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Estates Advisor

Swindon, Wiltshire
£39,748 - £44,166 per annum (dependent on qualifications and experience)
Closing date
6 Feb 2022

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Specialist area
Building services (general)
Project Management
Contract Type
Full Time
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Estates Advisor

£39,748 - £44,166 per annum (dependent on qualifications and experience)

Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), part of UKRI


Polaris House, Swindon. Hybrid home working available, so location can be flexible with travel to Swindon approximately 2 days per month.


This is a unique and exciting opportunity to help us deliver sustainability initiatives across our science estate and provide oversight and assurance for our estate functions. You will be responsible for developing our asset management systems and have a key role supporting estates operations, providing technical and assurance advice, including guidance for construction and engineering projects. As part of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) Estates Team, you will be involved in a diverse range of projects to support the specialist science portfolio which includes laboratories, observatories, offices, and large-scale infrastructure. including research campuses geographically spread across the UK.


The Natural Environment Research Council (NERC) delivers and funds research, innovation, in the environmental sciences, to advance knowledge of planet earth as a complex, interacting system covering the full range of atmospheric, earth, biological, terrestrial, and aquatic sciences.  This is delivered through four research centres; the British Antarctic Survey (BAS); the British Geological Survey (BGS); the UK Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (UKCEH) and the National Oceanography Centre (NOC).

Key Responsibilities:

The key responsibilities and tasks you will undertake are outlined in the job description and cover Estate Management, Risk/Assurance & Compliance, Contract & Project Assurance.

Qualifications and Experience:


  • HNC/HND in an estate, building or engineering qualification
  • Professional membership of a relevant body such as IWFM, CIBSE, APM or similar professional body.

Skills & Abilities:


  • Excellent communication and negotiation skills and ability to work closely with colleagues and stakeholders to build strong relationships and support initiatives to deliver strategic objectives.
  • Ability to deal with concurrent tasks and to prioritise and deal with difficult situations, responding flexibly, whilst while meeting demanding deadlines.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills in representing the Natural Environment Research Council when communicating and dealing with both internal and external stakeholders in providing technical advice and assurance and commitment to the professional ethos.
  • Detailed knowledge of Microsoft Office applications and ability to use IT systems for the management of property estates.
  • Experience of property condition surveys and estates asset management tools to support a range of estate functions.
  • Knowledge and commitment to health and safety Code of Practice and associated legal requirements. Ensuring compliance and the highest standards in respect of all estates related statutory legislation, standards, and guidelines including COSHH, Pressure Systems, Refrigerant Controls, Legionella, Asbestos, BREEAM.
  • Experience and ability to write clear and concise reports, technical specifications, and production of tender documentation.  Develop budget costing and prepare business cases based on sound financial forecasts.
  • Experience of working across a mixture of property types including offices, laboratories, warehouses, and a broad knowledge of the associated building mechanical and electrical systems.
  • Experience of construction project management, delivering projects using the NEC contracts and PRINCE2.
  • Working knowledge of CDM Regulations 2015 and an understanding of BIM and GSL.
  • Willingness to regularly travel throughout the UK, with overnight stays

Choosing to come to work at UKRI means that you will have access to a whole host of benefits including a flexible working scheme, a Career Average Revalued Earnings pension scheme, 30 days annual leave allowance, access to employee shopping/travel discounts and salary sacrifice cycle to work scheme.

Applications are handled by UK Shared Business Services, to see more details and to apply please visit our job board. Please include a covering letter outlining how you fit the role criteria.

The closing date for applications is 6th February 2022 and interviews will the 18th February 2022. 

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