Commercial Property Manager

Job specification

£51,515 p.a. plus benefits
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At Swindon Borough Council, we want our town to be the best it can be. Our ambitious vision is supported by realistic transformation programmes, with the people of Swindon at their heart. Because that’s who we’re doing it for – the communities and businesses that make our town great. As part of the Council, you’ll support a friendly local authority making decisions with real impact. It’s all for better public services, better processes and a better quality of life, for everyone. Join us, and Swindon will be better with you.

Our property assets team comprises professional staff specialising in estate and asset management.  The team is both friendly and holds a wealth of property experience that we are keen to share with you. The team are responsible for the strategic and day to day management of the Council’s property estate, including the properties it occupies for service use and its commercially portfolio. It is also responsible for the disposal and acquisition of assets. Utilising the Council’s land and property to generate an increased commercial return and help with its place shaping aspirations means you will support making decisions that have real impact.

Your next role

We are looking for a Commercial Property Manager to make sure we get the best out of our commercial portfolio. It is a chance to operate on a scale that you will find in few other local authorities. The commercial portfolio produces £11m of annual revenue and is an important resource for the Council. With a range of interests such as headquarter offices, trade parks, industrial units and village centres, there’s plenty of variety and scope to use your skills to add value and make a real difference to the performance of the portfolio.

You will work to ensure that the Council benefits from the highest standards of professional advice in relation to the management and development of this significant commercial property portfolio – balancing immediate needs with longer term strategic planning. You will offer expert advice to senior leadership and elected members on all property related matters ensuring we anticipate and manage risk effectively and that our decision making process is robust and well informed.

Your background

It is essential that you are a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. We expect that you will bring a proven record of accomplishment from within the property sector with practical experience of managing a commercial portfolio. Your technical skills should be enhanced by wider leadership abilities and you will manage a small team.

You will possess excellent people skills allied with the proven ability to listen, explain, negotiate and influence. You will be an enthusiastic, skilled subject matter expert with excellent presentation and report writing skills. You will be experienced of achieving good performance in a busy environment and are capable of building strong, enduring and productive relationships with elected Members, Corporate Directors, the Senior Officers, council staff, partners and residents. 

You must be fluent in the English language (as a requirement of Part 7 of the Immigration Act – for the effective performance of a customer-facing role).

Must have the ability to travel around the Borough.

Your next package

As an employee, you will receive a diverse and exciting environment in which to work, encouraging creativity and innovation whilst recognising the need to support ongoing personal development and a flexible work life balance.

This role is 37 hours per week but we operate an agile working policy, allowing you to manage your own diary and work flexibly, including off-site/remote working. 

Please see our Rewards and Benefits offer for more details.

For Swindon to thrive in the future, we need to lay the foundations now. It’s why our regeneration and transformation programmes are already underway. So, you’ll be joining us at an exciting time on our journey. We’ll look to you to share your knowledge, influence decisions and drive real, positive change. With your contributions, we’ll achieve our vision of a prosperous, re-vitalised Swindon together. And you’ll be proud to say it was made better with you.

Please see our Vision and Values page for more details.

Your next steps

Read the role profile and select the Apply button where you will be redirected to the Swindon Borough Council website to complete our online application process. Clicking the ‘Apply’ button on this job website is not an application, you must register on the Swindon Borough Council website in order to be considered for the role.

Potential applicants are sometimes put off if they don’t meet 100% of the requirements. We think individual experience, skills and passion make all the difference, so if you meet the majority of the criteria, we would still love to hear from you.

For further information about the role, please contact Kathy Sherratt, Head of Property Management, email

We will be interviewing successful candidates throughout the campaign and reserve the right to close early, therefore early applications are encouraged.

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