Strategic Land Manager

Rydon Group Ltd
Forest Row, East Sussex
£Competitive with car allowance and excellent benefits
Closing date
13 Nov 2020

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We are currently seeking an experienced Strategic Land Manager to join Rydon Homes as part of our continued growth and success. Rydon Homes is a well-established development company specialising in the creation of high-quality homes across the south east of England, particularly in Kent, Sussex and Hampshire. In addition to development activities, Rydon Homes has an enviable reputation within strategic land management, where we purchase for onward trade/sale, with great success. 

We are well known for our high specification homes which are normally located in highly desirable, rural settings with excellent transport links into London. Our immediate and strategic land teams are also responsible for a portfolio consisting of single plots, to over 1,000 units within the same locality, depending on market demands. 

We are part of the Rydon Group, which delivers quality construction and maintenance solutions in the built environment for education, housing and healthcare. 

Job Purpose

We are currently seeking an experienced Strategic Land Manager to join our busy land team, based in Forest Row, East Sussex. This role focuses primarily on the identification of strategic land opportunities and the management of the strategic land process from inception to completion. This involves managing the key stages from identification of land, navigating planning processes right through to the successful delivery of strategic land sites.  

As Strategic Land Manager, the successful applicant will assess the viability of proposed schemes (based on up to date knowledge of the political landscape and policy guidance). You will seek to progress opportunities that meet demands for allocation of housing and that are in keeping with political/local requirements. You will analyse and understand planning policies and procedures to ensure that local priorities, procedures and accepted standards are adhered to in order to progress strategic land opportunities to a successful outcome.

In order to achieve this, the successful applicant will manage the promotion of a portfolio of strategic land sites, set budgets, appoint/manage consultants, present to/negotiate with planning officers, and represent Rydon in joint promotions with other developers. This is a busy role and requires the candidate to draw on their deep understanding of the commercial implications of planning policies/planning decisions/masterplanning and more. 

Rydon is well-known for our personal touch, and as such, you will use your exceptional interpersonal skills to develop strong relationships with land owners built on trust. You will use your knowledge of basic property and contract law to identify risks and, then work with our teams to mitigate against these to deliver positive outcomes. 

This opportunity is exclusively focused on strategic (rather than immediate) land and therefore, would suit an individual who thrives on building long term relationships and enjoys the challenge of working on multiple long-term schemes. The role is offered with significant room for personal growth and development, for those wishing to further advance their career. 

Experience Required

The preferred applicant will demonstrate: 

  • Track record of managing strategic land opportunities from inception, through planning and to successful promotion/option
  • Ideally, experience of strategic land will have been gained within a similar Development company/homebuilder. Candidates with experience gained within a land consultancy will also be considered.
  • Alternatively, you may have experience gained in planning within local government and be looking for an opportunity to work within a developer. 
  • The preferred candidate will be RTPI or RICS qualified
  • Up to date Planning legislation and policy at a national and regional level
  • A track record of delivering strategic land opportunities
  • Managing job specific fee budgets and consultant appointments

If you have the above experience, and are looking to develop your career with a well-recognised and highly regarded strategic Land team, we'd strongly encourage you to apply. 

Additional Information

As a well established, progressive company we are committed to attracting and retaining individuals by offering an excellent benefits package that includes a wide range of core and voluntary benefits.

Rydon is an equal opportunities employer and promotes diversity in employment. Successful candidates will be selected solely on their ability to carry out the duties of the post.  

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