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Director of Growth and Strategic Information

Networx Recruitment
£Competitive Salary
Closing date
29 Dec 2021

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Corporate Services, Policy / Strategy, Homes and Asset Management, Sustainability
Full Time
Organisation Type
Housing association / RP
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Director of Growth and Strategic Information

£Competitive Salary

South West, Hampshire (Flexible Working)

Permanent, Full Time (37 hours per week)


Closing Date: 2nd December 2021

Interviews: W/C 13th December


We are looking to recruit a Director of Growth and Strategic Information. This role will focus on enabling growth, informing strategy, providing assurance and sharing knowledge and will see you lead on the design, implementation and embedding of Aster’s Growth Strategy, reporting into the Chief Strategy Officer.


What you’ll be doing

This is a key senior leadership role within the Growth and Assurance directorate. As well as leading on Aster’s Growth Strategy you will hold a strategic role in mergers and acquisitions activity, the procurement strategy and will develop new models for growth, efficiency and business development.


With a long term view, you will provide strategic leadership, collaborating with key colleagues to ensure effective corporate planning and performance frameworks are in place, supporting Aster’s vision and business model.


Key elements of the role will include, but are not limited to –


Working with Boards and Executives to keep the corporate planning and performance frameworks under continuous review, identifying, developing and embedding improvements


The design and development of strong partnerships to influence Aster’s further business sustainability and resilience


Provide commercial insight in the delivery of procurement, using business and market intelligence to develop a risk-based business procurement strategy, with an oversight of £200m per annum procurement spend


Use of internal and external intelligence to grow Aster’s reputation and develop relationships with key political and sector contacts


Work with key stakeholders to develop new approaches to growth, investigating new markets and products


About you

You will be educated to degree level, hold equivalent post graduate qualifications or have significant senior leadership experience.


You will be confident in a strategic role, working at a senior level with boards and committees. You will have vast experience developing and implementing strategies, whilst continually managing and improving services.


You will be a strong people leader, with the ability to develop and empower, ensuring a high performance service is delivered. You will provide expert advice not only to your team but also Non-Executive Directors, Executives and senior colleagues.


You will have knowledge of the housing sector and will understand all issues that impact, political, social and economic.


You will be experienced in performance and data management and reporting, including relevant regulatory and legal requirements.


What’s in it for me

We invest in our colleagues because we know if they have a better day at work, the service our customers receive will be better. The Aster Offer is our offer to our colleagues to ensure they have a great day at work and includes things like:


Flexible working – whilst some roles need to be carried out in a specific place at a specific time, where possible we encourage our colleagues to work to their own schedule at a location that suits them and their team


A focus on colleague wellbeing – workshops, an employee assistance programme offering counselling and support, virtual GP services, mental health training and a health cash plan for all


We invest in colleagues’ careers and development through our leader and colleague development frameworks


Defined Contribution Pension and attached life assurance


Volunteering hours available to all colleagues to enable them to give back


Savings at cinemas, gyms, holidays, days out, various shops and eateries and lots more


Enhanced leave


We celebrate colleagues who go above and beyond with a range of personalised thank you and monthly and annual awards.


About Aster Group

We’re working towards our vision of everyone has a home. It’s a bold statement but one everyone across our business is passionate about. What we do enables better lives. We provide safety and security through a range of housing and services. We will continue to grow so we can maximise our impact. Our strengths are our people and our culture. We believe that work isn’t somewhere you go, it’s something you do. No two days are the same here, and agile working is the norm rather than the exception.


We’re on an exciting transformation journey. Our business strategy is clear. Our vision is bold. And what sets us apart is The Aster Way. The Aster Way is not just a set of words. It’s a shared understanding of the way we work – creating a fair and inclusive culture. It’s a set of straightforward principles that underpin everything we do, every day. From how we lead and learn, to how we collaborate, communicate and innovate, this is how we’ll reach our vision - that everyone has a home. Our customers are at the heart of everything we do, so we expect all our colleagues to be motivated and inspired to deliver a positive customer experience.


Aster Group supplies a wide range of housing options in response to the housing crisis, working towards its vision of ensuring everyone has a home. The not-for-dividend business was established in 1990 and has £2 billion worth of assets. Aster plans to invest £2 billion over seven years on 10,700 new homes. Aster forecasts delivering over 1,100 homes during the current financial year (2021/22) across all tenures. The group reinvests profits from open market sale and shared ownership to support the development of affordable rented homes. It owns and maintains over 32,000 homes, provides services to over 90,000 customers and employs more than 1,450 people. Aster Group’s corporate social responsibility commitments set out the additional work the business chooses to do.


Ready to apply?

To apply, please use information provided in the advert and role profile to let us know why you’d be good for the job. Please submit a copy of your CV along with a supporting statement.


We create an inclusive workplace that promotes and values diversity and believe that creating an environment where everyone, from any background, can do their best work is the right thing to do.


At present all interviews are being held using Microsoft Teams. Those successfully shortlisted for interview will be invited to meet the Growth & Assurance Leadership team in advance of the interviews for a 30 minute call.

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