Graduate Building Surveyor - 24 month contract

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About us

The Diocese of Manchester is the Church of England in Bolton, Bury, Leigh, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and parts of Rossendale, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.


To support the work of the Director of Land and Property Services in managing a portfolio of residential property, church buildings and investment / commercial property.

This could be an excellent opportunity for the right candidate to progress the APC element for their RICS membership but is not a requirement for the role.

Accountability & Key Relationships

The post is line managed by the Director of Land and Property Services. The post holder may work alone occasionally, but will typically work closely with the Director and other officers in the property team including the Buildings Officer, who takes a lead on parsonage maintenance and inspections, a Diocesan Surveyor and two Property Support Officers.

Key Tasks


  • Support the provision of professional advice, in collaboration with the Buildings Officer and Diocesan Surveyor, in relation to the day-to-day work on parsonages particularly, to:
  • Provide reactive and emergency repairs and maintenance –
  • Identify and specify repairs appropriate to the age and style of building
  • Investigate and form conclusions to resolve building related problems
  • Provide technical advice, diagnose defects and schedule suitable remedial specifications
  • Implement planned maintenance of parsonages and other properties (including Quinquennial Inspections)
  • Implement maintenance and re-decoration of parsonages during Interregna
  • Improve and upgrade parsonages and other propertieso Ensure statutory compliance in matters relating to gas safety testing, electrical safety, asbestos register and other statutory compliance across the diocese
  • Assist with rental properties, estate agents, landlords and tenants across the Diocese
  • Assist with the provision of Health and Safety advise in relation to property and the implementation of the CDM Regulations 2015
  • Assist with the operation of the Diocese office and commercial buildings through liaison with local agents where required
  • Work with the Buildings Officer to develop reports to Property Committee

Wider Duties

  • Support the development of appropriate IT systems for the management of property
  • Support the Director of Land and Property Services in the acquisition and disposal of property relating to the housing of the clergy
  • Liaise with Incumbents, PCCs, Archdeacons, other Diocesan Officers and the Church Commissioners on all matters relating to parsonages and other property as appropriate
  • Contribute to procurement exercises
  • Support in the management of contracts with suppliers
  • Support in property-related grant applications
  • Undertake / contribute to the work of project-based work including working closely with other teams

Other Duties

  • Support in repair matters relating to the maintenance and security of church buildings, particularly:
  • Liaise and correspond with Church Commissioners, insurance company, Incumbents, PCC’s, Archdeacons and other diocesan officers on matters connected with the maintenance of closed church buildings
  • Attend the Diocesan Advisory Committee and other relevant committees where required
  • Assist with work on a range of agencies to dispose of redundant buildings in a commercially aware way
  • Duties and tasks as management may require from time to time

Essential Requirements

  • Educated to degree level –RICS accredited course in Building Surveying or General Practice Surveying
  • Digitally competent to develop new systems to manage portfolio of properties and repairs
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (verbal and written) with a strong customer focus
  • Able to achieve deadlines and prioritise a busy schedule
  • Able to acquire a working knowledge of appropriate church Measures and an understanding of the structures of the Church of England
  • Have good observation and judgement
  • An appreciation of diverse communities
  • Sympathy with the aims and values of the Church of England
  • Able to work flexibly including evenings and weekends – with notice
  • Willingness to attend meetings elsewhere in the Diocese


The Church of England Diocese of Manchester

The Diocese of Manchester is the Church of England in Bolton, Bury, Leigh, Manchester, Oldham, Rochdale, Salford and parts of Rossendale, Stockport, Tameside and Trafford.

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