Working for the Corporate Estate division within Commissioning and Commercial Services, the Valuation Surveyor will contribute to the Council’s vision to achieve the highest possible professional and customer service standards, ensuring that these are consistently maintained, to facilitate achievement of all relevant service and business objectives, in compliance with legislation, policy and Government regulations.
To undertake tasks relating to the management of the Council’s diverse general fund and HRA property portfolio including but not exclusive to property valuation, property management, and right to buy valuations.
To contribute to the updating of the Council’s Asset Register on SAP-RE and to ensure that contracts are correctly inputted onto SAP-RE to enable the invoicing and payment of rents etc.
Budget To participate in the effective management of:-
• The property portfolio with a value of circa £1.4 billion
• £2m revenue receipt in connection with the property portfolio
Corporate Estate is an RICS Registered Firm and is primarily responsible in conjunction with the Divisional Director Commissioning & Commercial Services and Head of Service Corporate Estate for the development and implementation of the Asset Management Plan and associated Property and Capital Strategy in terms of managing the Council s property assets. The post holder is responsible for valuation and management of the Council’s property assets and the development and implementation of the Council’s strategic property strategies and Corporate Landlord Model, together with the delivery of the capital receipts programme in accordance with MTFS.
The Valuation Surveyor contributes to the work of the Service by undertaking the day to day management of the commercial portfolio in the General Fund and Housing Revenue Account, preparation of asset valuations for Capital Accounting purposes and valuations for Right to Buys and acquisitions.
The Valuation Surveyor will be required to prepare complex reports, customer information and initiatives for presentation to a diverse audience including public, members, private sector organizations, Department of Communities and Local Government etc.
1. To contribute to the development of the Council’s Health and Safety, Equal Opportunity and Information Security Policies.
2. Participate in the Council’s IIP, appraisal and training initiatives, information governance initiatives and information management best practice.
3. To comply with responsibilities laid out in the Council’s health and safety policy and take an active role in promoting a positive health and safety culture.
4. To promote and adhere to the Council’ Values and Ambition Plan 2020
5. To comply with the structures, systems and policies necessary to support effective service delivery.
6. To implement appropriate service plans prepared by senior management.
7. To promote the Council’s approach to diversity.
Service Specific Duties/ Accountabilities
1. . Work proactively and positively with the SM Valuation and Estate Management to ensure the successful working of Estate Management and Valuation services
2. Undertake tasks to ensure the efficient management of the Council’s property portfolio including lease renewals, rent reviews and the letting of vacant property to include shops, industrial units, offices etc.
3. Assist with monitoring and resolution of rental arrears.
4. Prepare evidence for Public Enquiries, Arbitration, and Court Cases and attend the same as necessary
5. Undertake asset valuations of all types of assets within the Council’s General Fund and HRA portfolios in accordance with the RICS – Professional Standards and International Financial Reporting Standards and the CIPFA Code.
6. Identify and advise on opportunities for service provisions, development and urban regeneration.
7. Acquisition of property for service provision or development by private treaty or CPO including negotiation the settlement of compensation claims, and if required preparing evidence for Lands Tribunal Cases.
8. Provide commercial property investment and valuation input into any property and service reviews to maximise the potential of Council assets.
9. Prepare Cabinet Reports, Portfolio Holder Reports, Briefing Reports and other technical documents.
10. Advising on rating issues including preparing and conducting appeals against assessment of Council property.
11. Prepare capital and revenue estimates for acquisition, disposal and leasing of all types of Council owned and purchased property.
12. Commission external consultants to provide expert technical input into aspects of projects and to manage the effective delivery of this input.
13. Contribute to the achievement of Corporate Estate in terms of service delivery, financial performance, objectives and targets.
14. Ensure that the asset register is promptly updated with any changes to the portfolio.
15. To attend meetings with Senior Offices on property issues.
16. Develop and maintain effective governance and performance frameworks to clarify accountabilities, expectations and ensure that effective monitoring, reporting and challenge mechanisms are in place.
17. Contribute to the achievement of all relevant National, Regional, Corporate and Divisional performance objectives and targets in Property Services.
18. Ensure compliance with the responsibilities as laid out in the Council’s Equal Opportunity Policy and take an active role in promoting and enabling equality of opportunity, promoting the diverse needs and aspirations of Harrow’s community, ensuring equality and diversity is mainstreamed in all Divisional/Directorate activities.
19. Ensure compliance with the Council’s information security policies and maintain confidentiality.
20. To contribute to the development of innovative strategies and working practises to deliver best value by maximising property asset value and income or capital receipt whilst minimising liabilities.
21. Any other duties commensurate with the general level of responsibility of the post.
5. SELECTION CRITERIA
Note for applicants – The selection criteria specifies the knowledge, experience, skills, abilities, qualifications and training required to perform the duties of the post for which you are applying.
1 a. Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the relevant legislation for property matters.
2 b. Knowledge and comprehensive understanding of the key issues that effect local government, including equalities issues relevant to the service provided by the team.
2 c. Working knowledge of relevant Health, Safety and Welfare Legislation and approved Code of Practices
1 d. Working knowledge of Performance and Quality Management processes
Method of Assessment
1 e. Substantial experience in Property Valuation or Asset Management field
1 f. Experience of commercial property management, acquisitions and disposals.
1 g. Evidence of ongoing personal and professional development and commitment to continuous improvement
1 h. Experience of providing and developing services in partnership with other organisations/suppliers.
1 i. Ability to work on own initiative.
Education, Qualifications and Training
Method of Assessment
1 j. Full Member or Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors –General Practice and Valuation
2 k. To be a Registered Valuer or to have the ability to become Registered
1 l. Ability to manage and undertake own workload with minimum supervision
2 m. Current driving licence for use in the UK
Skills and Abilities Method of Assessment
1 n. High level of writing skills, numeric ability and IT literacy
1 o. Excellent communication with wide range of people at different levels and in various situations
Other Essential Factors
Method of Assessment
2 p. Must have a clear understanding of the diverse nature of Harrow’s communities and the implications for this service
1 q. High standard of personal presentation
Must be a Full member or Fellowship of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors- General Practice and Valuation