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Graduate - Asset Management, Housing

Starting Salary: £22,183
Hours: 37 hours per week
Contract: Fixed Term (24 months)
Location: Taunton (variable & flexible)
Job Ref: GHT

Closing date for applications Friday 31 March 2023 at 9am

This role will be in the landlord asset management team of the new Somerset Council. The Council’s in-house landlord function owns manages and maintains c5700 homes for rent plus 400 leasehold properties.

The Asset Management Team leads investment decisions for the Council on its homes ensuring they are safe, healthy and up to or exceed national standards of decency. The team collects and analyses data on its homes to make its decisions and is leading on the implementation of a long-term strategy to improve the thermal performance of its homes into zero carbon homes. This is an exciting opportunity to tackle climate change through appropriate investment in carbon reducing measures.

In this two year post, the successful candidate will work in a team of eight specialists including a lead asset manager, data manager and surveyors with access to specialist energy consultants. The team sits within a wider landlord role of c180 housing and trade professionals who together manage tenancies and maintain stock. The team includes two graduates creating new capacity for the team and leading innovation.

You will develop the services capacity to collect, manage and analyse data to create pathways to zero carbon housing aligning our c£9m annual capital budget to grants and subsidy currently £23m over the next four years. Your work will create packages of works for our delivery teams and contractors to implement ensuring the service optimises its investment and meets both its legal and service ambitions.

This is a role with agile working opportunities, although for the first two months a greater proportion of time will be required in a Council location to allow coaching and software support. During your contract you will receive peer support as part of Somerset Council's Graduate Scheme and opportunities, subject to agreement, to experience other service areas within the Council.

The recruitment process for the Somerset Council Graduate Scheme will be structured into 3 stages, explained below:

Application Forms to be submitted Friday, 31 March 2023 at 9am (sifted based on entry criteria).

Presentation and Formal interview:

If successful at the shortlisting stage, you will be asked to present on the following topic – “What do you consider to be the main aspects of a landlord asset management service?” – the presentation should last no more than 15 minutes and will then be followed by up to 5 minutes of follow up questions.

Presentations will be carried out over MS Teams on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 12 April 2023
  • Thursday, 13 April 2023

If successful at the presentation stage, you will then be invited to attend a formal interview on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, 19 April 2023
  • Thursday, 20 April 2023

Please note that the successful candidate may be required to undergo a DBS process.

This role requires the post holder to hold a valid full Car driving licence (Category B) with no more than six points on it.

For more information on the post, please contact

Benefits of working with the Council

  • We promote a healthy work-life balance and offer flexible working arrangements wherever possible, including working from home.
  • Generous annual leave allowance, with the opportunity to purchase additional leave.
  • Staff discounts in gyms.
  • Employee Assistance for the times you may need some support and a variety of employee wellbeing services.
  • Auto enrolment onto our generous Pension Scheme and optional pension. enhancement through our Additional Voluntary Contribution scheme.
  • A Flexible Benefits Scheme via salary sacrifice to obtain a cycle for work and health screenings.
  • My Staff Shop offering discounts in shops, online shopping, restaurants, cinema tickets, insurance benefits and more.

How to apply

To apply for this role, please view our website and download and complete the Application Form and Recruitment Monitoring Forms in line with the Job Description.

Completed Application Forms and Recruitment Monitoring Forms should be emailed to quoting the job reference.

Please note we do not accept CVs.