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Principal Building Surveyor

Job Reference randw/TP/621/6199

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Contract Type:
Permanent – Full Time (36 hours)
Starting salary from £50,029-£65,691 Subject to skills and experience
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Job Category:
Housing and Regeneration
Business Area:
HRD - Property Services

About Us

  • Do you want to work in one of London’s most exciting environments? 
  • Do you have professional experience in building surveying? 
  • Do you have passion and enthusiasm for the built environment? 

 If you answered yes, then we’d love to hear from you!

About us 

The London Boroughs of Richmond upon Thames and Wandsworth present a unique opportunity to be part of a team within the Design Service, who are working together to create a ground-breaking shared staffing structure across both boroughs. 

The Design Service is an in-house, fee-earning multi-disciplinary consultancy service covering a full range of construction professional services.

The service delivers a wide range of projects across the public realm and the expanding Council’s housing self-build programme.

This service is rare, if not unique, in local government, and this role presents an opportunity for an experienced and customer focussed professional to make a difference in a forward-looking and commercially minded Council.

About the role

We are looking to recruit a full-time permanent qualified Principal Building Surveyor.

The primary focus of the role will be providing strategic professional advice, designing and implementing projects. 

As a Principal Building Surveyor, you will be establishing and enforcing construction, manufacturing and installation standards. You will be calculating and monitoring project cost and delivery timelines, providing quality assurance for ongoing projects and collaborating with clients and other professionals. 

About you

The ideal candidate will have the following attributes:

  • Excellent commercial awareness.
  • Expert working knowledge of Local planning.
  • Expert knowledge of building codes and standards.
  • Expert knowledge of administrating JCT contracts. 
  • Experience of utilising resource management software.
  • Experience with Autocad.
  • Experience of leading on several complex projects at any one time.
  • BS degree in Surveying. 
  • Member of the RICS.

If you want to know more about this post then please telephone Hussein El Bahrawy, Head of Design Service on 020 8871 6551 for an informal discussion.

 Application details:

To apply for this role please upload your CV and supporting statement outlining how you meet the requirements of the role. This will be used for shortlisting purposes. Please apply on-line at 


At Richmond and Wandsworth Councils, we care more about how you work and what you achieve, rather than where you work on any given day. The difference you can make to our local communities is what really matters most to us, service delivery must always come first. We have carefully considered agile ways of working to provide the best experience for residents, stakeholders and our staff. Our agile working strategy actively supports and encourages a dynamic work environment and daily working experience. Agile working helps put the needs of our staff at the centre of everything we do, so if specific flexible working arrangements helps you with this, feel free to let us know. 

Your wellbeing and the flexible way in which you can work is and will remain a key priority for Richmond and Wandsworth Councils. We want you to thrive and feel empowered in your work!

We recognise the importance of a good balance between work and home life so we do everything we can to accommodate flexible working including, working from home, compressed or part-time hours, term time only, job shares and other arrangements. Please just let us know in your application or at any stage throughout the process (and beyond) if these are options you’d like to explore. We also offer a generous holiday allowance of 39  paid days (pro rata) including bank holidays and a wide range of learning and development opportunities.

In addition, we offer a comprehensive range of staff benefits such as membership of the Local Government pension scheme, childcare vouchers, new technology scheme, interest-free loans on annual travel cards, discounts with many leisure activities, restaurants, shops and other establishments.

Indicative Recruitment Timeline

Closing Date: 31 October 2023

Shortlisting Date: W/C 06 November 2023 

Interview Date: TBC

Useful Information:

The closing date is given as a guide. We reserve the right to close this vacancy once a sufficient number of applications has been received. We strongly advise you to complete your application as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to making our recruitment practices as inclusive as possible for everyone. We are committed to promoting equality and diversity and developing a culture that values differences, recognising that employees from a variety of backgrounds bring important and positive contributions to the Councils and can improve the way we deliver services. 

We are proud to be a Disability Confident employer.

This role will be anonymised 

Important Information:

Richmond and Wandsworth Councils are committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people/vulnerable adults and expects all staff and volunteers to share this commitment

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