SAY Property Consulting is an advisory business specifically established to provide residential, commercial and mixed use management consultancy services to developers, investors and property owners. We are property management experts and offer a diverse range of services such as estate and block management development consultancy, private rented sector advice, professional and advisory work and business development.
Small Business (10-49 employees) London Status: Recruiting
- Small, but perfectly formed
- Love what we do
- Game changers
- Growing every day
- Working smart
Daisy Chain Says
“SAY Property Consulting, a leading residential and mixed-use consultancy, is expanding. We are growing our Leasehold Reform Act work and are urgently looking to recruit an experienced surveyor. We currently act for two of the UK’s largest landlords, handling predominantly suburban London and South East claims. The role will involve managing the process from start to finish, this includes liaising with our clients, undertaking inspections, preparing reports, understanding and advising in relation to any technical issues that arise and negotiating settlements. In addition there will be opportunities to get involved in other areas of our business. The role is based in our Regent Street office where our existing team provides a range of consultancy services. We have over the past 7 years become a highly regarded consultancy and are recognised as leading advisors in the areas of PRS, estate management set up, Leasehold Reform Act work and service charge consultancy. The successful applicant will be a self-starter and able to manage their workload. There is significant scope though our existing contacts to further expand this part of our business. Salary will depend on experience and for ambitious candidates, there is scope for additional remuneration based on business growth. Contact: Charles@sayproperty.co.uk to obtain a full job description”
Debra Yudolph's Experience
I am a partner at SAY Property Consulting, a small niche consultancy business that works in the Residential Property Sector. We are a team of eight. I am also a married mother of three “children” who are 23, 20 and 9 and I have a granddaughter who is 2. I live and work in London. I have always worked and only ever taken maternity leave after each child. When my oldest daughter was born (23 years ago) I got three months off and then six months for my son 20 years ago and up to a year for my youngest daughter, so things got better as expectations have changed and as I became more senior. I was employed by a large company then but now being self-employed I imagine I wouldn’t actually stop working!
1. What were, or are, the biggest challenges you faced going back into the work place having had children?
Having a support system in place, I have been lucky to have had two husbands who have taken their parental responsibilities very seriously and employers who were supportive and flexible. The challenge is not to feel guilty, to manage when plans go wrong and to still try to have some time for yourself or your marriage – they are the bits that come last and suffer the most!
2. How did your career change after having children?
I don’t think it did but I was lucky to be able to manage my own time and have more flexibility than a lot of people are given. I have been my own boss within organisations for a while and also been in a position to influence the organisations' attitude.
3. How do you balance your career with your family?
Technology has made a huge difference – because you can work anywhere and at any time. I always try to go to the important school events and be there – I have realised the importance of this more with my youngest child who also seems to have higher expectations of me! It is not easy at times, especially school holidays and however good your other half is, there is an unsaid expectation that I do all the school and social related management for my nine-year-old, which I find infuriating.
4. How has working for SAY enhanced your family/ work life balance?
Having my own business does give me more flexibility, – and I can pass that on to my team (most of whom haven’t got round to having children yet). But it makes me a more understanding boss (I hope). But instead of one boss I have all my clients and they can be demanding, so I never really switch off and because I work more flexibly there is a lot of blurring between working time and family time – but I think that is very common now.
5. If you could give your ‘pre-children’ self, one piece of advice about being a working mother, what would it be?
Don’t panic and feel guilty – they turn out alright in the end. I now know I have been a good role model to my children and I completely believe they are better off because I have a career but it is easy to blame yourself when they are miserable, not doing very well or have issues with their friends.
6. What is it about this industry that appeals to you?
I like working in the property industry because it's about people’s homes and we all need somewhere to live. Generally, the people are great, I can work at the affordable end and satisfy my social conscience as well as at the luxury end and I genuinely believe we help create better places.