Trainee Surveyor / Graduate Rating Surveying Programme

CVS Business Rent & Rates
Cardiff, South Glamorgan
06 Jul 2017
05 Aug 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Trainee / Graduate Rating Surveyor Programme

London, Manchester, Bristol/ Cardiff and Leeds

Remuneration: Starting salary £24,000

Course Start Date: 4 September 2017 - Full Time

Are you looking to kick start or accelerate your career in the commercial property sector? If so CVS are offering a unique and exceptional opportunity suitable for recent graduates and career changers.

CVS are the UK’s leading business rent and rates reduction specialist. CVS has been providing property advice to occupiers of commercial premises for over 17 years. Our national network of Chartered Surveyors have a dedication to reducing business rates and negotiating favourable lease terms on commercial premises across the UK. Our highly qualified Rating Surveyors have been providing expert advice to our clients for over 17 years, delivering savings of over £700 million.

As a Rating Surveyor you will manage a case load and your role will involve inspection of commercial properties, investigating potential savings for our clients and negotiating with the Valuation Office Agency to reduce our clients’ rates liability.

Trainee Surveyor Programme

When you join CVS you will be embarking on an exciting graduate role in the Specialist Trainee Surveyor programme based at our Manchester office.

This is an intensive 8 week programme covering key skills and practices such as property inspection, case law and the basics of how to conduct a business rates appeal. The training will be split into part classroom and part practical where you will shadow a successful Rating Surveyor. The programme has been carefully designed to provide Trainees with all the practical and theoretical knowledge to become an effective Rating Surveyor.

During training, a personal mentor will be assigned. Full support will be provided and Trainees will be surrounded by experienced, Rating Surveyors to aid their development and learning during the programme.

Completing the Programme

Upon successful completion of the programme, Trainee Surveyors will be assigned to a surveying region, and will begin a 6 month practical property inspection and valuation programme. Afterwards, Trainee Surveyors will be allocated a caseload with the support of a Mentor. Ongoing training will be continued to develop skills in negotiation, settlement of cases and tribunal presentation.

Skills and Experience Required

To be a successful Rating Surveyor you'll need:

  • A strong academic background, ideally educated to degree level but will consider excellent A-Level grades (or equivalent)
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Strong negotiating skills
  • Excellent team player and contributor
  • Excellent problem solving and analytical skills
  • The ability to develop and maintain professional relationships

In addition we are looking for candidates who are logically minded, ambitious, results driven, tenacious, hard-working and committed. Candidates holding a degree in Law, Mathematics, Sciences, Business, Economics or History are highly desired.

Candidates with Welsh speaking proficiency are highly desired.

Applicants MUST hold a clean, current driving license.


  • Eligible for car allowance and bonus scheme upon successful completion of the programme
  • Fast track and progressive career development
  • Extra days holiday with length of service
  • Charity fundraising and team building experiences
  • Seasonal events including a fantastic Christmas part and summer soirée

Working hours and conditions

The contracted hours are Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm, however as an experienced Rating Surveyor you will often need to work extra hours to meet tight deadlines. The regional training will take place in our Manchester office. You will then be based locally to work from one of our five offices: Manchester, London, Bristol, Birmingham and Leeds.


The starting salary is £24,000 per annum; Trainee Surveyors will be fully paid throughout the 8 week programme, and following successful completion you will become eligible for a car allowance. During initial training, accommodation will be provided for candidates if needed.

Senior and experienced Rating Surveyors can earn upwards of £50,000 per annum inclusive of bonuses (this figure is provided as a guideline only).