Job profile – Building Surveyor

by The Gateshead Housing Company & filed under About us - find a job.

Grade J

  • Location: Gateshead, Shearlegs Road
  • Service: Property and Assets
  • Grade: J (SCP 37-40)
  • Car user status: Casual

Job purpose

To provide building surveying services within tenanted and leasehold properties.

The key roles of this post will include:

  1. Carrying out inspections (potentially working at heights), investigations and surveys to diagnose and remedy building defects in relation to high rise fire safety.
  2. To evaluate proposals from manufacturers and subcontractors to remedy building defects.
  3. To prepare estimates for planned works including budget and life-cycle costs.
  4. To ensure that any warranties, certification, accreditation and registration for any aspects of the work is achieved, recorded and controlled.
  5. To produce reports, develop specifications and suitable scope of works packages following analysis of repairs data, asset data, H&S risk assessments or survey data.
  6. Produce full working drawings using AutoCAD.
  7. To undertake research and development into maintenance solutions and the promotion of these.
  8. To procure in accordance with The Gateshead Housing Company’s contract procedural rules and construction protocol.
  9. To assist the Contract Administrator in the preparation of tender documentation.
  10. To undertake inspection of works in progress and completed works to ensure these have been completed to a satisfactory standard and in accordance with manufacturer’s instructions.
  11. To liaise with interested stakeholders and contractors to ensure compliance with Health, Safety and CDM legislation and any other statutory contractual obligations such as planning or building control consent etc.
  12. To fulfil the role of Principal Designer.
  13. To work with members of the public. Effectively negotiate and adopt a problem-solving approach with all interested stakeholders and partners to ensure that building assets are improved and refurbished to a high standard.
  14. To demonstrate a positive, diverse and inclusive attitude to both internal and external customers and colleagues.
  15. Such other responsibilities allocated which are appropriate to the grade of the post.




  • Delivering building surveying services
  • Defect diagnosis
  • Preparing detailed plans and schedules of works
  • Preparing specifications
  • Construction Design and Management Regulations 2015
  • Procurement
  • Contractor engagement and management
  • Surveying and developing works for fire safety refurbishment contracts
  • Fulfilling role of Principal Designer and discharging of duties


  • Qualified to degree level in Building Surveying
  • CSCS card or equivalent safety qualification
  • Driving licence

Skills and knowledge:

  • Excellent verbal and written communication and customer care skills with the ability to direct and influence operatives on site
  • IT skills with working knowledge of Microsoft Office and competent in the use of AutoCAD
  • Understanding of equality and diversity legislation
  • Providing excellent customer service
  • Working within occupied homes/buildings
  • A sound knowledge of current Fire Safety Regulations and Technical Guidance
  • To be able to demonstrate an understanding of what equality and diversity means in the workplace


Experience of:

  • Previous managerial experience within construction
  • Delivering and managing in a changing environment
  • Surveying and developing works within High Rise occupied housing blocks
  • Experience of undertaking and producing Fire Risk Assessments


  • Qualified to degree level in Building Surveying
  • Relevant professional qualification

Skills and knowledge:

  • Microsoft Project skills
  • Working with a diverse range of customers

Competencies relating to this post

Deciding and initiating action
Takes responsibility for actions, projects and people; takes initiative and works under own direction; initiates and generates activity and introduces changes into work processes; makes quick, clear decisions which may include tough choices or considered risks.

Working with people
Shows respect for the views and contributions of other team members; shows empathy; listens, supports and cares for others; consults others and shares information and expertise with them; builds team spirit and reconciles conflict; adapts to the team and fits in well.

Relating and networking
Easily establishes good relationships with customers and staff; relates well to people at all levels; builds wide and effective networks of contacts; uses humour appropriately to bring warmth to relationships with others.

Persuading and influencing
Gains clear agreement and commitment from others by persuading, convincing and negotiating; makes effective use of political processes to influence and persuade others; promotes ideas on behalf of oneself or others; makes a strong personal impact on others; takes care to manage one’s impression on others.

Writing and reporting
Writes convincingly; writes clearly, succinctly and correctly; avoids the unnecessary use of jargon or complicated language; writes in a well structured and logical way; structures information to meet the needs and understanding of the intended audience.

Applying expertise and technology
Applies specialist and detailed technical expertise; uses technology to achieve work objectives; develops job knowledge and expertise (theoretical and practical) through continual professional development; demonstrates an understanding of different organisational departments and functions.

Planning and organising
Sets clearly defined objectives; plans activities and projects well in advance and takes account of possible changing circumstances; identifies and organises resources needed to accomplish tasks; manages time effectively; monitors performance against deadlines and milestones.