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Tunbridge Wells, Kent The National Trust

Building Surveyor/Architect

Salary: £42,000 per annum

Contract type: Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)

Closing date: 29th January

Address: Scotney Castle, Lamberhurst, Tunbridge Wells, TN3 8JN


We have an exciting opportunity for a Building Surveyor / Architect to join our consultancy team working in and around Kent and East Sussex. As part of our thriving professional community, you'll provide support and expertise in all aspects of building operations, conservation and projects. Your work will enable our properties to achieve sustainable standards of building conservation and repair, not only to achieve their business objectives but also to ensure our places endure for the benefit of current and future generations. As an experienced Building Surveyor / Architect, bringing buildings to life is what excites you. We'll be here to support you to continuously develop your skills, get involved in exciting projects and build a rewarding career at the National Trust.

Expected interview date: 9 February 2023.

What it's like to work here

You'll work across National Trust sites in Kent and East Sussex, including the White Cliffs, Winchelsea, Sheffield Park, Batemans, Bodiam Castle and Scotney Castle - the latter is where you will be based. The portfolios in these counties encompass a wide range of historic buildings, of varied age, including some of the most beloved and iconic sites in the region. The National Trust Consultancy is the home to specialists in every field of our work. You'll be part of a mixed team of internal consultants (including building surveyors and architects, curators, project managers and archaeologists) and professionals working together to deliver the National Trust's core conservation aims and strategic ambitions.

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What you'll be doing

You'll play a key part in our buildings team in the London & South-East region, comprising of surveyors, architects, planners, project and contract managers and other specialists. You'll work together to provide a joined-up conservation service to support our operational colleagues across a portfolio of properties that include mansion houses, follies, and farmsteads, as well as archaeological and civil structures. You'll provide expert advice and support, delivering building work to the highest conservation standards, whilst developing and line managing colleagues. You'll be responsible for the delivery of high-quality building service, proactively inputting and advising where required. You'll plan and deliver a programme of short- and long-term cyclical building work, repairs and improvements with clear briefs and close monitoring, together with managing risks and providing mitigation strategies. At times, you may also act as project manager or lead consultant, managing teams of external advisers.

Who we're looking for

In your application, please provide details of how you meet the following minimum criteria:

  • You'll be a full member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), Architects Registration Board (ARB) or the Chartered Institute of Buildings (CIOB)
  • Possess a building conservation certification or have the motivation to achieve this
  • Have high-level knowledge of building conservation, maintenance, and repair, with a commitment to best practice in the long-term care and curation of historic sites and structures as informed by international standards
  • Have a successful track record of managing projects, ideally in a conservation setting
  • Have strong experience in contract management and contract administration in a supervisory capacity
  • Be able to demonstrate experience of financial responsibility for projects and cyclical work with exemplary data management
  • Have an excellent knowledge of relevant legislative requirements relating to the role
  • Have a full driving license (required for travel around the portfolio (mileage allowance will be paid for work travel)

The package

The National Trust has the motto 'For everyone, for ever' at its heart. We're working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It's important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we're for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary
  • Free entry to National Trust properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Tax free childcare scheme
  • Rental deposit loan scheme
  • Season ticket loan
  • Perks at work discounts i.e. gym memberships, shopping discount codes, cinema discounts
  • Holiday allowance up to 32 days relating to length of service, plus holiday purchase scheme, subject to meeting minimum criteria.
  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Employee assistance programme
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Independent financial advice

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