A graduate is sought as an Assistant Project Manager for Build Consultants, commercial and residential property consultants, in Whimple, East Devon. The role is full-time and part of the GBP scheme, starting in June, and will be supporting the firm’s two Project Managers in a variety of projects covering property agency, design (architectural and engineering), planning consultancy, construction project management, and Self & Custom Build homes. Opportunities for other responsibilities are available depending on individual specialisms.
Summary of Company:
Build Consultants was established in 2004 and operates in a wide variety of property-related roles in both commercial and residential settings. The company offers an extensive portfolio of services, covering property search and feasibility studies, design work (both architectural and engineering in nature), planning consultancy, viability analysis, property agency (buying, selling, and lettings on behalf of both tenants and landlords), construction project management (including financial management/quantity surveying, contract administration, Health & Safety monitoring, in addition to classical project management), and services to support Self & Custom Builders in identifying land, and designing, acquiring permission for, and building their own home. Build Consultants are also the first (and currently only) company in the UK partnered with the Sintali-SGS consortium to offer green building consultancy and certification through the World Bank Group’s new ‘EDGE’ programme.
Our team (at time of writing):
Malcolm Randall BSc MICE AInst.IIB (LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/malcolmrandall/)
Malcolm has worked in property and allied professions for more than forty years, qualifying originally as a chartered civil engineer. He’s had an extremely diverse career, ranging from designing hurricane-proof bridges in Hong Kong to running his own regional construction firm, and latterly as a business advisor through several national and international networks. He’s at his happiest at the forefront of innovation, working on new or challenging projects with significant technical or operational difficulties that require outside-the-box thinking – and, to that end, never leaves his desk without a sharp drafting pencil.
Marianne’s career has been equally diverse, working across a variety of sectors in roles both property-related and not, from surveying and estimating to financial and accounts management. While principally responsible for managing Build Consultants’ accounts, outside of work Marianne loves spending time with grandchildren, and would often prefer to be working in the garden rather than filling out new and exciting HMRC paperwork.
Todd Olive BASc GradIEMA (LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/toddlolive/)
A recent graduate himself, Todd has been with the firm for four years, initially supporting a wide range of business functions while providing project support and studying for his degree in Economics & Global Sustainable Development and is now one of the firm’s two principal Project Managers. He’s the company’s resident green thumb, with a history of climate advocacy, and has recently qualified as an ‘EDGE Expert’ in addition to his existing project-based responsibilities. Todd’s work typically focuses more on the planning and economics sides of the business, though also encompasses IT and cashflow management.
Madeleine Jones (LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/madeleine-jones-642444185/)
Madeleine is the newest member of our full-time team, bringing a healthy obsession with border dark chocolate ginger biscuits and dachshunds to the Officer Manager role. As a former retail manager at the University, she’s a bit of a wizard at admin, and in addition to supporting Marianne in accounts and credit control supports both Malcolm and Todd in our full portfolio of project work.
Tommy’s a soon-to-be graduate from Colyton Grammar School and has been working at the company as a draughtsman for many years. He’s an experienced hand at CAD, both 2D and 3D (including CGI!), and is our go-to man for articulating the innovative design approaches that underpin our ‘blue skies’ approach. Longer term, Tommy has his sights set on a degree in Architecture following a year out – which, starting full time this Summer, he’ll be spending with our team.
We also have a team of associates regularly joining us in the office, in addition to a once-a-week intern from Exeter College, who bring a variety of other services and specialisms to our core offering.
Our number one priority is our clients. From a cynic’s perspective, it has to be – we’re a small firm, without the marketing clout of the big consultancy practices that operate in our industry, so something has to set us apart. What it means to us, though, is that we don’t see our role as providing something to someone else – but rather, as achieving the best we can on behalf of a team.
What else do we believe?
First, property shouldn't be a burden. Our homes aren't just empty shells; they're an embodiment of who we are, and how we live - and they should be designed and built, from day one, to adhere to that. Offices, warehouses, or workshops, meanwhile, can be one of the biggest costs for businesses of any size, and are a defining part of the experience of working for a firm. That’s why our work must always consider its impact on the people that will be affected by it, now and in the future.
Second, our property and our planet are inextricably linked. Our logo, the Banyan Tree, is the national tree of India, with long, deep roots and branches that symbolise the country's unity. Every aspect of the tree is useful to the communities that it is found in providing shelter and protection from the sun, a variety of medical uses, and as a focal point for gatherings or meetings or classroom lessons. It also makes a great playroom, sitting on or climbing through the branches and swinging from the vines. It's a natural resource that's sustainably harnessed for the benefit of mankind - a philosophy that we seek to embed in everything we do.
Third, no problem can be solved by one individual or one discipline alone; just as the sciences cannot function without the arts, successful property projects need a huge range of specialisms and experience to ensure they're the best they can be. At Build Consultants, we abide by this principle; our team's experience spans fields throughout the property sector and beyond, encompassing sustainable development, civil engineering, business management, and much more - and where our core team doesn't have the right specialism, we have a close-knit team of associates on standby to make sure we can put together the right team for your project.
And finally – we cannot do what we do without each other. Being a small firm, we look out for each other day-in, day-out; we support each other, particularly when we’re unsure or don’t have the answer – and as a principle, we are always looking for ways to support personal development, and to expand our professional offering to allow our team to bring the full breadth of their skills to bear on making our work a success.
The role is principally in supporting the company’s Project Managers to deliver client-facing work (which may additionally include general business administration), however would be expanded to include other responsibilities according to any specialisms and interests that the candidate has. A selection of core project responsibilities is included below, as well as a list of other potential areas of responsibility that may be assigned according to interest and/or specialism.
Core Duties and Responsibilities: Project-Based
- Taking client enquiries, including attending initial meetings
- Consulting with Directors to produce project proposals
- Undertaking site surveys to inform valuations, Schedules of Condition/Dilapidation, and other project work
- Conducting market research, through online sources and direct engagement with stakeholders
- Conducting policy research relating to planning (national and local), Building Regulations, and other relevant fields
- Conducting feasibility studies, valuations, project appraisals, and similar
- Producing client-facing written documentation, including of feasibility studies, valuations, option appraisals and recommendations
- Producing project documents, including planning documents (e.g., Statements of Case, Design & Access Statements, Sequential/Exception Tests, etc.), finance documents (e.g., cashflow projections based on viability studies), construction documents (e.g., Health & Safety plans, JCT contracts), and similar
- Maintaining project folders, including updating records, filing received information, monitoring expenditure, and similar
- Liaising with stakeholders – a non-exhaustive list of examples includes: clients; specialists (a variety of fields: planning specialists, e.g. ecologists, arboriculturists, flood/drainage specialists, geotechnical engineers; legal professionals; construction professionals (e.g. site supervisors, structural engineers, Building Control); agents (e.g. estate agents, surveyors)
- Completing additional project works as and when required in the normal course of business
Potential Additional Responsibilities
- Architectural design work: undertaking feasibility designs, planning designs, detailed designs (including, on small projects, Building Regulations design); this may include 2D (AutoCAD), 3D (Sketchup), and CGI (VRay for Sketchup) work [by interest or by qualification]
- Engineering design work: including structural design and calculations [by qualification only]
- Operational accounts administration: overall monitoring of project expenditures, time allocations, invoicing, etc, feeding into general accounts and credit control responsibilities held by others
- Marketing: our primary sources of work are business networks and contacts; we are open to exploring digital avenues, including updating our new website to improve SEO and web visibility, improving our social media presence, etc. – as well as to looking at any other ideas you might have!
As a property consultancy, there are inevitably a huge range of disciplines and specialisms that are relevant and haven’t been listed above. The firm is open and keen to hear from candidates that would be interested in introducing these as part of the role.
GBPs are also offered a ‘how to make the most of your internship’ introductory session, bespoke mentoring, work shadow and career consultancy opportunities.
- The firm is aware that many of the responsibilities will not have been covered by previous academic or professional experience – Build Consultants expects to provide supported on the job training for all aspects of the role
- Build Consultants is also open and willing to providing additional professional training opportunities depending on the interests of the candidate – this may include supporting achieving membership of relevant professional organisations, e.g., ICE, RICS, RIBA, IEMA, CIOB, APM
- Qualifying Workplace Pension Scheme; 5% employee contributions, 3% employer
- Near to Whimple train station (Waterloo line)
- Ample free on-street parking
- In village setting, near a shop, local pub, and open countryside
- Kitchenette facilities available, including tea & coffee
Skills, Qualities and Interests
- An interest in the planning, urban design, and design codes, with a desire to work in Policy.
- A highly motivated and driven individual that uses their own initiative.
- With a focus to successfully complete a range of projects.
- An innovative thinker and strong problem-solver.
- Excellent organisation skills
- Exceptional desktop research, analytical skills, and report-writing skills
- Good written and verbal communication for liaising with colleagues and stakeholders.
- Good interpersonal skills to develop and maintain positive working relationships colleagues and stakeholders.
- The ability to both work as part of a team and manage an individual caseload.
- An aptitude for listening to, and negotiating with, a range of people.
- The ability to work with accuracy and attention to detail.
- The post-holder will ideally possess a full UK driving license (use of a company vehicle will be provided for work travel)
GBP Scheme Requirements
To be eligible to apply and undertake a GBP role you must meet all of the following criteria:
- achieved (or about the achieve) a full undergraduate degree (if you have a Masters or PhD you can apply)
- attended a British university or you were an ERASMUS student who time studying at a UK university
- graduated in the UK within the last 3 years of your most recent degree (we will consider extenuating circumstances of potential applicants that may have prevented them from undertaking a graduate role within 3 years of graduation).
- Right to Work in the UK for the duration of the GBP internship without the need for sponsorship and follow the Intern Guidance- Proving Right to Work the UK.
- Residency in the UK for the duration of your GBP role
- You cannot undertake another GBP role if the contract length in total exceeds the maximum duration of 23 months working as a GBP.
We welcome all applicants and the diversity they bring, however current immigration legislation prevents the university to provide sponsorship certificates for GBPs, as they do not meet the criteria for a Tier 2 (General Visa) as explained on the International Student Support webpages
The University of Exeter is a Disability Confident Employer, committed attracting and recruiting people with disabilities, and retaining and supporting staff with disabilities.
To undertake a GBP role you must achieve your degree. In the unlikely scenario where a degree is not awarded, the GBP hours may be reduced to 15hrs a week (for undergraduates) or 6hrs a week (for postgraduates) to enable to the graduand the capacity to successfully complete their degree. If the graduand fails their degree the GBP role will end early.
To apply for this role please complete our internship application which can be downloaded here: http://ex.ac.uk/bqu. Please send your completed form to firstname.lastname@example.org