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Maintenance Building Surveyor

University of Reading - Estates – Campus Operations

Location: Reading
Salary: £45,585 to £56,021 per annum
Hours: Full Time
Contract Type: Permanent
Placed On: 6th February 2024
Closes: 10th March 2024
Job Ref: SRF46557
 

Occupying three beautiful campuses (Whiteknights, with its early 19th century planned landscape, London Road with its formal gardens and ceremonial Great Hall, and Greenlands, Henley-on-Thames, with its riverside garden landscape) the unique “University within a Park” setting of the University of Reading is an inspiring place to come to work.

As an Estates Building Surveyor, you will take the lead in managing complex repair works, planned replacements, and building fabric improvements across our dynamic university estate. In this pivotal role, you will collaborate closely with Estates Campus Planning, Campus Development, Sustainability, and Campus Operations teams. Your expertise will be crucial in providing advice and support on building fabric and maintenance issues to key stakeholders. With a detailed working knowledge of construction management, contracts, and relevant legislation, you will work autonomously, ensuring adherence to health & safety/risk management and procurement procedures.

Your responsibilities extend to managing external contractors, ensuring high-quality workmanship and delivering value for money. Additionally, you will contribute to the development and review of the Forward Maintenance Plan for the university estate, playing a key role in shaping its future. You will successfully manage a program of planned and reactive repairs and maintenance works, ensuring work is carried out on time and to budget. You will actively seek out opportunities for best practice and continuous improvement, promoting high standards of health and safety awareness.

You will review the findings of the annual building condition surveys, proactively monitor the state of the university's building stock, and ensure purchases comply with university procurement policies. Delivering demonstrable value for money on all tasks, you will play a vital role in shaping the future of the university's estate.

To qualify for this role, you should hold a relevant degree in Surveying and full membership of a professional institution such as RICS. A strong working knowledge of historic and modern construction methods, coupled with demonstrable experience in preparing specifications for repairs and maintenance works is necessary. A proven track record in delivering projects on time and to budget, along with experience in maintenance and management within a complex estate, is essential.

You will have/be:

  • Well-organised, with the ability to work independently to manage, prioritise & balance competing deadlines within their own high case workload to deliver work in a timely, efficient and effective manner.
  • Excellent communication skills, with the ability to effectively communicate in writing and verbally.
  • Ability to manage works under a variety of procurement frameworks, through appropriate tendering routes, and using appropriate procurement systems.
  • A relevant construction related degree or equivalent experience and Chartered membership of a relevant construction related organisation (RICS or CIOB).
  • Demonstrable experience of delivering building fabric and/or services repair/enhancement works and general building surveying duties.
  • Up to date knowledge of current CDM Regulations and guidance, British Standards, Buildings Regulations & Codes of Practice.
  • Ability to accurately diagnose building fabric problems, and to understand and unpick sequential building repairs in order to identify the true origin of issues such as water ingress, structural movement or infestation.
  • Demonstrable experience of budgetary management in relation to repairs and maintenance works.

Closing date: 10/03/2024

Interview date: In the week of 25/03/2024 (TBC)

Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Deputy Head of Programme Maintenance
Contact name: Peter knight
Contact email: Peter.knight@reading.ac.uk

Alternative Informal Contact Details
Contact role: Campus Operations Director
Contact name: Emilia McDonald
Contact email: e.f.mcdonald@reading.ac.uk

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