Land and New Business Manager

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a respected and forward thinking housing association managing 15,000 homes for affordable rent or sale across London and the South East. In order to achieve their targets of delivering 600 new homes each year our client requires a Land and New Business Manager to secure new development opportunities and contribute to the £300 million development programme.

You will identify, evaluate, negotiate and secure opportunities to construct new homes. The role involves leading projects from inception to pre-start on site; including acquisition, the planning process, negotiating contracts and managing budgets, in order to develop sites and maximise revenue potential. Alongside solid experience and technical expertise, you will need to be target orientated with a competitive edge to help drive forward ambitious expansion plans.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a high performing organisation; our client achieved the highest rating possible from the Regulator for Social Housing for governance and financial viability. They welcome applications from anyone with the right skills and experience wherever you are in your career. Whether you are looking for a promotion, returning to work after a break or having previously worked at a more senior level, and would like to benefit from their flexible working practices, please get in touch.

The role involves

  • Securing development opportunities such as land, Section 106 deals, land/build packages, and/or other partnership arrangements.
  • Ensuring all new opportunities meet financial, quality, time, design and technical strategic objectives and targets.
  • Managing budgets, keeping accurate records and ensuring audit compliance.
  • Maintaining a network of contacts with land owners, developers, agents, contractors and consultants.
  • Assessing risks and identifying mitigation actions.
  • Writing and presenting reports to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Instructing, monitoring and managing consultants.
  • Negotiating land contracts, development agreements, planning agreements and build contracts.

You will need:

  • A Degree or equivalent and ideally a relevant professional qualification
  • Demonstrable in a similar New Business or Land Buying role with a proven track record of acquisition
  • Experience and knowledge of the Development Process ideally in social housing
  • Experience of financial planning and appraisals, land and planning agreements, acquisitions and building contracts
  • Experience of risk management and project management
  • Good communication and negotiating skills
  • Ability to organise your workload and prioritise key tasks to deliver outcomes and meet deadlines
  • A full driving licence with access to a car

Our client is happy to consider individuals who are looking to work less than 5 days a week and candidates who would like to benefit from their flexible and remote working options. These include working from home or from one of their other office locations.

As well as a competitive salary you will also receive a range of benefits including:

  • Flexible and remote working options
  • Annual performance based bonus up to 10% of salary
  • Competitive pension options
  • 25 days holiday rising incrementally up to a maximum of 30 days plus 3 days closure at Christmas
  • Medicash health cash plan
  • Car Leasing scheme
  • Free car parking
  • Professional memberships paid
  • Leadership training and development

How To Apply

Please email your CV to before the closing date of Friday 6 March 2020.

To download a recruitment pack containing more details about the role and a full job description please visit

If you would like a confidential discussion about the opportunity or you have any questions about the role please contact Philip Foster on or call 023 8000 1153.

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