Head of Property

  • Job Reference: 00023538-1
  • Date Posted: 3 February 2020
  • Recruiter: Venn Group
  • Location: Cornwall
  • Salary: £475 to £575 Per Day
  • Sector: Housing
  • Job Type: Contract
  • Work Hours: Full Time
  • Contact: Venn Group
  • Email: vsingh@venngroup.com

Job Description

Location: South West of England

Duration: 3 - 6 months

Rate: £475-£575Umbrella DoE

IR35 Status: In Scope  


Venn Group is looking for an accomplished Head of Property to lead and manage the end-to-end aspects of the Council’s significant property portfolio circa. £1.9bn, from setting strategy and acquisitions, through the management and maintenance, to disposal and receipts.


Day to day duties include:

  • Develop the Corporate Landlord approach across the whole property estate including commercial properties, leisure centres, public toilets, council offices, schools, libraries, depots, social care premises, One Stop Shops, heritage buildings and monuments
  • Create and maintain a property strategy that considers all aspects of property end to end from acquisition right through to disposal
  • Develop a modern and fit for purpose Property and Asset Management service including the implementation and benefit realisation from the Asset Management system
  • Build a strong relationship with property experts and owners across the Public Sector to deliver the One Public Estate Programme objectives
  • Work closely with the Devolution team providing oversight and coordination and a more strategic view on Place Shaping
  • Ensure the routine acquisition, valuation of assets and disposal take place at best value for money
  • Manage the Business rates and Council tax arrangements in Council Property
  • Oversee all compliance and delivery aspects of estate management, across all operational, commercial and community groupings of Council properties, including all maintenance, planned and reactive, all business as usual management and SLA arrangements
  • Manage the undertaking of comprehensive risk assessments across the range of Estate activities
  • Lead on the creation of the Renewable Energy recharging and strategy development and then the monitoring of said strategy
  • Responsible for management of commercial property transactions across all property
  • Oversee Hard and Soft FM Contract Management for all property
  • Act as the first point of contact for all defect and compliance issues
  • Responsibly for property management of PFI arrangements
  • To ensure robust and relevant disaster recovery plans are in place for each Council property


    Successful candidates will have:

  • Relevant degree level qualification or equivalent, and evidence of continuous professional development, for example MRICS or MCIOB
  • Experience in the leadership of relevant functions at management level, within a local authority or other organisation of comparable scope and complexity
  • A proven record of successful change management, delivering new working policies and practices alongside cultural and structural change
  • Experience of successful budget management within tight financial limits in a complex organisation
  • Demonstrates an up to date knowledge and understanding of the law, government policy and best practice in relation to the functions within the portfolio
  • Experience of giving advice to and building relationships with senior management
  • Driver with access to own vehicle


If you feel you have the requisite and demonstrable experience of fulfilling similar level roles within local government and wish to apply for this position please call Vic Singh on the South West Housing Recruitment Team on 0117 930 8760 or email vsingh@venngroup.com