Senior to Director Building Surveyor – Hybrid Working

  • Oxfordshire
  • Permanent / Full Time
Building & Construction
£50000 - £70000 per year
Job ref: 425891

Senior to Director Building Surveyor – Hybrid Working
An exciting opportunity to manage an established Building Surveying department within a multidisciplinary organisation
 The Building Surveying department within this consultancy was established in 1997 and over the last 25 years has been responsible for the design and management of a wide range of construction projects for a number of large commercial clients. 
Due to the planned retirement of the existing Director in 2022, there is an exciting opportunity for a dedicated and professional Chartered Building Surveyor to join with the capability to take on the management of an existing department and the ambition to develop both the existing client base and the take advantage of the opportunities that are available from working within a multi-disciplinary organisation with Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering, Traffic and Highways and Geomatics departments.
What we are looking for? 
Key skills & experience

  • Minimum qualification – Chartered Building Surveyor MRICS
  • At least 10 years post-qualification experience in Building Surveying and project management
  • Good working knowledge of all aspects of building surveying and building design
  • Proven staff management skills
  • Proven client management including negotiating and influencing skills
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Proven ability to manage staff, lead and motivate individuals and teams to achieve targets
  • Driving licence

Management Responsibilities

  • Financial and technical management of the Building Surveying team
  • Supervision of Building Surveying staff including workload, management of training, welfare etc.
  • Attend in-house and external meetings with clients, local authorities and other professionals
  • Represent the business, in a professional and courteous way
  • Undertaking the role of Principal Designer on a range of projects (mainly commercial)
  • Management and co-ordination of the architectural, structural and civil engineering designs on a wide range of new-build and refurbishment projects
  • Financial, technical and project management input throughout the design and construction stages of projects

Scope of work undertaken on a typical project  Preliminary Design

  • Preparation of outline briefs involving visits to sites throughout the UK, review of planning histories, site investigation reports, services records
  • Attendance at design and stakeholder meetings
  • Condition surveys of existing buildings
  • Preparation of preliminary concept designs and outline specifications
  • Provide advice on preliminary budgets, programmes and project viability
  • Review of statutory requirements
  • Assessment of risks at the initial stages of the project, including preparation and updating of risk registers

Planning Stage

  • Preparation of planning stage designs (including space planning)
  • Preparation of planning application submissions (including applications for listed building/conservation area consent)
  • Preparation of Design and Access Statements
  • Co-ordination of input from other Glanville departments in relation to Transport Statements, Flood Risk Assessments, Drainage Strategies, ground conditions etc.
  • Co-ordination of designs from external consultants (ecology / arboriculture etc.)
  • Discharge of planning conditions typically involving preparation or input into a

Construction Transport Management Plan and Construction Environmental Management Plan and co-ordination of design input from other project consultants such as MEP, geotechnical specialists, arboriculturists, ecologists, landscape consultants 
Detailed Design

  • Detailed technical design for architectural design
  • Co-ordination of input from other Glanville departments in relation to structural and civil engineering design
  • Development of strategies for services supplies and drainage infrastructure
  • Development of phasing to suit project constraints
  • Preparation of Building Regulation / Warrant applications
  • Input on design reviews relating to BREEAM, sustainability and embodied carbon assessments
  • Preparation of detailed designs for tender
  • Preparation of detailed Pre-Construction information package
  • Preparation of technical specifications
  • Preparation of construction strategy, including input into the phasing of the works
  • Assessment of the sustainability and environmental impact of projects
  • Assessment of project in terms of statutory requirements, especially health and safety
  • Presentation of design at tender meetings
  • Responses to tender queries Contract Administration
  • Attendance at site meetings
  • Site inspections to report on-site progress, quality and compliance issues
  • Contract administration (responsibilities dependent on contract type and project value) • Ongoing liaison and reporting to Client Representatives 

Other work undertaken

  • Building condition surveys/schedules of condition
  • Surveys to determine the condition and layout of existing drainage infrastructure
  • Defects Diagnosis
  • Party wall agreements
  • Dilapidations

What’s in it for you?
A competitive salary, a contribution towards a personal pension scheme (up to 5% of salary) and payment of professional membership fees.  The company contributes to regular social events and encourages involvement with our nominated charities.
A friendly and supportive working environment, including flexible working hours and working arrangements. A strong commitment to training ranging from ‘on the job training’ in new software
A breadth of skills and experienced staff and long-standing client relationships create an excellent environment for new staff to undertake varied and rewarding tasks and to expand their knowledge and skills while working alongside friendly and motivated colleagues. 
Benefits Package

  • Competitive salary
  • Pension scheme
  • Private health care
  • Salary Sacrifice Scheme
  • Death in Service benefit
  • Initial 25 days holiday (3 held for the Christmas period)
  • Additional holiday can be accrued in accordance with the number of years services, up to a total of 28 days
  • The option to bank, buy or sell holiday each year after one years’ service
  • Long service awards including additional days off and cash award
  • Flexible working including the opportunity to work from home
  • Paid professional membership
  • Study leave
  • Cycle to Work Scheme
  • Interest free loan for annual travel season ticket
  • Yearly flu vaccine
  • Eye tests paid and contribution towards glasses, if required solely for VDU work
  • Regular CPD seminars held in house (with lunch provided)
  • Regular social events organised and funded by the company throughout the year
  • Free refreshments, including tea, coffee, juice and fresh fruit
  • Free on-site parking


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