Vacancy -- Senior Property Adviser

Recruitment Principles

The Welsh Government's recruitment processes are underpinned by the principle of selection for appointment on merit on the basis of fair and open competition as outlined in the Civil Service Commission’s Recruitment Principles.

Vacancy Details

Permanent Secretary's Group
Land Division
SEO - £39,310 - £47,000
Full time (applications are welcome from people who work part time, as part of a job share or who work full time)
2 years
Pan Wales
'Pan Wales' means that the location in which the vacancy can be based is flexible, subject to the needs of the business. Please note it may not always be possible to accommodate a preference for a specific office location, but requests will be taken into consideration.

Purpose of Post:

The Land Division was established in 2020 to promote the role of land and property assets as a key part of business planning to meet current and future financial and policy challenges for public organisations across Wales. 

Managing a portfolio of sites with potential for residential development, the Division also supports colleagues managing the Welsh Government administrative estate and provides value for money assurance support across government departments and other public sector partners.

Focussing on collaborative working, a core aim of the Division is to unlock the potential from development of publicly owned land to deliver key government priorities and maximise policy outcomes. The immediate focus is on realising policy priorities from the disposal of sites for residential development.

The Division comprises three operational teams: Estates; Public Sector Land and Estates Operations.

These posts will support the work of the Estates and Public Sector Land teams in the strategic and day to day management and disposal of existing Welsh Government land and property assets. 

Key tasks:

  • Work with Welsh Government colleagues to deliver against the Corporate Asset Management and Future Workplace Strategies.
  • Actively resolve legal, financial and subsidy issues concerning property and site management and transfers.
  • Work with internal and external advisers to facilitate acquisition, management and transfer of Welsh Government sites and premises to maximise public value outcomes. 
  • Promote development of public sites for policy outcomes, particularly affordable housing.
  • Encourage and support collaboration in land and property activities across government and the wider public sector estate. 
  • Support wider public sector regarding professional knowledge and expertise.

Development opportunities:

Although assigned to either the Estates or Public Sector Land team, opportunities will be available to support the work across the Land Division.

Closing Date:

21/06/2021, 16:00

Disability Confident

Welsh Government accepts the social definition of disability, in which it is recognised that barriers in society act to disable people who have impairments or health conditions or who use British Sign Language. We are committed to removing barriers so that all (or potential new staff) can perform at their best. The Equality Act 2010 uses the medical definition of disability (“a physical or mental impairment which has a substantial and long-term impact on a person’s ability to carry out normal day to day activities”).

We guarantee to interview anyone who is disabled whose application meets the minimum criteria for the post. By ‘minimum criteria’ we mean that you must provide us with evidence in your application which demonstrates that you generally meet the level of competence for the role and any qualifications, skills or experience defined as essential. We are committed to the employment and career development of disabled people.

If you have an impairment or health condition, or use British Sign Language and need to discuss reasonable adjustments for any part of this recruitment process, or wish to discuss how we will support you if you were to be successful, please email as soon as possible and a member of the team will contact you to discuss your requirements and any questions you may have.

A Great Place to Work for Veterans

This vacancy is part of the Great Place to Work for Veterans initiative.

Welsh Language Requirements

The Welsh Government is a bilingual organisation and Welsh language skills are considered an asset to the organisation. We encourage and support staff to learn, develop and use their Welsh language skills in the workplace. 

The following list of language requirements represents an objective assessment by the line manager on behalf of the Welsh Government of the Welsh language skills required to undertake the duties of this particular post.

Not necessary to undertake the duties of this post

Social Partnership

In Welsh Government, the relationship between the employer and trade unions is based on social partnership. We believe our goals can best be achieved by management and trade unions working together.

Our 3 recognised trade unions are:
•         PCS
•         Prospect
•         FDA

This relationship is underpinned by a partnership agreement. This sets out how our unions work with Welsh Government on issues such as:
•         pay
•         terms and conditions
•         policies and procedures
•         organisational change.

Our Welsh Government trade union colleagues work together to give their members a real say in the workplace. They make sure that the interests of their members are promoted and protected. They also help reduce inequalities and improve terms and conditions.

The Welsh Government has an excellent track record of working in partnership with its trade unions. We encourage staff to get involved. We support you to join a recognised trade union, to ensure your voice is heard in the workplace. and to learn more about trade unions and partnership working.

Competencies / Job Specific Criteria


Seeing the Big Picture

  • Remain alert to emerging issues and trends which might impact your work area.

Communicating and Influencing

  • Communicate in a straightforward, honest and engaging manner, choosing appropriate styles to maximise understanding and impact.

Working Together

  • Establish professional relationships with a range of stakeholders.

Making Effective Decisions

  • Present strong recommendations in a timely manner outlining the consideration of other options, costs, benefits and risks.         

Job Specific Criteria: 

  1. Application of Knowledge and Expertise: Apply relevant experience and understanding, including technical knowledge as appropriate in a specific field, system, way of working or environment to inform key decisions and processes in operational management and to drive best practice
  2. Commercial Awareness: Develop, evaluate and negotiate commercial proposals in line with departmental and portfolio strategy, incorporating wider market knowledge. Support the ongoing management of commercial contracts, along with procurement of services or products in line with relevant business frameworks.
  3. Strategic Planning: Understand and use key business drivers to develop and implement real estate/portfolio strategy, service strategy or workplace strategy to support business objectives. 

Further guidance can be found in the Government Property Career Framework:

Assessment Process

A two stage sift process will be conducted for candidates. 

Sift Stage 1:

The evidence you provide in your application for the job specifics will be assessed by a recruitment panel. If you are successful at this stage, your application will progress to Sift Stage 2

Sift Stage 2:

A recruitment panel will assess the remaining four Competencies you have evidenced in your application. If you are successful at this stage, you will be invited to attend an Online Interview using Microsoft Teams. The interview will include a briefing exercise.

Other Information

Claire Bloomfield - - 03000 628329

How to apply

All applications for this vacancy should be made online via the Welsh Government's online application system.  If you have an impairment which would prevent you from applying on-line, please e-mail to request an application pack in an alternative format, or to request a reasonable adjustment related to an impairment in order to submit your application.

To apply, you'll need to have an account on our online application system.  Click the 'Apply' button below, and you'll be asked to 'Log in' if you already have an account, or 'Register' if you don't yet have an account.  Registration takes just a few minutes to complete.  You'll need an e-mail address to be able to register.  Once you've registered for an account and logged in, you'll be taken to the online application form, which you'll need to fully complete and submit before the deadline on the closing date.  

If you’d like to apply for this vacancy in Welsh, please use the ‘Newid Iaith / Change Language’ link at the top of this page, to take you to the Welsh version of this advert, from which you can apply in Welsh.

For further information regarding the Welsh Government recruitment process, please see the Recruitment Guidance for External Candidates (link).

When evidencing your suitability for the post, it is recommended that you refer to the Civil Service Competency Framework (link)

This vacancy is closed to applications.