Other Responsibilities: 1. To provide property advice as necessary, with the engagement of lawyers, planning consultants, valuers and other experts as appropriate; 2. To be responsible for the planning and management of parks holdings and the accommodation of staff across all sites; 3. To protect the Parks from adverse external development through the planning process; 4. To lead on issues relating to business rates; 5. To ensure all properties have a valid EPC to maintain valuable rental income; 6. To deliver annual asset valuations (and validate the annual insurance schedule) for accounting purposes; 7. To be responsible for the estates licensing database; 8. To be committed to health and safety within our built environment and ensure familiarity with all of the Parks’ overall health and safety policies and procedures (led by the Parks’ Directorate); 9. To co-ordinate and lead on planning responses relating to applications potentially effecting The Royal Parks. 10. Direct line management responsibilities for a number of staff.
Competencies/Selection Criteria Qualifications/Experience/Knowledge • Degree level education or equivalent through relevant training/ experience. • Either fully Qualified Chartered Surveyor (MRICS or FRICS) or working towards it. • Management experience gained in a similar Estates Management environment and management of multi-disciplinary teams of professionals including but not limited to architects, surveyors and liaison with solicitors. • Management experience of increasing income from an estate, preferably within a historic environment but not essential. • Planning experience or knowledge of the planning process and an appreciation of planning policy. • A proven record of team leadership, completing agreements within tight deadlines, highly developed negotiation and customer-facing skills. • Experienced in negotiating a range of agreements including but not limited to agreements for leases, leases, lease renewals, licences for alterations, easements, occupation licences, access licences, encroachment licences, works and retention licences. • Working knowledge and understanding of Landlord and Tenant legislation; valuation (residential and commercial property); business rates and the process of challenging rateable values; compulsory purchase legislation and the Minimum Energy Efficiency Standards (MEES). • Understanding and appreciation of The Royal Parks’ wider role and responsibility in the community, adjoining owners and stakeholders. • Personal Qualities • Proven ability to negotiate at the highest level and build relationships and a rapport with a wide range of stakeholders. • Proven ability to lead and develop a team. • An enthusiastic individual, with a passion for the Parks, is visible to staff and stakeholders, and leads by example.
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