Building Surveyor - Gosport Borough Council

Gosport Borough Council

Job details



Job type

Full Time, Permanent


£28,672 - £32,234

Closing date

23 April 2021

Building  Surveyor

Grade 7:

Salary: £28,672 – 32,234 p.a (plus essential car user payment)

Full time: Permanent – 37 hours per week

Gosport Borough Council (GBC) Property and Housing Services

Gosport Borough Council (GBC) and Portsmouth City Council are working in partnership to the mutual advantage of both authorities.  GBC has remained an autonomous local authority with a housing service based in Gosport.

Gosport borough is on the beautiful south coast, boasting a magnificent heritage thanks to centuries of links with the Royal Navy. Its unique waterfront attractions and history give it a special character, and it benefits from 25 miles of coastline, including the sailing hub of Portsmouth Harbour and beaches at Stokes Bay and Lee-on-the-Solent.

It is also a borough with unique economic opportunities. Its military heritage means it is strongly represented in the advanced manufacturing, aerospace and marine sectors. And as military needs have changed, the borough has gained development sites with huge potential.

Gosport has convenient links to the motorway network and the main south coast trunk road, and a short ferry hop provides a link to the main rail line to London.

Your New Role

Gosport Borough Council Housing Service has a bright future and we hope you will play a part in supporting the service to meet the needs of our customers.

Gosport Borough Council is responsible for managing over 3000 council houses and flats, some of which are dedicated to older persons and some as temporary accommodation.  The service manages a varied Commercial property portfolio dealing with licences, concessions and a mobile home park.

We are looking for a Maintenance Surveyor to join our Property Services team with good knowledge of day to day repairs and relevant experience of diagnosing and managing their delivery. Qualified or working towards an HNC or equivalent qualification is desirable but not essential.  Previous experience of working for a Local Authority or housing provider is not essential and you may have a trade background working for a Contractor delivering day to day repairs.

How to apply?

There are 3 ways to apply:

  • By post or email – use the How to apply documents below
  • Online – apply using our online form.

To make sure your application is above the rest, please review the “Job Profile” to ensure your application matches the requirements of the role. Please address the requirements listed in the “You need to” section on the job profile

Please do not just send a C.V.

Closing Date: Friday 23rd April 2021

Interview process: TBC

General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

As part of any recruitment process, Gosport Borough Council collects and processes personal data relating to job applicants.  Gosport Borough Council is committed to being transparent about how it collects and uses that data and to meeting its data protection obligations under the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR).

Completing and sending an application in for a vacancy is your consent for us to process your data for the purpose of the recruitment.  Your data is not used in any other way and you can withdraw your consent at any point in the recruitment process and we will destroy or delete your information.

For more detailed information on what we collect how we use, store, delete date and your rights you can access a privacy statement on the Council’s website

You will need to demonstrate that you have the Right to Work in the UK. No post will be offered without it.

Job Profile:

What is the role?

You will be based at our Gosport Town Hall within a Property Services team reporting to the Senior Building Surveyor.

You will carry out a wide range of duties across our varied 3,000+ housing stock, together with our asset portfolio of corporate operational, commercial and community assets.

You will predominantly be attending day to day repairs, updating stock data, evaluating and diagnosing what work is required, assessing the best options to carry out the work and issuing response repairs.

You need to:

  1. Be able to demonstrate sufficient relevant experience and knowledge of general day to day response repairs in a housing or commercial environment.
  2. Have good building construction technology and building pathology knowledge together with the ability to evaluate and diagnose what work is required, assess the best options to carry out the work and issuing response repairs and advising others.
  3. Have a knowledge of building related legislation as appropriate to the role and be able to apply as necessary.
  4. Have knowledge and experience of construction related health & safety legislation knowledge generally and be able to apply specifically the working at height regulations, and Control of Asbestos Regulations 2012.
  5. Practical surveying skills that can be demonstrated; specifically be able to carry out stock data and measured surveys, accurately recording stock data as appropriate.
  6. Demonstrating you can manage a contractor using a contract, negotiating contractual matters and resolution of disputes with contractors.
  7. Have knowledge and experience of cost control techniques and be able to demonstrate commercial awareness when undertaking cost estimates for larger repair work, exercise financial control when managing work and assess value for money for work undertaken when auditing completed repairs. Demonstrate analytical skills to be able to interrogate, analyse and evaluate previous repair information
  8. Have relevant knowledge and experience of all Microsoft packages and demonstrate practical IT skills using Excel spreadsheets or Word when writing reports or letters and be capable of using various other software packages with appropriate training to accurately update data as part of undertaking the surveying role.
  9. Have planning skills and demonstrate the ability to be organised and methodical when undertaking inspections to ensure effective time management.
  10. Have excellent communication skills (verbal and written) and demonstrate the ability to be a good communicator developing relationships with clients and customers, understanding their aspirations, managing expectations and ensuring that excellent communication occurs to ensure that they are fully informed regarding the repairs and maintenance of their assets,  particularly as most repairs and maintenance work is undertaken in occupation whilst our residents are living in their homes or commercial buildings are operational.

Special Conditions:

The post holder will be required to hold a full current driving licence and have a car available; essential car user allowance will be paid whilst the duties of the post meet the essential user criteria.

There may also be an occasional need to work outside normal working hours.