Business Analyst

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Job Title

Business Analyst

Role Type

Permanent, full time

Job Location

Billingshurst, West Sussex

Reports To

Data & Business Intelligence Manager

The company

From day one, Thakeham has been driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-built developments.

Over 20 years later, that ethos is still very much alive, reflected in our numerous awards and reputation in the sector. Today, Thakeham employs close to 250 people and has a forecasted revenue of £219 million in 2023/24.

An infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter, Thakeham is committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. We are industry-leading in sustainability and biodiversity. Every Thakeham home completion will be Net Zero Carbon by 2025.

We pride ourselves on our ‘Infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later in the process. We deliver social, affordable and retirement housing for a wide range of housing associations and local authorities.

People are Thakeham’s most important asset, and this is reflected in the way we operate. We were recognised in the prestigious ‘Best Places to Work 2023’ and are listed in the Top 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2023.

Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and growing business. We offer exciting career opportunities, and are keen to develop, guide and support our employees, regardless of what stage they are in their careers.

We value diversity and encourage people to bring their full authentic selves to work. A Gold Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Building Heroes, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers.

Work and fun should not be mutually exclusive and Thakeham offers a range of social events including quiz nights, BBQs and all staff parties. We run informal lunch and learns and take on charity challenges such as dragon boat racing. We encourage people to volunteer in their communities, offering two paid days per year to do so. Where roles allow, our summer hours policy in June, July and August allows people to enjoy longer weekends with their loved ones. A flexible approach to working is available all year round.

At Thakeham we build communities, together.

 

The department

The role will report directly to the Data & Business Intelligence Manager, working to ensure understanding and analysis of data and business information needs. The role sits within the IT department but will comprise of a large element of project based work, working alongside a number of other departments across the organisation. 

 

The role

 The successful candidate will; 

  • Collaborate with stakeholders to understand and document business objectives, processes, and requirements
  • Conduct interviews, surveys, and workshops to elicit and gather information
  • Analyse and document current business processes, systems, and workflows
  • Create detailed business requirements documents, use cases, and functional specifications
  • Analyse and interpret data to identify trends, patterns, and insights
  • Develop and maintain reports and dashboards to support decision-making
  • Work with stakeholders to design solutions that address business needs and improve efficiency
  • Collaborate with technical teams to ensure proposed solutions align with technology capabilities 
  • Develop test plans and test cases to ensure that solutions meet business requirements
  • Collaborate with quality assurance teams during the testing phase
  • Assist in the implementation of new processes, systems, or technologies
  • Provide support and training to end-users during the rollout of new solutions
  • Identify opportunities for process improvement and efficiency gains
  • Facilitate meetings and presentations to convey complex information in a clear and understandable manner

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

 

The required skills

  • Strong analytical and problem-solving skills are essential for evaluating complex business processes and data
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills to effectively interact with stakeholders and convey findings
  • Familiarity with tools and techniques for data analysis, process modelling, and documentation
  • Proficient in PowerPlatform, Advanced MS Excel, Sharepoint, SQL, Dax, Powerquery 
  • Bridging the gap between the IT team and rest of the business 
  • Basic project management skills to coordinate tasks, timelines, and deliverables
  • Ability to adapt to changing priorities and requirements
  • Ability to work effectively with cross-functional teams and diverse groups of stakeholders

 

The benefits

  • Competitive salary 
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme 
  • 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

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.

 #happytotalkflexibleworking

 

We are 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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Placement Student

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Job Title

Placement Student

Role Type

Fixed term for 12 months, full time

Job Location

Billingshurst, West Sussex

Reports To

Senior HR Business Partner

The company

From day one, Thakeham has been driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-built developments.

Over 20 years later, that ethos is still very much alive, reflected in our numerous awards and reputation in the sector. Today, Thakeham employs close to 250 people and has a forecasted revenue of £219 million in 2023/24.

An infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter, Thakeham is committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. We are industry-leading in sustainability and biodiversity. Every Thakeham home completion will be Net Zero Carbon by 2025.

We pride ourselves on our ‘Infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later in the process. We deliver social, affordable and retirement housing for a wide range of housing associations and local authorities.

People are Thakeham’s most important asset, and this is reflected in the way we operate. We were recognised in the prestigious ‘Best Places to Work 2023’ and are listed in the Top 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2023.

Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and growing business. We offer exciting career opportunities, and are keen to develop, guide and support our employees, regardless of what stage they are in their careers.

We value diversity and encourage people to bring their full authentic selves to work. A Gold Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Building Heroes, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers.

Work and fun should not be mutually exclusive and Thakeham offers a range of social events including quiz nights, BBQs and all staff parties. We run informal lunch and learns and take on charity challenges such as dragon boat racing. We encourage people to volunteer in their communities, offering two paid days per year to do so. Where roles allow, our summer hours policy in June, July and August allows people to enjoy longer weekends with their loved ones. A flexible approach to working is available all year round.

At Thakeham we build communities, together.

 

The department

A placement year is ideal if you want to gain a broad range of professional experience while working with a wide variety of people across the organisation.

On our one-year business placement programme, you will get experience across a number of departments in the business that will equip you will the skills you need to succeed in your career. Placements can put you at a distinct advantage when applying for future employment and help build essential industry networks. During your 12 months with Thakeham you will work in up to five different departments.

 

The role

The content of the role will dependent on the specific departments worked in during the year, an example could be

  • Land, Planning & Design – meeting with landowners, working towards council allocations, exploring land opportunities, general department administration tasks as required by the department Director. Experience gained in CAD design.
  • Marketing – assist the team with the delivery of a number of high-profile events including Goodwood Festival of Speed – The Thakeham Family Area, conferences and staff events. Social media management and sales portal maintenance.
  • Commercial – assisting our estimators, surveyors and buyers to gain an understanding of how the Commercial Department provides a service to the Construction Team in relation to the subcontract and material procurement.
  • Construction – working alongside an experienced site team to gain a basic understanding of what is involved in being a residential site manager with an initial overview of the day to day and weekly programming to comply with the overall master site plan. Gain a basic understanding of the construction process involved in residential house building and understand the quality achieved by Thakeham.
  • Technical – gain understanding of how we produce a working package of construction drawings and information, through co-ordinating of our in-house design team, external consultants, and specialists. Design reviews and close collaboration with other departments help ensure we achieve Building Regulation compliance and meet our clients’ requirements. Site visits allow us to support our construction teams and answer design queries.

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

 

The required skills

  • Be currently studying for a relevant degree such as Construction Management or Business
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel & Outlook)
  • Excellent communication skills and confidence to liaise with people internally and externally
  • Good attention to detail and organisational skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Professional approach with high degree of discretion
  • Ability to question, challenge and analyse
  • Willing to be flexible and get involved with a wide range of tasks
  • Ability to work on own initiative and generate solutions

 

The benefits

  • Competitive salary 
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme 
  • 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

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.

 #happytotalkflexibleworking

 

We are 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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Land & Partnerships Manager

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Job Title

Land & Partnerships Manager

Role Type

Permanent, Full time

Job Location

Billingshurst, West Sussex

Reports To

Land Director

The company

From day one, Thakeham has been driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-built developments.  

Over 20 years later, that ethos is still very much alive, reflected in our numerous awards and reputation in the sector. Today, Thakeham employs close to 250 people and has a forecasted revenue of £219 million in 2023/24. 

An infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter, Thakeham is committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. We are industry-leading in sustainability and biodiversity. Every Thakeham home completion will be Net Zero Carbon by 2025. 

We pride ourselves on our ‘Infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later in the process. We deliver social, affordable and retirement housing for a wide range of housing associations and local authorities.   

People are Thakeham’s most important asset, and this is reflected in the way we operate. We were recognised in the prestigious ‘Best Places to Work 2023’ and are listed in the Top 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2023 

Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and growing business. We offer exciting career opportunities, and are keen to develop, guide and support our employees, regardless of what stage they are in their careers.  

We value diversity and encourage people to bring their full authentic selves to work. A Gold Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Building Heroes, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers. 

Work and fun should not be mutually exclusive and Thakeham offers a range of social events including quiz nights, BBQs and all staff parties. We run informal lunch and learns and take on charity challenges such as dragon boat racing. We encourage people to volunteer in their communities, offering two paid days per year to do so. Where roles allow, our summer hours policy in June, July and August allows people to enjoy longer weekends with their loved ones. A flexible approach to working is available all year round. 

At Thakeham we build communities, together. 

 

The department

We have a fantastic opportunity for somebody to join our growing land team.  Our dedicated team works closely with clients, landowners, promoters, consultants and land agents to plan, progress and implement new projects whether this be for strategic promotion, s106 delivery or as land and package deals for our public sector partners.

We are looking for a Land & Partnership Manager to cover some of our operational areas; Kent, East Sussex, West Sussex, Hants & Wilts, Berks, Bucks and Oxford.

The role

The role holder’s primary responsibilities will be

  • Responsible to the Land Director and working alongside the Land team to deliver the company’s Business Plan. More specifically to primarily deliver the revenue targets associated with securing new projects  for Thakeham. This will include working on both Partnership and Homes Strategic site delivery
  • Identify and bring forward new land opportunities that would be of interest to our Strategic Land Bank, housing associations and local authority clients
  • Sourcing Land opportunities via promotion of the business directly to Land owners, Land agents and existing clients
  • Working with the Business Development team to promote to external partners the added value that Thakeham Group offer
  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of how land deals can be concluded through the use of maximising any RP’s financial appraisal, red book, board approval process or value engineering their specification and employer’s requirements
  • Oversee the land sale through to an exchange of contracts
  • Manage a database to record all key activity as projects move through key stages and milestones
  • Participate in the sale of Thakeham Homes controlled sites (s106) to council and housing association partners. Primarily this will involve collating offer packs, seeking offers and working with solicitors to secure to execution of a Development Agreement
  • Work closely with our Development Management team and other internal stakeholders to deliver a competitive cost plan and when required a commercially acceptable build contract
  • Participate in writing bid documents to support public sector tenders
  • At all opportunities fully explain the Thakeham Partnerships ethos and detail the added value benefits that we can offer – e.g.zero carbon, MMC, BIM, BNG, ESG, standard house types
  • Represent Thakeham at industry functions and conferences
  • Use knowledge of local market and competitors to identify and develop the Company’s unique business proposition and differentiators
  • Provide monthly/weekly reports to Land Director as directed
  • Attend regional board meetings to deliver business activity reports when required
  • Main operating areas will be as detailed above, but will be required to attend meetings or work on projects across other parts of the South East
  • Attend meetings with individual RP’s across the South East to promote Thakeham plus review service delivery.
  • From time to time work other members of the wider Thakeham team in promoting new JV opportunities and actively working on live schemes that lead to an exchange of contracts
  • Ensuring that the above tasks are delivered in accordance in compliance with existing systems and procedures.
  • Have an understanding or the role that employer’s agents play and how they can be influential in winning new work
  • Be able to use as leverage the Thakeham Strategic land bank as reciprocation for RP’s to bring to us new land opportunities that a build contract can be negotiated for Thakeham Partnerships
  • Work with local authority housing and planning departments to secure desired outcomes for the business. This may involve seeking DPA waivers, variations to s106 and agree tenure mixes as part of s106 agreements

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

 

The required skills

  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel & Outlook)
  • Excellent communication skills and confidence to liaise with people internally and externally
  • Good attention to detail and organisational skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Professional approach with high degree of discretion
  • Willing to be flexible and get involved with a wide range of tasks
  • Ability to work on own initiative and generate solutions
  • Good working understanding of the planning system
  • Good working understanding of construction contracts and other legal documentation such as title reports and sectional agreements
  • The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a track record in securing new land opportunities and managing these through the an exchange of contracts.
  • Ideally the applicant will have a business development background in the residential housing sector whether this be for Housing Associations, plc’s or private SME.
  • Ideally be able to bring into the business a network of new promoters and agents.
  • Have an understanding of grant and the operations of Homes England

 

The benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Car allowance
  • 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.

#happytotalkflexibleworking

 

We are 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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Purchase Ledger Clerk

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Job Title

Purchase Ledger Clerk

Role Type

Full time, fixed term role for 12 months

Job Location

Billingshurst, West Sussex

Reports To

Purchase Ledger Manager

The company

From day one, Thakeham has been driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-built developments.

Over 20 years later, that ethos is still very much alive, reflected in our numerous awards and reputation in the sector. Today, Thakeham employs close to 250 people and has a forecasted revenue of £219 million in 2023/24.

An infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter, Thakeham is committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. We are industry-leading in sustainability and biodiversity. Every Thakeham home completion will be Net Zero Carbon by 2025.

We pride ourselves on our ‘Infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later in the process. We deliver social, affordable and retirement housing for a wide range of housing associations and local authorities.

People are Thakeham’s most important asset, and this is reflected in the way we operate. We were recognised in the prestigious ‘Best Places to Work 2023’ and are listed in the Top 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2023.

Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and growing business. We offer exciting career opportunities, and are keen to develop, guide and support our employees, regardless of what stage they are in their careers.

We value diversity and encourage people to bring their full authentic selves to work. A Gold Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Building Heroes, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers.

Work and fun should not be mutually exclusive and Thakeham offers a range of social events including quiz nights, BBQs and all staff parties. We run informal lunch and learns and take on charity challenges such as dragon boat racing. We encourage people to volunteer in their communities, offering two paid days per year to do so. Where roles allow, our summer hours policy in June, July and August allows people to enjoy longer weekends with their loved ones. A flexible approach to working is available all year round.

At Thakeham we build communities, together.

 

The department

The finance department provides support to all areas of the business, ensuring we deliver accurate, timely and relevant financial information. The focus of the department is to ensure the processing and timely payment of all suppliers. Due to our continued growth we are looking for an additional Purchase Ledger Clerk to work in a friendly team environment reporting to the Purchase Ledger Manager.   

The role

We have 7 operating companies within Thakeham and the department is paperless. Invoices and statements are sent to emails for each operating company. 

 The role holder’s primary responsibility will be for ensuring the correct & timely processing of the following, within their supplies of responsibility. 

  •  Supplier’s invoices with a 3-way matching processes. Invoice received, matched to PO and Proof of delivery received from Site or manual approval from Site Managers
  • Statement reconciliation 
  • Queries; internal and external
  • Communicating with Buyers on PO queries, when necessary
  • Clearing Emails received with in the inboxes on a day assigned

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

 

The required skills

  • Prior purchase ledger experience with working knowledge of Excel - essential 
  • Knowledge of Coins system - preferred 
  • Excellent attention to detail  
  • Good communication skills   
  • Significant relevant work experience 
  • Ability and willingness to help and solve issues 
  • Strong organisation skills 
  • Effectively and pro-actively manage their time  
  • Work within a strong team environment 

 

The benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme 
  • 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
  • Excellent development and progression opportunities for the right candidate
  • Company Social events

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.

 #happytotalkflexibleworking

 

We are 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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Zero Carbon Placemaking Lead

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Job Title

Zero Carbon Placemaking Lead

Role Type

Fixed term, full time

Job Location

Billingshurst, West Sussex

Reports To

Group Project Director

The company

From day one, we have been driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-build developments.

Over 20 years later, that ethos is still very much alive, reflected in our numerous awards and enviable reputation in the sector. Today, we employ close to 250 people and has a forecasted revenue of £219 million in 2023/24.

An infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter, we are committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. We are industry-leading in sustainability and biodiversity, and all our homes will be net zero carbon by 2025.

We pride ourselves on our ‘infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later in the process. We deliver social, affordable and retirement housing for a wide range of housing associations and local authorities.

People are our most important asset, and this is reflected in the way we operate. We were recognised in the prestigious ‘Best Places to Work 2023’ and are listed in the Top 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2023.

Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and growing business. We offer exciting career opportunities, and are keen to develop, guide and support our employees, regardless of what stage they are in their careers. We value diversity and encourage people to bring their full authentic selves to work. A Gold Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Building Heroes, we operate a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers.

Work and fun should not be mutually exclusive and we offer a range of social events including quiz nights, BBQs and all staff parties. We run informal lunch and learns and take on charity challenges such as dragon boat racing. We encourage people to volunteer in their communities, offering two paid days per year to do so. Where roles allow, our summer hours policy in June, July and August allows people to enjoy longer weekends with their loved ones. A flexible approach to working is available all year round.

Join our team and let’s build communities, together.

 

The department

The role is a standalone 12 month contract, split between Development Management, Design and Sustainability departments. But you will also be working alongside other pre-development roles within the business.

Thakeham is in a period of transition from a medium sized housebuilder to a business that delivers large-scale new communities. In order to achieve this goal and continue its work in leading the industry in Zero Carbon; Thakeham is embarking on the Zero Carbon Placemaking project.

The majority of your time will be spent working for Thakeham Homes. This is the housebuilding side of the business, on a new internal project called Zero Carbon Placemaking. The project is of great importance to Thakeham as it will become the blueprint for all large-scale future developments, defining how we approach the creation of new communities.

Thakeham is looking to incorporate essential sustainable features into the future new communities such as active travel, 15-minute neighbourhoods, integrated green & blue infrastructure and more generally consider creating healthy places. We have aspirations to lead the industry in this area, so we are wanting to target the use of innovative technologies and thinking as part of the Zero Carbon Placemaking approach.

The role requires an individual who has the passion and understanding to lead the business to realise it’s aspirations for Zero Carbon Placemaking.

 

The role

We are looking for an experienced and motivated individual, with sound knowledge of the development industry and someone who is passionate about innovation in the built environment.

The successful candidate will;

  • Lead the Zero Carbon Placemaking Project
  • Manage the internal and external project team to deliver the Zero Carbon Placemaking targets
  • Leading / attending external meetings with external stakeholders, as required
  • Oversee the creation of project deliverables, as agreed with the business
  • Manage the internal sign-off process
  • Managing / coaching / mentoring junior team members, with responsibility for their personal development and future role within the business
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures and to uphold the Thakeham brand in all company dealings

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

 

The required skills

  • A strong passion for the built environment and sustainability
  • Be self-motivated and have the ability to work autonomously
  • Demonstrable project and people management skills
  • Leadership experience
  • The ability to prioritise / organise key information across multiple workstreams
  • Understanding of the development process and how decisions impact viability
  • Excellent communication skills, confidence to liaise with people and challenge the status quo
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Good attention to detail and organisational skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Professional approach with high degree of discretion
  • Willing to be flexible and get involved with a wide range of tasks

 

The benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Car allowance
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • 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

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.

#happytotalkflexibleworking

 

We are 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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Development Manager

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Job Title

Development Manager

Role Type

Permanent, Full Time

Job Location

Billingshurst, West Sussex

Reports To

Senior Development Manager

The company

From day one, Thakeham has been driven by a clear vision: to transform the way people think about new-built developments.  

Over 20 years later, that ethos is still very much alive, reflected in our numerous awards and reputation in the sector. Today, Thakeham employs close to 250 people and has a forecasted revenue of £219 million in 2023/24. 

An infrastructure-led community creator and strategic land promoter, Thakeham is committed to partnerships, innovation and creating amazing places to live and work. We are industry-leading in sustainability and biodiversity. Every Thakeham home completion will be Net Zero Carbon by 2025. 

We pride ourselves on our ‘Infrastructure first’ approach, ensuring communities release the benefits of new development at the outset, rather than later in the process. We deliver social, affordable and retirement housing for a wide range of housing associations and local authorities.   

People are Thakeham’s most important asset, and this is reflected in the way we operate. We were recognised in the prestigious ‘Best Places to Work 2023’ and are listed in the Top 100 Best Large Companies to Work For 2023 

Our people enjoy excellent rewards and working conditions in an exciting and growing business. We offer exciting career opportunities, and are keen to develop, guide and support our employees, regardless of what stage they are in their careers.  

We value diversity and encourage people to bring their full authentic selves to work. A Gold Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force’s charity Building Heroes, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers. 

Work and fun should not be mutually exclusive and Thakeham offers a range of social events including quiz nights, BBQs and all staff parties. We run informal lunch and learns and take on charity challenges such as dragon boat racing. We encourage people to volunteer in their communities, offering two paid days per year to do so. Where roles allow, our summer hours policy in June, July and August allows people to enjoy longer weekends with their loved ones. A flexible approach to working is available all year round. 

At Thakeham we build communities, together. 

 

The department

The role is within the Development Management department, where you will work alongside other pre-development roles within the business.

The majority of your time will be spent working for Thakeham Homes. This is the housebuilding side of the business, promoting land, obtaining planning permissions and building out developments, under the Thakeham brand portfolio.

We are looking for an experienced and motivated Development Manager, with sound knowledge of the land, planning, design, engineering and other pre-development roles, to take projects through the pre-development process and beyond, from the initial securing of land opportunities, through to point at which the development has been successfully delivered.

The role

The primary responsibilities of the Development Manager will be;

  • Working with the Land department, where required, to ensure that financial, legal and technical due diligence is in order
  • Leading the internal project team, to take projects forward from the early pre-development stages, through to successful delivery of the scheme, on site
  • Oversee the planning application process (outline / reserved matters) to ensure compliance with legal obligations of contract and financial viability
  • Ensuring that the project planning and pre-development programmes are clearly established and complied with.
  • Managing the internal Pre-Plan Process
  • Leading / attending external meetings with external stakeholders, as required
  • Devising development proposals / solutions
  • Managing project financial appraisals, including cashflows to ensure development viability
  • Overseeing and negotiating S106 legal agreements to ensure scheme deliverability
  • Handing over of projects to the technical / construction teams, post-planning permission, to ensure consistent flow of information through the project life-cycle
  • Aid with land valuation / site purchase, as required
  • Aid with RP sales / site sales / third party land transfers / securing of third party rights, as required
  • Managing S106 obligations and delivery of on-site facilities, with external stakeholders, to ensure compliance with obligations
  • Attending monthly project review meetings, once the scheme is on-site
  • Managing / coaching / mentoring junior team members, where required
  • Comply with all company policies and procedures and to uphold the Thakeham brand in all company dealings
  • To carry out any other duties consistent with the post that may be required from time to time, at the discretion of the company

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

 

The required skills

  • Experience of the development process, from land acquisition through to site delivery, including good knowledge of the planning process
  • Knowledge of / ability to run development financial appraisals and cashflows, combined with commercial awareness and acumen
  • Ability to negotiate
  • Project programming skills
  • Experience of legal process / documentation and awareness of relevant impact on projects and the wider business
  • Strong people management skills
  • Excellent knowledge of MS Office (Word, Excel & Outlook)
  • Excellent communication skills and confidence to liaise with people
  • Good attention to detail and organisational skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Professional approach with high degree of discretion
  • Willing to be flexible and get involved with a wide range of tasks
  • Ability to work on own initiative and generate solutions
  • RICS accreditation whilst not essential, may be advantageous

 

The benefits

  • Competitive salary
  • Car allowance
  • Salary sacrifice car scheme
  • 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

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.

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We are 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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