Building Surveyor

Durham, United Kingdom
08 Feb 2021
End of advertisement period
06 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Estates and Facilities

Grade 7: - £33,797-£40,322
Open-Ended/Permanent - Full Time
Contracted Hours per Week: 35
Closing Date: 06-Mar-2021, 7:59:00 AM 

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Job Title:                               Building Surveyor
Department:                          Estates and Facilities
Estates Operations
Responsible to:                    Head of Asset Maintenance
Grade:                                    Grade 7
Salary range:                        £33,797-£40,322
Contract type:                       Permanent
Working arrangements:       Nominal 35 hours

The Estates and Facilities Directorate provides a number of essential services to Durham University and is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing the infrastructure and building fabric across the estate.

We currently have a vacancy for a Building Surveyor to join our team.  

The Building Surveyor will be a recognised professional and service specialist, providing a building surveying service; assisting in the delivery of a building and grounds maintenance and minor works service.

The Department and role purpose   

The Estates and Facilities Directorate provides a number of essential services to Durham University and is responsible for managing, maintaining and developing the infrastructure and building fabric of the various campuses, including:

  • maintaining and regularly reviewing a maintenance programme which takes account of short, medium and long term needs of all buildings and University grounds;
  • implementing the works identified and funded within the various maintenance programmes and operating a system for dealing with day-to day requirements, including the provision of an out-of-hours emergency service;
  • providing a professional, technical service to the University for the design, construction and procurement of new buildings and adaptation works to existing buildings;
  • identifying and recording the use of space and advising on ways of increasing space utilisation;
  • property and asset management;
  • acquisition and disposal of built environment related assets;
  • procuring and managing utilities and services;
  • providing postal, delivery and security arrangements and advice to the University; and
  • the delivery of a wide-range of customer-facing services, including: contract management; estates and facilities relationships management; housekeeping and cleaning, business resilience, event management; reception helpdesk; university retail; business support; health and safety; and management information.

The Building Surveyor will provide a professional effective and efficient building surveying and reactive, cyclical and planned preventative maintenance service utilising in-house, contract staff and external contractors.

Core responsibilities

  • Recognised professional practitioner and service specialist, providing expert building-related advice.
  • Implement changes to the design and development of building service processes, techniques and deliverables for one or more service strands or project streams.
  • Carry out building surveys and provide specialist expertise and support with complex building data and information sources, interpretation and analysis, making recommendations on actions to be taken.
  • Contribute to development of operational service activities to ensure excellence in the stakeholder experience.
  • Collect and analyse stakeholder feedback to help define needs and requirements and the design and planning of services.
  • Internal and external relationship development and partnership working, networking and participation to engage and influence future services and the University reputation.
  • Maintain an awareness of current policy for University business goals such as widening participation and access, and provision of advice using specialist knowledge.
  • Contribute to and lead business meetings, working groups and sub-committees at departmental and operational service levels.
  • Responsible for managing budgets for consumables and some capital items, keeping records and processing invoices.

Role responsibilities

  • Provide management for the delivery of high-quality estates building and infrastructure planned and reactive maintenance across the University; ensuring that all operational activities are carried out in a structure, professional and customer-focussed manner, delivering value of money services.
  • Manage minor works projects from inception to completion, providing cost estimates, where appropriate.
  • Ensure that adequate contractor control and health and safety procedures are in place and monitored to ensure compliance.
  • Promote and foster positive and highly collaborative approaches to problem solving and project implementation, helping to motivate, mentor and coach project team members.
  • Act as a point of contact for service colleagues and stakeholders to interpret and resolve complex infrastructure, architecture and technical problems; ensuring the University’s asset management information is up-to-date and accurate.
  • Make decisions about the nature and level of problem solving, physical and analytical tools, techniques and protocols to deliver project and service objectives, providing advice and making recommendations for resolution, as appropriate.
  • Collaborate with other specialists within the Service and across the University, regarding the use of modelling and analytical tools, methods and standards to deliver integrity and consistency with service delivery.
  • Prioritise, schedule and monitor maintenance and installation works, projects and work streams across the University.
  • Provide regular status reports and identify risk management and contingency planning to other service staff, specialists, users and managers.
  • Liaise with internal and external agencies, local authorities, industries and visitors where appropriate.
  • Take responsibility for monitoring and updating risk assessments and safety procedures, providing guidance to others where necessary.
  • Develop, modify and optimise protocols and methodologies; keeping up-to-date with changes to legislation, codes of practice and best practice and introduce measure to ensure compliance.
  • Any other reasonable duties.

Specific Role requirements

  • May be required to work evenings and weekends, as business demands.
  • There may be a requirement for the post-holder to participate in local on-call arrangements, as relevant to this role.
  • Attend all training and CPD, as required.
  • Ability to travel independently around the University estate.

Recruiting to this post

In order to be considered for interview, candidates must evidence each of the essential criteria required for the role in the person specification below (including those listed in the section ‘Realising Your Potential Approach’). 

In some cases, the recruiting panel may also consider the desirable criteria, so we recommend you evidence all criteria in your application. 

Please note that some criteria will only be considered at interview stage.

How to apply

We prefer to receive applications online.


What you are required to submit

  1. A CV.
  2. A covering letter, which details your experience, strengths and potential in all of the requirements set out in the Person Specification and Realising Your Potential Approach Information.

Please ensure that you submit the documentation listed above or your application will not be considered.

Contact details

For further information please contact: Michael Crinnion, michael.p.crinnion@durham.ac.uk.

At Durham University, our aim is to create an open and inclusive environment where everyone can reach their full potential and believe our staff should reflect the diversity of the global community in which we work.  We welcome and encourage applications from members of groups who are under-represented in our work force, including people with disabilities, women and black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

We will notify you on the status of your application at various points throughout the selection process, via automated emails from our e-recruitment system.  Please check your spam/junk folder periodically to ensure you receive all emails.

Person specification - skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience required

Essential Criteria

  1. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop excellent working relationships both internally and externally.
  2. Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office.
  3. Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline.
  4. Significant relevant experience working in a building surveying or building maintenance related role.
  5. Knowledge of CAFM and AutoCAD systems.
  6. Regulatory, local and national professional knowledge and experience of compliance.
  7. Experience of being able to network internally and externally effectively and develop strong and productive working relationships.
  8. Ability to solve problems and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions.
  9. Experience of delivering and developing specialist services for buildings or estates, services.
  10. Ability to deliver infrastructure projects.
  11. Health and safety compliance knowledge.
  12. Experiencing of managing minor works projects from inception to completion.
  13. Knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines.
  14. Experience of providing specialist advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues, including more senior colleagues.
  15. Experience of the procurement and management of facilities or other service-related contracts.

Desirable Criteria

  1. Estates related professional qualification e.g. MRICS, MCIOB, MBIFM or willing to work towards.
  2. Continuing professional development required to maintain professional recognition (where applicable).
  3. Experience of implementing policy and procedures and involvement with future changes for a service area.
  4. Experience of working in the Higher Education sector.
  5. Experience of assisting in the development, and implementation, of strategies.

Realising Your Potential Approach

Providing Excellent Student Services and Professional Support: Providing the best quality service to all our students, customers and stakeholders. Building genuine and long-term relationships, through every day interactions, in order to drive up service standards and to enhance their experience.

  • Interpreting rules and regulations flexibly to balance customer and Organisation needs.

Providing Leadership and Direction: Seeing the work that you do in the context of the bigger picture and taking a long-term view. Communicating vision clearly and enthusiastically to inspire and motivate others.

  • Not losing sight of the vision in dealing with day-to-day pressures.

Embracing Change: Adjusting to unfamiliar situations, demands and changing roles. Seeing change as an opportunity and being receptive to new ideas

  • Communicating upwards to influence policy formulation.

Finding Solutions:  Taking a holistic view and working enthusiastically and with creativity to analyse problems and develop innovative and workable solutions. Identifying opportunities for innovation.

  • Actively seeking new ideas and approaches from outside the Organisation.

Working Together: Working co-operatively with others in order to achieve objectives. Applying a wide range of interpersonal skills.

  • Working across boundaries to develop relationships with other teams.

Using Resources Effectively: Making effective use of available resources including people, information, networks and budgets. Being aware of the financial and commercial aspects of the University.

  • Identifying ways in which resources can be used flexibly and imaginatively for the benefit of the whole Organisation, within agreed limits.

Achieving Results: Planning and organising workloads to ensure that deadlines are met within resource constraints. Consistently meeting objectives and success criteria.

  • Being knowledgeable about key stakeholders and how they may influence the work of your department.

DBS Requirement: Not Applicable.

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