estates Surveyor


Bristol, South West : Leeds, Yorkshire and the Humber : Newcastle-upon-Tyne, North East, Newcastle upon Tyne : York, Yorkshire and the Humber


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Job description

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) plays a vital role at the heart of UK life. The wide-ranging work we do includes safeguarding the natural environment, supporting the UK’s world-leading food and farming industries, sustaining a thriving rural economy and leading the engineering of the nation’s defences against natural threats and hazards. Join Defra and you will be part of a department that is responsible for the food we eat, the water we drink and the air we breathe.

As a key member of the Corporate Property Team, you will work alongside the Senior Surveyors to ensure we are meeting our obligations as both an owner and occupier of property. You will:
• Take full estate management responsibilities for a portfolio of premises, delivering property advice to support the various needs of the business and maximise the benefits of the Defra property network.
• Provide high-quality recommendations on the properties and workspaces in your portfolio, including supporting the group-wide transformation programme that will include various property transactions.
• Ensure your specialist advice is in line with current legislation, working with (and commissioning) external property advisors as appropriate.
• Work with a wide array of cross-government colleagues and stakeholders, including external professionals such as property lawyers.

This is an exciting opportunity to develop your capabilities and expertise in a well-respected and fast-paced team, taking on a number of career-enhancing challenges. As such, you will ideally be educated to degree-level, and you will have a recognised professional surveying qualification from on organisation such as the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. With considerable experience of estate management, you will be commercially astute with good corporate real-estate market knowledge. This will include a comprehensive understanding of property law, with a focus on landlord and tenant, plus corporate real estate and commercial property management. Comfortable managing leases and disposing of leaseholds, you will also have transaction experience across both freehold and leasehold property. As a collaborative team-player, you will enjoy the support of the Principal Corporate Property Surveyors, but will be equally comfortable managing your own multi-layered workload.

Everyone in Defra is supported to develop their skills and capabilities. You will have access to learning and development from quality providers and support from mentors and coaches. We offer flexible working alongside a range of other policies and schemes to support your physical and emotional wellbeing. Our comprehensive benefits offer includes generous annual leave, a contributory pension, staff bonuses and recognition, volunteering days, childcare vouchers and other salary sacrifice options, and an employee discount scheme.