Project Officer (Surveyors) Career Grade

Full-time Position

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop a professional career in Building Surveying or Quantity Surveying?

Job Description

Are you looking for an opportunity to develop a professional career in Building Surveying or Quantity Surveying? Have you just completed your post 16 education, or you may already be studying for a construction related qualification or looking to change career.

Day to day

Building Surveyor

To undertake various types of building surveys, carry out site surveys, prepare reports, specifications, drawings, and contractual documentation to enable competition to take place. To carry out rectification of building defects and to provide improvements to properties.  To advise on the appropriateness and suitability of building materials, to assist with the Council’s decarbonisation programme and to collect data on buildings to allow the service to analyse how to improve housing standards.     

Quantity Surveyor

To assist with managing an annual budget of around £25m per annum. You will prepare budget estimates for a wide range of building and maintenance related works, prepare contract specifications and tender documents, analyse tenders, raise orders, undertake valuations, and make payments across multiple contracts.

Your starting salary will be based on your qualifications and experience. As these roles are on a career grade structure, and as you develop and gain experience in your job and through your education, your level of responsibility will grow, which will be reflected in your salary grade.

These roles are for 37 hours per week, Monday to Friday with time off to attend the ARU for study.   

The post also involves visiting people’s homes so this will require good communication skills and a focus on the needs of the customer.   


The post is based at Gipping House on Whittle Road, Ipswich but you will be required to travel to site so you will need a driving licence and the ability to safely climb ladders for inspections purposes.  The Council has a pool of electric vehicles that will be available to use for work purposes.

General Information  

This post will not be eligible in the first instance to any hybrid working arrangements at IBC, this is due to the requirement for supervision and development in the early stages of the apprenticeship.    

It is anticipated that the successful applicant will be enrolled for the Jan 2023 intake at Anglia Ruskin University. Initial short listing will identify those applicants who will be invited to undertake basic reasoning and Maths/English tests online. There will then be a further short-listing exercise.

Successful applicants will be invited to interview at the office and as part of that process where you will be asked to present a short presentation to the Interview panel.   

About you

You will need GCSE passes in Maths and English Language, and Level 3 qualification or A level passes in relevant subjects to be able to be enrolled at the School of Engineering & The Built Environment  

The duration of the apprenticeship will depend on your progress, but it is envisaged that this will be approximately 5 years to achieve professional recognition.  

You will be able to follow detailed instructions, maintain high standards of work, be well organised to attend appointments promptly, flexible to adapt to a changing working environment and adjust work schedules as required. 

This post is offered on a permanent basis.

As well as a good salary, we offer a career average pension scheme, generous holiday and sick pay entitlements, subsidised parking, public transport discounts, free swimming, cycle purchase scheme, plenty of personal and professional development opportunities, flexible working, hybrid working opportunities, Employee Assistance Programme and the opportunity to work with great colleagues.

For more information about this role please contact Duncan Carragher via email

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The selection process will be an interview /assessment centre followed by interview. Interviews will be held on in early November 2022

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to interview candidates who meet the essential criteria prior to the closing date and / or to close the opportunity to applicants once we receive sufficient applications


Gipping House – Ipswich


£19,650 – £31,895 (Career Grade)

Application closing date

28 October 2022

Job type

Full-time – 37 Hours per week

Job reference



Ipswich Borough Council

Grafton House
15-17 Russell Road

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