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Senior Property Acquisition Manager Central

Posted: 23 Mar 2020 Closes: 6 Apr 2020
Birmingham Competitive
Permanent & Full-time 1941201361

About the role:

The Senior Property Acquisition Manager is responsible for leading on delegated acquisitions to ensure timely availability of the required land for the HS2 project.

Our Land and Property team are responsible for acquiring and managing the land and property to enable timely construction of HS2 in a way that is sympathetic to those affected.


Responsible for overseeing the more complex and challenging acquisitions on the route that includes a highly diverse mix of properties, spanning cities and large areas of rural land on behalf of the Acquisition Lead

Implement the strategy for delivering this significant acquisition program, as well as helping to ensure the programme runs to time whilst maintaining HS2's reputation

You will drive forward highly complex negotiations and manage relationships with high profile landowners

Ensure all compensation claims are negotiated to settlement within policy, legal guidelines and budget parameters so that land is available to the project at the right time

Proactively build relationships with affected property owners, individuals and organisations in a specified area of a region, to enable the negotiation process to be carried out effectively

Support the relevant aspects of petitions, negotiations and valuations to ensure resulting acquisitions meet forecast and quality requirements

Lead negotiations for petitions filed within a specified geographical area to minimise petitions reaching select committee, and prepare the evidence for cases that are presented to committee

Provide relevant technical advice to the delivery function, town planning, environment and petition management stakeholders, to inform decision making in those areas from a property perspective

Collaborate and communicate with other members of the property acquisition management team to ensure a common and consistent approach is adopted across HS2.

Actively promote and embed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work, and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI


  • Ability to manage communications and negotiations in a tactful way
  • Stakeholder management
  • Communicating effectively with teams to ensure smooth flow of information
  • Skill in developing public facing communications
  • Capability in project management techniques
  • Report writing skills and data compilation and analysis
  • IT skills, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint or equivalent
  • Ability to access, analyse and maintain information from multiple IT databases and systems.


  • Chartered Surveyor (or equivalent) with knowledge of dealing with multiple stakeholders on sensitive property issues
  • An understanding of the compulsory purchase process or other government compensation schemes (training will be provided).

Type of experience:

  • Experience of working in the property business (preferably in land acquisition)
  • Experience of working with suppliers to develop effective working relationships and manage performance to ensure delivery through the supply chain.

Behaviour competencies:
The post-holder will be expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with the HS2 values of Safety, Leadership, Integrity and Respect.

We ask for a variety of detail in your online application, however we perform the first assessment of suitability for a role based solely on the information in your CV. Please attach an updated word version of your CV for each new application and include evidence directly related to the criteria in the job advert.

About Us:
High Speed 2 (HS2 Ltd) will be the UK's new high speed rail network. As well as improving capacity, the new scheme will shorten journey times between a number of Britain's major population centres, boost the economy and create thousands of jobs.

HS2 Ltd will create a skills legacy and develop a diverse range of talent. We aim to be a leader in EDI practice by creating a safe & inclusive working environment for all our staff - living our values of Safety, Respect, Integrity and Leadership.

In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.

HS2 Ltd is also a safety-critical organisation. Employees are required to ensure reasonable care of their own and others' health and safety by taking personal responsibility for working to our 'Safe at Heart' programme principles and following safe working procedures at all times.

HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential.

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