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Group Manager, UK Central Hub Development

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council
£58,026 - £64,619 per annum. Incremental progression is subject to performance
Closing date
4 Aug 2024

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We are offering an exceptional opportunity for a Group Manager to be responsible for facilitating one of the most exciting development opportunities in the UK.

The Hub is a 1,300-hectare, mixed use, thriving commercial site in Solihull, just off Junction 6 of the M42 motorway. It is home to Birmingham Airport, the National Exhibition Centre (NEC), Birmingham International Station, Birmingham Business Park, Jaguar Land Rover and the 140-hectare Arden Cross development site which is the location of the new HS2 Interchange Station.

The UK Central Hub development is at the centre of the UK’s transportation network and offers unique development opportunities that benefit from unrivalled connectivity. With the arrival of high-speed rail and with major investment in local transport infrastructure, the Hub will become one of the UK’s best-connected destinations for business, leisure and living  The Hub - Invest in UK Central

This exciting and challenging role builds on the work of the former Urban Growth Company. The role has been created to lead engagement with our many stakeholders to ensure that the development of the Hub meets the Council’s strategic objectives and maximises sustainable growth in the Borough and the West Midlands. The role includes identifying and implementing a funding strategy for the Hub, which may include developer/ landowner contributions, planning obligations, business rates retention and national and opportunities for regional grant funding.

To meet the challenge and be successful in the role you will have:

  • A Degree Qualification in a relevant discipline such as architecture, surveying, planning or civil engineering.
  • Demonstrable track record of leadership and innovation in the delivery of land development and regeneration strategies.
  • Demonstrable experience of highly effective partnership working with multi-disciplinary teams in a development focussed environment and influencing and shaping strategy.
  • Experience of commissioning land and property development activity using various forms of delivery (direct, joint venture, partnership) and financing methods.
  • Ability to exercise effective judgment and manage priorities within constrained timescales, resources and competing pressures.

In return for your commitment and contribution, the successful applicant will be offered:

  • A range of flexible working options, including hybrid working. 
  • Generous annual leave entitlements with the opportunity to purchase up to 10-days additional leave per year.
  • A flexitime scheme with up to 24 days per year.
  • A positive and supportive environment in which to train and continue your professional development.
  • Access to our Employee Assistance Programme – a 24 hour independent, free and confidential advice and support service.
  • Family and carer friendly policies.
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme.
  • Employee benefits including staff discounts, subsidised travel passes and Cycle 2 Work Scheme.
  • As an essential car user, free parking is available.

Please submit your CV and a supporting statement that explains how you meet the requirements of the Job Description and Person Specification by following the apply link. If you have any questions regarding the role or would like to chat further about your suitability for it, please contact Alan Smith, Head of Service at .

Closing date for applications 4th August 2024. 

Shortlisted applicants will be asked to undertake psychometric tests as part of the selection process.   Successful applicants will then be invited to interview on 16th September 2024.

Small enough to care, but big enough to make a difference.


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About Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council


Solihull is regarded as a popular and vibrant place to live in the UK. As one of the most prosperous towns in the Midlands, almost two thirds of our borough is designated as green belt. We have over 1,500 acres of parks across the borough, with 16 Green Flag Awards. Solihull is very well connected, with great transport links such as the M40, M42 and M6 all close by, and an excellent rail network, plus, of course, an international airport. We are home to the award-winning Touchwood Shopping Centre, National Exhibition Centre, Resorts World Birmingham, and the Resorts World Arena.

It is an exciting time for Solihull, although we are a relatively small local authority (c. 6000 employees), we still have ambitious plans including the development of UK Central and HS2.

Here at Solihull Council, we want to ensure that all our citizens have an equal chance to share in Solihull’s success. We do this by putting our customers at the heart of everything we do.

We recognise that our employees are the key factor in achieving our vision and as such, we are always on the lookout for talented individuals, who want to make a real positive difference to people’s lives and can help us to continue building on our success.

Both Smarter Ways of Working and Employee Wellbeing are key Council Priorities.

The transition to Smarter Ways of Working has presented us with the opportunity to re-think how and where we work. With the option to access portable technology, dependent upon the requirements of the role, a lot of our people are not bound to a single workplace or traditional ways of working, with many choosing to spend a good proportion of their week working from home.

tomOur people told us that they value flexibility, and that choice enables them to have a better work-life balance, manage family responsibilities, enhance their personal wellbeing, and continue to deliver excellent outcomes for the residents of Solihull.

Our people are our number one asset, and our aim is to have a healthy, happy engaged and thriving workforce.

Wellbeing is at the heart of our employee offer and we are a bronze accredited West Midlands Combined Authority Thrive at Work employer.  This recognises our commitment and action in support of employee wellbeing; we are currently working towards silver accreditation.

Unpaid carers carry out a key role within our community and know that this can be challenging when combined with employment.  Our Carer’s Policy and the ongoing support we give to our employees has resulted in us winning Employer of the Year 2022 at the Carer Friendly Awards.

We will offer you:

  • A friendly, supportive and inclusive working environment;
  • Competitive salaries including, for those at the top of their scale, the opportunity to receive a non-consolidated lump sum;
  • A range of flexible working options;
  • Annual leave starting at 25 days and rising to 30 days after 5 years' service in addition to public holidays with an opportunity to purchase up to 10 additional days' holiday per year;
  • A generous flexitime scheme (available for most roles);
  • Access to the Local Government Pension Scheme;
  • A wide range of learning and development opportunities;
  • A range of family friendly policies;
  • Employee benefits including subsidised travel passes, Cycle 2 Work Scheme, confidential Employee Assistance Programme and staff discounts.

Solihull Council is proud to be an Equal Opportunities Employer.  We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees – a place where we can all be ourselves and succeed on merit.

As users of the Disability Confident Scheme, we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who demonstrate they meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy.

Solihull Council has a responsibility for, and is committed to, safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, young people and adults at risk, and requires all staff and volunteers to share this commitment.

For roles eligible for a Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check this will be indicated in the advert and supporting recruitment documents.  Where the post involves working with children, other vulnerable groups or in a position of trust it is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974.  Further guidance is available at

Please note, where sufficient numbers of applications are received, we reserve the right to close a vacancy before the advertised closing date. We therefore advise that you submit your application as soon as possible.

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0121 704 6000
Council House
Manor Square
West Midlands
B91 3QB
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