Building Surveyor/Project Manager

Vacancy posted: Monday, 12 September 2016

Salary: 38,896 - 47,801
Location: St Andrews

Closing date: 10 October 2016
Job ref. no.: 920011


The University of St Andrews was founded in 1413 and currently occupies 146 academic, administrative and residential buildings throughout the town, In addition, the University also owns playing fields, agricultural land and a former industrial site at Guardbridge.

The estate is extremely varied. Whilst many of the buildings enjoy listed status and are integral to the unique qualities and characteristics of St Andrews and North-East Fife, many more have been added over the years as the University has grown. The portfolio ranges from nationally important historical buildings through to state of the art teaching and research facilities.

The University is investing heavily to further develop and expand its estate in support of its medium and long-term objectives.  It will therefore to continue to play a leading role in preserving and enhancing the built environment as it reinforces its position as a World renowned centre of learning, research and sustainable development.


Estates is a key support unit providing a range of functional activities that will help the University achieve its corporate objectives. It is an integrated centre of excellence responsible for implementing decisions related to the buildings, fabric and infrastructure of the University. It provides specialist advice to the University on strategic estates issues as well as its statutory obligations.


The post holder will play an important role in planning and implementing new-build and refurbishment projects across a range of building types from 15th century listed buildings to 21st century cutting edge research laboratories. You will also assist in the continued development of operational and professional standards for the department.

In addition to being responsible for the delivery of allocated projects, you will support the Director of Estates in the management of higher value and strategic projects.

The role requires you to interface with the wider construction industry and to make decisions which reflect project objectives and optimise benefit for the University. You should be ambitious, enthusiastic and dedicated to providing the highest standards of service expected by the University. There is an expectation that you will be willing to work outwith normal office hours when required in order to meet the requirements of a busy workload and to match the working patterns of external consultants and contractors.


The successful candidate(s) will hold a Construction related degree or equivalent (relevant chartered status and a formal project management qualification would be highly desirable) coupled with a demonstrable track record in the delivery of large capital development programmes, and managing and controlling substantial budgets together with a detailed understanding of financial management systems. You must possess knowledge and understanding of construction and property related legislation and procurement procedures. Furthermore, the post holder(s) will have strong communication, leadership and people management skills, with the ability to establish a high level of credibility across both academic and professional communities and with external stakeholders.


St Andrews are working in partnership with SearchHigher on the recruitment of this post. For further details and information on how to apply, please SearchHigher. All applications must be made via a full curriculum vitae and supporting statement prior to the closing date of Midnight on Mondau 10th October. If you require any further information please feel free to contact Henry Timpson.

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Contact Name Henry Timpson
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