Major Projects Surveyor (33904)

UK Power Networks
39370.00 - 51133.00 GBP Annual
12 Sep 2017
10 Oct 2017
Contract Type
Major Projects Surveyor
Reporting to
Consents Manager CPP
London (LPN)
Procurement, Capital Programme and Procurement
Reference Number
Employment Period
Full Time Contract Type
CiP Level
Salary Range
GBP39,370 - 51,133 (Depending on experience)
Closing Date
2nd October 2017

We also offer :
Annual leave 25 days rising with service
Personal Pension Plan - Personal contribution rates of 3%, 4% or 5% (UK Power Networks will make a corresponding contribution of 6%, 8% or 10%)
Tenancy Loan Deposit scheme
Sick leave goes up with length of service.
Tax efficient benefits: cycle to work scheme, childcare vouchers
Season ticket loan
Occupational Health support
Switched On - scheme providing discount on hundreds of retailers products.
Supplier discounts, such as O2, EE, Vauxhall cars, Universal tyres
Discounted access to sports and social clubs
Employee Assistance Programme.

Job Purpose
To project manage the consent elements associated with Edison Alliance, Capital Programme and Major Connections schemes across the UK Power Networks footprint. Generally the work will be LPN based but there is a requirement to deliver projects at any location.

  • No direct reports, but supporting a dispersed team of colleague surveyors and administrative support staff
  • Negotiate with grantors, land agents, solicitors and consultants in relation to the installation, retention, or alteration of the Major infrastructure, primarily EHV, of UK Power Networks distribution network or schemes of equivalent financial or electrical value so as to be deemed to be a Major Project
  • Issue instructions and project manage consent contractors of differing seniority or professional grading;
  • Make justifiable decisions in consultation with Infrastructure Planning and Major Connections Project Managers, Alliance Shared Services team regarding major financial commitments, strategy and legal matters in association with Major Project Schemes
  • Day to day instruction of and decision making with Network's Solicitor and/or equivalent external solicitors/partners

Principle Accountabilities
  • Implementation of Capital Programme ED1 Alliance Major Projects Consents strategy.
  • Regular reporting of key business performance measures including those of Contractors to the UK Power Networks ED1 Alliance and UK Power Networks Senior Management Team within differing Directorates
  • Implementation of processes concerning legal acquisition and planning consents for new freehold or leasehold operational property, deeds of grant, assets held on wayleaves, etc. and ensuring our Contractors are aware and adhere to such processes
  • Developing and maintaining external contacts with agents, legal advisors and management service providers;
  • Working closely with UK Power Networks' legal team: providing general legal and practical advice regarding the conveyance, leasing and subletting of operational property
  • Maintaining key external stakeholder relationships in particular with major grantors and their agents and Planning Authorities
  • Identifying key business risks and opportunities in respect of the company's operational assets held on 3rd party land and proposing appropriate risk management
  • Representing Alliance Shared Services Major Projects Consents, in some instances on behalf of the Manager at meetings or workshops as and when required
  • Promoting and helping to develop an outstanding team culture with effective working relationships and communications within the team and across the Business
  • Being a "Point of Reference" in the Alliance Shared Services Major Projects Consents team
  • Taking personal responsibility for own safety - ensuring that appropriate risk assessments and use of PPE are correctly applied on all occasions.

Measures of Success
  • Recognised as proactively supporting Company objectives, Outputs and ambitions
  • To achieve all Safety Plan and Balanced Scorecard Key Performance Indicators to target
  • To meet all individual Coaching for Performance targets
  • The provision of accurate and timely information
  • To meet Regulatory, Company and Team standards
  • Providing visible support to colleagues
  • Delivery of all consents related projects

Nature and Scope
Reporting to Capital Programme Consents Manager and Head of Procurement Compliance and Alliance Shared Services, the Major Projects Surveyor is responsible for valuation & legal acquisition and protection and where appropriate, disposal and/or subletting of operational property freeholds and leaseholds, permanent easements, wayleaves and the payment of rent and compensation on all Major Project Capital Programme or Connections schemes.

Further responsibilities include project managing a team of Contractors who they will instruct to obtain the required consents. The Major Projects Surveyors will deal primarily with the Major infrastructure, primarily EHV of UK Power Networks distribution network or schemes of equivalent financial or electrical value so as to be deemed to be a Major Project.

The role holder offers guidance and advice on UK Power Networks consent policy to 3rd parties, Infrastructure Planning, Major Connections, Programme Delivery, Networks Legal (internal or external) Contractors and junior members within the Consents team

Skills, Qualifications and Experience
  • RICS, HNC and/or a high level of experience and technical understanding concerning the legal aspects of operational property and wayleaves management is desirable.
  • High level of business, environmental, safety, financial and regulatory awareness.
  • Competence and experience in resolving property and consents issues and in providing technical advice to the Allicance Partners, Infrastructure Planning, Major Connections, Programme Delivery staff and Contractors.
  • Awareness of primary and secondary legislation concerning utilities' operations; in particular statutory instruments affecting electricity transmission and distribution assets.
  • Familiar with the roles of, and relationships between, key external stakeholders in the electricity utility businesses - including government, environmental, statutory authorities and business departments and agencies.
  • The ability to provide valuation advice when dealing with land acquisitions, Rights of Light / Air and easement values.
  • Sufficiently good working knowledge where required of agriculture to be able to negotiate compensation claims in respect of loss of crop, land compaction, damage or losses to livestock, etc.
  • Awareness of ISO 9001 principles and requirements in respect of quality processes.
  • Self-motivating, but a strong team player with the ability to bring together best-practice opportunities.
  • A confident and effective communicator with excellent public relations and influencing skills.
  • A good lateral thinker with Excellent negotiating skills.
  • Strongly intuitive with a highly developed ability to recognise threats and opportunities.
  • Comfortable with complexity and conflict.
  • Highly imaginative approach to business issues and solutions.

Health & Safety Responsibilities

Managers and supervisors carry both legal and company responsibilities for ensuring the health and safety of their employees, those under their control and those who might be affected by the work undertaken, i.e. public, visitors and employees of other organisations. This includes briefing individuals working for them and ensuring there is the necessary understanding, competence and application of requirements to work safely and without harming the environment.

Employees are responsible for ensuring they fully understand the health and safety risks involved in their work activities and their responsibility to apply the controls needed to manage those risks to acceptable levels. Similarly where work activities can have an adverse impact upon the environment, and particularly where there are legal requirements, employees are responsible for understanding those impacts and the controls they must ensure are applied.