At the National Trust, we love places. We look after more land than any other private landowner. With over 255,000 hectares of countryside and tens of thousands of buildings, our estate is large and complex, incorporating agricultural holdings, residential property and commercial premises. We take care of some of the nation's most treasured landscapes and protecting their health, beauty and value is at the core of our ten-year strategy. As a Senior Rural Surveyor/Estate Manager, you'll be a leader in delivering the modern, progressive land management approach we need to do this.
An experienced Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor, you'll be working on our iconic southern Cornish coastal properties from Whitsand Bay in the east to the Helford River in the west including Trelissick, Trerice, Glendurgan, Godrevy, Chapel Porth, Lansallos, The Roseland, St. Anthony Head and Battery, The Gribben, Nare Head and the Dodman.
Your key role as Estate Manager will be to manage the diverse let estate at both properties and offer our General Managers and Consultancy colleagues technical advice and support on all land management matters. Land and the rural landscape is a rising central focus within the National Trust and your colleagues will look to you for up-to-the-minute advice and guidance.
What it's like to work here
You'll be a key part of the National Trust Consultancy based at our Bodmin Hub. The Consultancy is home to specialists in every field of our work and the diversity and quality of expertise within it enables our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as expertise in all matters relating to our twin charitable aims of caring for the nation's heritage and landscapes and making these accessible to all.
The management of our tenancies and assets, together with the relationships we have with our tenants, underpins our national GBP40m+ annual rental income and is absolutely essential to the delivery of our conservation work. We've recently redefined our strategy and made some revolutionary changes to significantly improve how we do things in Estate Management. If you join our team, you'll build on these strong foundations and take on unique, interesting estate management work and associated projects that will shape the future of the UK's biggest private landowner and the properties it owns and protects.
What you'll be doing
The Heart of Cornwall and Mid & SE Cornwall portfolios extend across more than 3200 Hectares of Mid Cornwall and include a significant agricultural, residential and commercial let estate. With responsibility for this let estate and with a significant input into the in-hand areas of the estate, you will help develop and finance our strategy for Land, Outdoors and Nature working closely with property and consultancy staff to make a real difference to the long-term wellbeing of our land and the commercial and environmental success of the Trust's cause. It's a big, demanding job with substantial rental budgets to deal with and a huge number of assets to manage. You'll have support to help you with this, working with an Assistant Rural Surveyor, Estate Management Officer and Building Surveyors, along with our property leadership teams, countryside specialists, tenants and other consultants to deliver the visionary management approach these estates deserve. You will also line manage the team's Estate Management Officer and be involved in the supervising and mentoring of graduates going through our APC programme.
Who we're looking for
As an experienced Senior Rural Surveyor you'll be adaptable, and confident to turn your hand to all areas of estate management. In this role, you'll need to be a qualified member of the RICS and able to demonstrate the following;
- Excellent negotiation skills with the ability to adapt your negotiating style depending on the situation
- A high level of financial acumen and strong experience of managing large budgets
- Impressive relationship and staff management skills and the ability to engage with a variety of audiences
- How to develop new opportunities to take forward our Land, Outdoors and Nature agenda, including new ways of managing land that provide greater public benefits
- The ability to analyse data, using internal and external research, to recognise trends and understand strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats on and to the estate
- Strong project management skills, including experience of managing large projects
- How to lead and deliver the Let Estate plan
- The ability to foster a strong relationship with tenants and stakeholders
- Significant experience in evaluation, interpretation and preparation of budgets, business cases and estate management plans
- A track record of contributing to multi-disciplinary teams
- Experience of identifying funding opportunities and ways to improve value for money
- Understanding or experience of conservation land management
- A full understanding of the National Trust's ethos and conservation aims for the future