National Trust for Scotland, South & West Region: Surveyor / Architect (x 2)

£34,745 starting salary
£3,800 – Essential Car User Allowance
40-hour week (see below for details)

Are you passionate about built heritage?  Join the National Trust for Scotland Building Surveying Team and you will have an opportunity to work with Scotland’s largest and most diverse portfolio of historic buildings and structures.  We are currently seeking 2 Chartered Building Surveyors or Architects to cover our South and West Region – an area ranging from Arduaine Garden in the north to Threave Castle and garden in the south. The Glasgow and West Surveyor, covering the north of the area and the Isle of Arran, will work with such varied buildings as Mackintosh’s Hill House, Greek Thompson’s Holmwood, and Brodick Castle, while the South West Surveyor covers an area including The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum, and Threave and Culzean Castles. You will arrive at an important time for the Trust as we reopen our sites and properties for our 90th anniversary season.

The Building Surveying Team operates through a consultancy model and you will be embedded in the Regional team.  As the team’s surveying and built heritage conservation professional, you will advise and support the General Manager and property staff putting the Trust’s Conservation Principles into practice by managing a wide range of projects and reactive and cyclical maintenance activities.  As a member of the wider team conserving Scotland’s heritage and helping people to access and understand it, you will get to know your sites and become the key expert on the buildings and structures there.  You will provide project specific solutions researching and managing works yourself but also utilising outsourced consultant teams.  You will advise on statutory and legislative requirements relating to building activities and working closely with your Health & Safety colleagues, ensure that our sites and works carried out on them are safe and compliant.  One of a national team of professional Building Surveyors and Architects, you will promote the Trust’s conservation activities, support colleagues, share your knowledge and learn from theirs.  Within the wider NTS team, you will work alongside some of Scotland’s most knowledgeable experts in heritage management, archaeology, nature conservation, collections and landscape management and history and care for some of Scotland’s most significant and special heritage sites and collections.

The roles would be based at NTS offices in Glasgow and the South West.  NTS staff are currently home working with only essential travel in line with Scottish Government Covid Regulations.   You will report to The Head of Building Surveying (Operations).

Person requirement:

  • A Chartered Building Surveyor or Architect.
  • A minimum of 2 years post qualification experience or able to evidence an equivalent level of professional experience pre-qualification.
  • Proven built heritage conservation skills, conservation accreditation and/or membership of the IHBC would be an advantage.
  • An agile, solution driven approach, confident and well organised, with the ability to manage a busy and diverse workload.
  • Demonstrable experience in wide range of tasks, including:
  • Planning, development and implementation of projects from inception to completion and a clear understanding of project stages and project management procedures.
  • Contract Administration and the management and coordination of works to historic buildings.
  • Familiarity with standard forms of contract and procurement processes.
  • Development of reliable project budgets.
  • H&S, CDM compliance, experience in a Principal Designer role would be an advantage.
  • Compiling Planning, Listed Building and Scheduled Monument Consent applications and dealing with interactions with Local Authorities and HES.
  • Compiling Building Warrant Applications and dealing with interactions with Local Authorities.
  • A firm grounding in conservation philosophy including the relevant Charters.
  • A broad understanding of how to bring together philosophy, research, material analysis, practical and contractual issues to deliver successful conservation projects.
  • Working knowledge of Scottish cultural and architectural history and the history and work of the National Trust for Scotland.
  • Highly developed communication and influencing skills and the ability to contribute constructively to multi-disciplined teams.
  • Self-sufficient in use of MS Office products.
  • Integrity and demonstrating the Trust’s core values.

Other requirements

  • Current driving license, valid for driving within the United Kingdom.
  • Please note that the post holder will be expected to travel to sites across the appointed region and may occasionally be required to travel to other regions.
  • AutoCAD experience would be an advantage (or equivalent).
  • Experience of grant funding applications would be an advantage.

Conditions & Benefits:

  • Salary starting at £34,745.
  • Essential Car User Allowance £3,800.
  • Opportunity to join the Group Personal Pension scheme.
  • 40-hour week generally Monday to Friday between 09.00 & 17.00 but with occasional out of hours working, compensated by Time in Lieu.
  • 30 days leave allowance plus up to 7½ Trust Fixed Days to be taken over the Christmas and New Year period.
  • Contribution to professional fees.
  • NTS Staff Card.

Closing date: 3rd May 2021


For further details, please contact:

Iain Atkinson, Eden Scott,, 07714 124 033

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