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Post number 000149 
Location Stevenage
Hours per week 37 hours per week
Salary Starting from £34,728 to £37,890 (pro rata for hours worked)
Full / Part time Full-time 
Contract Permanent
Closing date 2 May 2021 
Interview dates Week commencing 17 May 2021 

Stevenage - A New Era

The scale of ambition across Britain’s First New Town is unprecedented. A major £billion town centre regeneration programme is currently underway along with a £45 million refurbishment of council homes. At the same time there is significant investment across the town’s neighbourhoods to make lives better. All of this is being driven by a council with a co-operative commitment to working with its communities and driving a modern and agile approach to its work.

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a profound effect on Stevenage, as it has across towns and cities across the UK. As the town embarks on its recovery plan it does so attempting to ensure that no-one is left behind. The council has recently agreed an Inclusive Economy Charter and has also announced an Equalities Commission. The aim of both of these is to tackle issues of social exclusion and to ensure opportunities are created for everyone across the town. The local voluntary sector has also come together to work to secure resources to tackle the challenges ahead.

The next 12 months will be critical to the town’s recovery.

About the role

An excellent opportunity has arisen to join a professional Architectural and Building Surveying team delivering high quality design, construction and repair solutions across a diverse property portfolio. This will require a dynamic and flexible approach when delivering the required core Building Surveying and Project Management service and skills in a rapidly changing environment.

This is an exciting and challenging position supporting the day to day operational management of the non-housing commercial estate and corporate properties, including leisure buildings, community premises, play centres, park pavilions and other public buildings, and also office, retail and residential garages. This will be achieved through the delivery of a diverse range of alterations, refurbishments, planned and reactive repairs, ensuring that building assets are compliant, and all assets are maintained and in a good state of repair and fit for purpose.

Excellent communication and liaising with stakeholders including council tenants, internal business unit clients, contractors, consultants and external organisations through all stages of the project is essential, ensuring that a quality service is achieved and maintained.

You will be required to undertake general Building Surveying duties that will also include preparing reports, condition surveys, providing technical advice, applying excellent defect diagnostic skills and implementing cost effective reactive and planned repair and improvement solutions. An in-depth knowledge of building technology, and the ability to think creatively to resolve design and property related problems is also essential.

You will be responsible for the delivery and project management of works from inception to completion, this will include taking instructions, interpreting the brief and preparing drawings and specifications necessary for quotation and tendering purposes, site inspections and contract administration all ensuring successful delivery of the works within budget and to programme.

You will also be required to use quality control techniques, document management systems and follow procedures to ensure effective project management on a range of services. This shall also include procurement and coordination through the design and construction phases of the project all ensuring the successful completion of the works / projects and that the quality and project objectives are achieved.

Our benefits

We offer a range of benefits to support our staff including:

  • Pension Scheme: we offer a career average pension scheme, providing generous benefits upon retirement, as well as a lump sum and pension for dependants
  • Flexible working: available upon request, subject to operational requirements.
  • Part time and Job share: all our full time vacancies are open to job share unless otherwise stated.
  • A variety of different types of paid and unpaid leave covering emergency and planned leave, maternity, paternity, adoption and parental leave.
  • 24 days holiday rising to 30 days (depending on Local Government service)
  • An extensive range of learning and development opportunities
  • Confidential advice and support on personal, work, family and relationship issues, 24/7, from our Employee Assistance Programme
  • Season ticket loans and discounts for public transport
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Stevenage Credit Union: secure savings, free life insurance and access to cheap loans.
  • Employee Discounts: via monthly paid membership of the Civil Service Sports Council (CSSC)
  • Discounted Health and Fitness membership at Stevenage Leisure Ltd (SLL)
  • Trade Unions: for a small fee, all employees have the opportunity to join a Trade Union.

Our values

We care passionately about our town and are committed to making a real difference now and into the future.

Our approach is driven by Our Values. These guide and inform everything we do; delivering our services, making Stevenage a great place to live, working with our partners, and ensuring SBC is an inspiring place for our staff to work.

Application Form, Job Description and Person Specification

We are unable to accept CV’s. Please quote the correct reference no. when applying 000149.

Download the Job Description and Person Specification.

Please also read the guidance notes on completing the application form before proceeding with your application.

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For an informal discussion about this role, please contact Andrew Sowden on 01438 242839.

Please note that vacancies may close prior to the advertised closing date in certain circumstances. Please ensure that you make your application as soon as possible.

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We look forward to receiving your application.


Stevenage Borough Council is committed to Equal Opportunities for all.

Stevenage Borough Council (SBC) is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and vulnerable adults and expects all staff, volunteers and recruitment candidates to share this commitment. SBC shall take all reasonable steps to employ staff who are safe to work with children, young people and vulnerable adults. For posts identified with regular contact with these groups applicants will be required to undertake a Value Based Interview. The council supports the legislative requirements for employing and maintaining safer staff and the guidance specified by Hertfordshire Safeguarding Adults Board.

Happy to talk flexible working

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Stevenage Borough Council

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