Estates Manager Careers

How to become Estates Manager

What does a Estates Manager do?

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.

What's the working environment like working as a Estates Manager?

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.

What does it take to become a Estates Manager?

To be an estates officer, you need:

  • communication, presentational and organisational skills
  • the ability to maintain good public relations
  • numerical skills
  • tact, diplomacy and negotiating skills
  • the ability to analyse written and numerical information
  • an eye for detail when examining property, legal documents and statistics
  • the ability to work in a team and co-ordinate the work of others
  • computer skills
  • the ability to work under pressure.

Estates Manager Career Opportunities

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.

Further information

If you would like to know anything about Estates Manager that does not appear on Hotcourses, further information can be found below.

Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS)
Surveyor Court
Westwood Way
Tel: 0870 333 1600

Institute of Revenues, Rating and Valuation (IRRV)
41 Doughty Street
Tel: 020 7831 3505

The College of Estate Management
Tel: 0118 986 1101


Asset Skills
2 The Courtyard
48 New North Road
Helpline: 08000 567160

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