Start a Career with Rowan as a Trainee Property Manager

For organised individuals with excellent communication skills, we offer our very own trainee property manager scheme with at least one opening per year and a highly competitive starting salary of £23,000-£25,000, plus several other benefits. Please review the full job listing below and to apply email with your CV attached in addition to a cover letter detailing why you’re interested in joining us.

The Training Programme

You will embark on a two-year induction and training programme, gaining all the knowledge required to manage your own property portfolio. This will be achieved by regular one-to-one coaching, job-shadowing and on-the-job training to ensure you feel confident and able to fulfil your role. We will also support you with and fund any professional development and qualifications you wish to take through the IRPM.

This is an ideal opportunity if you’re an all-rounder seeking to gain general business management and consultancy experience, with operations, relationship-management, finance and legal all intrinsic elements of the role. It also provides an excellent avenue to fast-track your career because as a key member of our small team you will gain wider exposure and greater influence than feasible in a bigger corporate. What’s more, there’s significant scope to get out and about, speaking with people and further developing your inter-personal skills in a professional environment.

We currently have other trainee property managers on the programme, so there is plenty of scope to collaborate and support each other throughout the training.

Your Role

Once sufficiently trained you’ll be assigned your own portfolio to manage. This will gradually expand as you gain more experience and progress through the training scheme until you reach around 25 blocks. Furthermore, you will receive all the support you need from the team and system around you.

In this diverse role your responsibilities include:

  • Responding to client enquiries
  • Mediating between and influencing clients
  • Analysing and explaining lease information
  • Co-ordinating with accounts to set and manage budgets
  • Inspecting sites to identify maintenance requirements
  • Managing contractors, surveyors, and project managers
  • Ensuring health and safety standards are complied with
  • Managing and negotiating with utilities brokers
  • Building and maintaining client relationships to retain existing business
  • Chairing AGMs and directors’ meetings

The Location & Hours

This is a hybrid role in which you will have opportunity to work in the office, on client sites and from home. Our Cumbria office is located West of Kendal in the beautiful Lyth Valley and our Lancashire office outside Lytham, just off the M55. During your first 3-6 months you will be primarily office based to fully integrate you into the team and give you maximum training support.

Following this, you will have much more scope to work from home and a typical working week could consist of one day in our Cumbria office, one in our Lancashire office, one on client visits and two working from home.

Generally, working hours are 9am-5pm Monday-Friday. However, there is flexibility on this and scope for reduced hours depending on personal requirements.

The Benefits

  • Friendly, supportive team and personable client relationships
  • Exceptional opportunity for personal development and training
  • £500 annual funding per annum for the Institute of Residential Property Managers training courses
  • Structured career path where you will be rewarded on merit and can progress from trainee, to associate to senior property manager
  • Up to £1,000 annual performance-based bonus in your first year and £2,000 in your second, on top of the £23,000-£25,000 basic salary
  • Salary increase on successful completion of the two year training scheme
  • 23 pence fuel allowance for all business miles
  • Flexible hours and work from home options
  • Generous 25 days paid holiday plus bank holidays
  • 5 days sick pay after 12 months of service
  • Pension contributions

The Ideal Candidate 


  • Excellent organisation and time-management
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills verbal and written
  • Attention to detail and conscientiousness
  • Independent, self-starter and a team player
  • Positive and professional
  • Capable of being assertive when needed
  • Reasonably confident

Preferential experience and skills:

  • Educated to degree level at 2:1 or above beneficial, but by no means essential
  • Administration, finance, or property related qualifications useful, but by no means essential
  • Experience in a related industry helpful, but not essential
  • IT and email proficiency (familiarity with Office and Excel)
  • Project management and budgeting

Essential requirements:

  • A minimum of six months’ work experience or three years for non-graduates
  • Experience in either an office or client facing / customer service role
  • Solid academic credentials with a minimum of grade 5 / B in GCSE or O’Level English Language and a grade 4 / C in Mathematics
  • A-levels or equivalent
  • UK driving license (with no more than 3 points) and a reliable vehicle
  • If this sounds like you, we’d love to hear from you!