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Contract Building Surveyor

Ref: LRA107
Job Type:Contract
Salary: £18.57 ph
Location: Durham
Closing Date:

Job Description

We have an immediate need for an experienced Building Surveyor, for a 3-6 month contract, working across the Durham University Property portfolio.

The Role:
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 and 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.

The Person:

Essential characteristics:
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to develop excellent working relationships both internally and externally
• Proven IT skills, including use of Microsoft Office
• Educated to degree level or equivalent experience in a relevant discipline
• Estates related professional qualification e.g. MRICS, MCIOB,MBIFM or working towards (the post holder will be expected to achieve a professional qualification within a reasonable timescale)
• Significant relevant experience working in a building surveying or building maintenance role
• Knowledge of CAFM and AutoCAD systems
• Regulatory, local and national professional knowledge and experience of compliance
• Experience of being able to network internally and externally effectively and develop strong and productive working relationships
• Ability to solve problems and resolve issues, plan solutions and make pragmatic decisions
• Experience of delivering and developing specialist services for buildings or estates services
• Ability to deliver infrastructure projects
• Health and safety compliance knowledge
• Experiencing of managing minor works projects from inception to completion
• Knowledge and experience of ensuring compliance with regulatory and organisational policy and guidelines
• Experience of providing specialist advice and guidance to a range of customers and colleagues, including more senior colleagues
• Experience of implementing policy and procedures and involvement with future changes for a service area
• Experience of the procurement and management of facilities or other service-related contracts
Desirable characteristics:
• Experience of working in the Higher Education sector
• Experience of assisting in the development, and implementation, of strategies
• Continuing professional development required to maintain professional recognition