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Strutt & Parker - Rural Business Assistant, Perth/Inverness

Last update 20.05.2024

Role overview

The Rural team undertakes a wide range of estate, farm and property management and provides professional advice to private, commercial and institutional clients, working closely with colleagues in our estate agency, forestry, farming and commercial teams across the UK. 

Due to demand for services provided by our Rural Building Surveying team in Scotland, we are looking to grow the skill sets and capacity. The team works closely with Rural Building Surveying colleagues within the national business and with Commercial Building Surveying colleagues.

The role will focus on providing building surveying support in relation to a wide range of rural assets including new and upgraded agricultural buildings, residential farmhouses and cottages, small-scale commercial property, repairs to properties of historic significance and a wide range of rural infrastructure works such as bridges, roads, tracks and paths. 

Current priorities / projects include integration of renewable technology, adaptions to mitigate against climate change, provision of modern fit for purpose agricultural buildings, repurposing of traditional agricultural buildings, energy performance upgrades to residential property.

Key deliverables

• Assist in the progression of a range of building projects including compliance, repair, improvement and renewal.

• Assist in managing a portfolio of projects across Scotland, track and provide client updates.

• Growing technical support to support clients and members of the Land Management Team.

• Helping to ensure achievement of delegated key client deliverables.

• Adherence to internal and client process and compliance standards.

Responsibilities

• Understanding of Health & Safety practices on site and in project delivery.

• Performing a key supporting role within a busy high performing team on principal instructions.

• Helping to ensure value for money and an informed long-term specification for the client.

• A diligent and dependable approach to all professional work.

Key Skills
• Competent knowledge of project management processes

• Willing to assist with a diverse range of rural asset projects at any one time, overseeing day-to-day management liaising with contractors and other consultants as required.

• Have a knowledge of and assist with undertaking building condition surveys / assessments.

• Be comfortable working effectively with internal and external specialist advisors including architects, engineers, ecologists.

• Have knowledge and understanding of the theory in energy efficiency improvement and be comfortable to grow understanding and experience in delivering energy performance upgrades.

• Understanding of building conservation to provide advice sensitive to typical rural heritage.

• Ability to prioritise workloads and work to high standards under pressure.

• Good problem-solving.

• Ability to prepare concise reports and deliver quality PowerPoint presentations.

• Able to work with and manipulate spreadsheets / formulas.

• Analytical and quantitative skills.

• PC Literate - Microsoft Office Suite.

• Excellent communication skills capable of building and maintaining strong relationships with team members, other colleagues, clients and stakeholders.

• An entrepreneurial attitude with an aspiration to contribute to the growth and performance of the wider business. Seeking opportunities to leverage skill and expertise to develop new business for the Rural Building Surveying and wider teams within Scotland.

Desirables

• Relevant undergraduate/postgraduate degree or equivalent (minimum 2:1 BSc (Hons))

• Enrolled on or willing to enrol on RICS APC

• Experience of CAD / design software

• Practical on-site experience in a particular or multiple trades

We are proud to offer award-winning benefits to support and reward our employees:

  • Heath & Leisure: 25 days annual leave + public holidays (the option of purchasing up to 5 additional days via flex benefits), health screening, gym discounts, wellbeing support, volunteering opportunities, cycle to work scheme, eye care voucher, travel & retail discounts, travel insurance, concierge service, kids pass, open fairways golf card, great company culture and social events (including sports teams, charity events, art pass), perks at work 
  • Financial: Pension, company car allowance, life assurance at 8 x basic salary, group income protection, long term disability insurance,  interest free season ticket loan, bonus scheme - you will be eligible to participate in the Company’s Bonus Scheme, share incentive plan, financial and mortgage advice 

Strutt and Parker is committed to providing a work environment that fosters diversity, inclusion, and equal employment opportunity without regard to race, colour, gender, age, creed, sex, religion, national origin, disability (physical or mental), marital status, ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identity and gender expression, or any other legally protected status.

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