HS2: Job Opportunity
Property Acquisition Manager
|2 Snowhill, Birmingham, B4 6GA|
High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK’s new high-speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between many of Britain’s major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.
HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential. In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.
- As Property Acquisition Manager at HS2, you will be responsible for ensuring land and property acquired for the HS2 project is available on time and as required. You will manage up to 40 cases within a geographical area.
- On behalf of the Acquisition Lead and senior surveyors within the team, you’ll oversee acquisitions along the HS2 route, which will include a highly diverse mix of properties and land. The role is likely to include cases from various sectors(and geographies), including commercial, industrial, retail, residential, agricultural and leisure.
- You’ll liaise with affected landowners, build relationships with affected property owners and organisations, and negotiate compensation claims within guidelines and parameters. Supporting and leading on relevant aspects of commitments given by the project, you’ll ensure acquisitions meet forecast and quality requirements and minimise the escalation of cases.
- You’ll also provide relevant technical advice to the delivery function, town planning, environment and petition management stakeholders, to inform decision-making in those areas from a property perspective.
- Using your judgement, you’ll strike a balance between delivering value for money to the taxpayer and ensuring fairness to claimants. With delegated authority under the financial
- delegations for HS2, you’ll work closely with the Acquisition Lead and colleagues across the Land and Property team to escalate issues that might need special attention.
- We’re looking for someone with stakeholder management skills who can tactfully manage communications and negotiations, internally and externally. You’ll also be skilled in developing public-facing communications, fulfilling project management, writing reports, and compiling and analysing data from multiple sources.
- You will have a relevant qualification in Surveying or a similar property-related discipline and experience working in the property business. An understanding of the compulsory purchase process or other government compensation schemes is also required, and further training on this can be provided. You’ll also be able to develop effective relationships with suppliers and manage delivery throughout the supply chain.