Everyone in our team plays an important role in helping to build the foundations of a healthier society.
We are seeking to recruit two Development Surveyors to join our Property Team. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals to join a client-side team driving investment returns and charitable and social benefit for one of the UK’s largest place-based health endowments with just over £1 billion of assets.
Our management of the Endowment is both strategic and hands-on and thus represents an exceptional learning and development opportunity. 40% of our assets are invested in property around Guy’s and St Thomas’ hospital campuses where we are progressing an ambitious redevelopment programme. 60% of our assets are invested in a multi-manager, multi-asset class financial portfolio through a dynamic partnership with Partners Capital, a leading investment adviser. We have a long-term approach to investment strategy and seek the best investment managers in the world.
We aim to be at the cutting edge of how foundations operate across all our activities, both charitable and investment related, and we particularly wish to focus on developing places, buildings and schemes that deliver across a number of priorities including our direct charitable priorities, health and well-being more generally, the communities in which they sit and climate change. This role will have an important input into shaping that future for the Foundation and enhancing the Endowment.
The Foundation is currently progressing a number of major development projects including:
In addition to these major developments the Foundation has a number of smaller development projects, both in and outside of London, plus key strategic challenges in shaping the property portfolio over the next 10 years.
Our development plans are highly ambitious and are likely to involve a complex series of large transactions involving development partners, other external funding sources, teams of outsourced experts and our partners (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust and King’s College London).
The Development Surveyors will be required to work collaboratively with a wide range of stakeholders acting as an ambassador for the Foundation at all times, specifically promoting the Foundation’s priorities. Excellent communication skills – both written and oral – are required as are high levels of awareness to reputational risk and political challenges.
Whilst the developments are being progressed the existing properties will need to be pro-actively asset managed. The Development Surveyors will support the team in ensuring that the property portfolio is delivering its financial target returns as well as promoting the Foundation’s priorities, notably its property objectives of promoting health and well-being, community inclusivity and climate change and sustainability.
The Foundation pro-actively manages the existing property portfolio via a small number of specialists managing agents. The Development Surveyors will need excellent organisational skills to ensure that the agents deliver the Foundation’s objectives to the highest standards.
The Foundation is creating an ESG strategy for the property portfolio which the Development/ESG Surveyor is leading on. Once the strategy is in place, implementation and action will be required by the property team to achieve the net zero and other targets. The Foundation would like to be ambitious but not unrealistic with their targets and would like to lead in this arena. Careful thought needs to be given to this, requiring working with a number of internal teams and external advisors/stakeholders.
These are very exciting positions for ambitious and motivated self-starters who have the ability and drive to meet a wide range of property challenges and wish to gain experience of a high value multi asset property portfolio.
At Guy’s & St Thomas’ Foundation, our mission is clear – to build the foundations of a healthier society.
As part of our team, you will work alongside talented people from a mix of personal and professional backgrounds. We are a Living Wage employer and support flexible working, part-time roles and job shares. Though our ambitions are serious, this is a friendly place to work with lots of opportunities to meet and socialise with colleagues. We believe there is immense power in diversity and aim to recruit and nurture talent who think and act differently.
More information about working with us can be found here, where you can read about
The Development Surveyors will work with the Property Director, Project Director and Development /ESG Surveyor, senior executives, wider teams within the Foundation, stakeholders and expert external consultants to: