Building Surveyor

Organisation: National Galleries of Scotland

Salary: £41,973 - £47,565

Location: Edinburgh

Full-time, Permanent
Salary £41,973 – £47,565 per annum (Band 4a)
Plus generous benefits package
Hybrid / flexible working


Are you an experienced Building Surveyor who would like to join a client side Estates team managing an exceptional portfolio of beautiful listed buildings and important art collection facilities?

With an entirely Edinburgh based property portfolio which includes 4 Grade A listed Gallery buildings, we have a diverse range of capital projects and maintenance works to provide an exciting breadth and depth of workload to conserve and support these buildings continuing to share our national art collection and provide an exceptional visitor experience.

This is an exciting time to be part of our enthusiastic and dedicated team while we implement our new asset management methodologies and systems to develop a robust estate strategy and capital investment plan across our stunning owned and leased estate, whilst faced with the challenges of listed buildings and ensuring minimum disruption to our galleries for our visitors.

The role will require the following building surveying core competencies: Building pathology, Construction technology and environmental services, Contract administration, Design and specification, Inspection, Legal/regulatory compliance, and Fire safety. Other optional competencies required for the role will include client care, health and safety, sustainability and inclusive environments, procurement, and tendering, works progress and quality management and conservation.


You will play an important part in conserving these outstanding listed buildings for the future and ensuring the protection of one of the finest collections of art for a wide public audience to continue to enjoy. You’ll work closely with Estates and FM colleagues, consultants, and contractors as well as other senior managers across the organisation to ensure operational requirements are achieved

Estates Operations

Responsible for all planned maintenance and response maintenance for the building fabric, including undertaking space planning, lease management and fulfilling premises related Health and Safety duties such as asbestos responsible person.

Estates Strategy and Capital Investment planning

Working closely with the Head of Estates (a Chartered Building Surveyor), responsible for developing and delivery of the NGS Investment plan programme and assigned capital projects as the technical lead on building fabric, including undertaking regular condition surveys, and developing and implementing forward maintenance plans:

Project Management of Capital Works

Project managing allocated building fabric projects, from inception to handover and into use. For minor projects this may be for full PM and contract administration/supervisor responsibilities and tasks, or for larger projects then managing consultant Project Managers for construction delivery and taking the role of “client side” PM.


In answering our quick questions tell us more about you, how you meet the requirements, and what you will bring to the role. This will be your opportunity to stand out as well as tell us what you are looking for from us. To succeed in this role, you’ll need the following range of knowledge, skills, and experience:

Degree level qualification in a relevant building surveying subject.

Chartered membership of an appropriate professional institute (i.e. RICS) or working towards, and/or Masters equivalent qualification in a relevant subject. Core competencies as a building surveyor as per RICS competency framework.

Experience of delivering planned and response maintenance on multi-site estates, including strong building pathology skills and design/specification and procurement experience.

Extensive knowledge of building fabric and construction and strong technical knowledge to apply to the maintenance and operation of the estate, including building regulations, fire safety management, asbestos management, and planning legislation.

Experience of undertaken condition surveys and lifecycle investment planning.

Relevant experience of scoping, briefing and project managing capital works projects for building projects to time, quality and within budget.

Procurement and contract administration experience across various forms of construction contracts (e.g. NEC, SBCC, etc.).

Strong IT skills – competent in use of Microsoft 365 packages, Microsoft project, excel, word, AutoCAD and CAFM systems.

Excellent planning, organisation, and communication skills.

Health and Safety – strong working knowledge and experience of CDM regulations (particularly client duties), along with general premises related H&S legislation.

The following knowledge, skills, and experience are desirable:

Experience of public sector procurement.

Experience of managing and maintaining listed buildings and conservation.

Working experience of BIM and Asset Information Models (e.g. RICS NRM).

Application Deadline: Sunday 05/03/2023