It’s an incredibly exciting time to consider Leeds as your next career step. Few cities can offer the same breadth and diversity of land and property work which helps shape the future of the City. The city has built momentum over the last decade with substantial levels of development and investment laying the foundations for our ambitions to double the size of the city centre, plan and deliver major new transport infrastructure in our Connecting Leeds proposals and to capitalise on growth opportunities around major transport hubs such as the HS2 driven transformation of Leeds Station.
There is strong and clear political leadership in Leeds City Council that is fully focused on realising the further potential for the city to grow in an inclusive way, meeting the challenges of the climate change emergency, recovery following Covid-19 and leading wider partnership work across the Leeds City Region and Northern Powerhouse. Our plans for wider economic development, driving forward the economic growth of the city are substantially underpinned by the property transactions that the Council undertakes.
These are pinnacle to the delivery of economic growth and over the last few years the Council has supported the development of Victoria Gate and Trinity shopping centres in Leeds through the use of the Compulsory Purchase Powers to assemble land for development, the delivery of housing through the sale of Council sites and assembly of land to facilitate a 6.5km dual carriageway around the east side of Leeds to unlock land for up to 5,000 new houses, the marketing of key commercial development sites such as Sovereign Square, which now accommodates offices for KPMG and Addleshaws solicitors ( this office building is now owned by the Council), the sale of land at Quarry Hill for a mixed use development and the recent marketing of the former International Pool site at Lisbon Street. The Council has recently acquired a number of properties to establish a prime portfolio of investment properties which support our revenue budgets. In addition the Council has transacted on a number of property transactions to support Channel 4’s relocation to Leeds, worked with Yorkshire County Cricket Club and Leeds Rhinos to improve the sports facilities at these clubs and been recently working with Leeds United to provide land for a new first team training facility linked to the clubs, now achieved, ambition of a return to the Premier League.
In the Land and Property service, we have a major role to play to facilitate the transformation of the city, working with partners to create the right conditions for further growth whilst leveraging our statutory role and real estate to support effective and efficient service delivery. Our team of 30 chartered surveyors and technicians undertake the vast majority of the property work for the Council working with multi-disciplinary professional colleagues across the Asset Management and Regeneration Service, Legal, Financial, Housing, Planning, Highways and Economic Service teams within the Council.
The team has a track record of working collaboratively with partners and across all sectors, successfully supporting and directly delivering a diverse range of initiatives, including major city centre retail and leisure schemes, housing programmes, neighbourhood regeneration, economic development, heritage led development and inward investment.
Our service plan covers four main portfolios – Major Regeneration Projects including land assembly, joint ventures and facilitating development, Capital Receipts through the sale surplus assets predominantly developments sites and surplus property, Investment Portfolio covering our prime investment properties and extensive range of properties, we lease out and lease in, Statutory Work and Valuation covering asset valuations, feasibility and viability appraisals, acquisitions, rating, right to buy valuations and dealing with the statutory utilities to provide the necessary infrastructure to support economic growth of the City.
We’re based in a high quality recently refurbished offices delivered through one of our joint ventures with the private sector and which provides an environment with sweeping 10th floor views across the city centre and offers IT-supported flexible working. We are forward looking, commercially minded and politically aware. As a result of internal and external promotions, we are looking for experienced, curious problem solvers with the agility, aptitude, technical know-how and enthusiasm with a good track record in property negotiations that will help us in continuing to drive the Council’s role at the heart of the city’s ‘good growth’.
I look forward to hearing from you!
Head of Property Services
Leeds City Council is the second largest metropolitan local authority in the UK, in terms of both population and geographical area, serving a population of over 800,000. The Council is the largest single employer in the city with over 36,000 staff, including schools. We are values-led with a clear ambition to be the best city council in the UK.
The Council plays a leading role in directly delivering a range of core public services, works with other providers and uses its statutory functions and powers alongside influence and strong relationships to convene and drive change to respond to the needs of the city and its communities.
Although Leeds is a prosperous city, there are still some areas of entrenched poverty and there are some very deprived neighbourhoods. Many residents are not benefiting from the city’s wealth and success. Our aim is to ensure that people, who are most in need, are able to live fulfilling lives and share the things other Leeds residents enjoy. Our services are constantly developing and improving to ensure that we are able to respond to the needs of our customers. We work in partnership with other public-sector bodies, communities, and the private sector to provide a joint approach to the many challenges we face as a city and organisation.
The Land and Property Service plays a key role in this, working as part of the Asset Management & Regeneration Division of the City Development Directorate, which is also home to Planning, Highways & Transportation, Economic Development, Employment & Skills and Culture & Sport.
The city’s Inclusive Growth Strategy sets out 12 Big Ideas, to deliver the progressive changes that will support our people, place and productivity ambitions. The strategy has been well received by partners and stakeholders, with many making pledges setting out what they will do to help us deliver our aims.
As part of the significant land and property asset holdings the Council owns across the city and using the statutory powers it has, the Council has the ability to shape the future of the city. As part of working within this service, using your own property knowledge and experience you are able to make a fundamental difference to the city through the development, disposal, acquisition and management of a variety of property assets.
We offer staff a very generous package of benefits including the following.
When you start work for the council you will automatically join the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) if you have a contract of employment that will last for at least 3 months and are under the age of 75.
Training and development
Leeds City Council is recognised under the Investors in People (IiP) scheme. We are committed to making sure all staff receive the right training and development to help deliver excellent services to the people of Leeds. Our aim is to develop an empowered, motivated and effective workforce.
You will receive generous holiday entitlements. The amount of annual leave you get depends on the grade of your job, but it will be at least 32 days holiday (including 8 statutory bank holidays). After five years service you get at least four days of extra annual leave. Holidays are reduced proportionally for staff who do not work full-time.
Flexible working and job share arrangements
We have a range of flexible working options including flexi time, term time only working and compressed hours to help you to achieve work-life balance. We also operate a job share scheme which allows you to apply for all full-time posts (unless the advertisement states otherwise), on a half post basis (usually 18.5 hours per week). Job share applicants will be treated in the same way as full time applicants.
Maternity, paternity and adoption benefits
We offer very generous maternity and adoption benefits in comparison to many employers. New fathers (or partners, husbands or civil partners) can also benefit from two weeks paid leave, and take advantage of options for sharing part of the maternity entitlement.
Employee assistance programme
When you work for us, you and your family can use a free, confidential helpline service offering advice and support on legal, financial and health issues.
Modern office Environment
The Council has consolidated much of its city centre office accommodation at the recently refurbished and award winning Merrion House, which provides a high quality, IT-enabled and air conditioned professional working environment.
Please upload a copy of your CV, along with a covering letter which explains both why you are attracted to this post, and why you are the right person for us. Please limit your covering letter to no more than 1 page.