Working At Gentoo

We’re a values driven organisation, with a clear vision, a social purpose, and a commitment to investing in people, place and property.

We’re always on the lookout for talented individuals to join our team – could you be next?

About Us

We're a housing association that provides more than 60,000 people in Sunderland with a place they can call home.

We believe everyone has the right to live in a good quality home they can afford and invest millions of pounds every year in keeping our existing homes safe, secure, and compliant.

Not only do we provide vital housing - we support our tenants, residents and communities by investing in services that help people live their best possible life whether this be helping people into work, victims of domestic abuse and enabling young people to live independently.

Gentoo Homes is our commercial arm who build 5-star quality homes across the North East.

For more information visit Gentoo Homes’ website.

 

Our vision is about inspired people and strong communities, and we believe that in order to be strong, our communities and workplaces need to be inclusive. We’re very passionate about ensuring that differences which make us all unique are not only understood but also valued and celebrated.

We are proud to be one of the largest employers in Sunderland, and leading provider of social housing in the North East. We offer competitive salaries and an extensive benefits package to ensure that we attract, reward and retain our talented people. We are continually developing what we offer, demonstrating our commitment to our colleagues and an understanding of the importance of their wellbeing and work life balance. This includes striving to promote a healthy working environment with the wellbeing of our colleagues at the forefront.

At Gentoo, our primary purpose is to support and strengthen our local communities by providing great homes to our tenants and customers, it is therefore important to us to be able to reward our colleagues who make this happen. We are proud to have been awarded IIP Gold status in recognition for our commitment to our people and we are now on our journey to achieving Platinum status.   We are also part of the Living Wage Foundation to ensure all our colleagues are paid fairly and valued for the work they do.

In addition, Gentoo is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme which is a good practice forum for sexual orientation and gender identity issues in the workplace.

 

                                        

We understand the importance of gaining practical experience in the workplace whether that be through an apprenticeship programme or works experience.

We have created 276 apprenticeship opportunities to date, with 90% of our recruits going onto secure a full time, permanent job with us. You will benefit from a combination of hands-on working opportunities and off-site training while studying toward a formal qualification in your chosen career. 

Our exciting roles also come with a generous 29 days holiday, excellent terms and conditions and a company pension scheme. Apprenticeship recruitment is reviewed annually, and opportunities will normally be advertised at the beginning of each calendar year. 

We also offer work experience where we can assist you in gaining knowledge for your course or qualification. We appreciate and value all applications, however, due to the high demand we are not able to offer everyone a placement, but we do encourage you to keep applying. 

Work experience provides many benefits, giving you skills and experience that will allow you to stand out to potential employers as well as helping you choose the right sector to work in.

If you have any questions, or require any further information please email work.experience@gentoogroup.com

Current Vacancies

Assistant Accountant

  • Location: Sunderland
  • Salary: £27,925
  • Type: Permanent

An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced Assistant Accountant, to assist in the provision of high quality and timely financial information. In this role, you will support the accounting process and reporting activities, ensuring compliance with Financial Regulations and audit requirements.

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Building Surveyor

  • Location: Sunderland
  • Salary: £37,094
  • Type: Permanent

The Building Surveyor (General Practice) will be responsible for preparing schemes of planned investment works and/or one-off technical and specialist projects. In this role, you will undertake and manage a range of building pathology inspections and other specialist surveys, and provide solutions to rectify any issues. Your main responsibilities will include: Taking account of the long term maintenance needs of the Organisation's assets, developing works programmes to address the risk and long term maintenance needs of the stock including commissioning and managing building pathology inspections and other specialist surveys. Ensuring all appropriate pre-contract requirements, specifications and technical drawings are developed in sufficient detail and preparing all tender documentation. Providing specialist technical surveying advice across the Asset Department. Producing all relevant details and documents to ensure external contractors or internal delivery teams can be successful...

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Building Surveyor (Fire and Balcony Safety)

  • Location: Sunderland
  • Salary: £37,094
  • Type: Permanent

The role of Building Surveyor will work within Asset Management, taking responsibility for preparing schemes of investment work or one off projects producing all relevant details and documents to ensure the delivery team function can be successful in the delivery of those programmes of investment and compliance works. Your main responsibilities will include: Developing works programmes to address the risk and long term maintenance needs of our stock including commissioning and managing specialist surveys. Ensuring that all appropriate pre-contract requirements, specifications and technical drawings are developed in sufficient detail. Undertaking and managing a range of building pathology inspections and other specialist surveys, providing solutions to rectify issues. Overseeing fire risk assessments and balcony remedial works contracts, dealing with structural inspections, producing scopes of work and ensuring providers are meeting all requirements. Overseeing the Balcony Structural C...

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Building Surveyor (General Practice)

  • Location: Sunderland
  • Salary: £37,094
  • Type: Permanent

The Building Surveyor (General Practice) will be responsible for preparing schemes of planned investment works and/or one-off technical and specialist projects. In this role, you will undertake and manage a range of building pathology inspections and other specialist surveys, and provide solutions to rectify any issues. Your main responsibilities will include: Taking account of the long term maintenance needs of the Organisation's assets, developing works programmes to address the risk and long term maintenance needs of the stock including commissioning and managing building pathology inspections and other specialist surveys. Ensuring all appropriate pre-contract requirements, specifications and technical drawings are developed in sufficient detail and preparing all tender documentation. Providing specialist technical surveying advice across the Asset Department. Producing all relevant details and documents to ensure external contractors or internal delivery teams can be successful...

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Carbon Reduction and Renewables Officer

  • Location: Sunderland
  • Salary: £33,000
  • Type: Permanent

The role of Carbon Reduction and Renewables Officer will support the Asset Sustainability Manager in the delivery and development of the aims and objectives of the Gentoo Asset Sustainability Agenda. Your main responsibilities will include: Leading on the identification of new initiatives to introduce renewable energy technologies and carbon reduction measures that will contribute to achieving our 2040 carbon zero target. Working collaboratively with the Property Teams to develop sustainable investment programmes and sourcing external funding opportunities in relation to energy efficiency. Taking a leading role with specialist energy efficiency or carbon reduction investment schemes including chairing meetings, drafting specifications of work, and coordinating relevant pre-construction information.

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Energy Data Lead

  • Location: Sunderland*
  • Salary: £25,000
  • Type: Permanent

The Energy Data Lead Officer is a new post that will support the Asset Sustainability Manager in the development and delivery of our client’s Sustainability Strategy, improving the Energy Performance of their assets and reducing their Carbon Footprint. The postholder will work closely with all service areas across the Group to deliver on the Environmental Agenda and hold responsibility for the accuracy, input and validation of their energy data via relevant systems including EPC, SAP, Carbon, Metering and Billing and the associated environmental data. Your main responsibilities will include: Helping to develop and implement the Group’s Asset Sustainability Strategy, with the aim to actively reduce the Group’s environmental impact and carbon footprint across the asset portfolio and help tackle the climate issues. Assisting with the development of an Asset Sustainability Strategy and Supporting action plan. Reviewing the sustainability and long-term life of all assets to inform the A...

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Graduate Quantity Surveyor

  • Location: Sunderland*
  • Salary: £25,000-27,000 (sliding scale based on satisfactory completion of 18 month development plan)
  • Type: Permanent

Are you working towards or have you recently achieved a recognised degree in Quantity Surveying? Do you want to work for an organisation that puts people at the heart of their business? This is an exciting opportunity for someone to learn and develop in the role of Graduate Quantity Surveyor for a well established and forward thinking Housing Association. Working in Asset Management and Investment, you’ll carry out effective Quantity Surveying support in relation to the financial management of contractors delivering repairs and investment work to our client’s asset portfolio. Your main responsibilities will include: Assisting with all aspects of pre and post contract quantity surveying services on Repairs, Cyclical and Planned Investment Plan contracts from conception to final account. Ensuring the management of Contractors to deliver schemes to the required time, cost and quality standards. Working collaboratively across the Property team.

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Stock Condition Surveyor

  • Location: Sunderland*
  • Salary: £27,925
  • Type: Temporary

The role of Stock Condition Surveyor will carry out stock condition surveys, energy assessments to produce Energy Performance Certificates and overall knowledge gathering of our domestic and commercial assets. Your main responsibilities will include: Carrying out comprehensive surveys as required to manage our assets including Decent Homes Standard, HHSRS surveys and preparing associated reports. Providing technical advice and support on condition and investment requirements. Analysing appropriate data to support the successful development and implementation of our Asset Management Strategy

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