Technical Manager

  • Construction Recruitment
  • South Buckinghamshire
  • Feb 19, 2020
Full time Construction Management Architect & Design Planner Property Architect

Job Description

A property investment company based in Buckinghamshire has numerous retained commercial and residential property assets within its property portfolio and as such are looking for a Technical Manager. Our client is looking to substantially grow the portfolio through the acquisition of a wide variety of property assets including retail, industrial, offices, residential and leisure properties. Taken together with the existing portfolio there exists a wide range of opportunities to create further value through refurbishment and redevelopment of the property assets.
Working as part of the acquisitions team the purpose of the role is to ensure information is produced, checked and distributed on programme to the correct quality and within budget to enable effective sub-contract procurement and build programmes to be met.
The company requires a rounded individual who will help deliver these projects through the planning, design and build phase. This role would suit a practically minded individual from a technical background.

Appointing and managing design teams and consultants and liaising with architects, engineers, party wall surveyors, building control and town planners.
Assist with the preparation of technical budgets when requested.
Check drawings to ensure the proposals / details are practical and economical.
In all matters to refer where necessary for advice and guidance to supervisors.
Check all drawings to ensure proposals / details are practical and economic and where necessary Improvements which will result in cost / time reductions.
Ensure consultants are appointed in sufficient time to meet the agreed programme following sign off from supervisors.
Ensure clearance of Building Regulations and other relevant conditions.
Prepare and update specifications in association with the Sales and Lettings departments.
Ensure the effective co-ordination of planning, Design Freeze and working drawings ensuring that discrepancies are reported and agreed.
Organise the approval of specialist drawings through consultants as necessary.
Resolve design and building problems contacting relevant personnel and consultants as appropriate.
Liaise with acquisitions surveyor and internal planning, architects, projects, estates and sales/lettings departments.
Approve consultants claim for payment in conjunction with Development Manager.
Prepare and submit information pursuant to planning conditions, chasing them through to discharge in a timely manner.
As required, evaluate requirements for environmental standards and seek the most economic way forward.
Obtain service information and quotations and place order to meet the building programme following the relevant approval ensuring the services are procured in the most financially economic way.
Organise for disconnection or alteration of existing services for building purposes when necessary.
Organise / procure postal addresses, SAP calculations, heating layouts, sanitary ware schedules and other pertinent technical information that may be applicable.
Organise and administer where relevant Section 38, Section 104, Section 278 agreements where necessary.
Organise consultants to carry out all necessary site surveys, soil report and contamination report etc.
Perform duties as CDM Co-ordinator referring to the Development Manager (acting as Principle Contractor) where necessary.
Under the duties above, to prepare pre-construction information plans, issue F10’s, review where requested Health & Safety documentation and method statements.
Prepare an Operations & Maintenance Manual incorporating a Health & Safety File for hand over to management company or estates department.
Register sites with NHBC and Local Authority where appropriate.
Ensure that the technical budget is updated as necessary with all orders placed, and all invoices paid.
Place contracts within budget values where possible, seeking confirmation of order prior to proceeding and consulting Development Manager for guidance if the consultants’ quotation exceeds the budget value.
Attend to consultants’ contract administration.
Comply with company contracts, regulations and administration systems in force at the time.
Keep up to date with correct building products, techniques, regulations and legislation that may impact the performance of the required duties.
If requested to write to consultants of delays / additional costs occur and give appropriate notices where necessary regarding contra charges.
Ensure Party Wall surveyors are appointed where relevant.
Support the estates department with any technical queries, including preparation of lease plans.
Liaise with the maintenance manager on the existing portfolio in monitoring and recording compliance with regard to all standard health and safety matters including; –

Deregulation Act 2015 – the installation of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms in all residential properties.
Placement of up to date Health and Safety manuals in the reception of all multi-let buildings
Legionella risk assessment and testing
Asbestos survey reports
EPC certificates
Fire safety
Gas safety certificates
Electrical certificates

Only when agreed with the Acquisitions Director:
Revise consultant’s programme
Alter the company’s standard Consultants Contract Terms & Conditions
Agree initial, or subsequently alter, professional fees
Withdraw or reduce the value of the contra charges
Increase the value of the consultant’s account
Terminate consultant’s contract
Execute legally binding agreement.

Experienced Technical Manager
Ability to communicate well at all levels and with all parties
Strong auditing skills and diligent
Professional attitude
Hands on approach and willing to take ownership
IT literate
Good eye for detail
Works well under pressure
Excellent time management skills