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24 July 2020
Ordnance Survey
Location: London
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Job Description

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 were looking for people to join our journey…

As a country and globally, were 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, were 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, were 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, youll plan, collect, assess, edit and maintain geospatial information using relevant survey methods to meet customer requirements.

Roles available:

Were 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 were looking for:

Ideally having experience in the geospatial information industry, youll 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.

Youll 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 well 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. Thats why our benefits package rewards a job well done. Well 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 youre interested in or if youre 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

Were always happy to hear from you, so dont forget to follow us on Twitter, LinkedIn or Facebook.

Work Permit:

All applicants must be based in the UK and confirm that they are able to prove their eligibility to work in the UK.