Rural Asset Manager

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The Church Commissioners for England is a statutory corporation that is a major financial institution managing over £8 billion of assets for the Church of England and an administrative body with regulatory and quasi-judicial duties. It has representatives of Church and State on its governing body and is answerable to Parliament and the General Synod of the Church of England. Financial returns are used to support the mission and ministry of the Church of England.

The Property Investment team is responsible for the Commissioners’ real estate investments which include rural, strategic land, commercial, residential, forestry, infrastructure and indirect property investments, with a portfolio worth over £2 billion.

To apply please contact Helen Astill on 07721 437 085 or by email to

To actively support the Head of Rural Asset Management (and lead where appropriate) with the management of the rural portfolio of 100,000 acres across 45 estates and valued at over £600 million.

The main responsibilities are;

Supporting the Head of Rural Asset Management (and leading where appropriate) in the following areas:

Implementing Strategy

  • Proactive formulation and attentive implementation of estate strategies in accordance with ultimate strategic aims.
  • Working with colleagues to assess initial viability of existing small development schemes and new investment opportunities.
  • Lead on sales and purchases of farms, estates and land as required.
  • Identification, development and delivery of new opportunities and cost-effective initiatives, such as the investment in renewable energy and higher-value land uses.

Estate Management

  • Lead external consultant teams to actively deliver asset management and the agreed strategy.
  • Promote best practice and responsible investment in all areas of management including:
  • Rent reviews, lettings, succession claims and tenancy restructuring/surrenders
  • Repairs and Capital expenditure
  • Health and Safety management and statutory compliance
  • Appraise work relating to the release of covenants, negotiation of overage provisions and disturbance and trespass of the severed minerals portfolio.


  • Working with other colleagues including the Property Finance team, to analyse and monitor portfolio performance and estate budgets and accounts.
  • Represent and be a good ambassador for the Commissioners.
  • Promote a clear understanding both internally and externally of the Commissioners’ charitable objectives, polices and strategy.


  • Draft written reports to the Assets Committee Property Group for a variety of purposes including seeking approval to transactions and policy matters and providing progress updates relating to portfolio strategy and specific projects.
  • To represent colleagues at Assets Committee Property Group and management meetings on rural and mineral issues, as required.

    The main duties and responsibilities of your post are outlined in this job description. This list is not exhaustive and is intended to reflect your main tasks and areas of work. Changes may occur over time and you will be expected to agree any reasonable changes to your job description that are in line with the general nature of your post. You will be consulted about any changes to your job description before these are implemented.

The ideal candidate should have;

Capabilities in core areas of management practice outlined below:

  • Experience in formulating and proactively implementing strategies to deliver returns.
  • Proven track record in asset management. A clear understanding of the need to drive returns through higher value uses.
  • A clear understanding of efficient estate management.


  • RICS professional membership / relevant property qualification.
  • Experience of managing sensitive business relationships at a senior level.
  • Experience of managing stakeholder relationships


  • Clear and effective communicator with good report writing skills.
  • Good IT skills, particularly the ability to carry out financial appraisals.
  • Ability to deliver results working to deadlines.

Personal Attributes:

  • Friendly, enthusiastic and professional.
  • Consultative and collaborative team player.
  • Self-motivated with initiative and the necessary drive to deliver results.


  • Some tasks may occasionally involve working out of normal office hours to meet deadlines.
  • This role requires the post holder to undertake property inspections which may include overnight visits and regular travel, sometimes with no public transport.



We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:

  • values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual
  • reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve
  • fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.

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As we are a member of the Armed Forces Covenant, we welcome all applications from those you have served in our Armed Forces and their families

We are committed to building a culturally diverse workforce. As part of this commitment, we welcome applications from people, regardless of their background. As a Disability Confident committed employer, it is important to note that there may be occasions where it is not practical or appropriate to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria* due to high volume. We limit the amount of interviews conducted to five applicants per open post we advertise.

*Where applicable depending on post requirements.