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Senior Surveyor, Student Property Valuations

Date: 05-Jan-2022

Location: London, GB, W1U 8AN

Company: Knight Frank

Reference No 11585 
Title Senior Surveyor, Student Property Valuations 
Type Permanent 
Salary Range Competitive
Division Residential 
Sub Division Residential Development 
Department Student Property Res Dev KF (10000844) 
Location 55 Baker Street 


Knight Frank is the largest independent property consultancy in the world and, by the nature of being a partnership, our decisions are made by and for our people with a focus on long-term impact.

Our purpose - to work responsibly, in partnership, to enhance people’s lives and environments - means that we empower our people to have autonomy in their role and encourage them to think differently about how we can make the difference through our work and behaviour. For our clients, our purpose drives us to provide innovative property solutions that add tangible value across a variety of sectors and services.


The Team


The Student Property team is the largest London based Student Property Consultancy.  Knight Frank Student Property is unique amongst its competitors, in that the functions of agency, consultancy and valuation are undertaken by surveyors that work together, based within one department in our Head Office on Baker Street.  The team undertake market leading transactions and valued in excess of £15bn in the UK and Europe in 2020. The team carry our regular work for Unite, GCP and Blackrock and have worked on larger projects in recent years including the Liberty Living, Vita Portfolio and IQSA Portfolio sales. The team also works collaboratively with our European offices in providing valuation advice of student property across Europe.


The Role


Your role as the Surveyor is to work within the valuation team and support them with existing clients and instructions. The role will comprise of writing loan security valuation reports for lenders and preparing valuations for specialist and institutional fund clients. The role has excellent prospects for expansion with the associated career development opportunities.




Valuation & Advisory

  • Working as part of a team to service valuation and advisory workstreams.
  • The role offers the opportunity to focus on the sector and provide valuations for different purposes across a range of price points.
  • Preparing and issuing reports to advise on value – including valuations for development finance, financial reporting, acquisition and viability.
  • The role will require competence in residual appraisals, detailed cash flow analysis and excellent report writing skills.
  • Working with the wider Knight Frank network across Residential Investment, Commercial, and regional colleagues.
  • Prepare and manage fee quotes, pitches and client updates.


Business Generation & Fee Income

  • Have the ability to increase the range and quantity of instructions via business generation to ensure development of the department as a whole
  • Undertake such valuations as gained personally or are allocated by seniors in an accurate and professional manner.
  • Understand and be proficient in the use of all the office technology employed in undertaking valuations.
  • Attend events to promote the department and firm amongst clients and professional organisations.


Client Care

  • Be capable in the preparation of valuation reports.
  • Respond quickly to client enquiries.
  • Foster the professional image of Knight Frank at all times.


Professional Standards

  • Acquire and build a sound knowledge of UK and Student Property markets.
  • Take a close interest in the property press and the national press with a view to building up a wide perspective of the property market and related activities.
  • Adhere to all deadlines set for the completion of work.
  • Maintain neat tidy orderly file records of valuations, including computer files at all times.
  • Fully understand office records and procedures and be able to make good use of all the available information contained therein.
  • Maintain confidentiality in respect of all work undertaken by the Department and to be aware of what is likely to be sensitive information.
  • Abide by the principle of Continuing Professional Development as required by the RICS.



  • Become an integral member of the student property team
  • Liaise with members of other departments and get to know the individuals and their markets both for the purpose of obtaining information in support of valuations and also to look for opportunities for cross selling of business.


Systems & IT competence


  • Excel


Qualifications/Education Required.


  • Degree educated


Career Experience


  • Registered under the RICS Valuer Registration Scheme.
  • Previous valuation experience either pre or post qualification, loan security valuation report writing experience would be advantageous.
  • Broad UK property experience



Particular Aptitudes/Skills Required


  • The capacity for accuracy, attention to detail, an orderly approach to work and numeracy.
  • The ability to communicate facts clearly and in writing and to produce reports.
  • The commitment and determination to investigate thoroughly and seek out information necessary for the accurate valuation of property.
  • The ability to comprehend and make use of computers and information technology.
  • Willingness and flexibility to work loyally as part of a team.
  • The personality to engage with other professionals and general public alike in promoting the firm and building profile in a professional manner.
  • A genuine passion to build an expertise within the Student Property sector.



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