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  • Company: Ordnance Survey
  • Location: London
  • Closing Date: 24 July 2020
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Ordnance Survey (OS) is the national mapping agency for Great Britain, and a world-leading geospatial data and technology organisation. Serving government, business and citizens across Britain and the world, OS helps customers in virtually all sectors improve quality of life and we're looking for people to join our journey…

As a country and globally, we're all experiencing challenging times right now, but Ordnance Survey (OS) continue to support the nation with our accurate geospatial data and services. As an organisation we are embarking on an ambitious growth strategy in location data, insight and services. Innovating our products, services and technology to benefit our customers, businesses and people across Great Britain and globally. In order to do this, we want to continue adding new skills and capabilities to our business and even in these tough times, we're able to use technology to recruit talent to OS.

About our Surveyor opportunities:

Are you resilient and self-motivated? Do you like being outdoors, are happy working in the built environment, in all weathers, and have an attention to detail?

Our operations production team captures, maintains, manages and delivers the most detailed location data in England, Scotland and Wales.

Every day we make 20,000 updates to our master map of Great Britain, which holds 500 million geospatial features. Using the latest geospatial technologies, we're now driving innovation and investing in even faster ways to collect and provide data.

We want you to join us on our continuous drive for improvement. As an OS Surveyor, you'll plan, collect, assess, edit and maintain geospatial information using relevant survey methods to meet customer requirements.

Roles available:

We're looking for Surveyors across GB with the potential to work nationwide or overseas. With a keen interest in people based in the following specific locations that could improve our geographic spread of surveyors.

Oxford, Pembrokeshire / Carmarthen, Birmingham, Plymouth, NE Wales / Chester, Stoke, Pontefract / Castleford, Skegness, Middlesbrough, Bury / M66, Oban, West London (Ealing / Hounslow), Brentwood, Central South London, Nottinghamshire / Mansfield, Maidenhead / Slough and North East Suffolk.

What we're looking for:

Ideally having experience in the geospatial information industry, you'll be a surveyor, or a keen learner. You may have a degree/similar qualification, or equivalent surveying experience, or have a passion to be part of this industry.

You'll be comfortable working independently, resilient, outdoors, a good collaborator and team player as part of a dispersed nationwide geographical team.


Relevant geospatial information industry qualification or work experience e.g. geomatics/land surveying/geographic information systems (GIS)
Experience of data capture and edit platforms for measured survey/data collection e.g. total stations, GPS/GNSS, Ruggedised Tablets/PCs
Experience working outdoors in all weathers and conditions
Good spatial awareness
Good IT skills, especially using geographic information systems (GIS)
Good learner and a desire to continuously improve
Good communication and problem-solving skills
Good organisational skills, good at working independently
Good team player, particularly as part of a dispersed team
Able to travel, with some overnight stays in Great Britain, and potentially overseas
Full driving license

Experience in boundary surveying, land admin solutions, both cadastre and general boundaries
Experience in delivering to defined requirements/specifications
Membership of a relevant professional body
Important information to consider before you apply:

We need a good geographic spread of Surveyors, to help deliver and be efficient, therefore we need people to live in a specified location, or be willing to relocate to an agreed area on completion of initial training, but also need people to be flexible and willing to travel from their base for the role, this can be GB wide
Surveyors will need to work from home, with a suitable workspace
Spatial awareness is essential, and we'll test this at interview
Successful candidates must be available for a 10-week period of continuous training at our Head Office, Southampton, or in training blocks throughout the year at regionally based locations if appropriate. Details agreed up front and before start date
After initial training, surveyors will also be required to continue their development including attaining AssocRICS qualification
Surveyor roles are suitable for flexible working but not suitable for part-time or job share
The rewards:

We want you to love what you do. That's why our benefits package rewards a job well done. We'll give you:

Salary range up to £28k, based on qualifications and experience
A great pension scheme
37 hour working week
25 days annual leave - (30 days after five years) bank holidays and an extra 3 days over Christmas
Business User Car scheme
Training and development opportunities to keep your skills up to date
A volunteer day each year, to help give back to the community
Benefits including discounts on retail, leisure, sport, health and technology
Support for your health and wellbeing from eye care vouchers to health checks
Flexible working styles, including the hours you work
Plenty of support
To apply:

Please upload your covering letter and CV to register your interest in our OS Surveyor opportunities.

In your covering letter, please let us know which of the advertised locations you're interested in – or if you're happy to be placed anywhere.

Closing date: 24 July 2020

Interviews and test are currently expected to be held at our head office in Southampton, likely in August, looking at start date from October onwards.

For further information:

Take a look at our YouTube site, Blogs or website by clicking below for more information about Ordnance Survey and our work.

You Tube:

Click here - We are OS

Click here - GetOutside

Click here - Surveyors create a map of GB

Click here - Revolutionising Data Capture


Click here – Meet the team

Click here – Meet the team2

Click here - A glimpse into the role of an OS Surveyor

Click here – The variety of being an OS Surveyor

Click here - Behind the scenes of a surveyor

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