Property Surveyor

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20 Alan Turing Road, Guildford, Surrey
Fixed Term Full Time
competitive with generous non-contributory pension plan

We are looking for a skilled property professional with a track record of property portfolio management both residential and community-based. You will be comfortable liaising with people at all levels, both within the diocese and with external professionals. Most importantly, you will share the missional passion and heart to reach and serve our communities.

As Property Surveyor, your skills will be key to help us develop our property portfolio and processes, ensuring effective management and maintenance of our buildings and land. You will manage the property administrator and build up a reliable and trusted network of suppliers, including building contractors, architects, surveyors, engineers, and letting agents.

  • To undertake and act upon condition surveys and periodic surveys (aka quinquennial inspections) and vacancy (aka interregnum) inspections of clergy housing.
  • To prepare capital and revenue budgets for planned and reactive maintenance works.
  • To arrange project works for the alteration and improvement of Diocesan buildings.
  • To oversee the rental properties and glebe lands of the Diocese.
  • To identify opportunities for disposals of redundant properties and land, and prepare business plans and costed proposals for acquisitions, in conjunction with the Property Director.
  • To project manage property acquisitions, disposals, replacements and improvements.
  • To manage the property administrator, ensuring good communication and co-operation with contractors in support of all works, and in managing expectations and prioritising workloads.
  • To ensure that incumbents, churchwardens, tenants and other occupiers of property are kept informed on matters which affect the property in which they have an interest.
  • To ensure computerised records are maintained and improved for all residential and glebe properties.
  • To propose improvements to, and implement the policies laid down in the Parsonages Handbook.
  • A further development of this role may be to offer advice to parishes on church buildings.



  • Degree level qualification in Building Surveying or similar construction degree


  • MRICS or MCIOB or equivalent qualification as a buildings surveyor



  • Technical knowledge and familiarity with the standards for surveying building fabric and setting maintenance standards.
  • Knowledge and understanding of UK property law and regulations and their practical application, including landlord/tenant & health & safety
  • House sales, valuations and disposals
  • Strong working knowledge of the legalities associated with property and land management and the ability to apply these to a variety of situations.


  • Appreciation of the constraints when developing heritage buildings.
  • Strong experience and understanding of property management and associated legalities in a charitable context



  • Effectively plans ahead to anticipate problems, plans for worst-case and best-case scenarios
  • Ability to cost any works proposed, draw up budget proposals, and work within budgetary constraints.
  • Makes sensible, intelligent decisions in difficult and deadline driven situations
  • Results-focused - understands what is important to key stakeholders- is committed to achieving goals.


  • Tenacious approach to delivery, quality of output and organisation.

The diocese has two archdeaconries, each with six deaneries, and a total of 163 parishes. There are very few multi-parish benefices with just one stipendiary priest.

A great deal of the work of the church is done at a local level by the parishes. The diocesan teams support and encourage the work of the parishes, and also work with wider networks to the mutual benefit of the church and society at local, regional and national levels

The diocese includes churches representing all shades of Anglicanism. This wide spectrum is welcomed and a healthy dialogue informs our diocesan view. All traditions play their full part in the life of the diocese, and broadly speaking there is an encouraging absence of tribalism.