Building Surveyor

Job reference:
BAS 20/41
Contract type:
Full Time
Open-Ended Appointment
Starting salary from £33,782 per annum
We offer generous benefits
Estates team
Cambridge, with the possibility of spending 3 months a year in Antarctica
Closing date:
8 March, 2020 11:59 pm


British Antarctic Survey (BAS) is offering a unique opportunity for a Building Surveyor based in Cambridge.

Who We Are

BAS delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions. Its skilled science and support staff based in Cambridge, Antarctica and the Arctic, work together to deliver research that uses the Polar Regions to advance our understanding of Earth as a sustainable planet. Through its extensive logistic capability and know how BAS facilitates access for the British and international science community to the UK polar research operation. Numerous national and international collaborations, combined with an excellent infrastructure help sustain a world leading position for the UK in Antarctic affairs. British Antarctic Survey is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). NERC is part of UK Research and Innovation

We employ experts from many different professions to carry out our Science as well as to keep the lights on, feed the research and support teams and keep everyone safe! If you are looking for an opportunity to work with amazing people in amazing places then British Antarctic Survey could be for you. We aim to attract the best people for those jobs.

The Role

In order to successfully deliver that science BAS operate a number of complex buildings across the UK and Antarctica. This role will join an energetic, ambitious Estates team with a mission to provide safe, sustainable buildings across the polar regions and the UK.

We are looking for an experienced, motivated individual with a passion for problem solving and sustainable building technologies


To advise on and manage the day to day activities involved with the fabric maintenance of Antarctic buildings and BAS Cambridge. Including the development, procurement and management of independent project works.

To ensure all works are carried out safely and in accordance with best practice and documented procedures.


Relevant Degree or equivalent experience.

Prince2 Practitioner is desireable.


• Working with the Facilities Engineers manage and take responsibility for building works whether planned or unplanned.

• Management of the preparation of documentation including manuals, reports, method statements, risk assessments and inter-departmental procedures

• To manage and supervise project construction.

• To ensure that all works are carried out in accordance with the documented BAS procedures

• To ensure that the BAS Health & Safety policy is implemented, including carrying out risk and COSHH assessments making sure that safe working practices are promoted and implemented.

• To ensure that the BAS environmental policy is adhered to

• Design, procure & manage small projects.

• Carry out condition surveys of stations and support the facilities engineers in preparation of & upkeep of long term maintenance plans

• Support the facilities Engineers in the upkeep of the Planned preventative maintenance system

• Liaise with other staff and Station Management to ensure that operational safety standards are maintained

Please quote reference: BAS 20/41
Closing date for receipt of application forms is: 8 March 2020
Interviews are scheduled to be held: Week commencing 16 March 2020

BAS is an Equal Opportunity employer. As part of our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion and promoting equality in careers in science, we hold an Athena SWAN Bronze Award and have an active Equality, Diversity and Inclusion programme of activity. We welcome applications from all sections of the community. People from ethnic minorities and disabled people are currently under-represented and their applications are particularly welcome. We operate a guaranteed interview scheme for disabled candidates who meet the minimum criteria for the job. We are open to a range of flexible working options, including job sharing, to support childcare and other caring responsibilities.

Skills are listed as either Essential or Desirable. Desirable skills importance rating in parenthesis (1 is high, 5 is low)

Communication skills

  • Fluent in both written and spoken English - Essential
  • Able to read and interpret drawings - Essential
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills with an ability to communicate technical information to a wide range of individuals and groups both orally and in written form - Essential
  • Report writing experience - Desirable [1]

Computer / IT skills

  • A good and proven level of computer operating skills; using the Microsoft Office suite - Essential
  • Use of e-mail systems - Essential
  • Experience in using computer aided design packages – preferably AutoCAD - Essential
  • Use of electronic pre-planned maintenance systems (PPM) - Desirable [3]

Decision Making

  • Ability to make technical assessments and evaluate site information and data. Ability to make decisions and provide options for solutions to tasks, combined with a clear understanding of when assistance/confirmation with decision-making should be sought - Essential
  • Good problem solving skills. - Desirable [1]
  • Flexible approach to all tasks and duties given - Desirable [1]
  • Should be enthusiastic about tackling a range of problems and determined to provide satisfactory solutions. - Desirable [1]

Interpersonal skills

  • Ability to work effectively individually and as part of a team. Ability to build productive relationships and work with a wide range of people including scientists, administrators and contractors - Essential

Managerial ability

  • Able to plan and manage both time and workload - Essential
  • Track record of time / work management skills and ability to progress several tasks in short succession with minimal supervision - Essential
  • Understanding and experience of the importance of stock control and monitoring - Desirable [2]

Numerical ability

  • Relevant recognized qualification in mathematics - Essential
  • Able to correlate, manipulate and utilize numerics from numerous data sources - Desirable [1]

Other Factors

  • Flexibility to adjust to changing priorities - Essential
  • Can identify key issues that need to be addressed to achieve objectives and how to tackle them. - Essential
  • Good working knowledge of UK statutory building regulations - Essential
  • Demonstrate understanding of Health & safety issues. - Desirable [1]


  • Relevant Degree or equivalent experience - Essential
  • Prince2 Practitioner - Desirable [3]

Resource Management ability

  • Track record of managing multidisciplinary teams within the construction industry - Essential

Skills / Experience

  • Practical post qualification site experience within the construction industry or facilities management - Essential
  • Practical experience of project management - Essential
  • Design experience - Essential
  • Building maintenance experience - Desirable [1]
  • Knowledge of building systems - Desirable [2]
  • Preparation of risk assessments, COSHH assessments and procedures in line with CDM Regulations 2015 - Desirable [2]
  • Preparation of condition surveys - Desirable [2]
  • Structural Engineering experience - Desirable [2]

You can apply for this job online or you can print off the application forms, fill them out by hand and mail them.

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If you would like to apply for this job but cannot apply online, you can print the application form(s) and post it back to us.

Please ensure you complete all required sections of the application form(s) and include a Cover Letter and a copy of your CV.

When posting your application, ensure there is sufficient postage.

These forms are in an OpenDocument format and may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. An accessible format may be requested by contacting us.

Send your completed application forms to:
Human Resources Team
British Antarctic Survey
High Cross, Madingley Road
United Kingdom

If you need more information

Email: [email protected]
Telephone: +44 (0)1223 221400
Facsimile: +44 (0)1223 362616

The information you provide during the application process will only be used for the purpose of progressing your application, to fulfil legal or regulatory requirements where necessary or, in the case of the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire, to help BAS meet its equal opportunities policy.

The British Antarctic Survey will not share the information you provide with any third parties, and the information will be held securely by the British Antarctic Survey whether the information is in electronic or physical format. Please note that the Equal Opportunities Monitoring Questionnaire will be detached from your application prior to the short-listing of candidates for interview.

Unsuccessful applications will be securely destroyed 6 months after the end of the recruitment process (or 1 year after the end of the recruitment process in the case of Marine Staff and AEP. The applications of successful applicants will be retained as part of their personnel file.

Further information can be found in the information notice of NERC, our parent body.