Manager - Strategic Development Projects

Homes England
London (Greater)
£30,755 - £57,000
09 Feb 2021
01 Mar 2021
Contract Type
Full Time

Manager - Strategic Projects

£30,755 - £57,000

What we offer...

We understand how important life is outside of work so, as well as competitive salary and 33 days annual leave, we are totally committed to flexible working. We’ll support you, wherever possible, so that you don’t miss out on what truly matters to you.

If you do ever need a little bit of extra help we have a great employee assistance programme, financial well-being support and access to loads of great discounts with leading high street names.

Our range of network groups are also there to support you to truly be yourself at work and play a key role in helping shape our future.

If you are a member of a professional body we’ll pay for your membership and once you get your top of the range digital kit you’ll be good to go in one of our great offices (or at home!)

A bit about the role...

This is a key role within Homes England’s Strategic Projects Team, within the wider Strategic Development & Infrastructure Team.

Strategic Projects is a multidisciplinary team with a remit to identify, lead on, and provide support to, large-scale, complex and innovative projects that require multiple interventions, cross-government and cross discipline working. The team will work closely with Homes England colleagues and other Government Departments to provide a bridge between strategy and delivery. By forming a clear understanding of the strategic context and priorities surrounding a particular project at the pre-development stage; and by drawing on expertise and relationships, the team will develop robust, large-scale housing strategies that will drive market change and unlock delivery.

The projects will be related to infrastructure and how the provision of this helps to unlock housing development site. Key areas of the role will include:

  • Reviewing and supporting the production of Green Book Business Cases
  • Delivery strategies / delivery models
  • Land assembly
  • Funding mechanisms
  • Cashflow analysis.
  • Stakeholder engagement
  • Understanding development constraints and barriers.

A bit about you…

We are looking for someone who is enthusiastic and passionate about development, housing and regeneration. Someone who likes to get into the details of projects and is also capable of working across a number of complex projects at a time. We engage in a lot of cross-functional working across the Agency and government so need someone who is a team-player and not afraid to challenge the status-quo.

Key responsibilities include:

  • Using a problem-solving approach, work on a wide range of strategic, complex and innovative projects, adding value through analysis, stakeholder management and reporting focused on driving project delivery.
  • Help assess the rationale for a project and what the market failures are, ensuring any barriers / challenges to interventions are reduced, acceleration of the project is maximised, and place-making is considered.
  • Become proficient in the full range of funding, products and skills that Homes England can offer as a wholistic package of intervention. Use this knowledge to support the Head of Strategic Projects in developing innovative funding packages.
  • Review development appraisals / cashflows to ensure inputs, phasing and structure are appropriate.
  • Actively engage in collaborative and multi-agency working, in partnership with other government departments and delivery bodies to ensure opportunities are exploited. 
  • Use technical expertise, data and analysis effectively to guide and support decisions. Draft committee approval papers to seek permission for various strategic projects at various stages.
  • Work with Homes England’s internal team to undertake research, analysis and provide other advice on issues that affect strategic projects, including contributing to a cross-Whitehall evidence base. 
  • Help prepare presentations for external audiences and communicate the work of the team to internal audiences through a variety of means. Act as an Ambassador for the team, building its profile across Homes England and government more widely.
  • Provide support to colleagues in a way that will allow everyone to play a full and active role in the work of the Strategic Projects Team and excel in their contribution.

Key skills, knowledge and abilities:

  • Essential: degree level qualification or equivalent experience as a: Chartered Surveyor (MRICS), Town Planner (RTPI), Engineer, Urban Regeneration Specialist or a Finance qualification. 
  • Experience of working on complex development property and/or infrastructure projects. An understanding of the factors that drive strategic development and planning, including experience of undertaking land assembly and/or delivery models (such as development corporations and joint ventures).
  • Experience in supporting Green Book compliant business cases for major public investments. The ability to develop and analyse market failures, strategic rationale for public intervention and a project’s value for money analysis would be an advantage, but it is not essential.
  • Experience of analysing financial cashflows and appraisals. Modelling experience / ability to build a cashflow with development knowledge would be an advantage, but it is not essential.
  • Knowledge of the economics and funding of large-scale infrastructure to support large scale housing developments. Again, experience of infrastructure / development funding would be an advantage, but it is not essential.
  • Experience of working as part of a team and working independently in fast moving and ambiguous environments where expectations and priorities are constantly evolving.
  • Excellent communication and stakeholder management skills, with a strong track record of delivering results through negotiation and collaboration. 
  • The ability to coordinate a wide range of interests with multiple stakeholders (both public and private sector), on strategic property issues to deliver on Homes England priorities.

Who are we?

We are the Government’s national housing agency. Our role is to accelerate the pace of house-building across the country, particularly in areas where there are the most serious affordability issues – meaning people are struggling to find homes. 

We have the appetite, influence, expertise and resources to drive positive market change and meet the Government’s ambition to deliver 300,000 new homes a year. We are using our land, influence, funds and knowledge to increase the pace, scale and quality of new homes accelerating delivery in areas of greatest demand and helping create great places to live. Within the next few years, we will have invested over £27 billion across our programmes. To deliver against these aims we’re building a different kind of public service - join us to help make this happen.

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