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Development Director

Cognisant Limited
Basic c£100-130,000 (DOE) + Bonus + Benefits
Closing date
9 Apr 2024

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Development Director – Residential-led, mixed-use developer.


Basic c£100-130,000 (DOE) + Bonus + Benefits.

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a Development Manager stepping up or Development Director looking for a new challenge with a Residential-Led Mixed-Use developer.

The role will take responsibility for the successful delivery of complex development projects, through various stages, from inception to completion. Working with the Managing Director, you will manage the internal development team and construction team.

You will be responsible for:

  • Develop relationships with agents, consultants and landowners to continuously identify acquisition opportunities.
  • Contribute and provide leadership to the preparation of Development Briefs for the project that meets expectations of the commercial assessment.
  • Ensure the development schedule meets planning timeframes. Leasing, tenant requirements, funding commitments and the timeframes assumed in the commercial assessment.
  • Carry out relevant due diligence process to ensure all identified sites have been technically, legally and commercially appraised.
  • Together, with the MD, manage a process of consultation with key stakeholders and the local community explaining proposals and managing expectations.
  • Being a point of escalation on complex issues and ensuring direct reports receive sufficient support to overcome any problems that arise.

You will have a proven track record of delivering complex residential led mixed use schemes. A good understanding of the property development process, in particular acquisition, planning and construction. Project and design management experience is essential, and a technical background is desirable.

For a confidential discussion please, in the first instance, send your CV to Daniel Bolton at


Cognisant is an executive recruitment consultancy, working across all disciplines, connecting people and businesses within the following sectors:

  • Housebuilding & Residential Development – Speculative & Affordable
  • PRS, Student & BtR
  • Mixed-Use & Regeneration
  • Commercial Development – inc. Industrial & Logistics, Office, Retail & Leisure
  • Real Estate
  • Facilities Management

Cognisant offer over four decades of expertise, and with our national coverage we partner with clients from major quoted organisations, large SMEs, to niche, privately owned companies. Cognisant offer the full suite of recruitment services, including: Executive Search & Selection, Advertised Selection, Contingency, Benefits & Salary Benchmarking and Competitor Analysis all on either a permanent or interim basis, executive or non-executive. If you are looking for your next role or are hiring we would love to talk.

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For a confidential conversation please contact Mark Heald, Director on 07796 514558 or via email on

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