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National Trust - Tisbury - Lead Rural Surveyor and Estate Manager

Job Added: 20 March 2017

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National Trust

£48,000 per annum


Job description:

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 the Regional Lead Rural Surveyor/Estate Manager, you'll lead and inspire others in estate and asset management across the South West.

We’ve recently launched our new aims for restoring a healthy, beautiful natural environment and you will play a key part in this work by leading the introduction of estate management plans in the region and working with farm tenants to restore the health and beauty of the countryside.

The National Trust has over 255,000 hectares of land, of which about 80% is farmed by tenants. We also have 4,133 rented cottages, 1,978 commercial tenancies, 1,806 agricultural tenancies, 1,014 wayleaves and easements and an investment and operational property portfolio valued at £82.87m, of which £66.35m is specified at investment level. The management of these tenancies and assets, together with the relationship with our tenants, underpins our £40m+ annual rental income and is essential to the delivery of our conservation work.

In the South West we have responsibility for over 50,000ha of land, 35,000 ha of it let out; one third of our national portfolio of rented cottages that come in all shapes and sizes; and a quarter of the commercial leases from pubs to shops and workshops. The rental income from these lettings is circa £14.5 million. We also have in-hand farms and over 5000ha of woodland. We work with statutory bodies looking after designated landscapes and historic parks and buildings; there’s also 300 miles of stunning coastline.

You’ll be working in the South West consultancy and leading a newly established team of 30 Estate Managers, Rural Surveyors, and Assistant Rural Surveyors supporting their professional development working closely with their line managers.

For more information about Estate Management please visit:

Please note: this role could be based at one of our regional hubs in either Tisbury in Wiltshire, or Killerton in Exeter.

About the role

In the morning you could be resolving a complex land management dispute. By the afternoon you might be advising the Regional Director and the Regional leadership team on strategic asset management. Or you could be building the capability of a great team who’ll help you transform the performance of estates right through the region. You’ll be a leader more than a line manager, inspiring and developing great people who share your passion for the stunning places looked after by the UK’s biggest private landowner.

It’s a big, demanding job as the senior player in a team with substantial rental budgets, a huge number of assets to manage and big ambitions for nature. You’ll have lots of opportunities to find new ways of doing things and inspire others to do the same. You’ll make a real difference to the long-term wellbeing of our land, and the commercial and environmental success of the National Trust’s cause: looking after special places for ever, for everyone.

To hear what our Regional Management team have to say about working for the Trust please watch our short video;

About you

As a qualified chartered surveyor and experienced 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;

  • A strong ability to analyse, interpret and resolve complex asset and estate management problems and to develop report and implement practical, workable solutions
  • Excellent influencing, negotiating and communication skills, including, external advocacy, networking and persuading both professional and lay audiences
  • Ability to lead on, interpret and respond to external and internal research, intelligence and analysis
  • Significant innovation and entrepreneurial skills - ability to spot opportunities, provide creative solutions to tight timescales within limited budgets
  • Excellent Project Management skills - ability to manage complex projects
  • Ability to build strong collaborative working relationships with tenants, external professionals, operational and whole Trust Directors, Assistant Directors, General Managers and consultancy staff
  • Strong skills operating in a matrix structure and the performance management of fellow professionals
  • Strong Business Development skills including financial and strategic planning

It would also be beneficial if you can identify;

  • Direct and broad experience of creating and delivering strategic policy and managing multi-disciplinary projects
  • Significant line management and performance management experience
  • Extensive experience in the interpretation and evaluation of budgets and business cases
  • Experience of building strong landlord/tenant partnerships at a senior level
  • A full understanding of and commitment to the National Trust’s ethos and conservation aims for the future

The package

 Looking after you

  • Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
  • Pension contribution match up to 10%
  • EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
  • Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career

  • Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
  • Develop your skills with an internal secondment
  • Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
  • Income protection due to illness

Unique to us

  • Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
  • Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • 20% off in our retail and catering outlets
  • Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Ref: IRC49717

Closing date: 5th April 2017

Provisional Assessment date: 12th April 2017

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