Chester Zoo is a team of passionate, talented, enthusiastic and expert people, doing everything they can to keep the zoo going, from feeding the animals to discovering new conservation ideas and giving our 1.9 million visitors an inspirational day out. Chester Zoo now has an exciting vacancy for a Building Surveyor to join our Capital Development team.

As the property building surveyor, you will undertake a project lead and management role on small works projects, help the Project Managers with elements of work/duties on certain projects and undertake a Clerk of Works role on major projects. You will also give right budget and detailed cost estimates to inform proposed strategic development projects and develop a costing database using historical data, which can be used to simplify the budget setting and cost estimating of capital projects.

Surveying and Property Building Surveyor Role

– To take the lead on the right design, costing, procurement and development of small works projects related to Chester Zoo
– To prepare schedules and estimates for works
– To prepare budget estimates and cost plans (ranging from order of costs to pre-tender estimate) to inform the Zoo’s decision making process
– To project manage projects from start to handover, including the implementations of the Capital Development Directorate rules of stakeholder engagement, change control and handover
– To be responsible for the appointment and management of external contractors and consultants, to make sure of delivery requirements are achieved

– To complete relevant KPI’s regarding the performance of consultants and contractors
– To undertake building and measured surveys
– To produce design works using AutoCAD to enable the delivery of small projects from start to handover without the need to engage external resources
– To make sure all contracts/appointments are procured by the Zoo’s financial regulations and ways as well as meeting other relevant legislation, regulations and codes of practice in relation to buildings and services

Surveying and Property Building Surveyor Qualifications

– A degree in a relevant technical discipline or an equal qualification/experience
– Significant experience working in a project management role
– Proven experience of managing small building and estate projects from start to completion
– Extensive knowledge of building design and specification across a broad spectrum of building types
– Proven experience of preparing budget estimates for annual programmes of works and preparation of detailed Bills of Quantities
– A working knowledge of building technology in respect of construction and maintenance

– Experience of working in a collaborative and diplomatic way with a broad range of stakeholder groups
– Knowledge of health and safety risk management
– A thorough knowledge of planning law building regulations and other appropriate legislation
– Knowledge and understanding of construction design management regulations
– Practical experience in specification writing and using NBS standard software
– Experience in the use of AutoCAD 2014, or a later version, particularly for design and detailing

How to apply: To apply for the job please visit the application website where. You will then be required to provide your current CV and complete the application form highlighting your skills and experience including why you believe you should be considered for this Building Surveyor role.