Property Negotiator - North West Based

Recruiter
Serco
Location
United Kingdom, Birchwood
Salary
Competitive
Posted
01 Oct 2020
Closes
25 Nov 2020
Ref
92513
Clearance Level
None / Undisclosed, SC
Sector
Defence, Policing
Job Type
Permanent
At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services. We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

Property Negotiator

Home Based with Regular Travel in the North West

Full Time 37.5 Hours
£23,500 - £25,000


The Job Opportunity

The Property Negotiator is responsible for the identification of target properties, that match the AASC Contract's property type, volume and quality requirements and to manage these properties rapidly through the pipeline to the point they are available to accommodate Service Users.

Daily Duties Involve
  • Develop promotional material and use this material to actively promote the AASC Contract's need for property in targeted areas
  • Actively search for new properties in targeted areas through local estate agents, area visits (driving local streets), media (newspaper and web), landlord relationships and other networks
  • Work with local estate agents and landlords to make them aware of the type and volume of properties that the AASC Contract requires
  • To build their personal network in the areas they are working in to create a flow of properties put forward to the AASC Contract (matching the Contract's needs), forging strong relationships with property providers
  • Meet with potential landlords to discuss property requirements and identify prospects
  • Identify property prospects that go into the front of the property pipeline. The type, volume and quality of prospects need to meet the Contract's requirements.
  • To assess the fit of property prospects to the AASC Contract's requirements, progressing/rejecting properties as appropriate and using this consideration in setting appropriate negotiation targets & limits
  • Complete initial inspections, condition surveys, layout plans, schedule of required works and inventory requirement list
  • Estimate the approximate value of all remedial works required to bring the property to the required standards of the contract and use this cost consideration in setting appropriate negotiation targets & limits
  • Load the appropriate IT systems with the faults identified during initial inspection
  • Select the most appropriate landlord lease agreement, and negotiate and agree appropriate rental terms directly with the landlord
  • Complete/check the required paperwork/forms for the property (including vendor forms, proof of ownership, planning permissions, meter readings, LABC applications etc.)
  • Ensure that all properties procured to the portfolio are safe, habitable, fit for purpose and fully equipped in accordance with AASC Standards
  • Create the property in the IT system
  • Book the required property tasks (POs for inventory, gas and electrical certificates, cleaning etc.).
  • Assist with the development and mentoring of the remainder of the team, supporting the Property Acquisition Manager with training of new Property Negotiators
  • Liaise with the Local Authorities regarding EHO visits.
  • When necessary to deal with any day to day issues raised by the AASC team or customers.


What we are looking for in our candidates
  • Develop promotional material and use this material to actively promote the AASC Contract's need for property in targeted areas
  • Actively search for new properties in targeted areas through local estate agents, area visits (driving local streets), media (newspaper and web), landlord relationships and other networks
  • Work with local estate agents and landlords to make them aware of the type and volume of properties that the AASC Contract requires
  • To build their personal network in the areas they are working in to create a flow of properties put forward to the AASC Contract (matching the Contract's needs), forging strong relationships with property providers
  • Meet with potential landlords to discuss property requirements and identify prospects
  • Identify property prospects that go into the front of the property pipeline. The type, volume and quality of prospects need to meet the Contract's requirements.
  • To assess the fit of property prospects to the AASC Contract's requirements, progressing/rejecting properties as appropriate and using this consideration in setting appropriate negotiation targets & limits
  • Complete initial inspections, condition surveys, layout plans, schedule of required works and inventory requirement list
  • Estimate the approximate value of all remedial works required to bring the property to the required standards of the contract and use this cost consideration in setting appropriate negotiation targets & limits
  • Load the appropriate IT systems with the faults identified during initial inspection
  • Select the most appropriate landlord lease agreement, and negotiate and agree appropriate rental terms directly with the landlord
  • Complete/check the required paperwork/forms for the property (including vendor forms, proof of ownership, planning permissions, meter readings, LABC applications etc.)
  • Ensure that all properties procured to the portfolio are safe, habitable, fit for purpose and fully equipped in accordance with AASC Standards
  • Create the property in the IT system
  • Book the required property tasks (POs for inventory, gas and electrical certificates, cleaning etc.).
  • Assist with the development and mentoring of the remainder of the team, supporting the Property Acquisition Manager with training of new Property Negotiators


  • Liaise with the Local Authorities regarding EHO visits.


  • When necessary to deal with any day to day issues raised by the AASC team or customers.


Key Skills

• Extensive experience of property acquisitions in a service orientated environment.

• Experience of adding value and additional commercial benefit through the development of constructive relationships

• Experience of property related documentation, e.g. tenancy agreements

• Experience of property related mechanisms, e.g. property 'Schedule of Rents' system

• Excellent knowledge and understanding of business management principles including decision making, negotiation, planning, budgeting and projections

• Extensive knowledge of the property market throughout the North West

• Strong negotiation skills including the ability to handle conflict

• Strong organisation and planning skills

• Excellent oral and written communications
• Excellent knowledge of Microsoft Office (including Excel and Word).

Qualifications

Minimum GCSE education

Minimum of 2 years working within property related industry.

Desirable: Housing related qualification

Additional Requirements:
  • The role requires a significant time to be spent in the Office.
  • A willingness and ability to travel within the region and occasionally within the UK (a valid clean UK driver's licence is essential);

CRB Clearance and/or Security Clearance at Baseline level (Serco Civil Government is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and all offers of employment are subject to security clearance checks and approval by the Home Office).

On occasion we receive significantly more applicants than expected for some vacancies and under such circumstances we reserve the right to bring forward the closing date of the advertisement. We therefore strongly advise you to apply for the role promptly to avoid disappointment should the closing date be brought forward. Serco is a Disability Confident Employer committed to employing and retaining people with disabilities. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview. For help with your application please contact 0345 010 4000.

About Serco

At Serco, not only is the nature of the work we do important, everyone has an important role to play, from caring for vulnerable people to managing complex public services. We are a team of 50,000 people responsible for delivering essential public services around the world in areas including defence, transport, justice, immigration, healthcare and citizen services. We are innovators, committed to redesigning and improving public services for the benefit of everyone.

By joining Serco you will have unlimited access to our Global Employee Networks - SercoInspire (Gender), SercoEmbrace (Multicultural), SercoUnlimited (Disability) and In@Serco (LGBT & Networks). Serco Employee Networks, led by colleagues who are passionate about diversity, inclusion and belonging.

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Occasionally we receive a large volume of applications for our roles and when that happens we sometimes bring the closing date forward, so please apply promptly to avoid disappointment.

We're a Disability Confident employer and are committed to equal opportunities. If you have any additional queries, requirements or you need more time to apply, then please contact our recruitment team directly on 0345 010 4000. Disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the job will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities at an interview.

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