Graduate Valuation Surveyor

Valuation Office Agency · Competitive · Birmingham
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Full UK / EU Driving Licence A Provisional licence is accepted at time of application however a FULL licence must be attained and evidenced to proceed with contract offer and commencement of employment.

Desirable Requirements:

Have sound analytical skills and good judgement to inform decisions and provide opinions or advice to others

Have good communication and interpersonal skills both verbally and written.

Have strong organisational skills to manage a diverse workload, delivering to deadlines and traveling regularly.

Be self-motivated, flexible and prepared to perform a range of duties

For further information; please refer to the candidate pack.

Licences

Full UK / EU Driving Licence A Provisional licence is accepted at time of application however a FULL licence must be attained and evidenced to proceed with contract offer and commencement on scheme.

Qualifications

A RICS accredited pathway degree or masters in Real Estate or Valuation at 2:2 or above or MSc in Real Estate (by 1st September 2022). Your qualification must be fully complete and awarded by this date. If you currently hold any of the above qualifications you may be offered a post prior to September 2022 subject to business need.

Behaviours

Well assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

Well assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical questions suitable to qualification and role to be asked at interview

Benefits

We offer a range of flexible working options, a generous leave allowance that starts at 25 days and goes up to 30 days after 5 years service and a pension scheme. Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 4 weeks at full pay.

The most popular parts of our reward package include:

Pay in the few years, we have increased both the minimum and maximum pay points for everyone in the VOA and implemented a new pay scale specifically for qualified surveyors.

Pension - we make contributions to our colleagues Alpha pension equal to at least 26% of their salary.

Working hours and location flexibility everyone in the VOA has some opportunity to work from home, and we support a full range of flexible working options including part time, part year, compressed hours and job shares.

Family friendly policies including four weeks of paid paternity leave

Personal support we offer extensive special leave to help balance your life and work commitments, a variety of non-financial rewards (including a Cycle to Work scheme of up to 4000) and we work with professional providers to provide occupational health and full mental and physical wellbeing services.

Download the Employee Value Proposition for full details of the benefits of being a VOA employee at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/valuation-office-agency/about/recruitment

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

Application Process

If you can meet our person requirements above we are keen to hear from you.

After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Numerical Test. If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the test is 23:55pm on 12th November 2021. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

Please note the test deadline is the same as the deadline for the full application. Ensure you leave yourself enough time to complete all stages of the process.

You will then be asked to provide a name-blind CV and personal statement of 750 words. if you are successful at the tests

The personal statement should outline your suitability for the role and your interest in the surveying profession.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the personal statement. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Sift

We will assess you on CV and Personal Statement

Sift w/c 15th November over 2 to 3 week period.

Please note; these dates are indicative only at this stage and therefore subject to change.

Interviews

Interviews are currently taking place using Microsoft Teams Video or VOA locations. We will provide more detail if you are shortlisted for interview.

We will assess you on the Behaviour, Communicating and Influencing, A Presentation, Technical question and strengths.

At the interview, the panel can then probe further and ask applicants to provide further specific examples that show how they best demonstrate their skills.

Technical questions suitable to qualification and role will also be asked at interview

We expect interviews to take place over December and January. Please note; this timeline is indicative only at this stage and therefore subject to change.

Behaviours

The distinguishing Behaviours (the required skills, knowledge and behaviours) for this role are set out in the Civil Service Behaviours Framework and should be referred to when making this application.

You are required, under the Behaviours approach, to describe how you have dealt with a specific situation.

You must give evidence of your knowledge, skills and behaviours and how you have applied this, such as what you did or said and how you interacted with other people.

When you are giving your examples, do not spend too many words on description and background information. Avoid using general or unspecific statements. Instead say what the situation was, what you did what your thought process was and so on.

Presentation

As part of the interview process you will be asked to deliver a 10 minute presentation, the title of which will be confirmed one week prior to interview.

Technical

Technical questions suitable to qualification and role will also be asked at interview

Choice of locations

As part of the application process you will be asked to tell us which of the locations available, you can work in. You will be able to specify up to 3 options.

Any move to VOA from another employer will mean you can no longer access childcare vouchers. This includes moves between government departments. You may however be eligible for other government schemes, including Tax Free Childcare. Determine your eligibility at https://www.childcarechoices.gov.uk

London Locations

Due to the way the CS Jobs system is set up, when choosing your preferred locations, you will find that the Wembley location will not appear on the list of options. This is replaced by Harlesden

Should you wish to choose Wembley as a location then please select Harlesden

Please note that after 04 April 2022, successful candidates will be required to attend their nearest Valuation Office to have their identification documents verified by a member of staff in order to commence pre-employment checks. Further details will be provided following notification of success at the interview.

VOA employees only: If you are currently in receipt of DTA as a result of a VOA office closure/restructure and it is agreed for you to take up this role in your current location, you may continue to receive DTA for the remainder of the period you can claim for. Please check with the Vacancy Holder on preferred locations for this role before you apply.

Terms & Conditions

Voluntary terms apply.

Please note that the VOA has updated its terms and conditions of employment as part of Civil Service Reform. For more information on how this will affect you, please see attached FAQ document.

Reserve Lists

If we have more successful candidates than available vacancies, we will hold a 6-month reserve list.

During that time, we may use the list to fill the same, or similar roles with closely matching essential criteria, without further testing of merit. Any appointments from the Reserve list will be made in strict merit order

The Valuation Office Agency (VOA) is recruiting property related Graduates to join our Graduate Valuation Surveyor scheme across England and Wales. If you enjoy working within a fast paced, challenging environment then this is an excellent opportunity to join our highly skilled and diverse organisation.

Job description

We are looking for talented individuals who already hold, or will hold by September 2022, a RICS accredited pathway degree or masters in Real Estate or Valuation at 2:2 or above which aligns with the Valuation pathway, who are eager to start a surveying career. As part of the graduate programme we will support you to complete your Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) with the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and provide you with the training and development you will need to become a fully qualified Chartered Surveyor .

When you join the Graduate programme, you will undertake a variety of roles including surveying and valuing properties for Council Tax, Non-Domestic Rating, Inheritance Tax, Compulsorily Purchase and much more. We will provide full training and mentoring via a dedicated training programme, to make sure you get the right mix of work and breadth of experience required to complete your APC and become a Chartered Valuation Surveyor.

For further information please see our candidate pack.

Responsibilities

Person Specification

Essential Requirements:

A RICS accredited pathway degree or masters in Real Estate or Valuation at 2:2 or above or MSc in Real Estate (by 1st September 2022). Your qualification must be fully complete and awarded by this date. If you currently hold any of the above qualifications you may be offered a post prior to September 2022 subject to business need.

Full UK / EU Driving Licence A Provisional licence is accepted at time of application however a FULL licence must be attained and evidenced to proceed with contract offer and commencement of employment.

Desirable Requirements:

Have sound analytical skills and good judgement to inform decisions and provide opinions or advice to others

Have good communication and interpersonal skills both verbally and written.

Have strong organisational skills to manage a diverse workload, delivering to deadlines and traveling regularly.

Be self-motivated, flexible and prepared to perform a range of duties

For further information; please refer to the candidate pack.

Licences

Full UK / EU Driving Licence A Provisional licence is accepted at time of application however a FULL licence must be attained and evidenced to proceed with contract offer and commencement on scheme.

Qualifications

A RICS accredited pathway degree or masters in Real Estate or Valuation at 2:2 or above or MSc in Real Estate (by 1st September 2022). Your qualification must be fully complete and awarded by this date. If you currently hold any of the above qualifications you may be offered a post prior to September 2022 subject to business need.

Behaviours

Well assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:

  • Communicating and Influencing

Technical skills

Well assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:

  • Technical questions suitable to qualification and role to be asked at interview

Benefits

We offer a range of flexible working options, a generous leave allowance that starts at 25 days and goes up to 30 days after 5 years service and a pension scheme. Maternity, adoption or shared parental leave of up to 26 weeks with full pay followed by 13 weeks statutory pay and a further 13 weeks unpaid, and paternity leave of 4 weeks at full pay.

The most popular parts of our reward package include:

Pay in the few years, we have increased both the minimum and maximum pay points for everyone in the VOA and implemented a new pay scale specifically for qualified surveyors.

Pension - we make contributions to our colleagues Alpha pension equal to at least 26% of their salary.

Working hours and location flexibility everyone in the VOA has some opportunity to work from home, and we support a full range of flexible working options including part time, part year, compressed hours and job shares.

Family friendly policies including four weeks of paid paternity leave

Personal support we offer extensive special leave to help balance your life and work commitments, a variety of non-financial rewards (including a Cycle to Work scheme of up to 4000) and we work with professional providers to provide occupational health and full mental and physical wellbeing services.

Download the Employee Value Proposition for full details of the benefits of being a VOA employee at: https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/valuation-office-agency/about/recruitment

Things you need to know

Security

Successful candidates must pass a disclosure and barring security check.

People working with government assets must complete basic personnel security standard checks.

Selection process details

This vacancy is using Success Profiles, and will assess your Behaviours, Strengths, Experience and Technical skills.

Application Process

If you can meet our person requirements above we are keen to hear from you.

After submission of the first stage of your application you will be invited to complete a Civil Service Numerical Test. If you successfully pass the test, you will be invited to complete the final stage of the application.

Please complete the online tests as soon as possible (within 24-48 hours is recommended), the closing date for the test is 23:55pm on 12th November 2021. If you fail to complete the online test before the deadline your application will be withdrawn. Guidance for the test will be available when you are invited to take the test. The tests are administered online and accessed via the CS Jobs website.

Please note the test deadline is the same as the deadline for the full application. Ensure you leave yourself enough time to complete all stages of the process.

You will then be asked to provide a name-blind CV and personal statement of 750 words. if you are successful at the tests

The personal statement should outline your suitability for the role and your interest in the surveying profession.

Should a large number of applications be received, an initial sift may be conducted using the personal statement. Candidates who pass the initial sift may be progressed to a full sift, or progressed straight to assessment/interview.

Sift

We will assess you on CV and Personal Statement

Sift w/c 15th November over 2 to 3 week period.

Please note; these dates are indicative only at this stage and therefore subject to change.

Interviews

Interviews are currently taking place using Microsoft Teams Video or VOA locations. We will provide more detail if you are shortlisted for interview.

We will assess you on the Behaviour, Communicating and Influencing, A Presentation, Technical question and strengths.

At the interview, the panel can then probe further and ask applicants to provide further specific examples that show how they best demonstrate their skills.

Technical questions suitable to qualification and role will also be asked at interview

We expect interviews to take place over December and January. Please note; this timeline is indicative only at this stage and therefore subject to change.

Behaviours

The distinguishing Behaviours (the required skills, knowledge and behaviours) for this role are set out in the Civil Service Behaviours Framework and should be referred to when making this application.

You are required, under the Behaviours approach, to describe how you have dealt with a specific situation.

You must give evidence of your knowledge, skills and behaviours and how you have applied this, such as what you did or said and how you interacted with other people.

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