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Senior Building Surveyor/ Architect

Zoek Pin Highbury, Greater London, England

£45594 - £48576/annum

Permanent (Full time)

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We are living through a time of unprecedented challenges here in Islington as we support our community through the Coronavirus crisis - and look ahead to working together to support our borough's recovery.
So there couldn't be a more important time to be joining us as we take our residents, our businesses and community on a new journey to shape the future of Islington.
If you are passionate about fairness and adept at delivering change you couldn't be in a better place.
Why Islington?
You will play a vital role in supporting Islington Council to achieve its vision. You will help us to continue to transform the borough to help build a more connected community and help people achieve their potential and enjoy a good quality of life.
So if you are excited about shaping the Islington of the future; are brimming with fresh ideas - and can bring your team, your colleagues, partners and our councillors along with you, we would love to hear from you.
Primary Job Function
* The Building Surveyor and Senior Project Manager will cover the larger and more complex projects, provide advice and some mentoring to more junior / less experienced colleagues.
* The Building Surveyor and Senior Project Manager will be responsible for supporting the Group Leader in service development, statutory and professional accountabilities, and service delivery of the Cyclical Improvement Programme, deputising for the Group Leader when required to do so.
* He/she will be responsible for co-ordinating and leading a Project team of professional and technical staff delivering Islington Council's programmes of capital and cyclical works. The works will be undertaken by a contractor appointed under a bespoke NHF contract. However, works may occasionally be procured by means of traditional competitive tendering using JCT forms of contract.
* The scale and range of work being undertaken will depend on the available financial resources. The work will be delivered based on a rolling 7-year cyclical programme and will include external decoration and repairs to the main fabric of buildings, window and roof renewals, security and landscaping works, decoration to internal communal areas, replacement of kitchens and bathrooms, including domestic mechanical and electrical work.
* The Building Surveyor/ Senior Architect will be responsible for delivering projects on time, to budget and to the required quality. He/she shall work in accordance with Islington Council's objectives and values and be an effective ambassador for Islington Council when dealing with residents, contractors, and external agencies.
* The Building Surveyor/ Senior Architect shall be committed to work to Islington's core principles, key aims and Business Plan.
Key responsibilities
The responsibility of the Building Surveyor and Senior Project Manager will be to:
* Effectively project-manage a range of housing refurbishment projects, maintaining clear communications with members of the project team, managers and other staff, contractors, and residents
* Provide a surveying and planning supervisory service.
* Maintain the highest possible standards of achievement, such that projects and programmes are delivered on time, to budget and to the required quality.
* Deputise for the Group Leader if required.
* Work in a corporate, co-operative, and collaborative way with other colleagues across Islington Council.
1. Be responsible for all aspects of Project Management for a number of projects and co- ordinate the work of other staff relating to those projects. Ensure that projects are delivered on time, to budget and to the required quality.
2. Carry out duties of a Client Representative or Lead Designer, in accordance with existing contracts and any subsequent amendments thereto and, as a member of a multi-disciplinary partnering team, participate in risk management and value engineering exercises.
3. Provide all services in line with recognised professional standards, ie. ARB, RIBA and RICS, except as far as the duties and responsibilities are modified by Islington Council's internal regulations and procedures.
4. Ensure that all the information required by Islington Council in relation to a project is provided in the form and at the time required (including but not limited to) :-
* Tender Acceptance Reports for Senior Management
* Information required by Home Ownership Services for the purposes of leaseholder consultation and leasehold service charge calculation
* Regular (monthly) progress reports and project status forms
* Entry of data onto Islington's property database
* Provision of data in relation to works affecting energy efficiency
* Completion of timesheets
5. Ensure effective lines of communication exist between all members of the project team, colleagues, and Senior Management; to this end provide up to date monitoring information as and when required, prepare project reports, attend meetings etc
6. Ensure that projects are effectively co-ordinated with any other planned works taking place on the same block or estate.
7. Attend and where necessary, chair evening meetings with residents and demonstrate a high level of customer commitment.
8. Ensure appropriate development of project briefs and feasibility studies. Provide advice for the Group Leader regarding changes needed to project briefs, where appropriate
9. Ensure the highest standard of design, budget control and contract management on all projects, paying particular regard to health and safety, accessibility, energy efficiency, sustainability, and maintenance in accordance with Islington Council's procedures.
10. Provide advice and guidance as appropriate concerning contract procurement, design and preparation of schemes, specifications, estimates, selection of materials and equipment, contract, and project management matters.
11. Monitor progress of duties against project programmes and targets.
12. Ensure work is in accordance with required standards and current regulations
13. Examine schemes for feasibility, viability and for adherence to Islington Council's standards, policies, and practices.
14. Liaise and negotiate with Government department, consultants, statutory undertakings, and other relevant organisations.
15. Examine tenders, invoices, accounts, and claims rendered by contractors and respond appropriately.
16. Ensure adequate liaison with other Council Departments concerning design, maintenance, and user satisfaction feedback.
17. Undertake investigation and practical research, if required, in relation to new techniques, products and services within the building industry.
18. Monitor fees as required; take corrective measures as necessary and ensure that work is completed within their time and fee allocations. Ensure work is conducted in a cost effective and competitive manner.
19. Participate in the processes for evaluating tenders for the appointment of contractors and sub-contractors, in accordance with Islington's procurement policies
20. Assist in preparing ongoing programmes of resources and fee income.
21. Assist with the recruitment, training and development, welfare, and safety of staff.
22. Ensure adherence to building and Contract Law.
23. To ensure that services are provided in accordance with Islington Council's commitment to "Best Value" and high quality service provision to service users.
24. Use and assist others to use information technology systems to carry out duties in the most efficient and effective manner.
25. At all times carrying out duties and responsibilities within the framework of the Council's Dignity for all Policy (Equal Opportunities Policy).
26. Carry out duties and responsibilities in accordance with the Council's Health and Safety policy and relevant Health and Safety legislation.
27. Undertake continuing professional development.
28. Carry out any other minor and/or non-recurring duties, appropriate to the post as may be directed.
29. Recruitment to this post is subject to satisfactory disclosure through the Criminal Records Bureau.
Person specification
You should demonstrate on your application form how you meet the essential criteria. Please ensure that you address each of the criteria as this will be assessed to determine your suitability for the post.
Essential criteria
Essential criteria Criteria description Assessed by
1 Recognised construction - related qualification to at least Higher National Certificate or Higher National Diploma level with a demonstrable track record as a project manager on large and moderately complex projects.
2 Ideally a professional construction related qualification such as MRICS, MCIOB or RIBA Application/Interview
Essential criteria Criteria description Assessed by
3 Must be able to demonstrate experience and knowledge of building construction and design, maintenance, repair and refurbishment in relation to public sector housing and / or other public buildings from inception to completion. Application/Interview
4 Ability to effectively manage and lead on several projects at any one time Application/Interview
5 Ability to effectively communicate both verbally and in writing with other colleagues, technical and non-technical working parties, external clients and agencies, Councillors and committees, tenants, leaseholders, contractors, and consultants. Application/Interview
6 Ability to draft technical reports. Application/Interview/Test
7 Must be able to illustrate creativity to solve building design and maintenance-related technical problems. Application/Interview/Test
8 Ability to prepare project programmes, plan and deliver projects according to the programme within budgets and fees and to monitor and control costs at all stages. Application/Interview/Test
9 Ability to effectively manage a substantial number of projects and project teams at any one time. Application/Interview
10 Ability to assist in developing, planning, and implementing policy for the Capital Programme Section as part of an integrated range of services to be delivered to those who live, work, and do business within Islington. Application/Interview/Test
11 Ability to assist with staff recruitment, training, development, welfare, and safety of staff within the Service. Application/Interview
12 Ability to co-ordinate the work of project staff with each other to ensure efficient and well-run projects. Application/Interview
13 Ability to brief, direct, and monitor consultants. Application/Interview
14 Thorough knowledge of building construction. Ability to write specifications, obtain planning approvals and project manage the project staff. Application/Interview/Test
15 Thorough knowledge of building legislation and the Building Regulations Application/Interview/Test
16 Knowledge of building contracts. Application/Interview
17 Ability to attend and chair evening meetings. Application/Interview
18 Ability to climb ladders and scaffolding Application/Interview
19 Ability to operate within agreed fee levels and time allocations and responsibility for ensuring that other individuals work within their time and fee allocations. Application/Interview
20 Ability to demonstrate accountability and a positive attitude to your responsibilities as an employee of Islington Council. Application/Interview/
21 Ability to deliver services in line with the Islington Council's Equality and Diversity Policy. Application/Interview
Special requirements of the post
Essential criteria Criteria description Assessed by
22 This role will require you to obtain an Enhanced/Standard satisfactory clearance from the Disclosure and Barring Service Application
This role is offering between £45594 - £48576 per annum.
Islington is a vibrant, thriving area with a diverse community and is a great place to live and work.
At Islington Council, we strive to be an organisation where employees feel valued, inspired and empowered to help us provide the best possible services for our residents.
If you come and work with us, we'll ask that you commit to our vision of working towards a fairer Islington for all our residents, and that you work diligently and efficiently to help us achieve it.
In return we'll offer fair pay, good working conditions, development opportunities and some great employee benefits.
We were among the first employers to be awarded the Mayor of London's Good Work Standard - a new benchmark for high employment standards. We are also an accredited London Living Wage employer.
There are a range of benefits available to staff including:
- Up to 30 days leave per year
- A range of flexible working arrangements
- Excellent pension scheme
- Competitive pay - and a commitment to paying all staff and apprentices the London Living Wage
- Learning and development opportunities to maximise your potential
- Annual season ticket loan
- Cycle to Work Scheme and discounted gym memberships
- Payroll giving
- Personal Computer Incentive Scheme
- Local discounts from restaurants, shops, health and beauty therapists, and more!
Staff support networks
Islington Council has an ongoing commitment to make Islington a fairer place to work and live. Staff forums exist to promote this and encourage networking between staff to ensure their voices are heard.
There are five forums:
- BME Staff Forum
- Carers Staff Forum
- Disabled Staff Forum
- LGBT Staff Forum
- Women's Staff Forum
Employees can also join a recognised trade union

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