National Maintenance Lead

Organisation: Eden Scott

Salary: £49603 - £54864 per annum £3800 Essential Car User Allowance

Location: Scotland wide

The National Trust for Scotland, Building Conservation Team is looking for a strong team player who will lead the development of a new building maintenance systems across our built estate. An efficient and responsive maintenance programme is at the heart of our building conservation effort, and we are looking for candidates who can add that expertise to our team. In this role, you will drive the integration of maintenance planning into our operating and investment plans and develop and deliver a comprehensive national maintenance programme for the next 10 years. You will work hand in hand with our new Lead Conservation Surveyor to champion the delivery of comprehensive buildings care across our estate, and to manage the day to day operations of our team of Regional Building and Maintenance Surveyors. You will promote best practice in conservation and maintenance planning and management and provide guidance and training to operational colleagues as well as running projects to deliver backlog maintenance.

You will line manage 4 Regional Maintenance Surveyors (a new post at October 2022) and play a key role in influencing the development of the NTS Buildings Team and our future operating plans including contributing to our carbon negative strategy. You will work on castles, cottages, museums, offices, and toilet blocks – old and new buildings are all part of the NTS portfolio.

Key contacts and colleagues

You will work in the Building Conservation Team, part of the Conservation and Policy Directorate and your line manager will be the Head of Building Conservation. Your key colleagues will be the Head of Building Conservation, Lead Conservation Surveyor, Head of Building Conservation Policy, Building Administrators, and the team of Regional Surveyors. Your internal customer group will be the Regional Operations Teams led by the Regional Directors and you will work alongside multi-disciplined teams of internal and external specialists to care for our buildings but more broadly, to care for all the assets owned by the Trust from natural landscapes to archaeological sites, collections and tangible and intangible heritage. On occasion, you will be asked to stand in for the Lead Conservation Surveyor.

Where you will work

NTS operates hybrid working but you will be based at one of our Regional Offices with much of your time spent on site. You will need your own transport and should expect to be away from home overnight fairly frequently as you provide face to face support to the surveyors, visit properties across the country and attend meetings at the Trust’s Edinburgh HQ or at other Trust sites. Regional offices are at:

· Culzean Castle / Greenbank House: South & West Region

· Balnain House, Inverness: Highlands & Islands Region

· Crathes Castle: North East Region

· Hermiston Quay: Edinburgh & East / National Headquarters

Who are we looking for

We are looking for exceptional people to care for our exceptional buildings. You will have an understanding of traditional building construction, pathology and survey techniques and a background in managing maintenance programmes across portfolios of buildings. You will be familiar with CAFM and Asset Management Systems. An inclusive leader, you will be committed to supporting and developing others, solutions driven and able to manage a full workload of complex project work while supporting others in their work. Beyond this we are interested in speaking to people from a range of professional and trade backgrounds and we would be happy to advise you whether your qualifications and experience fit this role.

What we offer

Our close nit Buildings Team has a challenging job where no two days are the same but where we firmly believe that we can make a real difference to the future of Scotland’s built heritage. This is an opportunity to work with some of Scotland’s top experts in heritage management across natural, built and cultural heritage as NTS embarks on a big vision: Nature, Beauty and Heritage for Everyone.

We offer a competitive salary plus essential car user allowance, 30 days annual leave per annum (plus up to 7 Trust days during the Christmas holiday season), enrolment in one of the Trust’s two pension schemes and a benefits package including free entry to all National Trust for Scotland properties and discount at NTS shops and cafes.

Normal working hours are 40 hours per week including 1 hour per day paid break, Monday to Friday. You will be asked to work out of hours from time to time, reimbursed with time off in lieu.

We are looking for people who are committed to conserving and sharing Scotland’s heritage. Join the NTS Building Surveying Team and you will work with Scotland’s largest and most diverse portfolio of historic buildings and structures. This is an exciting time for the Trust as we have recently launched a 10-year Strategy: Nature, Beauty and Heritage for Everyone with a strong focus on caring for Scotland’s special places through best practice in conservation.

Application Process

Eden Scott is retained and working exclusively with The National Trust for Scotland. Please submit your CV online to or for a confidential discussion to hear more about the opportunity, then please contact Iain Atkinson, Associate Director on 07714 124 033.

Application Deadline: Friday 25/11/2022