Graduate Opportunity

Graduate Building Surveyor

Didcot, Oxfordshire

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The Estates Department is responsible for the development, support, upkeep and compliance of STFC’s physical Estate, including buildings, roads, infrastructure and grounds. The Estate portfolio at the 37 hectare Rutherford Appleton Laboratory site, comprises of 93 buildings ranging in size, complexity and age (1950 to present day).

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This includes:

  • Large bespoke scientific facility buildings
  • Office accommodation
  • Cleanrooms
  • Workshops
  • 120 bed hotel
  • Data centres
  • Visitors Centres 
  • Children's Nursery
  • Commercial Catering Facilities 

In addition to the primary RAL estate, there are also two satellite sites which the department has responsibility for, The Chilbolton Observatory, Stockbridge and The Coseners House Hotel, Abingdon (grade 2 listed). 

The Estates Surveying and Works teams manage and deliver against the estates schedule of condition survey, to deduce the burden of backlog maintenance and to ensure STFC’s scientific programme is accommodated and supported in a safe and comfortable environment. The teams also oversee planned and reactive maintenance activities for fabric elements around the estate.

Summary of Key Duties and Responsibilities 

  • Adopt and develop the Estates existing condition survey reports to inform and assist the Estates Senior Management team in the strategic planning of maintenance and capital replacement works
  • Undertake annual site condition surveys to ensure compliance and to sustain the schedule of condition register
  • Diagnose building defects and specify remedial repairs
  • Assist in the validation and updating of the Estates buildings and infrastructure record drawings and documentation
  • Prepare estimates, specifications and tender documents relating to Minor Projects and Measured Term Contracts at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory.
  • Instruct, implement and manage maintenance works using NEC4 TSC and NEC4 ECC processes and protocols.
  • Procurement and supervision of contractors with minimal impact to the site location, including works coordination, integration, Safety and
  • Quality assurance.
  • Ensuring that CDM requirements are met for relevant schemes, including the issuing F10 notices where appropriate.
  • Ensure specification compliance, financial governance and effective sign off on the completion of role associated Minor Project works.

In order to apply for this role you must have:


  • Obtained first degree bachelors or Masters, (not doctorate) in a relevant subject in either 2020, 2021 or be due to receive it in 2022 
  • Expected or have achieved a 2:1 or above 
  • The right to live and work in the UK 
  • BSc in Building Surveying 
  • Good inter-personal skills, particularly in communication, negotiating networking and team building, motivation and problem solving. 
  • Good knowledge of UK building control and the application of current building regulations 
  • Excellent numeracy skills
  • Good ICT skills, including MS Office and CAD
  • Self-motivated
  • Good time-management skills
  • Able to work well within a team but also show excellent initiative alone and work independently 


  • Knowledge of Health & Safety regulation, especially fire, asbestos and CDM regulations 
  • Post qualification experience of diagnosing building defects and specifying remedial repairs
  • Approving contractors work quality 
  • Contract management
  • Applying legal interpretation of standard forms of contract in particular NEC3 
  • Design and specifying minor alterations 
  • Knowledge of construction drawing standards 
  • Commercial awareness 
  • Experience of working in a multi-disciplinary design office

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