Estates & Commercial Property Surveyor Apprentice

Suffolk County Council
5, Constantine Road, Ipswich, IP1 2DH
£20,344.00 annually
23 Jul 2019
31 Aug 2019
Role Type
Apprenticeship, Degree
Start Date
About the Role

This new post is required to deal with a greater need for specialist commercial property skills within the Corporate Property team at Suffolk County Council and to support the ongoing needs of managing a large and complex commercial estate.

This is an excellent opportunity to begin a rewarding professional career in commercial real estate within an enthusiastic and proactive team in a large organisation, where you will actively participate in a structured programme of apprenticeship training to gain a degree and qualify as a Chartered Surveyor (MRICS).

The level of responsibility and complexity of work will increase as the apprentice's knowledge and skill increases. The level of supervision will also reduce appropriately over the training period.

Line management and mentoring of the apprentice will be consistently maintained with an identified manager, who will be responsible for general management, coaching, appraisal and co-ordination throughout different rotations across teams. They will also be responsible for monitoring and managing the quality of training, the apprentice's performance, behaviour and progress against required training outcomes, as well as liaising with training providers as needed.

This is a fixed term, full time position with provision to complete the Level 6 Chartered (degree) Surveyor apprenticeship (Commercial Real Estate pathway) training provided, including revision and assessments.

Principle Accountabilities for Apprentice

Support the commercial property and estates team in the administration and preparation of instructions to third party agents and contractors to commission general estate management services under close direction and supervision.

Support the development of strategy to meet SCC objectives for achieving best consideration from the disposal or exploitation of land and property prior to commissioning consultants to complete negotiations, ensuring decisions are made in a timely manner and in accordance with Financial Regulations.

Undertake routine estate management tasks under close direction and supervision including: managing records of legal titles in property, disposals, acquisitions, valuations, letting of property, lease renewals, rent reviews, condition surveys, compensation and statutory claims, insurance valuations, rating assessments and provision of property and valuation advice.

Review draft and existing projects and appraisals as directed to inform the development of business cases and identify land and property to be investigated and reviewed in more detail as part of the Council's property review and rationalisation activities.

Assist the delivery of property professional services by assisting with the preparation of and conducting negotiations under close supervision based on agreed tactics and parameters in relation to day to day commercial property transactions, such as lease amendments, fees etc.

Analyse and manage data of comparable recent transactions and assist with valuations of land and associated properties for rent reviews, negotiations, development and accounting purposes.

Liaise with service directorates to supply professional support, interpretation and guidance with general estate management issues including lease obligations and potential restrictions likely to impact on proposed property transactions and service delivery projects.

Working with Corporate Property colleagues, service directorates and external organisations, including public sector partners, contribute to property review activities such as those arising from the One Public Estate (OPE) programme.

Prepare or contribute to the formulation of specific estates strategies e.g. disposal of a group of low value properties, tactical plans, business cases and project briefs.

Contribute to team working and development of Corporate Property as a high performing corporate function. This means;
  • Taking responsibility for seeking clarity about roles and inter-relationships within the team and while respecting individual roles offering support to others as required.
  • Contributing to the development of shared data and work flow systems as well as developing business tools to enable the team to be more productive and flexible
  • Contributing to preparation of case studies and lessons learnt for all major projects and new challenges affecting the whole team e.g. major relocation projects where locality or OPE initiatives might be involved.
  • Keeping up to date on projects and general shared data systems to improve customer service from Corporate Property and ensure this is suitable for external or internal audit.

Liaise with services and other stakeholders as ambassador for Corporate Property i.e. acting always as a single or first point of contact through to closure.

Requirements and prospects

Desired skills

  • ICT skills - knowledge of Word, Excel, email and Internet.
  • Good Organisational skills.
  • Keen to develop your own skills.
  • Good at speaking to and listening to people.
  • Good writing skills to draft reports.
  • Able to work as part of a team.
  • Able to research information from documents and the Internet and make recommendations based on findings.
  • Ability to manage own time effectively.
  • Ability to work in an 'agile' fashion responding to changing needs and being flexible in your approach to finding solutions and approaching work projects

Personal qualities

  • Personable, pro-active, professional and able to demonstrate commitment to customer care and service in all activities
  • Able to communicate and interact at all levels of the organisation.
  • A strong team player who is committed to the benefits of partnership working
  • Can demonstrate resilience in times of change.
  • Treats people as equal and promotes equality and inclusion.
  • Demonstrates sound judgement in situations of unpredictable change and ambiguity.
  • Non-judgemental and respectful.
  • Manages risks confidently.
  • High levels of self-motivation and a proactive approach.

Desired qualifications

For standard entry applicants, must have obtained 96 UCAS tariff points (2017 Tariff) or 230 UCAS tariff points (2016 Tariff) or have an equivalent level of attainment through recognised qualifications not included in the UCAS Tariff


Have completed an Advanced Apprenticeship in Surveying or an Advanced Apprenticeship in Construction Technical through which a Construction and Built Environment Diploma with a minimum DD profile was obtained or through which a Construction and Built Environment Extended Diploma with a minimum MMM profile was obtained, or an equivalent qualification


Have a current RICS Associate qualification (AssocRICS)


Have GCSE Grade C or above in English and Mathematics (Grade 4 for applicants holding newly reformed GCSEs in England) or an equivalent Level 2 qualification in English and Mathematics as defined by the Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF) in England.

*Recognised qualifications having an equivalent level of attainment as those recognised by UCAS include: Higher National Certificate (HNC), Higher National Diploma (HND), professional qualifications from recognised institutions, certain armed forces qualifications and partially completed degrees.

Future prospects

Gain Chartered Surveyor Status

Things to consider

  • Basic disclosure check is required for this role
  • A full UK driving licence is required
  • Travel across the county is required for the role.

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