British Embassy Jobs in Pretoria - Corporate Services - Estates Officer Vacancies

British Embassy Jobs in Pretoria - Corporate Services - Estates Officer Vacancies

Main Purpose of Job:

The British High Commission to South Africa oversees the UK Government’s operations in South Africa across the following locations:

  • The British High Commission Pretoria (BHC)

  • The UK Visas & Immigration Office in Pretoria

  • The UK Department for International Trade in Johannesburg (DIT)

    The British Consulate General Cape Town
    Its Corporate Services Team, based largely in Pretoria with some staff in the locations above, is responsible for delivering corporate services to support the work of the Mission.

    The Estates Officer will work under the supervision of the Estates Manager and will help manage the British High Commission’s Offices and the properties where British Diplomats reside. The position acts as a facilities manager for a number of these properties, helping to ensure the effective management of the Estate whilst also demonstrating professionalism and delivering high quality customer service.

    The jobholder will need to be willing to work flexibly to help others, take on different tasks where work pressures are heavy, cover leave absences and deal with emergencies. This can involve calls and work dealing with customers and contractors in the evenings and weekends, for which a mobile phone is provided.

    Whilst the role is based in Pretoria, the jobholder can be expected to undertake periodic visits to the other Offices in South Africa, as listed above.

    The Estates Officer plays a crucial role in:

  • Preparing our residential properties for occupation by our staff, which requires forward-planning, attention to detail and strong organisational and time-management skills

  • Dealing with on-going maintenance issues from the whole estate, requiring skills in administration, IT and multi-tasking numerous concurrent activities

  • Providing a professional service to our office staff and residents, for which a thorough understanding of customer service and good communications skills are essential
    Managing the work of an in-house maintenance team and liaising with external suppliers of services

    The role is ideally suited to an individual who:

  • Enjoys staff management duties and wants to develop management experience

  • Has strong administrative skills, and wants to develop experience in finance and requisitioning and running projects

  • Is a good communicator and people-person, who takes price of good service and enjoys working in a busy team

  • Experience of facilities management / property management is a bonus.

    Roles and responsibilities:

    The below roles and responsibilities are general guidelines. They are not limited to the detail below and are subject to change from time to time with prior consultation if circumstances, structures, work pressures or priorities alter, or if absences need

  • Organising the tasks required in managing a portfolio of residential accommodation; includes site visits, managing contractors, tracking progress and record keeping.

  • Organising the workload of (2) maintenance staff, for facilities management activities on the estate. Includes weekly planning / scheduling of work and ensuring staff have the correct information / tools for the works required.

  • Raising requisitions orders and receipting funds in Prism, dealing with financial issues and budgeting requirements

  • Conducting ‘March In’ (assignment of accommodation) and ‘March Out’ (taking back possession of a property), ensuring all steps are completed to FCO standards, complying with Health & Safety requirements, and maintaining strong customer service with our occupiers

  • Monitoring maintenance requests on a daily basis, ensuring that issues are addressed in line with Corporate Service Charter deadlines, and communicating with occupants and maintenance staff.

  • Estates administration duties, including internal record-keeping on properties, suppliers, contractors, budget issues and asset registers. Management of property information such float lists, information sheets, inventories and property photos

  • Regular property visits, using experience / knowledge to observe and highlight any estate concerns as well as accompanying suppliers / contractors, for inspections and maintenance such as generator issues, electrical, plumbing or structural issues. Additionally, to observe and highlight any property concerns to the Estate Manager.

  • The job holder will assist the EM in maintaining and co-ordinating all aspects of H&S Compliance in accordance with the UK H&S Compliance audits for all properties Assist the H&S Compliance Officer to ensure properties fulfil FCO guidelines for safe occupation

  • Ensure that an accurate, up-to-date and complete inventory lists are maintained of all British High Commission properties at all times. The duties includes creating and/or updating the existing property files with standardised float and furniture inventory lists.

    Essential qualifications, skills and experience

  • Strong Computer literacy

  • Multi-tasking, communication and time-management skills

  • Valid Drivers license

  • Administration Experience

    Desirable qualifications, skills and experience

  • Experience in property management / facilities management

  • Line management experience

    How to Apply

    For more information and job application details, see; British Embassy Jobs in Pretoria - Corporate Services - Estates Officer Vacancies

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