South England Forest District is part of the wider Forestry Commission - the government department responsible for protecting, expanding and promoting the sustainable management of woodlands and increasing their value to society and the environment. We manage 46,000 hectares of the public forest estate across southern England including the New Forest.
Alongside our traditional timber production the District:
â€¢ offers recreational opportunities for people to enjoy dozens of beautiful woodlands;
â€¢ protects and enhances valuable habitats for the benefit of wildlife; and
â€¢ delivers economic growth by supporting local businesses and rural employment.
Weâ€™re looking for a Building Surveyor to be a part of this and help shape a built estate which is able to match our stunning natural environment.
South England Forest District
The diverse property portfolio we manage may be less obvious than the trees we grow but it is just as vital in delivering our objectives. You will be:
â€¢ helping to manage two large visitor centres - Moors Valley and Alice Holt â€“ which help host 20 million annual day visitors across the district
â€¢ leading a small team in maintaining and developing a built estate which includes offices, deer larders and commercial yards housing our operational teams together with a let portfolio consisting of agricultural holdings, commercial premises and 89 cottages.
The role is based in Lyndhurst but covers the whole district, working alongside a wider Estates Department consisting of two Land Agents, two Assistant Land Agents, an Estates Works Supervisor and an administrative support team. You will be responsible for achieving best value for the District, providing colleagues with the work environment they need to deliver whilst driving forward the financial and environmental sustainability of our assets.
Purpose of the Job
Taking a key role in the Estates Team, you will be tasked with delivering a high standard of professional property services, including planning and monitoring programmes of work across our whole estate. Ensuring we are complying with all statutory regulations and internal guidelines, you will also see to it that all planned and emergency works fall within budget and are completed to your specifications. Your sharp business acumen will prove crucial when ensuring that value for money is being achieved, particularly when balancing your annual capital and revenue budgets.
To thrive in this enticing role, you will have the ability to work collaboratively with a number of stakeholders such as colleagues in other teams and those occupying the properties. You will be either a Chartered Surveyor (or working towards achieving this status with either RICS or CIOB), or hold demonstrable relevant practical surveying experience and capability. You will also have construction experience gained at management level, with the ability to analyse a variety of building related issues and procure services. You will have developed detailed specifications and solutions to provide optimum whole life outcomes. We will also expect you to have good IT skills whilst knowledge of water supply regulations and renewable technologies would be advantageous.
Key Work Areas
â€¢ Deliver professional building management across the district including the management of utilities and services by the most efficient means and to agreed budgets.
â€¢ Plan, specify, procure (to public procurement guidelines) implement and monitor programmes of work including planned and reactive maintenance to a high standard ensuring compliance with statutory regulations (including health and safety legislation) and Forestry Commission processes and guidance.
â€¢ Improve the financial and environmental sustainability of FC buildings.
â€¢ Set and manage annual capital and revenue budgets as agreed with the Area Land Agent.
â€¢ Assist in the FCs Energy Strategy in the District and improve connectivity of the key, often rural, sites in the district
â€¢ Lead and support the estates building team; works supervisor and admin officer.