Howdens Joinery are looking for a Junior Acquisitions Surveyor to join our property team. Reporting to the Senior Acquisitions and Estate Manager, this role is to assist with the acquisition of new properties to fulfil the Trade Division’s requirements for depot openings, relocations, extensions, and other properties as necessary to time and budget.

This role may suit a newly qualified surveyor or a recent graduate with a degree in real estate management who wishes to develop and progress their career within a property team to gain experience delivering growth for an ever-expanding company.

This is a permanent opportunity based from our office in Croxley Park, Watford with travel required.

What will you be doing

  • Initial focus on supporting the delivery of two key strategic goals;
    • New depot opening plan of 25-35 sites annually
    • Existing Depot relocations and rationalisations and extensions of 10-15 annually
  • Assess new potential sites with due commercial regard for financial viability, statutory planning, condition, delivery vehicle accessibility, proximity to nearby depots and other local operational requirements.
  • Secure the best commercial terms and specification through strong negotiation working cross functionally with other teams to ensure the property is fit for purpose and negotiating directly with other parties as appropriate and develop effective reporting for Trade Operations and Finance to provide approval to proceed.
  • Develop strong working relationships and influencing skills with a wide range of audiences both internal and external to the Company in order to develop and instigate project programmes. This includes influencing landlords, occupiers, external consultants, operational colleagues, and senior managers in the business
  • Identify and develop an effective site acquisition plan that provides for clear requirements and efficient communication both to the property market and internally to the operations team for new UK & ROI depots.
  • Site / location inspections to see if suitable units exist or are available.
  • Sending out of site appraisals and supporting information in a timely manner.

What you will bring

  • Either a recent graduate with a degree in Real Estate Management or surveying or a junior surveyor with sound knowledge of Landlord and Tenant law. Town and Country Planning law and all other relevant property related legislation.
  • Ability to communicate with and influence all parties involved in property matters
  • Confidence and ability to successfully negotiate with and influence other property professionals ranging from local entrepreneurial landlords to partners of multi-national agencies and principals of their client institutions.
  • An ability to consider the commercial effect on the portfolio of legislation and other property requirements and implement dependent upon and in accordance with the commercial aims of the business.
  • Strong organisational skills and ability to manage multiple projects
  • Ability to build and maintain solid working relationships and effectively communicate at any level
  • Computer literacy including Word, Excel and Outlook

What we can offer you

  • Competitive salary and annual company bonus
  • Pension plan with maximum company contribution of 12%
  • 25 days holiday + bank holidays with the option to buy additional days
  • Staff discount
  • Exceptional reward and recognition events

About us

Howdens Joinery, the UK's leading trade kitchen supplier, offers a diverse range of products in kitchens, joinery, and hardware. With 800+ depots across the UK and Europe, we are the top choice for over 460,000 trade professionals.

Our sales reached circa 2.3bn last year, and our ambitious growth plans are fuelled by our strong, entrepreneurial spirit and dynamic work environment. We are proud to be voted one of the top 10 best big companies to work for.

Application and assessment process

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Your application will be carefully reviewed, and we will respond to all applicants. If you are shortlisted, a member of our recruitment team will contact you to discuss the next steps. Good luck with your application!

Howdens is founded on principle of being Worthwhile for ALL concerned. We’re working hard to ensure we provide an inclusive environment where everyone feels welcome. We will do everything we can to support you during your application. If you need us to make any adjustments to our recruitment process please email with the job title and location and we will be happy to help you.