Network Access Officer

Bishop's Stortford, UK
23 Aug 2019
31 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Full Time
Company Overview

Gigaclear is a high growth company delivering fibre-optic broadband to underserved rural communities in England. Started in 2010, the company is expanding rapidly across England. With head offices based in Abingdon, Oxfordshire and a significant proportion of staff based in the field Gigaclear currently has over 280 employees and is pursuing ambitious growth plans.

The Network Access team is responsible for ensuring that Gigaclear has all the relevant permissions in place in a timely manner to enable the build of the network proposed by the design team.

Purpose of the job

The Network Access Officer will be accountable for the acquisition and negotiation of wayleave agreements in a timely and accurate manner for the delivery of major telecommunications FTTP (fibre to the premises) projects. This role requires commitment, flexibility and accuracy to meet high quality standards.

Reporting into the Programme Manager, the Network Access Officer will work closely with Planning and the Project Management team to help facilitate the granting of Wayleave Agreements in line with the build program.

Key Accountability & Responsibilities

·Route and acquisition feasibility

·Site visits and related preparation

·Correspondence with land agents, property owners, solicitors, local authorities etc.

·Preparation of wayleave agreements, statutory notices and other formalities for entry onto private land

·Negotiation of agreements

·Negotiation of compensation claims

·Liaising and reporting to project teams, design and wider company

·Day to day project record keeping and reporting on internal database

·Ability to carry out relevant due diligence including land registry searches and adopted highway searches in a timely manner

Knowledge & Skills

·An understanding of infrastructure projects / utility network builds and experience of negotiating consents and wayleave agreements

·Knowledge and understanding of the general legislation surrounding access and rights over land including NRSWA

·Telecommunications - basic understanding of FTTP networks and build methods is desirable

·Sound knowledge of the Communications Act 2003 (as amended by the Digital Economy Act 2017)

·Agricultural / rural knowledge desirable

·Confident negotiator and clear communication skills.

·Excellent personal organisation, ability to work autonomously and prioritise effectively.

·Proficient IT skills including:

o Microsoft Office: Excel and Word

o GIS and Mapping tools

Qualifications & Accreditations

·MRICS or AssocRICS desirable but not essential

·Full driving licence and access to own vehicle

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