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National Trust - Tisbury - Senior Estate Manager

Job Added: 10 November 2017

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National Trust

£45,020 pa


Job description:

Permanent f/t (37.5 hrs pw)
Ref: IRC57646  

At the National Trust, we love places. We look after more land than any other private landowner. With over 254,000 hectares of countryside and tens of thousands of buildings, our estate is large and complex, incorporating agricultural holdings, residential property and commercial premises. We take care of some of the nation’s most treasured landscapes and protecting their health, beauty and value is at the core of our ten-year strategy. As a Senior Estate Manager, you’ll be a leader in delivering the modern, progressive land management approach we need to do this.

You’ll be working on our Purbeck and Brownsea Island properties which include some of our most iconic and popular locations with everything from coastlines and clifftops, to heathland and wildlife rich grassland. Your key role as Senior Estate Manager will be to offer our General Managers and Consultancy colleagues technical advice and support and to manage the let portfolio at both properties. As well as this, you will directly line manage a team who will help you co-ordinate essential repairs & investment plans, manage lettings & identify new opportunities; and help you tackle the big national issues like countryside regeneration, eco-system services & the future of farming. Land and the rural landscape is a rising central focus within the National Trust and your colleagues will look to you for up-to-the-minute advice and guidance.

What it's like to work here
You’ll be a key part of the National Trust Consultancy based at our Tisbury Hub in Wiltshire but regularly working at the Purbeck and Brownsea Estate Offices. The Consultancy is home to specialists in every field of our work and the diversity and quality of expertise within it enables our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as expertise in all matters relating to our twin purposes of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes, and making these accessible to all.

The management of our tenancies and assets, together with the relationship with our tenants, underpins our national £40m+ annual rental income and is absolutely essential to the delivery of our conservation work. We’ve recently redefined our strategy and made some revolutionary changes to significantly improve how we do things in Estate Management. If you join our team, you’ll build on these strong foundations and take on unique, interesting estate management work and associated projects that will shape the future of the National Trust and the properties it owns and protects.

What you'll be doing
Acting as an internal consultant to the client properties, you’ll help manage our spaces and places and contribute towards your client’s conservation aims and business objectives. In the morning you could be helping a tenant farmer discover new value from a more sustainable approach to their business. By the afternoon you might be part of a team of specialists mapping out ways we’ll make our landscapes more resilient to change. Or you could be working with consultants on a major maintenance or renovation project for an historic estate building. Whatever you do, you’ll be doing it alongside amazing people who share your passion for the stunning places looked after by the UK’s biggest private landowner.

The Purbeck and Brownsea portfolio extends across more than 6000 acres of south east Dorset and includes a significant agricultural, residential and commercial let estate. With responsibility for this let estate and the team that manage it, you will develop the Estate Management Plan working closely with property and consultancy staff and make a real difference to the long-term wellbeing of our land and the commercial and environmental success of the Trust’s cause. It’s a big, demanding job with substantial rental budgets to deal with and a huge number of assets to manage. You’ll have the technical support to make sure you spend less time crunching numbers in the office and more time out on the estate, working with a Rural Surveyor, Assistant Rural Surveyor and Building Surveyors along with our property leadership teams, countryside specialists, tenants and consultants to deliver the visionary management approach this estate deserves.

You’ll have lots of opportunities to develop our approach and inspire others to do the same. You’ll make a real difference to the long-term commercial success as well as the Trust’s cause: looking after special places for ever, for everyone.

Who we're looking for
As an experienced Senior Estate Manager you’ll be adaptable, and confident to turn your hand to all areas of estate management. In this role, you’ll need to be able to demonstrate:

•Excellent negotiation skills, the ability to adapt your negotiating style depending on the situation
•High level of financial acumen and strong experience of managing large budgets
•Impressive relationship management skills, managing staff, and the ability to engage with a variety of audiences
•An innovative approach to estate management, and the ability to spot opportunities or creative solutions
•How to lead and develop an Estate Management Plan and develop new opportunities to take forward our Land, Outdoors and Nature agenda including new ways of managing land and provide greater public benefits
•The ability to analyse data, using internal and external research, to recognise trends and understand strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats on the estate
•A collaborative approach to working with internal teams to manage your estate plan
•Strong project management skills, including experience of managing a large projects
•How to lead and deliver the Let Estate plan
•The ability to foster a strong relationship with tenants and stakeholders, providing a professional business partnering

We’d also like you to identify where you have: •Significant experience in evaluation, interpretation and preparation of budgets, business cases and estate management plans
•Experience of identifying funding opportunities and ways to improve value for money
•Understanding or experience of conservation land management
•A full understanding of the National Trust’s ethos and conservation aims for the future

The package
Looking after you

•Health cash plan – from as little as £2.81 per month for you and your dependents
•Pension contribution match up to 10%
•EAP and proactive Health and Wellbeing
•Discounted gym membership

Looking after your career
•Grow your career through professional training courses across the Trust
•Develop your skills with an internal secondment
•Pay review linked to values and behaviours, commitment to progression
•Income protection due to illness

Unique to Us
•Work in some of the most beautiful, iconic and unique locations in the UK
•Free entry to NT properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
•20% off in our retail and catering outlets
•Discount up to 35% off a National Trust holiday cottage booking

Closing Date: 21 November 2017

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