Development Managers (Housing & Regeneration)
Are you ready to move into a Development Manager role? Want to use your knowledge and skills to lead development and delivery of acquisition, investment and disposal strategies for the West Midlands?
As Development Manager at the WMCA, you’ll play an integral part in making business cases and providing expert advice and assurance on, millions of pounds of devolved housing and land funds. You’ll take complex technical projects from start to finish against a backdrop of a uniquely challenging and political environment.
You’ll work across the Housing and Regeneration Team, and in close collaboration with the wider Combined Authority. This includes dealing directly with the Mayor of the West Midlands, senior council leaders and other senior public and private sector partners.
Being part of a team to achieve common goals, whilst supported by a leadership team focussed on team development and continuous improvement.
- Provide expert advice to identify opportunity sites for acquisition or investment by WMCA where delivery can be expedited
- Lead on technical due diligence, including instructing valuations and development appraisals and to prepare reports to WMCA Investment Board where WMCA acquisition or investment is sought
- Work closely with Local Authorities, LEPs and other public sector bodies, and private sector partners including developers, investors and agents to be a single point of contact for all acquisitions and disposals – including representation at steering groups, project boards and internal WMCA boards
- Prepare de-risking strategies (e.g. securing planning, carrying out demolition works, delivering infrastructure), commissioning external consultancy advice as appropriate, aimed at making sites development-ready for developers
- Identify opportunities to utilise appropriate funding to lever in and broker private sector investment
- Produce accurate, concise reports, business plans and briefings summarising complex financial and development issues; providing clear recommendations for consideration by the Mayor, Combined Authority leadership and its partners
A full job description is available at the end of this advert
West Midlands Combined Authority’s Housing & Land Team is developing the UK’s most successful, innovative and delivery focused housing and regeneration programme, combining the very best of the public and private sectors to drive inclusive growth in all parts of the region. The team is at the forefront of implementing WMCA’s inclusive growth mission, and demonstrating the links between housing, skills, transport, health and economic growth; a whole team approach that combines working with local councils, LEPs, Whitehall and the private sector sits front and centre of our way of working.
Our overall aim and ambition: “to enable the delivery of 215,000 new homes by 2031, significantly increasing the proportion of affordable housing and driving new quality and design benchmarks”.
You’ll have a background in real estate development and delivery – including managing successful delivery of complex development projects
Being able to work with several stakeholders will require huge tenacity and drive to make things happen where for decades development may have been stalled or unviable. You will be skilled in stakeholder engagement and technical due diligence to mitigate and minimise risk where possible.
You will also be able to demonstrate:
- Extensive experience and exceptional skills in complex development project management, delivering on time and to budget
- Demonstrable experience of working with and delivering results through collaboration with multiple stakeholders
- Experience of assisting in negotiating terms for the purchase of identified sites with landowners and agents
- Good problem solving skills, to deliver land or property-based projects on sites with challenging ground conditions
- Able to create business cases to support bids to secure funding for site de-risking works, and for land acquisition as necessary
- Experience of promoting development opportunity sites, and an involvement in securing development partners
- Ability to lead/work within a multi-disciplinary team e.g. co-ordinating and managing the work of external consultants
You will either be RICS qualified or working towards an appropriate professional membership. Tailored support will be given to those engaged in the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) and working towards full professional membership and qualification as a Chartered Surveyor.
Our role in the West Midlands has never been more important and in these extraordinary times we’ve shown we can step forward, speak up for our region and bring people together. Everything we do is focused on making life better for people in the West Midlands – that’s our reason for being here and it drives every move we make. We lead and support others to deliver our shared future vision for the region – a happier, healthier, better connected place to live and work.
We fully believe that we are only as great as the people who work for us and are committed to providing a positive, healthy and inclusive working environment where our people feel valued and respected. We’re ambitious, forward thinking and determined to find better ways of working, always leading the way in what we do. We trust and support each other to get the job done, and encourage creativity, originality and curiosity from those who work with us.
We are a “Leaders in Diversity” accredited organisation, are in the Inclusive Top 50 Employers List and are one of The Times Top 50 Employers for Women. As a Disability Confident Employer, we have made a positive commitment to interviewing all applicants with a disability who meet the essential role criteria. We are committed to building a team of people with varied backgrounds and experiences as we recognise that this will only benefit us as an employer, the more inclusive we are the better our work will be, and welcome applications from young people, Black, Asian and ethnic minority groups and women at senior levels.
We’re dedicated to providing a broad range of rewards and benefits and constantly benchmark our benefits packages to ensure they are attractive for all our people. As well as a competitive salary, employees also receive 27 days annual leave (plus public holidays) and access to a great pension scheme.
Furthermore, wherever possible we will offer flexible working options which assist work-life balance. We are very happy to discuss a flexible working pattern that suits your needs, so please do not let that be a barrier to applying. If your values align with ours and you’re committed to working towards creating a future we can all be proud of, we want to hear from you.
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16 Summer Lane, Birmingham, B91 3SD. Hybrid working conditions are currently in place which means working remotely and coming to the office when required.
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