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Westminster Council - Technical Surveyor

Westminster Council - Technical Surveyor

  • Location

    Westminster, London

  • Sector:

    Social Care

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  • Salary:

    Up to £318 per day

  • Contact:

    Lorna Burner

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  • Published:

    about 2 months ago

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The council's Housing Services are high profile and vital to maintaining and enhancing the city council's reputation. Reporting to the Commissioning Manager, the Technical Surveyor is responsible for design and technical appraisals of any pre-construction activities within a term partnership to ensure the effective preparation of Tasks and Task Orders comprising the Investment Programme. The Technical Surveyor shall thoroughly scrutinise Client Briefs received from Asset Strategy, and Project Execution Plans and Proposals Documents received from Service Providers to ensure they comply with the requirements set out in the brief and obligations defined in the Partnering Agreement. The Technical Surveyor will work collaboratively with both Asset Strategy and the Service Providers to ensure Tasks are efficiently developed to address defined investment requirements and provide Value for Money for the HRA and Leaseholders. Main responsibilities

* Working closely with Asset Strategy, to technically challenge Client Briefs to ensure they comprehensively fulfil the investment needs for any properties within the Investment Programme and in doing so minimising variations and any inefficiency for Service Providers.

* To be the technical lead for the development of Tasks within the Investment Programme undertaking objective and thorough appraisals of any proposed solutions/proposals from the Service Providers.

* Providing the Commissioning Manager with information to inform progress monitoring and actions to ensure the efficient delivery of the Investment Programme.

* To promptly investigate and respond to technical 'Requests for Information' from Service Providers and positively resolve problems identified within the Investment Programme or individual Tasks.

* To be the technical lead for the development/drafting of Design Standards for building components and other innovative solutions to ensure any works completed provide Value for Money for the HRA and Leaseholders.

* To have an awareness of costs and work alongside the Cost Planner in the development of Tasks to ensure accurate budgets are developed, prices are prepared in accordance with the Price Framework and solutions are practical and fit for purpose.

* Review any design works or application for planning, building control or listed building consents to ensure these effectively satisfy the Client Brief and the requirements of the Partnering Agreement.

* To contribute to the review of any Business case proposal to ensure the Service Provider case reflects the Clients Brief, complies with the Partnering Agreement requirements and that any recommended specialists, subcontracts or suppliers are suitable to design and perform the works.

* To make a significant contribution to the business, its growth and improvement, ensuring it is well positioned to achieve its strategic objectives and plans.

* Develop and maintain systems, processes and documentation that will enable the efficient production of robust Client Briefs and other documentation to ensure that Task Orders are prepared and delivered with minimal risk.

* Provide information to inform the progress of all Task Orders as they pass from Asset Strategy through to handover to the operational teams for delivery, taking actions as appropriate to protect the Investment Programme and driving best value for leaseholders and HRA.

* Working with the Communications team, ensure that Westminster City Council demonstrates the drive for continuous improvement and achievement of high quality customer focus.

* Provide accurate and relevant management information for all aspects of the pre-commencement phase, highlighting issues and engaging with internal and external stakeholders to resolve them. Escalate matters to the Commissioning Manager as appropriate.

* Ensure that appropriate and thorough surveys are completed by the Service Provider to support any specification, quantification or business case comprising a Service Provider Proposals and that decisions are properly documented to evidence best practice.

* Ensure that Task and Programme risks are properly analysed and that timely action is taken to eliminate or mitigate as appropriate.

* Work closely with the Client Representatives to ensure that schemes go through a comprehensive and seamless hand-over process for delivery.

* Work closely with the Commissioning Manager and members of the Core Group to record and incorporate "lessons learned".

* Drive and lead the range of services which may change from time to time to reflect developing business priorities, always ensuring they are customer focused, cost effective, achieve excellence and demonstrate Value for Money.

* Be a positive and enthusiastic ambassador for Westminster City Council, ensuring that effective and productive partnerships are developed with the Service Provider and other stakeholders.

* Ensure that all services meet regulatory, legal, audit and best practice standards and requirements.

If you are interested in this role please send your updated CV in the first instance.