Vacancy Title
Associate - Senior Development Surveyor
Business Unit, Department & Location
S & D Consultancy
Overall Purpose of Job

This position is within the Development Consultancy team within the Planning, Development and Regeneration business unit.   The team provides development consulting and agency related advice in connection with a wide range of development projects across, primarily the residential and mixed use sites. Projects are frequently large and complex in their nature, and invariably require cross-team support including working with GVA’s Real Estate Finance, Regeneration and Spatial Planning, Compulsory Purchase and Planning teams, as well as GVA’s wider agency and advisory teams.    The vast majority of the team’s clients are public sector, principally local government or government agencies, although an increasing share of work is sourced from private sector clients looking to undertake development projects in partnership with the public sector.   The team is widely considered in the market as being one of the top strategic development advisors for major development projects.    The role requires a qualified surveyor with experience of development appraisal, development advisory, legal agreements, EU compliant partner procurement, acquisition and disposal work.   Working as part of this highly regarded team, you will principally take responsibility supporting the Directors to deliver projects by:   Undertaking development and financial appraisals of mixed-tenure and mixed-use development sites; Working with financial analysts, helping to structure and providing inputs into financial models; Assisting in providing strategic advice on different forms of delivery structures including development agreements and joint ventures; Assisting with and managing OJEU partner procurement processes on major residential-led mixed-use projects; Advising Local Authorities, developers and landowners on affordable housing and S106 viability issues; Preparing formal reports and valuations endorsing the terms of sale/purchase; Liaison with Local Authorities, developers and private landowners; Building strong and trusted client relationships; Assisting the Directors with winning new business; and Co-ordinating sub-consultants in the provision of technical survey and consultancy advice to support residential-led mixed-use projects.   The role offers an exciting breadth of advisory work and frequently involves drawing together and coordinating advice from other business units across the Firm as necessary.

Main Duties, Responsibilities & Accountabilities

This individual will assist the team, including Directors, in advising public and private clients on how to achieve their aims, whilst at the same time ensuring that their strategy moves forward in both a realistic and responsible manner. They will be involved in delivering often high-profile, major mixed-use development projects from conception through to delivery.   Main duties and responsibilities will include:   Reporting into Directors within the Development team on a project-by-project basis; Helping manage graduate and newly qualified surveyors to deliver against specific project and client objectives; Assist with mentoring junior staff including helping guide career development; Cross-selling GVA’s range of consultancy and agency services to clients; Identifying and sourcing/securing new business; As part of the wider team, contributing to the delivery of large-scale regeneration and mixed-use development projects; Promoting our activities and experience within the GVA business; Working closely with GVA’s Real Estate Finance team on instructions requiring bespoke financial modelling and/or finance structuring ; Constructing and interpreting complex development appraisals; and Preparing formal reports and valuations endorsing the terms of sale/purchase/development.

Desired Knowledge, Skills & Experience

The successful candidate will be a Chartered Surveyor with at least 3 to 4 years post-qualified experience.
They must possess and/or be able to demonstrate:          
Personal drive and ambition;        
Good written and verbal communication skills;        
Good presentation skills;     
Numerate and analytical;       
Experience of residual appraisals and cashflows;    
Knowledge of affordable housing;      
Knowledge of development partner selection exercises including OJEU procurement;      
Strong influencing, persuading and negotiation skills; ·       
An eye for business development and client relationship management; and ·       
Ideally will be a RICS Registered Valuer.

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GVA is an equal opportunities employer