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Development Manager - Contract Project Management (Milton Keynes, Counties)

Posted: 6 Jun 2019 Closes: 27 Jun 2019
Milton Keynes Competitive
Permanent & Full-time l-q-group/20190606121054

We are looking for a Development Manager to join our Counties Region team. This is an exceptional opportunity for experienced construction sector professional seeking to advance their career in an expanding business.

The post will report into the Head of Contract Project Management; at present there are no direct reports but as the team is looking to expand quickly there will be management requirements in time. 

You will be responsible for project delivery and reporting on a portfolio of internally and externally contracted projects. Reporting skills are essential as your reports will be used to update the business and inform important stakeholder of the progress of our units, ensuring they are ready for delivery within set agreed targets and providing vital information if delayed. 

We are looking for someone with excellent communication, networking and relationship management. The role requires strong stakeholder management with internal stakeholder teams such as Sales, PRS, Finance, and Neighbourhood and external consultants, contractors and developers. 

We are looking for a commercially focused, risk conscious, innovative thinker and an experienced problem solver to join L&Q and help us to deliver our ambitious plans.    

You will need to take on a proactive role and use your contract knowledge to manage schemes, acting as Employers Agent or appointing others in the role as appropriate.  

You will be required to assist with the compilation of tender documents and the administration of build contracts and development agreements. For this we need someone with exceptional attention to detail, someone who is methodical and logical with their approach to work. You will be required to positively manage situations to get the best outcome. 

Organisation and time management is key for this role. You will need to be able to work within tight time restraints whilst maintaining high accuracy and ensuring our robust document management system is maintained. We would like someone proactive who will continuously review current processes and procedures to identity more efficient/commercial ways of working.
It is essential that you have undertaken work of a similar nature and it is desirable that you have attained, or are studying for professional qualifications with the RICS, CIOB, APM or other project management qualifications. Through L&Q’s support and your continuous professional development we can build on these skills to both further develop yourself and the achievement of the business objectives. 

Essential skills and experience: 

· Hold a valid current driving licence and have access to a car
· Extensive knowledge of contract law and ability to administer, review and modify build contracts
· Able to demonstrate strong project management skills gained in a similar environment
· Excellent knowledge of construction and procurement preferably but not essentially developed with the residential sector
· Demonstrable collaboration, stakeholder management, negotiation and influencing skills at the highest level
· Able to demonstrate excellent financial and commercial acumen, including associated risk management skills
· Experience with project business plans / appraisal models
· Proven track record in identifying and exercising control over risk
· Leadership/management skills are desirable.   

If you feel you hold the skills and desirable characteristic detailed above then apply today!
Our commitments:        

At L&Q, people are at the heart of our business and our success depends on employing the best people and getting the best from them.  This is why we are committed to developing our people. It's only by investing in a well-trained and motivated workforce that we can continue to prosper and sustain business success.            

In addition to our support and training, the successful candidate will have access to our full suite of benefits including 24 days holiday rising to 28 days with length of service, annual bonus subject to group performance, excellent Pension scheme, Benenden Healthcare, an employee assistance programme and non-contributory life assurance. This role also attracts a company car allowance. 

We are committed to supporting your work-life balance and recognise the changing demands and circumstances in life.  Please let us know during the recruitment process if you’re interested in part time working or job sharing.  In addition, should your circumstances change once you have joined L&Q, you can also request flexible working arrangements, e.g. a change to working hours - if it’s feasible then we’ll make it happen.

We are recognised externally for our commitment to inclusion.  We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident (Committed) employer and have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to end mental health discrimination in the workplace.

We expect all of our employees to support our environmental policy and social responsibility work. We are an employer committed to environmental and social responsibility. 

L&Q is a regulated charitable housing association and one of the UK’s most successful independent social businesses. The L&Q Group houses around 250,000 people in more than 97,000 homes, primarily across London and the South East. 

As a charitable organisation, our role goes beyond providing homes and housing services. We are a long-term partner in the neighbourhoods where we work. We hope to build aspiration, opportunity and confidence in our communities through our £250 million L&Q Foundation and our skills academy.  

In response to the housing and affordability crisis, we will build 100,000 new homes over ten years. Of these, 60,000 homes will be built or funded by L&Q, whilst a further 40,000 will come through partnerships. Crucially, at least 50% of these new homes will be genuinely affordable, with a target of 60% in London. 

Our vision is that everyone has a quality home they can afford, and we combine our social purpose with commercial drive to create homes and neighbourhoods everyone can be proud of.

L & Q Group

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