Canal & River Trust

Senior Utilities Surveyor

UK-Leeds | UK-Birmingham | UK-Newark
Job ID
Closing Date
Position Type
Permanent FT
Advertised Salary
Up to £41, 000

Job Purpose

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities, we maintain 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings – preserving them for future generations.  Our waterways are exciting, vibrant places to work.  As a Senior Utilities Surveyor you will play an important role applying to help us improve, maintain and preserve our wonderful waterway network for our customers to enjoy today and into the future. 


The purpose of the role is to deliver income growth and maximise income opportunities within the Utilities business area. This role will involve reviewing new and existing income opportunities, managing debt, providing advice to the business units on Utility matters, and extending the service offered by the utilities team.


This post can be based out of Birmingham, Leeds or Newark.

Knowledge, Skills/Qualifications & Experience

  • Maintaining excellent relationships within the property, gas, electricity and water sectors to identify growth opportunities and deliver these.
  • Keeping abreast of current changes in utility and regulatory legislation to spot new areas of business into which the Trust may profitably venture.
  • Negotiation of premiums and annual licence fees with 3rd parties in relation to their use of the Trust's land.
  • Effectively and efficiently negotiate licence reviews and renewals ensuring the Trust receives fair and sustainable income.
  • Identify and promote new income opportunities.
  • Protect, promote and develop Canal & River Trust's assets that contribute to the Trust's aims to improve safety and increase the number to people using the waterways whilst protecting the heritage and integrity of the inland waterway network. 

Qualifications and knowledge required: 

  • Educated to degree level in a relevant subject
  • Chartered Surveyor (MRICS) with 2 years post qualification experience

Skill and experience required:

  • Experience within the Utilities field and/or property
  • Familiarity with the law relating to Utility business; (particularly statutory powers)
  • Ability to manage complex, multi-faceted disputes

Personal qualities:

  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to work under pressure and to a deadline
  • Flexible approach to working patters and locations
  • Friendly, approachable, confident manner
  • Excellent prioritising and time management skills
  • A team player

What We Offer

In addition to your salary and car cash allowance, you will receive access to a generous contributory DC Pension Plan, and excellent annual holiday entitlement.


You will be working with a great small team to deliver an very important service offering our customers  across the waterway a positive experience and a desire to return.  Get involved in organising and delivering great, fun events that spread knowledge and understanding of the Canal & River Trust and the great work we do.


We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community. We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.


Find out more about the work we do and opportunities we have on our website:


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