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Rural Estate Manager

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Peak District National Park Authority , Bakewell
Salary details
Grade J £38,223 - £43.321 per annum
Job term
Full Time
Appointment type
37 hours per week
Closing Date
08 December 2023
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The portfolio
An exciting permanent opportunity has arisen for a qualified Rural Surveyor to join the Peak District National Park Authority (PDNPA) to manage and develop of our extensive rural property portfolio.

The direct management portfolio comprises of 3500 hectares which are challenging mix of traditional upland estates, heritage and recreational assets situated in stunning countryside within easy reach of surrounding urban areas. The landholding includes tenanted farms and residential properties, moorland, woodlands and recreational trails.

The properties are managed to maximize PDNPA conservation and recreational outcomes and more than ever now present an excellent opportunity to showcase our work around nature recovery, responding to climate change and exploring new opportunities for revenue generation including accessing developing green finance markets.

The role
The role initially presents a development opportunity to work alongside two experienced Rural Surveyors who are due to retire in mid- 2025. You will then take on the leadership of the Rural Property Team comprising of a Rural Surveyors, Woodlands Manager and estate based Estate Rangers.

As well as continuing to carry out all the normal estate management duties, you will also provide technical support and line management to the above staff. You will ensure that they are customer focused and their work integrated with PDNPA strategic and operational plans.

Guided by our Asset Management Plan you will lead on the development of estate management plans. You will lead on supporting and encouraging our tenants to continue to contribute to our outcomes in the face of reducing financial support and changing policy emphasis. You will manage a number of existing Countryside Stewardship Schemes and explore new opportunities under ELM. Working with our building professionals to ensure the effective repair and maintenance of our 200 plus rural buildings, you will also identify capital development projects including new farm buildings.

Lastly, you will set and monitor estate budgets to meet our financial targets and also plan and implement any sales to generate extra capital when required.

The post is based on in the edge of the attractive town of Bakewell, Derbyshire. An onsite estate office is also available to work from. The successful candidate will have access to a wide range of benefits and support including; flexible working arrangements that are second to none, a generous holiday entitlement, pension scheme and staff development programme.

About You
You will be a RICS qualified Rural Surveyor with sound experience of all the normal rural estate management duties and other professional work. You should have a strong desire to take on the line management of other professional staff.

A proven interest in or willingness to learn about managing conservation, recreation and heritage assets is essential. Self-motivated you will have the ability to manage your own workload and ways of working. You must have good organisation, financial management and communication skills.

About Us
The Peak District National Park was the first of Britain’s 15 national parks and is enjoyed by millions, looking for both adventure and a breathing space to escape. It is also the most accessible due its proximity to four major cities of the UK and its 38,000 residents. We recognise the importance of our national park and our job is to speak up and care for the Peak District National Park for all to enjoy forever.

The Authority owns or manages approximately 450 built assets including operational properties, visitor facilities, agricultural properties, listed buildings, ex railway structures and office accommodation. The Authority owns or leases about 6,070 hectares (15,000 acres) of property within the National Park. This is around 5% of the whole National Park area. The properties are comprised of a very diverse mixture, ranging from traditional tenanted agricultural land and woodland to sites owned and managed due to their cultural value. The Rural Estate Manager is responsible for the day to day management and ongoing development of all of our land based estates.

Further Information 

For more information and to apply, please visit https://bit.ly/3G2h6HW

The top end of the salary is subject to a pay review proposal that is due to be implemented in January 2024.

Closing date: 8 December 2023For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Matt Freestone, Interim Head of Assets and Enterprise matt.freestone@peakdistrict.gov.uk. No agencies at this time please.

Our Values
• Care – We care for the Peak District National Park, the people we work with and all those we serve. It’s at the heart of everything we do.
• Enjoy – We take pride in what we do and feel good about our contribution.
• Pioneer – We were born of pioneers. We will continue to explore opportunities to inspire future generations.

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion
The Peak District National Park Authority is committed to equal opportunities. We aspire to have a diverse and inclusive workplace and strongly encourage applicants from a wide range of backgrounds to apply and join us.

We are a Disability Confident employer and guarantee to interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role.

If you are unable to apply on line and require a word version of the application form please contact HR@peakdistrict.gov.uk

Please be aware that Derbyshire County Council is placing this advert on behalf of this organisation and you should refer directly to its website for details of the terms and conditions attached to this post. Any queries regarding this advert or the recruitment process should be made directly to the organisation.