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Development Manager

West Midlands Combined Authoirty
Birmingham, West Midlands
£49,153 - £55,322
Closing date
14 Jul 2022
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Development Manager at WMCA | £49,153 - £55,322 | Birmingham | Flexible Working Hours | 27 Days Annual Leave | Annual Salary Progression |

Joshua Robert are working in partnership with West Midlands Combined Authority who are seeking 4 Development Managers to join their expanding Birmingham team.

The Role

WMCA is committed to building a healthier, happier, better connected and more prosperous West Midlands. Their values are central to how they work and interact with their wider partners and their stakeholders. They encourage their colleagues to:

Be Collaborative, Be Innovative, Be Driven, and Be Inclusive

This specialist real estate job will lead on the development and delivery of effective acquisition, investment, and disposal strategies for sites across the West Midlands region – requiring huge tenacity and drive to make things happen where for decades development may have been stalled or unviable.

This will mean working across the Housing and Regeneration Team and in close collaboration with the wider Combined Authority including dealing directly with the Mayor of the West Midlands, senior council leaders and other senior public and private sector partners; excellent stakeholder engagement is crucial, as is technical due diligence to mitigate and minimise risk where possible.

Responsibilities within this job

  • Providing expert advice to identify opportunity sites for acquisition or investment by WMCA where delivery can be expedited
  • Leading on technical due diligence, including instructing valuations and development appraisals and prepare reports to WMCA Investment Board where WMCA acquisition or investment is sought
  • Working closely with Local Authorities, LEPs and other public sector bodies, and private sector partners including developers, investors and agents to be a single point of contact for all acquisitions and disposals – including representation at steering groups, project boards and internal WMCA boards as appropriate – adopting a collegiate approach to site enabling, and building strong and purposeful delivery partnerships
  • Identifying opportunities to utilise appropriate funding to lever in and broker private sector investment
  • Producing accurate, concise reports, business plans and briefings summarizing complex financial and development issues; providing clear recommendations for consideration by the Mayor, Combined Authority leadership and its partners; accessible to those from both property and non-property related backgrounds.
  • Ensuring that acquisitions and disposals align with the relevant frameworks, funding opportunities and Corporate Plan
  • Negotiating terms for the purchase of identified sites with landowners and agents
  • Devising creative disposal strategies which seek to promote the development of sites at pac

Your rewards as a Development Manager

  • £49,153 – £55,322
  • Flexible working hours
  • Designed to provide flexibility over start, finish and lunch breaks allowing people to better balance their work and home commitments
  • 27 days annual leave plus public holidays. Annual leave increases after 5 and 10 years of service. Local government pension
  • Annual salary progression – progression is on 1 April each year provided performance is satisfactory and you have completed six months of service within the post. Increments are applied where no other salary increase has been received six months prior to 1 April 
  • Discounted gym membership
  • Free breakdown cover for essential car users
  • Discounted Gourmet Society membership
  • Free approved professional development
  • Occupation health support
  • Free yoga sessions
  • Cycle to work scheme

Required skills within this job

  • Background in real estate, from development through to delivery
  • Experience of identifying and appraising sites with development potential
  • Experience in creating business cases to support projects, including funding, risk management and delivery strategy for land acquisition, disposal, and grant investment
  • Experience of negotiation of transactions, which may include acquisition and disposal of land for development or joint ventures with developers, landowners, and public sector bodies
  • Ability to problem solve and deliver projects with challenging conditions including contamination, access, new infrastructure, sustainability, viability, and similar technical issues - Able to work with and deliver results through collaboration with multiple stakeholders and meeting expectations of multiple organisations with differing priorities
  • Experience of leading/working within a multi-disciplinary professional team e.g., co-ordinating and managing the work of external consultants

Desirables for this role

  • Educated to Degree level or equivalent in a subject relevant to the role Appropriate professional membership, or working towards, such as RICS  
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