Public sector estates officers/managers are responsible for the management of land and property mainly in local government, but sometimes also in health authorities and other statutory bodies. They may specialise in lettings, acquisitions or management.
The work includes the day-to-day management of properties, organising and monitoring of repairs and maintenance, and dealing with tenancy applications for housing and business premises. Other tasks include rent reviews and assessment, checking returns on investment, ensuring properties are being used appropriately and keeping up to date with land management and environmental issues.
Buying and selling property is another aspect of the work. This can involve negotiations with landowners and other interested parties. In public authorities, estates officers may be concerned with, or advise on, the compulsory purchase or purchase by agreement of land.
Attending meetings, visiting sites, liaising with other departments and organisations, some financial and statistical analysis, and report writing are also part of the work.
Estates officers work 9am - 5pm, Monday to Friday. In local government, there may be some evening committee work. Flexitime, part-time work and job sharing may be available.
The work is mostly office-based, but there is some travel for meetings and site visits.
A driving licence is essential.
To be an estates officer, you need:
Most estates officers work in local government. Development corporations, health authorities and government bodies also offer opportunities.
Promotion prospects in local authorities and other government/government-supported organisations depend on the size and scope of the department; larger departments normally have clearly defined promotion structures.
Increasingly, local authorities are contracting out much of the work undertaken by their estate departments, so positions are becoming available in the private sector.
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The College of Estate Management
Tel: 0118 986 1101
2 The Courtyard
48 New North Road
Helpline: 08000 567160