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Development Charging Officer

Hightown Housing Association
Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Development Charging Officer

Full time (35 hours per week) – Permanent - £39,039 pa

Do you want to play a key role in the continued success of Hightown, ensuring we have the funding to deliver our ambitious development programme? If so, this could be the job for you…

You will be responsible for co-ordinating the collection of property information for the security charging process at Hightown – ensuring that properties are charged within agreed timescales. It will be varied and challenging role, requiring tenacity and a high attention to detail. You will identify and prioritise property/stock to securitise/charge in liaison with Head of Treasury and Head of Development; liaise with solicitors, surveyors, Local Authority partners and members of the Development Team; collate charging packs in accordance with our Solicitors requirements within the agreed deadlines, deal with Solicitors queries and produce reports on progress of the charging portfolio within the business.

Key Responsibilities:

  • To ensure that all projects are charged in accordance with Hightown Treasury Policy and charging targets and obligations.
  • To ensure that the charging information prepared by Development Officers on newly completed schemes is comprehensive and prepared in a timely manner.
  • To negotiate deeds of variation to existing S106 agreement and/or land transfers with local authorities to allow existing schemes to be charged at optimum value/MV-ST and update the Head of Treasury when changes have been agreed.
  • To produce and review charging procedures, ensuring Development/Property data is collected and stored appropriately.


We're looking for someone with:

  • A thorough understanding of the property conveyance process and key lender requirements.
  • Knowledge of finance and property management systems and databases.
  • Awareness and knowledge of property charging/securitisation process.
  • A track record of analysing and interpreting large volumes of data.
  • The ability to take ownership for resolving problems, demonstrating courage and resilience in dealing with difficult situations.
  • Good interpersonal skills and an ability to develop good relationships with colleagues and able to effectively communicate at all levels.


We offer a range of benefits which include:

  • Generous annual leave allowance of 33 days per year, including statutory bank holidays, rising to 35 days with service
  • £39,039 pa for a 35 hour a week contract
  • Regular support from your line manager and colleagues
  • Annual bonus based on satisfactory performance (Dependant on start date and contract length)
  • Monthly attendance bonus on top of your basic salary
  • Annual salary and cost of living review
  • Commitment to health and wellbeing with the Five Ways to Wellbeing
  • Ongoing professional development and support to deliver outstanding support
  • Workplace pension scheme and life assurance of three times your annual salary
  • Refer-a-friend scheme: Earn a £130 bonus for each friend you refer to work for us
  • Friendly and supportive team environment
  • Employee assistance helpline
  • Mileage paid for car usage
  • Well-equipped on-site gym
  • Ability to work from home two days per week by agreement

Closing Date: Wednesday 29th May 2024

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Hightown is a charitable housing association transforming thousands of lives every year.

We do this by building hundreds of much needed new homes and providing care and supported housing services for a wide range of people. We have high ambitions, a principled approach and a dependable, flexible team that delivers.

We are a charitable association aiming to help people who cannot afford to buy or rent housing at market values. 
We currently manage over 7,000 homes (principally in Hertfordshire, Berkshire, Bedfordshire and Buckinghamshire) and employ over 1,000 full and part time staff. We have an annual turnover of £90 million and a development programme that will deliver around 450 new affordable homes each year.


Building homes. Supporting people.


  • Put residents and service users first.
  • Treat people with respect
  • Be cost effective
  • Don't compromise standards or safety
  • Develop passionate and committed teams


Hightown’s aim is to provide as many homes as we can at below market rates and a wide range of housing and support for people who are vulnerable and/or disabled. Hightown’s history over more than 50 years shows our continuing focus on our strong social purpose.

We are rated highly for financial and operational performance; and have a high grading from the Regulator of Social Housing.
Hightown is committed to retaining its distinctiveness and its reputation for making projects happen which demonstrate Hightown’s values and contribution to society.

We believe that, by developing decent homes and supporting individuals to live with confidence, independence and choice, our work delivers a tangible positive impact for local communities

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01442 292309
Hightown House
Maylands Avenue
Hemel Hempstead
Hemel Hempstead
United Kingdom

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