Estate Manager - Bodmin

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Estate Manager - Bodmin


At the National Trust, we love places. We look after more land than any other private landowner. With over 255,000 hectares of countryside and tens of thousands of buildings, our estate is large and complex, incorporating agricultural holdings, residential property and commercial premises. We take care of some of the nation’s most treasured landscapes and protecting their health, beauty and value is at the core of our ten-year strategy. Land and the rural landscape is a huge focus within the National Trust, as are our ambitious aspirations for improving nature and wildlife.
As an Estate Manager, you’ll be a leader in delivering the modern, progressive land management approach we need to do this. An experienced Rural Practice Chartered Surveyor, you’ll be working primarily on the iconic Cotehele Estate in the south east of Cornwall which currently forms part of a larger portfolio including  the magnificent North Cornwall coast from the Devon border down to Newquay (to be confirmed).
Your key role as Estate Manager will be to manage the diverse let estate across the properties and offer our General Managers and Consultancy colleagues up-to-the-minute advice, guidance and support on all land management matters. You'll generate significant income from the residential and commercial property portfolio to support our wider conservation work.

What it's like to work here

You’ll be a key part of the National Trust team based at our Bodmin Hub and supporting a wonderful range of properties across Cornwall. There is flexibility to work from home for some of your time when not out on site. We are a close-knit, hard-working but mutually supportive team operating in a friendly and relaxed environment. It's inspiring and enjoyable work. The Hub is also home to a number of specialists in many fields of our work. The diversity and quality of expertise within the Trust enables our properties and places to benefit from an extraordinary range of creative and innovative thinking, as well as expertise in all matters relating to our twin charitable aims of caring for the nation’s heritage and landscapes and making these accessible to all.
The management of our tenancies and assets, together with the relationships we have with our tenants, underpins our national £40m+ annual rental income and is absolutely essential to the delivery of our conservation work. We’ve recently redefined our strategy and made some revolutionary changes to significantly improve how we do things in Estate Management. If you join our team, you’ll build on these strong foundations and take on unique, interesting estate management work and associated projects that will shape the future of the UK’s biggest private landowner and the properties it owns and protects.   Cornwall provides a wonderfully balanced lifestyle. Its stunning environment, friendly disposition and relaxed attitude to life belies the huge ambition within the County to lead the way on sustainable living and values.
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What you'll be doing

You’ll be working across part of the Cotehele (and Antony) and North Cornwall portfolios which  extend across more than 3000 hectares of Cornwall and include a significant agricultural, residential and commercial let estate. With responsibility for this let estate and with a significant input into in-hand areas of the estate, you will help develop and finance our strategy for Land, Outdoors and Nature working closely with property and consultancy staff to make a real difference to the long-term wellbeing of our land and the commercial and environmental success of the Trust’s cause. It’s a demanding job with substantial rental budgets to deal with and a significant number of assets to manage. You’ll have support to help you with this, working with Building Surveyors, Estate Management Officer and Lettings Officer along with our property leadership teams, countryside specialists, tenants and other consultants to deliver the visionary management approach these estates deserve. 

Who we're looking for

With experience of working in a senior Rural Surveyor position you’ll be adaptable, and confident to turn your hand to all areas of estate management, able to demonstrate the following;
  • Excellent negotiation skills with the ability to adapt your negotiating style depending on the situation
  • A high level of financial acumen and strong experience of managing large budgets
  • Impressive relationship and staff management skills and the ability to engage with a variety of audiences
  • An innovative approach to estate management and the ability to spot opportunities or creative solutions
  • The ability to develop new opportunities to take forward our Land, Outdoors and Nature agenda, including new ways of managing land that provide greater public benefits
  • The ability to analyse data, and to recognise trends and understand strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats on and to the estate
  • A collaborative approach to working with internal teams to manage the Estate Management Plan Strong project management skills
  • The ability to foster a strong relationship with tenants and stakeholders

The package

The National Trust has the motto ‘For everyone, for ever’ at its heart. We’re working hard to create an inclusive culture, where everyone feels they belong. It’s important that our people reflect and represent the diversity of the communities and audiences we serve. We welcome and value difference, so when we say we’re for everyone, we want everyone to be welcome in our teams too.

  • Flexible working whenever possible
  • Free parking at most locations
  • Free entry to our properties for you, a guest and your children (under 18)
  • Substantial pension scheme of up to 10% basic salary

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The National Trust is committed to promoting and preserving those places of natural beauty and historic interest for which it has the privilege to be responsible for the benefit of the nation, for everyone for ever.

The Trust is proud of what has been achieved over the last 126 years and is determined to maintain those high standards of conservation, stewardship and curatorial care for which it has been recognised throughout the world.

Its achievements have enabled the general public and the Trust’s members and visitors to enjoy and appreciate the countryside, coastline, gardens, historic buildings and collections, all of which encapsulate so much of the history of England, Wales and Northern Ireland. There is a duty to tell that history in a complete, balanced and accurate way, and without judgement.

The National Trust continues as a guardian of the past, and for the future, to uphold its duty to maintain and enhance what has been entrusted to its care.

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