CADagency is delighted to be working with a non profit based in Bristol. My client is the largest independent home improvement agency in the UK, with 32 years of experience working in the West of England. They provide home improvement services and products to increase independence, comfort and mobility in the home. They support everyone aged over 60, as well as people of all ages who have a disability, are on a low income or coming out of hospital.
They have just secured a five year contract to deliver a Home Improvement Agency service to older, disabled, vulnerable, self-funding and low income people in Bristol and B&NES. To deliver upon the quality and volume requirements in this contract they are looking to appoint two permanent Project Managers with specialist Surveying or Architectural backgrounds and HNC/HND qualifications in Building and Construction.
The company only work on domestic residential projects and the works we help facilitate rarely exceed £100k in value. For this role you will be required to survey a site, produce plans, specify works for third party contractors and know the planning system well enough to get applications unsupervised through planning permission stages and to achieve building regulations. Typical work will include the project management of wetroom installations, extensions and major internal repairs for self-funding and grant/loan funded customers.
In the role you will consult with support our older, vulnerable and disabled customers regarding repairs, improvements and adaptations to their homes and prepare or arrange the preparation of schedules of work/drawings/specifications as required, taking into account their individual resources, needs and wishes. Good judgement, a can-do approach, and a empathetic manner with vulnerable clients is as important as the technical drawing and surveying skills you will bring.
You will receive support, coaching and training to help you succeed as a member of the team and you will coach and support others to help them enjoy their roles.
Key responsibilities and tasks will include:
- To survey domestic properties and identify repairs, maintenance and adaptation requirements in the homes of older, vulnerable and disabled customers and advise upon appropriate remedial work and likely costs.
- To consult with customers regarding repairs, improvements and adaptations to their homes and prepare or arrange the preparation of schedules of work/drawings/specifications as required, taking into account their individual resources, needs and wishes and financial, legal, environmental/sustainability, building regulation and restoration matters.
- To obtain estimates for work, evaluate these estimates and advise the customer so that they may choose appropriate solutions to their repair, maintenance and adaptation needs.
- To monitor the work of contractors through to final completion, ensure that work is carried out to a high standard and that any defects are rectified to the customers satisfaction.
- To liaise with Local Authority surveyors, building inspectors, occupational therapists, independent surveyors, builders, tradespeople and establish good working relationships.
- To act as the project and contracts manager planning and overseeing building work using the appropriate form of building contract.
- To give professional advice on factors affecting existing buildings such as building defects, alterations, renovations and extensions, as well as on the design and construction.
- Working alongside local planning bodies, clients, construction workers and other professionals to ensure projects meet the relevant safety, sustainability and preservation standards.
Essential person specification criteria
- Experience of successfully delivering domestic residential projects requiring planning, building regulation, and other permissions
- HNC/HND in construction
- Skilled in preparation of schedule of works, diagnosis of building defects and maintenance problems and in the specification of remedial actions
- Interpersonal and communication skills, both written and oral
- Excellent project and time management skills
- Analytically minded, with strong problem-solving skills
- Commercially astute
- A team player who is caring and commitment to supporting continuous improvement
- A full driving licence and ability to travel across our region.
Desirable person specification criteria
- Previous experience working on Disabled Adaptations in domestic properties
- Experience in overseeing works that were completed by external contractors for disabled and vulnerable home owners
- Strong experience of disabled kitchen and bathroom replacements, rewires and full central heating installs, as well as roof replacements, rising / penetrating damp, condensation issues, wet and dry rot, CDM training
- CAD technician specialising in construction, mainly extensions and alterations to listed buildings.
- An experienced Architect, Surveyor or Technical officer
- Experience in Decent Homes Standards and the housing health and safety rating system (HHSRS)
- Premises Management experience
- Track record of working across teams and treating colleagues as equals
- Qualification and advanced training in health and safety legislation