Employment at Linley & Simpson

We recognise that the key to our success is our people and that it is the skills of our staff which set us apart from our competitors. We aim to be a ‘first class’ employer offering a ‘first class’ service to our customers.

With more than 150 staff working across our branches, we are committed to providing a work environment that enables our staff to have a positive experience at work.  We have been in business since 1997 and are proud that staff that joined us when we opened are still with us today -testament to the fact that we are dedicated to looking after our staff and providing them with the  opportunity to progress and thrive in their careers with us.

Results from our recent employee engagement survey show that 88% of our staff are proud to be part of Linley & Simpson with 98% determined to give their best effort at work every day. This is reflective of the environment and culture we aim to create for our workforce where staff feel that they are an integral part of the company working towards a common goal.

"I am extremely proud of the people we have working for L&S. After all these years in business, nothing gives me more satisfaction than to see our people progressing through the ranks and fulfilling their career aspirations. Indeed we have many who have joined us initially as newcomers to the industry, who are now in senior management roles within the company. Our success is down to our staff and I am acutely aware that we will only get the best out of our staff by giving them the tools and support to enable them to thrive in the workplace. For this reason we put a lot of focus into ensuring that we are providing a rewarding, caring and enjoyable environment, where employees can flourish in their chosen career."

Will Linley, Director

We ensure our staff receive the best training and career development opportunities.  Our training strategies allow staff to fulfil their potential and we work closely with them to develop their skills and expand their knowledge at the same time increasing their opportunities for promotion and career progression within Linley & Simpson.

Some of our learning and development initiatives include:

  • Apprentice Scheme. To date, we have taken on 6 apprentices all of whom have gone on to secure full time jobs with us.
  • Active promotion of ARLA and NAEA qualifications which are fully funded by the company.
  • 3 day induction programme for all new employees.
  • Training frameworks specific to each role.
  • Management succession planning and promotion from within. The majority of our Branch Managers started out working as negotiators or administrators proving that we reward ambition.
  • Mentoring.

Linley & Simpson are keen to help our staff maintain a healthy work life balance and aim to provide a working environment which promotes employee wellbeing and good health.  Initiatives we have developed to help us achieve this include:

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  • Flexible working arrangements
  • Regular 1:1's to allow us to connect with and listen to our staff
  • Staff are given a ½ day holiday on their birthday
  • We are closed Sundays and Bank holidays and staff are given ½ day in lieu for working on Saturdays all allowing them important down time away from work.
  • Give as You Earn - gives employees the opportunity to donate a fixed sum each month to a charity of their choice, with money taken from their salary before tax is applied
  • Volunteering

 ‘Evidence suggests that volunteering brings health benefits to both the volunteers and the people they help.’ NHS website

Please click here for further information on the volunteering opportunities available to our staff.

In addition to excellent career opportunities and competitive salaries, our employees are also rewarded for their hard work with perks such as:

  • Individual and team outstanding performance awards
  • Job specific incentives and rewards
  • Performance related commission
  • Long-service awards
  • Vouchers for completing probationary periods and passing qualifications
  • Company funded social events
  • An extra days holiday for each year of service (capped)

Two members of our team recently enjoyed a spa day as a thank you for their hard work during a particularly busy month moving students into their new accommodation and our branches often enjoy nights out on the company for winning team awards.

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We recognise that a strong team is a key part to any successful business and we work to help our staff connect with and support others, both internally and externally in the local communities in which they work.

We host a variety of team events across the year both at branch level and company wide including:

  • Fizzy Friday
  • Bowling
  • Dodgeball
  • Netball
  • Dragon Boat race
  • Tough Mudder
  • Sponsored bike ride
  • Christmas party

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We have nominated a Brand Ambassador for each of our branches and departments who promotes connections within their teams and with the wider community through events such as fundraising and volunteering.

Each member of Linley and Simpson staff is given one day per year during work time to volunteer giving them the opportunity – amongst many other benefits - to develop new skills, build confidence and gain personal satisfaction from giving back to society.

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Thanks Emily! We had a great day and loved helping out. Everyone there was so nice and we loved hearing all about the place and the amount of work that goes into it. They were really grateful for everything we had done so far.

Anytime they need help with anything else just give us a shout. We would love to go back!

Thanks again, 

Sally – Accounts Department

I had a really good day and thoroughly enjoyed it

Steve Kilby, Branch Manager - Wetherby

'I admire the people that volunteer, it’s for such a good cause and I would be more than happy to go along again'

Eileen Cahill, Sales Negotiator - Wetherby

I had a fantastic time at Martin House helping out with the collections of furniture & driving around the countryside.  The guys I spent the day with do a sterling job & are amazing. If I can help out in the future, please don’t hesitate to ask me

Catherine Crawshaw, Lettings Consultant - Wakefield

“Having met many of the L & S volunteers recently, Brenda and I have been so impressed with the energy, vitality and commitment shown by every single L&S staff member.

Universally having a smile on their face, and always happy to go the extra mile to make the most effective contribution to Martin House, it’s been a pleasure to see the partnership deliver such practical value to the Martin House family.

The whole team deserves congratulations, and should be very proud of their contributions.”

John & Brenda - Corporate Fundraising Team – Martin House

 

In addition to a strong involvement with our local communities, we fundraise for a chosen charity each year and staff are encouraged to participate in fundraising events. These help to build a team environment by giving staff objectives other than those directly associated with their job role. This is reflected in the results of our employee engagement survey where 80% of our staff feel that there is a strong sense of teamwork in their team.

Recent fundraising events include a ‘Win an extra week off work’ raffle, the Great Linley and Simpson bake off which was thoroughly enjoyed by all who took part and produced some fantastic entries and our ‘Cash for Clutter’ stock appeal. For further information on all of our fundraising efforts please visit our Community and Charity News page.

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We are committed to a non-discriminatory working environment and aim to maintain and encourage equality and diversity within our workforce. We expect all of our employees to treat each other equally, honestly and with respect.

 

 

MEET OUR PEOPLE

When did you join Linley & Simpson?

I joined L&S in October 2013 after more than 20 years with a corporate national estate agent.

Why did you choose to work for Linley & Simpson?

Choosing Linley & Simpson was easy for me based on the success of the business, the strength of the brand, the vision of Will and Nick for the future growth of the business and the opportunity to use my expertise to build a sales team to challenge the major competitors already in the market place.

Describe your job in one sentence.

Delivering a profitable performance from the sales department whilst complimenting and supporting the Lettings business through open communication at all levels within the company.

What do you like most about your role?

Constantly challenging myself to create ways to improve the results, developing new sources of revenue (in particular New Homes) and growing the business significantly. Also the ability to positively influence staff development by supporting their career is an important part of my responsibility.

What do you like most about working for Linley & Simpson?

Being a department head the level of responsibility is extensive but is best summed up by being able to make decisions quickly and being part of an agile and responsive business meaning we can beat the competition – essential in a dynamic business environment.

What has been your proudest moment working for Linley & Simpson?

There are lots which come to mind but a few highlights. First, the moment we completed the sales launch in all branches within 6 months. Second, when selective branches became market leaders after only 12 months of being open .Third, generating revenue to add to the overall profitability of the business. Fourth, winning the Yorkshire Residential Property Awards in autumn 2016.

mark christopher

When did you join Linley & Simpson?

August 2008.

Why did you choose to work for Linley & Simpson?

Having worked at a corporate agency I was ready for a new challenge in a local expanding company. Another key factor was that they offered great career progression which was very important to me.

Describe your job in one sentence.

It is a role that varies from day to day. Ultimately I am responsible for making sure that all business objectives are achieved and that the branch operates effectively on a day-to-day basis. This involves keeping up to date with changes and challenges in the marketplace, working and leading a team of property professionals, maximising opportunities and ensuring that first class customer service is provided at all times.

What do you like most about your role?

It has to be that every day is different and that you are continuously learning! Talking to property owners and assisting them with investing in further properties is another area of my role that I thoroughly enjoy.

What do you like most about working for Linley & Simpson?

Being part of a very successful, expanding agency with a respected, recognised name, this is very important when going out on appointments to win business and gives you a great platform to work from.

What has been your proudest moment working for Linley & Simpson?

My proudest work moment has to be when I was promoted from Lettings Manager to the York Branch Manager. This was just as the company was launching it’s Residential sales service so was a very exciting time to take on the extra responsibility in helping the branch continue to grow from strength to strength.

mark sheriden

When did you join Linley & Simpson?

March 2013 just after the sales division was launched. I initially started in the Street Lane office in Roundhay.

Why did you choose to work for Linley & Simpson?

I wanted to work for a local company that shared the same ethics as I did. Doing what is best for the customer and giving honest advice.

Describe your job in one sentence.

I manage a team of sales professionals to make the moving process as easy as possible whilst working in our vendors best interests. Selling a property can be very stressful and I try to oversee every aspect from valuing, marketing, offer negotiations, selling and completions to make it as easy as possible for our customers.

What do you like most about your role?

Helping someone that really wants to move in to their new home - hopefully with a smile on their face.

What do you like most about working for Linley & Simpson?

The friendly atmosphere across the branches and departments.

What has been your proudest moment working for Linley & Simpson?

Setting up the sales branch at Chapel Allerton 18 months ago and making us market leaders in the area.

david reeves

When did you join Linley & Simpson?

December 2014.

Why did you choose to work for Linley & Simpson?

I had reached as far as I could go with my previous employer, having worked for them for 10 years.  I didn’t want to leave the city, so looked at what the other agents were doing. Linley & Simpson were the only agent I could see myself working for, as previous work colleagues had joined and spoke very highly of the company.

Describe your job in one sentence.

To oversee all aspects of sales in our city centre branch – from the initial market appraisal, through to completion.

What do you like most about your role?

There are so many aspects of my job that I love, but the main thing is building relationships with clients, from both a Purchaser and Vendor prospective.

What do you like most about working for Linley & Simpson?

Linley and Simpson have given me the ability to fulfil my potential – we also have an amazing team in our city office, making it a pleasure to go to work.  In my 15 year career, Linley & Simpson are the best company I have ever worked for.

What has been your proudest moment working for Linley & Simpson?

My proudest moment was the sale of Boyds Mill, which was sold off plan, to owner-occupiers before it even completed.

andy bonner branch

When did you join Linley & Simpson?

I joined Linley &Simpson back in November 2015 after leaving a direct sales based job.

Why did you choose to work for Linley & Simpson?

I chose to work for Linley & Simpson as they have a great reputation in the York area and I knew I wanted to get into the estate agency business.

Describe your job in one sentence.

On a daily basis I spend my time in and out of the office showing prospective tenants round properties, as well as doing a number of jobs in the office.

What do you like most about your role?

What I enjoy most about my role is that I get to a meet a number of new people every single day while also seeing a variety of different properties. York is such a diverse city that you can find all sorts of quirky and interesting properties to suit all needs, no matter how obscure.

What do you like most about working for Linley & Simpson?

My favourite thing about working for Linley & Simpson is a bit of a cliché, as it is in fact the people. The office definitely has that family feel to it, which makes coming into work everyday that little bit easier.

What has been your proudest moment working for Linley & Simpson?

My proudest moment at Linley & Simpson occurred over the Christmas period. We work alongside an amazing charity called Martin House, who we fundraise and volunteer a lot of time for. I volunteered to be Santa for a day in their very festively themed grotto at the Airedale Centre in Keighley and it was an amazing experience. Seeing the looks on all of the kid’s faces as they came into the grotto and saw Santa was very special. Knowing that I was able to bring so much joy to these children with such a simple gesture was a very heart-warming experience for me.

alexander

When did you join Linley & Simpson?

I started part time February 2011, working mostly Saturdays and School holidays but then officially full time September 2011. I came to Linley and Simpson straight from sixth form.

Why did you choose to work for Linley & Simpson?

From a young age I have been interested in property as some of my family are in the industry. I looked at both rentals and sales and preferred the faster pace which lettings provides. Linley and Simpson had the best reputation in lettings so seemed a very obvious choice. I have never looked back since!

Describe your job in one sentence.

My job is very varied - on a daily basis I deal with upcoming move ins (drawing up all agreements and required paperwork), oversee the smooth running of our property management department, focus on new business generation within branch and go out of office on property  appraisals - some days you will even find me on front desk!

What do you like most about your role?

I love my role because it is so varied; I get to do a little bit of everything on a daily basis so I never get bored! There is always something to do and always a new challenge.

What do you like most about working for Linley & Simpson?

I really love my team at Horsforth, I have worked here from such a young age that they have all become my second family as I have grown up.

What has been your proudest moment working for Linley & Simpson?

When I received my Level 3 advanced NVQ in residential letting and management award and my ARLA. It was a lot of hard work but very worth it in the end!

rebecca taylor

When did you join Linley & Simpson?

July 2005.

Why did you choose to work for Linley & Simpson?

I wanted to get into property and Linley and Simpson were a company that were local to me and were growing in the right direction and I wanted to be a part of that

Describe your job in one sentence.

It is both challenging and rewarding and involves a lot of hard work to generate new business and grow our lettings portfolio by undertaking property appraisals and valuing them for lettings purposes, plus, working hard to retain our existing client base as well as being versatile enough to step in and cover other role’s in the office when we are short including property viewings, its very rare that there is a quiet day in or out of the office

What do you like most about your role?

I really enjoy contributing to growing the business, getting out and about on valuations and meeting potential new clients

What do you like most about working for Linley & Simpson?

I love working at the Branch I am based now in Harrogate, the people are great and the company is constantly looking to grow which makes it an exciting place to be

What has been your proudest moment working for Linley & Simpson?

Having been with the company for over 10 years there are a fair few proud moments I can think of . I would say the fact that I have been able to successfully work and list properties in three different Branches and market places, Leeds City Branch, Horsforth and now Harrogate makes me proud and has given me great experience. Also, last year I managed to achieve an all time high 83% conversion rate on the lettings valuations I carried out which, in a highly competitive rental market like Harrogate, is an achievement I am very proud of.

michael moon

When did you join Linley & Simpson?

I joined Linley and Simpson in August 2015.

Why did you choose to work for Linley & Simpson?

Having worked in Leeds city centre for a number of years I liked the reputation the company has developed.  Having 11 branches this offers people the opportunity to develop within a business which is very important to me.

Describe your job in one sentence.

As Letting Manager I am the assistant to the Branch Manager – my responsibilities are to make sure that the office runs efficiently on a day to day basis whilst handling all new business enquiries - no two days are the same and it is fast paced, challenging, fun and rewarding.

What do you like most about your role?

The interaction with my team, meeting landlords, tenants and visiting new apartments.

What do you like most about working for Linley & Simpson?

Your professionalism is trusted to do the best for the company and there is a great support network amongst the infrastructure of the business.

What has been your proudest moment working for Linley & Simpson?

Winning Branch of Year 2016.

stuart blackburn

When did you join Linley & Simpson?

I joined Linley and Simpson back in August 2013 in the City Centre branch.

Why did you choose to work for Linley & Simpson?

I was already working in Estate Agency in Leeds and was looking for a property to rent. I ended up finding a property through Linley and Simpson and the process ran so smoothly that it prompted me to look into what careers were available. Six weeks later I was sat working in the City Centre branch and I haven’t looked back since.

Describe your job in one sentence.

I conduct most of the out of office tasks and viewings but I’m also involved with Market Appraisals for rentals and dealing with marketing of properties as well.

What do you like most about your role?

I'm not one to be sat still for too long! I like that I'm out and about in my car and out on viewings the majority of the time. It’s great also being able to see some lovely houses.

What do you like most about working for Linley & Simpson?

I like that no two days are the same. We cover areas from Headingley LS6 to Guiseley LS20 and so you can be going to a studio apartment one day and a 7 bedroom house the next! It’s a great company to work for also with the opportunities available. You are really able to find a role that suits your skillset.

What has been your proudest moment working for Linley & Simpson?

I ran a marathon back in October for the charity that we support at Martin House. It was great to be able to represent Linley and Simpson as well as raising £700.00 for such a great charity. I also managed to do some volunteer work for the charity a few months ago so it was great to see where the money goes and the fantastic work that Martin House does.

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CONTACT THE HR TEAM

We are always interested in hearing from talented individuals looking to work in the property industry. To discuss the opportunities available to you, please contact our HR team:

Paula Ingham - HR Manager

Tel: 0113 237 0160

Email: paula@linleyandsimpson.co.uk

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CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

With eleven branches and over 150 staff we have exciting and challenging positions available across West and North Yorkshire. 

What we can offer you:

  • A wide range of jobs in both lettings and sales. Link to list of current opportunities.
  • Career progression - with such a variety of roles there are always career opportunities available and we are committed to promoting from within.  The majority of our Branch Managers started out working as negotiators or administrators proving that we reward ambition.
  • Ongoing training and development - Our dedicated training team will look for opportunities to develop and enhance your abilities and support you in your desire to succeed.   Link to learning and development section above.
  • Rewards and benefits - To attract the best employees, we offer a great package. This includes a competitive salary, often above industry average, together with a minimum of 20 days annual leave (plus bank holidays). Other notable benefits include performance related commission, bonuses and an extra day’s holiday for each year of service (capped).
  • Our employees are also rewarded for their hard work with perks including company funded social events and a ½ day holiday on their birthdays.

Vacancies

Property Consultant

Ripon

We are currently looking for a Property Consultant for our Ripon office.  Self motivated with a desire to deliver excellent customer care you will register applicants and encourage viewings of potential property matches in order to agree sales and lets.  Looking for opportunities to book property appraisals the ideal candidate will be used to working in a targeted environment, have previous experience in a sales role and possess the drive and determination we require.  If this sounds like you and you want to work for a market leading Agency then we want to hear from you! The role requires a driving licence. In return you can expect a generous basic salary, monthly commission scheme with OTE of up to £20k please apply by sending your CV to recruitment@linleyandsimpson.co.uk

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Maintenance Co-Ordinator

Horsforth

We are currently looking for an experienced Maintenance Co-Ordinator to join our Central Maintenance team in Horsforth on a 12 month fixed term contract to cover maternity leave. You can expect a basic salary of £16-19k and a monthly bonus.

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Branch Manager

Ilkley

We are currently looking for a Branch Manager for our Ilkley office. Responsible for achieving set targets for both lettings and sales for the branch, developing new business and managing and developing the team across both sales and lettings.

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Lettings Consultant

Roundhay

We are currently looking for Letting Consultant for our Roundhay Branch.  Every day is different, proactively promoting services/properties. You will be responsible for responding to all enquiries, both face to face, over the telephone and electronically, making appointments and meeting targets.  You will be matching people to properties, arranging viewings and agreeing lets. The ideal candidate will have a proven track record in a customer service/sales role and be able to demonstrate a competitive instinct and be able to work under pressure, within a target-orientated environment. If you feel you have the drive to succeed and want to be part of a successful growing independent then we want to hear from you. In return you can expect a generous basic salary, great training and career opportunities, monthly commission scheme with OTE of up to £20k please apply by sending your CV to recruitment@linleyandsimpson.co.uk

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