External Affairs and Social Value Coordinator

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Job Title                                  External Affairs and Social Value Coordinator

Role Type                                Permanent, full time

Job Location                          Billingshurst, West Sussex 

Reports to                              Director of External Affairs


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 External Affairs and Social Value department provides support to all areas of the business, ensuring we engage effectively with a range of stakeholders to promote our vision and values. We support the Land and Planning teams to research new opportunities, and deliver comprehensive public and stakeholder engagement for planning promotions and applications. We lead on political engagement and delivering a number of local showcase events together with party political conference activity and national engagement. We also work closely with local communities through outreach and support to deliver social value consistent with Thakeham’s approach as a business.

Due to our continued growth we are looking for a Coordinator to work within a friendly team environment reporting to the Director of External Affairs.


The Job Role

The role holder’s primary responsibility will be providing all coordination support to the Director of External Affairs and wider team.

The duties will include but are not limited to;

  • Working on own initiative and being proactive in providing what the Director requires on a day-to-day basis
  • Structuring and producing advanced presentations and documents as required by the Team
  • Working with the Team on projects providing project management support
  • Providing research support to the Team, often political or community focussed in nature, including drafting stakeholder biographies.
  • Outlook diary management and arrangement of internal / external meetings, including booking meeting rooms and organising lunch and refreshments when required
  • Assist in delivering outreach programmes and social value activity
  • Monitoring emails/ tasks list – actioning as required
  • Dealing with correspondence, drafting letters and emails
  • Managing a Stakeholder database, ensuring accurate recording and management.
  • Creation of Purchase Orders through Finance for external costs.
  • Liaise with other Senior Managers, Directors & PA’s to ensure effective communication through all departments
  • Set agendas, reminders and collate reports and information for board & operations meetings
  • Attend meetings and take meeting minutes and distribute accordingly
  • Maintain up to date and efficient electronic and paper filing systems
  • Organising meetings outside of the office i.e. booking meeting rooms at hotels and liaising on travel arrangements etc.
  • Preparing monthly expenses and mileage returns
  • Attending meetings which will involve occasional travel within UK

This list is not exhaustive. Tasks will be allocated to reflect increasing levels of development and experience.


The Required Skills

  • Advanced knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint & Outlook)
  • Good attention to detail, organisational skills
  • Effective time management skills with the ability to prioritse workload
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good written and oral communication skills
  • Professional approach with high degree of discretion
  • Personable team player with excellent listening skills
  • Be flexible and get involved with a wide range of tasks
  • Ability to work on own initiative and generate solutions
  • Desirable interest in politics and/ or current affairs


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
  • Bonus 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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