Development Graduate

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Job Title                                  Development Graduate

Reports to                               Development Director

Role Type                                Full time, permanent

Job Location                           Billingshurst, West Sussex


The Company

Thakeham is an infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter and proud winner of a Sunday Times 100 Best Small Companies to Work For.

The business is committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. Thakeham is a leader in the industry on sustainability and biodiversity. We are at the forefront of delivering sustainable homes, committed to ensuring every Thakeham home is carbon-neutral in production, and carbon-zero throughout its lifetime use by 2025. These core values underpin the company-wide mission to affect communities in a positive way

Thakeham was launched in 2003. From day one, the company was driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-built developments. Today, Thakeham employs close to 200 people with a turnover of over £105m.

People are Thakeham’s most important asset. Thakeham operates a thriving graduate recruitment programme and supports the Movement to Work initiative to help young people secure work. Thakeham has signed the HBF Mental Health Charter and recently organised a health and wellbeing programme during Lockdown.

A Silver Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Mission Motorsport, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers.

Away from work, Thakeham offers a range of staff events including quiz nights and participates in charity challenges including dragon boat racing.

We pride ourselves on our ‘Infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later on in the process. Thakeham strive to not just create new homes, but genuinely amazing places to live, work and play. Thakeham delivers social, affordable and retirement housing for some of the biggest housing associations and local authorities in the country.  Partners include the NHS England Healthy New Towns Initiative, the Plunkett Foundation, Social Value UK and have been awarded a prestigious Gold Supply Chain School.

Offering exciting career opportunities that are second to none, we are keen to develop, guide and support our employees throughout their careers. Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and fast growing business.


The Department

The Development Executive Department is responsible for: securing viable and deliverable option agreements working closely with the land team; progressing Thakeham’s portfolio of sites through the promotion phase (handing over to Development Management to run the planning application) and the exit strategy for residential-led developments. 

We work closely with all departments across the Strategic business unit and across the wider business to innovate solutions and drive projects forward.  

Due to substantial and rapid growth we are looking for motivated and enthusiastic team member to join our team.  

The Job Role

The successful candidate will be working alongside the team to research financial and legal due diligence and ensure that processes and procedures are followed in land securement.  The candidate will work alongside senior team members to run projects through their promotion phase.  Training and support will be provided to ensure the successful candidate gets broad exposure to types and sizes of projects to enable their knowledge and expertise to grow.  Support will also be given to enable the candidate to work towards RICS chartered membership. 

We are looking for a motivated and enthusiastic graduate, with excellent analytical and communication skills.  

The successful candidate will be  

Assisting and management of portfolio sites 

  • Supporting senior members where required across projects
  • Undertaking financial modelling
  • Undertaking title due diligence
  • Developing constraints plans and assisting in innovating solutions  
  • Liaising with project teams where required to assist in progression of promotions
  • To research market trends and products

 Assisting in Land Securement 

  •  To maintain trackers and monitor liabilities
  • In market research and financial viability
  • Undertake due diligence
  • Prepare Option Sign Off memos 
  • Assisting in running Development Bids

Background Research and Meetings: 

  •  Attendance at meetings to support senior colleagues by note taking, taking meeting minutes and assisting with administration
  • Assisting team members by undertaking legal and market research when requested
  • Updating trackers and monitors  
  • Attend internal and external meetings as required 
  • Participate in team CPD or to advise on content of external CPD attended

This list is not exhaustive. Tasks will be allocated to reflect increasing levels of development and experience, the role and the project/team requirements.


The Required Skills

  • Degree qualified in Surveying , Town Planning/Urban Planning or similar course 
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel & Outlook) 
  • Excellent communication skills  
  • Knowledge and understanding of local government and the planning process in England 
  • Can-do attitude and able to take the initiative 
  • Strong communication and organisational skills  
  • Hardworking, flexible, pro-active team player with the ability to work to tight deadlines  
  • Strong attention to detail and willingness to learn 
  • Driving licence and own car for travel (mileage paid)  

The Benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual holiday allowance 26 days increasing to 27 after 3yrs service and 28 after 5yrs service (plus bank holidays)
  • Life assurance
  • Private medical insurance
  • Health screening
  • Pension scheme
  • Flexible working hours in a modern office environment / Working from Home Policy
  • Excellent development and progression opportunities for the right candidate 
  • Company Social events
  • Discretionary bonus scheme

Plus a whole range of other employee benefits that we can tell you all about, our employees are rewarded for their performance, attitude and results.


Thakeham is committed to providing equal opportunities in employment and treating people fairly. We will treat all job applicants and employees equally regardless of age, race, religious belief, colour, ethnic or national origin, sex, marital status, sexual orientation or disability. We welcome applicants from all sectors of society and we are committed to promoting an inclusive environment for all.


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