Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

Diocesan Building Surveyor

Location: Chelmsford

Following the retirement of a long serving colleague the Diocese of Chelmsford property team is looking for a chartered Diocesan Building Surveyor to join our busy property department.

The Role

The role is challenging and varied due to the church’s unique identity and diverse property portfolio, which includes 428 vicarages, two grade 2 listed estates and substantial land interests with development potential.  Your day to day work will include undertaking periodic surveys, working on replacement schemes and development projects, providing expert advice to parish councils, procuring building service contracts and clerking works, and, managing asset management of closed churches. 

The Organisation 

The Diocese of Chelmsford is vibrant and growing with our 463 parishes and 139 schools across Essex, the unitary authorities of Southend and Thurrock, and five East London Boroughs serving a population of around 3 million and rising.  We have nearly 600 churches, which are served by around 500 clergy. 

Our properties support our clergy to undertake their religious duties and some of our special mission work, including housing and support for refugees or young people at risk of homelessness. We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and faiths.

Please note you do not need to be a practising Christian to apply for this role, but you do need to be sympathetic and supportive of the Church of England’s mission and values.

The Candidate 

The successful candidate will be a customer focussed professional with a commitment to supporting the church to make a difference in local communities. You will enjoy working as a part of a team and embrace our team values of being reliable, ambitious and considerate.

Our ideal candidate will also have a strong blend of professional and administrative qualities, particularly the ability to work constructively with a wide range of stakeholders, including clergy consultants, contractors, churchwardens, other volunteers and statutory bodies.

Your qualifications, skills and experience will include:

  • Qualified surveyor with RICS or CIOB registration
  • Technologically minded with an aptitude for Computer-Aided Design (CAD) software to produce designs for improvement works
  • Experience liaising of acquiring planning and building permissions
  • Working with solicitors and insurers to manage legal issues such as party wall, encroachment, acquisition and changes to land registry.
  • Experience of completing building surveys, managing building contracts; project or construction management and managing contracts

£40,000 – 50,000 per annum, subject to experience and qualifications 

For further information please contact Alex Reeve, Head of Property on 07583 669286 or via email at 

To apply, please complete an application form, demonstrating how you meet the criteria as detailed in the person specification. Completed applications should be sent to  by no later than midnight 26 July  2020.

In return for making a positive impact on our organisation, we offer an exciting range of benefits including flexible working,  a competitive non-contributory pension scheme, a city centre office location with free car parking and an initial annual leave allowance of 25 days plus 8 bank holidays pro rata (rising to 29 days after five years’ service).

Preliminary Interviews: 12 August 2020 (Please note, in light the COVID-19 situation and social distancing guidance, these may take place via Zoom)

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Closing Date: midnight 26 July  2020.

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