Development Manager

Orbit Group
Horizon House, Unit 1, Eclipse Park, Sittingbourne Road, Maidstone, ME14 3EN
£56,182 - £62,424 plus car allowance
21 Aug 2019
16 Sep 2019
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP

Orbit is a fantastic business and one that’s really going places. 

With plans to build 2,000 new homes every year, reaching a total of 25,000 by 2030, Orbit is one of the country’s major housing association developers. Not least because of an exciting strategic partnership with Homes England with a funding package of some £129 million. 

We’re delivering a truly varied range of homes, ranging from private sale and shared ownership to affordable and social rent properties. We are working to manage the entire development process from land acquisition to house building ourselves. 

The Development Manager job in Maidstone will help lead the pre-contract delivery team to build a pipeline of secured land to deliver a programme of circa 800+ affordable homes per annum and to assist the Head of Development and the wider team to achieve growth and profit targets.

You will programme manage a variety of schemes within the regional pre-contract pipeline.  Submitting offers for new sites and ensuring commercially viable terms are negotiated.  You will manage and oversee pre-contract activity including tasks such as design, submission of planning applications, financial appraisals and negotiating on land and build contracts.  You’ll be kept busy establishing and partnering with land owners, agents, building contractors, consultants, developers and other agencies involved in housing development and regeneration.

You will assist with high level liaison with local authority partners and Homes England regions in negotiations to maximise available funding for projects and future plans. 

About you
Naturally you’ll be an expert in your field having experience of working within the residential development sector with a thorough knowledge of related regulations and legislation.  

You will have experience negotiating on a range of land purchase contracts to maximise returns, reduce risk and ensure for good design.

You’ll have experience of development procurement including tendering processes. You will have experience in grant funding requirements, audit requirements, compliance, project management  and systems such as SDS Sequel and Proval LS (or equivalent).

Why apply?
We believe that an organisation's best asset is its people, and as such we want everyone to feel that they can make a difference. We want to unlock the potential in all Orbit employees and maximise their satisfaction in the job. We have a corporate training programme, opportunities for professional development and our employee’s tell us we are a great organisation to work for. We offer an excellent benefits package, including private medical insurance, discounted dental insurance and gym membership, 27 days holiday entitlement and pension scheme.

About us
We are one of the UK’s leading housing groups providing high quality, good value homes to over 100,000 customers across the Midlands, the East and South East.  We are a developing housing association that owns and manages 42,000 homes and builds 2,000 new homes every year.

Our customers are at the centre of everything we do. We provide all sorts of homes for all sorts of people and our innovative approach empowers every one of them to grow and flourish.  We are commercially driven. The more profit we make, the more we invest into the communities that we work for, improving services and playing a key role in driving UK housing growth.

We empower our employees and enable people from every background to achieve their career ambitions by giving them the support, benefits, training and environment they need to thrive at work and in life.

To apply for this role please submit your CV and a supporting statement that demonstrates how you meet the key criteria we need below. 

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