Assistant Area Land Agent

Forestry Commission

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Background Information

Forest Enterprise Scotland (FES) is an agency of Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) and manages one of Scotland's greatest assets - the 650,000 hectare National Forest Estate - on behalf of the Scottish Ministers. The Estate is managed by a team of some 800 staff distributed across Scotland.

The Estate is managed to meet a range of objectives relating to sustainable timber production, public access and recreation, conservation, development and to deliver wider economic development and public benefit. Although the National Forest Estate is best known for its trees with, unsurprisingly, timber production accounting for the majority of the Estate's income, this does not tell the full story. A third of the entire National Forest Estate is open-land which includes a significant agricultural land-holding; an expanding renewables portfolio; recreation facilities; houses; offices; operational buildings; mineral interests; sporting interests; telecommunications leases and a large portfolio of other commercial and non-commercial leases and agreements.

Estates Development is one of three core FES business delivery areas providing professional and strategic estate management services to a broad range of customers, playing an important role in delivering FES and wider Scottish Government objectives.

Our network of Land Agents form part of the national Estates Development function, but are fully integrated into the 10 Forest District local delivery teams and, under the leadership of the Land Agency Programme Manager, work collaboratively to provide professional services and advice at a local level.

We are now seeking to recruit an RICS qualified Assistant Area Land Agent for Scottish Lowlands Forest District. The district is extremely varied, extending to an area of 26,000ha across 19 local authority areas of central belt of Scotland, with a major focus on the Central Scotland Green Network. The District priorities are truly integrated linking to productive forestry, urban community woodlands, renewables, agriculture, community engagement and commercial lease management.

The post holder will work alongside, and report to, an existing part time Area Land Agent at the Scottish Lowland Forest District office at Five Sisters Business Park, West Calder.

The management of the National Forest Estate is evolving to meet the challenges and expectations of a modern Scotland and this is an exciting time for an experienced and forward-thinking rural professional to join a highly skilled and multi-disciplinary team.

Purpose of the Job

To assist the Area Land Agent in providing a professional land agency service to Scottish Lowlands Forest District. The post will contribute to the successful delivery of economic, social and environmental work programmes arising from the District Strategic Plan in line with Business Plan targets.

Key Work Areas

Manage a varied portfolio of leases and agreements ensuring compliance with lease terms, health and safety and environmental standards.

Negotiate the grant of new agreements, wayleaves, small sales and servitudes; liaising with external contractors and internal specialist teams as appropriate.

Provide an effective and professional estate management service to a range of customers in accordance with local plans, FES aims, guidelines and values.

Provide professional advice on a wide range of rural land and property matters.

Manage and monitor Estates budgets throughout the year in line with the approved business plan.

Seek opportunities to add value from your customer service and to deliver public benefit and best value from the National Forest Estate in line with Scottish Government policies, guidance and objectives; FES Strategic Directions and local District Business Plans.

Work collaboratively and openly with the wider Estates Development team, colleagues within the Forest District and key stakeholders, building supportive and influential relationships.

Promote and embrace a culture of health, safety and wellbeing whereby it is integrated into 'business as usual'.

Person Specification

Experience and Professional/Technical Expertise

'Full professional Membership of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (MRICS)
'A degree in Rural Estate Management or equivalent land-based qualification and relevant rural land management experience that demonstrates an in-depth knowledge of integrated land use, agriculture, asset management and sustainable development
'Sound working knowledge of Microsoft software
'Experience of developing and managing commercial relationships and revenue streams based on land assets in ways compatible with environmental and social objectives
'An ability to apply professional expertise to analyse, evaluate and interpret varied sources of evidence in order to reach sound conclusions and provide competent advice on the best way forward given a range of conflicting objectives.
'A working knowledge of Scots Law and its relevance to rural estate management.

'An understanding of the tools and principles of project management and their practical application
'An understanding of sustainable forest and land management
'Competent user of GIS and other IT systems that support the management of property
'Experience of working in partnership with a range of internal and external stakeholders
'Experience of working on significant renewables and utility infrastructure projects.

Core Competencies

Making Effective Decisions
Make decisions when they are needed, even if they prove difficult or unpopular
Explore different options outlining costs, benefits, risks and potential responses to each

Collaborating and Partnering
Establish relationships with a range of stakeholders to support delivery of business outcomes
Encourage collaborative team working within your team and across the Department

Achieving Commercial Outcomes
Consider, in consultation with commercial experts, alternative ways of working with partners and contractors to identify more efficient outcomes, balancing cost, quality and turnaround times
Identify and understand relevant legal and commercial terms, concepts, policies and processes (including project approvals and assurance procedures) to deliver agreed outcomes

Managing a Quality Service
Make effective use of project management skills and techniques to deliver outcomes, including identifying risks and mitigating actions
Work with team to set priorities, goals, objectives and timescales

Delivering at Pace
Successfully manage, support and stretch self and team to deliver agreed goals and objectives
Plan ahead but reassess workloads and priorities if situations change or people are facing conflicting demands.

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