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Raby - County Durham - Land Agent

Job Added: 23 October 2019

To apply:

Main Contact:
Katrina Appleyard

Email:
katrina.appleyard@raby.co.uk

Tel:
01833 660888

Company:
Raby

Location:
County Durham

Job description:

This is an exciting and newly created position for an enthusiastic RICS rural qualified and experienced Land Agent. Raby is an extensive landed estate with diversified interests in Co Durham and Shropshire. The Co Durham estates comprise an upland estate in Upper Teesdale and a lowland estate around Raby Castle near Staindrop. The portfolio includes let agricultural property, a large number of residential properties, sporting interests and numerous property development opportunities which are yet to be realised.

As Land Agent for the Co Durham estates you will be expected to provide comprehensive property management service and support the delivery of property development and other business activity on the Estate. It will not be a requirement to live on the Estate but a house could be made available if required.

The successful candidate will report directly to the CEO and will be a key member of the senior management team at Raby.

We are looking for someone who enjoys working in a stimulating and fast-moving environment, who can operate alone or together as a part of a team and is able to work collaboratively with external stakeholders. He or she should be RICS qualified.

Salary and benefits package to match experience and qualifications.

To apply for this role, please send a cover letter and CV, or for further information, please contact Katrina Appleyard; e:mail katrina.appleyard@raby.co.uk  or telephone on 01833 660888 to discuss in more detail. All applications will be treated in the strictest confidence.

INTRODUCTION:

The Raby Estate comprises landholdings and trading operations that are owned by Lord Barnard and his family. Raby Estate business operations include in-house farms, let farms and residential property, visitor attractions and sporting enterprises across 3 estates in Co Durham and Shropshire.

The Raby (Co Durham) estates comprise Upper Teesdale Estate (35,000 acres or thereabouts) and the Raby Estate (20,000 acres or thereabouts) around Raby Castle near Staindrop. The Durham estates hold 136 let farms and 265 residential properties. There is also an extensive area of moorland in Upper Teesdale which is managed for grouse shooting. A driven pheasant shoot around Raby Castle is also managed in hand.

Raby Estates has recently rolled out a comprehensive 5 year business plan which places greater emphasis on property development, leisure and tourism activity and climate change/environmental initiatives. More resources are also to be directed towards safeguarding core estate property, heritage assets and collections.

This is a new and exciting role created due to the realignment of all property interests at Raby under Lord Barnard following death of his father in 2016. The person appointed will be a key member of the senior management team at Raby.

THE ROLE

Main Objective:

  • To provide comprehensive property management service on the Raby (Co Durham) Estates.
  • To identify and support delivery of property development and other business activity on the Estate.
  • To lead and line manage a small estate management team based in the Raby Estate Office in Staindrop.

Job Requirements:

  • Flexible approach to duties undertaken
  • Ability to work within a team or on own initiative as required
  • Effective communication and organisational skills
  • Honesty and a high level of integrity
  • Enthusiasm and capacity for hard work
  • Attention to detail
  • Systematic and cheerful approach with a ‘can do’ attitude

Reports to:                            Chief Executive

Salary and benefits:             A competitive remuneration package will be offered.

Key Responsibilities:                      

Property Portfolio

Principle responsibilities:

  • Management of all let residential, commercial & agricultural property interests on the Upper Teesdale and Raby Estates in Co Durham.
  • Identifying and assisting in the delivery of property development opportunities
  • All wayleaves, easements, conveyances & compensation claims
  • Letting of vacant properties
  • Lease and licence renewals
  • Rent reviews and collection of arrears
  • Enforcement of tenancy clauses etc.
  • Compliance with Tenant Deposit Scheme
  • Preparing planning permissions and planning compliance.
  • Maintaining property management database, mapping and other estate management digital and hard copy records.
  • Managing disposals and/or acquisitions of property

Agricultural and Environmental

Principle responsibilities:

  • Ensure compliance with national & regional environmental designations
  • Ensure compliance with habitat regulations and waste management regulations
  • Supervision and management of Upper Teesdale fell graziers agreements.
  • Management of existing stewardship/environmental agreements and identifying opportunities for new schemes.
  • Renew annual grazing licences or short term farm business tenancies.
  • Instruct and supervise conservation work where appropriate.

Sporting

Principle responsibilities:

  • Supervision of in hand sporting operation and game keeping staff including deer management in Raby Park.
  • Management of let shooting agreements
  • Renew fishing, shooting & stalking agreements

Financial

Principle responsibilities:

  • Agreeing annual budgets for all relevant departments
  • Ensuring close financial control of all budgets and capital projects

Agreeing capital expenditure budgets with CEO/Financial Controller

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