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£100,000 - £120,000 + benefits + bonus


North West





Development Director

Sub Discipline:

Development Director



Job Description

This is a strategic appointment to lead and deliver development and construction activities for a leading UK property developer that specialises in delivering developments in partnership with large landowners. Tasked with full P&L responsibility, day to day operations and business strategy there is a plan to deliver 1,000 plus residential units in the UK over the next 3 – 4 years. Future schemes that are in pre-construction stage include 3 x residential build to rent circa 200 units, high-end hotel development and an industrial logistic centre.

With their Head Office based in London (West End), this position will oversee delivery of residential and mixed-use projects from project inception to completion. The candidate will be based in Manchester or London, will be expected to work flexibly and be a self-starter.

The Role:
The key scope of the role will include:
” Advising the board on the delivery of multiple development projects from concept through to completion.
” Managing Development Managers managing some of the smaller projects.
” Assisting with the sourcing and assessment of new development projects.
” Leading on the production of site development feasibility studies.
” Leading the development site acquisition due diligence and legal processes.
” Securing tenants for new development.
” Securing funding for development.
” Managing the planning team to secure consents.
” Devising development delivery programmes and managing and reporting progress against the programmes.
” Managing the legal process for all development documents (Agreement to Leases, Funding Agreements, Land Purchase Agreements etc).
” Managing the procurement and legal documenting of all required third party consultant, contractor and supplier services to facilitate the delivery of the developments.
” Securing all required statutory consents and third-party approvals and the delivery of developments in compliance with consents and all related conditions.
” The recording and management of all expenditure within approved budgets.
” Assisting with the reporting of actual performance against project appraisals.
” Managing the marketing team for developments and coordinating with development delivery works.
” Regularly reporting internally and to external development partners & funders on progress against programme, expenditure against approved budget and overall performance against the approved appraisal.
” The safe storing of all key project information to help facilitate the leasing and sale of developments.
” The creation and implementation of risk mitigation strategies.
” Assisting in the strategic management of the business and its joint venture companies.

Background & Experience:
The candidate must have a construction or real estate related degree and/or a property/construction professional body qualification with a minimum of 10 years’ experience of the direct Development Management of schemes.

The candidate must demonstrate the following core experience and knowledge:
” Design and procurement management and securing of statutory consents and third-party approvals.
” Negotiation of funding agreements
” Negotiation of agreement to leases
” Strong technical knowledge of current design, procurement & construction technology
” Good understanding of the real estate development process and appreciation of investor/developer objectives/key drivers
” Good project financial management skills
” Management and leadership of teams
” Risk identification and pro-active management
Key personal strengths:
” Self-motivation with a positive attitude to lead and drive projects to be delivered in accordance with client objectives.
” A team player able to lead through the example and respect.
” Flexible and lateral thinking to deliver projects.
” Attention to detail whilst also able to maintain high level strategic view of key issues.
” Clear written and verbal analytical project reporting and communication skills
” Empathetic toward landowner partner requirements

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