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Development Manager KMH/SO/1155

Keepmoat Homes is a fast growing top 10 UK housebuilder. We design and build quality homes and create places where people want to live.

Our investment and participation helps transform communities and improves the lives of local people. We have a national presence combined with local knowledge and expertise in all aspects of housing – from finance, design and planning, to developing and building. Our comprehensive skills and capabilities give us a wider perspective across the whole housing lifecycle and we create lower risk ways of building homes people need.

For more than 90 years our work has been absolutely visible to local communities so being part of the community is in our DNA. We hire local suppliers and tradespeople and work with local communities to make sure that our plans meet their needs.

Job description

To manage the design and technical process to achieve the best commercial design for all of the land secured in line with the company’s budget requirements and obtain all necessary approvals to allow the development to be built to the required standard, in line with the regional business plan.

  1. Technical Design and Approval Procedure
    1. Work closely with the Partnership and Land team to ensure that feasibility drawings are buildable and compliant with regulations
    2. Assist the Commercial team in the appraisal of abnormal costs
    3. To appoint, brief and manage specialist consultants in all design and technical work to achieve the company’s design requirements
    4. To ensure all appointments have a quotation before an order is placed and ensure the fee costs are monitored against the quotation
    5. To plan and manage the development lead in process to achieve a start on site in line with budget
    6. To create and retain relationships with statutory bodies to ensure approvals can be achieve in line with budget
    7. To influence the design process to achieve cost effective commercial outcomes
  2. Public Utility Procurement (working with the Services Managers)
    1. Establish and maintain working relationships with all public utility providers
    2. Manage the design process to ensure that diversions and disconnections can be progressed to allow start dates to be achieved
    3. Provide PU proposals that are cost effective and on programme
    4. Provide clear information to allow site managers to manager their work effectively
    5. Ensure design layouts are cost effective against any diversion works
  3. Adoption Management (working with Technical Manger)
    1. To establish approvals of proposals to ensure all constructed works and surplus land will be passed on to the appropriate statutory boides
    2. Agree and formalize the detail of all adoption agreements
    3. Agree and manage bond values in line with the NHBC bond limit
    4. Pursue adoption completion at the earliest possible opportunity
  4. Product Development
    1. Work with all parties within Keepmoat to develop, build systems and products to ensure we are ready for legislation and market change
    2. Be aware of the need for innovation in all aspects of our business
    3. Expect and encourage continued change and improvement within the Compan

Key Accountabilities

  • Setting, agreeing, reviewing and delivering all targets
  • Delivery of accurate and timely reports for the business in line with company-wide processes
  • Management of all aspects of the commercial function ensuring that all controls are in place and are followed to maximise the company’s profitability
  • Identification, escalation and proactive management of all commercial issues
  • Protect the company’s legal and contractual obligations

People Management Responsibilities

  • To lead and build a motivated and engaged team
  • To recruit the right talent into the business
  • To develop your team members by enabling and motivating them to be the best that they can, building a strong talent pipeline to support the growth of the Business, completing Talent Mapping and Succession Planning bi-annually ahead of the mid-year and year-end Performance Development Reviews and discussing the outputs in these meetings
  • To undertake bi-annual Performance Development Reviews with your team members and effectively managing any concerns that arise relating to these and to support team members Personal Development Plans
  • To address confidently and competently performance, behavioural and absence issues in a supportive manner and taking the necessary actions to improve these while ensuring team members understand their personal responsibilities in these areas

HS&S Responsibilities 

To take care of your own health and safety and that of others who may be affected by your work and adhere to the Keepmoat Health, Safety and Sustainability standards.

Skills, knowledge & experience


  • Knowledge of people management tools and techniques e.g. talent mapping; succession planning etc
  • Covered a more senior role to support upward management experience

Why work for us?

At Keepmoat Homes we pride ourselves on being a great place to work. As the market leader in our industry we want to ensure that we attract, motivate and retain the best people who can deliver the best service for our customers.

  • Competitive rates of pay – We regularly check our pay against our competitors to make sure they reflect our position as market leader. We also review our pay every year.
  • Bonus Scheme – Our annual bonus scheme is linked to team and company performance.
  • Special offers for staff – We run a range of offers and discounts exclusively for our employees including holidays, health club memberships and days out.
  • Trust – We encourage you to come up with ideas and get the most out of your job with us.
  • Development – we offer genuine development opportunities to progress your career.

Our values

Our values are the foundation for our vision, the cornerstone of our culture and the benchmark for our achievement.

  • Straightforward - We get the job done in the most efficient and effective way. We are friendly, open and honest. It’s about being respectful and working in a transparent and honest way.
  • Collaborative - We work together in partnership to deliver the very best customer experience. Partnership working is key to our business. We work collaboratively to deliver the best results possible.
  • Passionate -  We care about what we do. We put pride and energy into delivering results. It’s important to us to do a good job.
  • Creative - We are proactive, flexible and resourceful. We listen, learn and deliver solutions. We don’t offer a one size fits all solution; we are flexible and will tailor our services to our customers’ needs.

Reference: KMH/SO/1155
Hours: 37.5 hours per week, Monday to Friday
Location: Northampton
Employer: Keepmoat Homes, South Midlands
Job type: Full time, Permanent
Closing date: 17/07/2024

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