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National Trust - Minehead - Senior Estate Manager

Job Added: 07 March 2017

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National Trust

£45,000 per annum


Job description:

Contract: Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)
Ref: IRC49467

At the National Trust, we love places. We take care of some of the nation’s most treasured landscapes and protecting their health, beauty and value is at the core of our ten-year strategy. As a Senior Estate Manager, you’ll be a leader in delivering the modern, progressive land management approach we need to do this.

Our West Somerset portfolio includes a substantial agricultural estate of 16,000 acres of land, 16 farms and 180 residential cottages and substantial built structures such as Dunster Castle and Fyne Court. Your key role as Senior Estate Manager based at Holnicote will be to offer our General Managers and Consultancy colleagues technical advice and support. As well as this, you will directly line manage a team who will help you co-ordinate essential repairs & investment plans, manage lettings & identify new opportunities; and help you tackle the big national issues like countryside regeneration, eco-system services & the future of farming.

Land & the rural landscape is a rising central focus within the National Trust right now and your colleagues will look to you for the up-to-the-minute advice and guidance.

You’ll be the key part of the National Trust Consultancy based at the Holnicote Estate Office. Being the Senior Estate Manager for the West Somerset area you’ll have responsibility for the management of some fascinating and exciting estates set across Exmoor National Park and the Quantocks Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. You’ll have responsibility for over 16,000 acres of land, 16 farms and 180 residential cottages from Holnicote estate in the west to Fyne Court in the East. You will lead on delivery of the Residential Let Estate business plan, refurbishing and upgrading the range of estate cottages to a high standard. You will help develop Estate Management Plans for the future management of the estates in your care answering the questions of what’s the best way to balance conservation with access, and how can we show practical leadership in the field of sustainable land management? You’ll champion the work we do in sustainable land, asset and buildings maintenance and management; making our expertise available to existing and new audiences to raise awareness and understanding of all that we do in this area.

About the role
In the morning you could be helping a tenant farmer discover new value from a more sustainable approach to their business. By the afternoon you might be part of a team of specialists mapping out ways we’ll make our landscapes more resilient to change. Or you could be working with consultants on a major maintenance or renovation project for an historic estate building. Whatever you do, you’ll be doing it alongside amazing people who share your passion for the stunning places looked after by the UK’s biggest private landowner.

It’s a big, demanding job with substantial rental budgets to deal with and a huge number of assets to manage. You’ll have the technical support to make sure you spend less time crunching numbers in the office and more time out on the estate, working with a Rural Surveyor, Assistant Rural Surveyor, Estate Management Officer and Building Surveyors and our property leadership teams, countryside specialists, tenants and consultants to deliver the visionary management approach this estate deserves.

This is a recently created role, so you’ll have lots of opportunities to develop our approach and inspire others to do the same. You’ll make a real difference to the long-term commercial success as well as the Trust’s cause: looking after special places for ever, for everyone.

About you
As an experienced Senior Estate Manager you’ll be adaptable, and confident to turn your hand to all areas of estate management. In this role, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate:
•    Excellent negotiation skills, the ability to adapt your negotiating style depending on the situation
•    High level of financial acumen and strong experience of managing large budgets
•    Impressive relationship management skills, managing staff, and the ability to engage with a variety of audiences
•    An innovative approach to estate management, and the ability to spot opportunities or creative solutions
•    Lead and develop an Estate Management Plan and develop new opportunities to take forward our Land, Outdoors and Nature agenda including new ways of managing land and providing greater public benefits
•    The ability to analyse data, using internal and external research, to recognise trends and understand strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats on the estate
•    A collaborative approach to working with internal teams to manage your estate plan
•    Strong project management skills, including experience of managing a large projects
•    Lead and deliver the Let Estate plan
•    The ability to foster a strong relationship with tenants and stakeholders, providing a professional business partnering.

We’d also like you to identify where you have:
•    Significant experience in evaluation, interpretation and preparation of budgets, business cases and estate management plans
•    Experience of identifying funding opportunities and ways to improve value for money
•    Understanding or experience of conservation land management
•    A full understanding of the National Trust’s ethos and conservation aims for the future.

The package
The salary range for these roles is £42,000 to £55,000 per annum, depending on experience.

As well as the unique challenges this role will bring, working in the most stunning surroundings, you’ll enjoy a flexible salary dependent on experiences. Included in your package will be free admission to all our properties and significant discounts in our shops, restaurants and holiday cottages. As our people will tell you, working with the National Trust offers a hard-to-beat sense of satisfaction and connection to the places where you work. You’ll help make sure those places survive and thrive into the future.

We believe in flexibility, family-friendly working and a balanced approach to career and life. Which means you can help push us forward without pushing yourself to the limit.

For more information and to apply please visit:

Closing date: Sunday 26th March 2017.
We will be running a full day assessment centre on 4th April for short listed candidates.


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