Development Manager - Regeneration - Working for Essex
Salary: Up to £66,391 per annum
Closing date: 16 Jun 2024
Location: Chelmsford
Hours: Full-time
Req ID: 17056
Role: Property
About the role

Development Manager - Regeneration

Permanent, Full Time

Up to £66,391 per annum

Location: Chelmsford

Working Style: Anywhere worker

Closing Date: 16th June 2024

The Essex Renewal Fund (ERF) is a revolving investment fund for complex land and property projects, and supports the Council’s commitments to good jobs, future growth and investment, green growth and levelling up the economy. Over the next 20 years, the Fund aims to invest over £100m, supporting 1,500 jobs and bringing to market enough land to deliver 1,000 new homes.


When you join us in this role, you’ll be responsible for maximising the financial and non-financial benefits of ERF projects. You’ll fulfil the client role for the Fund, commissioning internal and external colleagues to buy land, secure planning and other consents, and appoint and contract manage design and technical consultants. You’ll also advise on the market-facing aspects of scheme development, carry out financial appraisal, negotiate funding / promotion / development agreements, and oversee sales and marketing for lettings and disposals. 


You’ll be supported by a fund, asset and lettings management firm, and will direct multi-disciplinary professional teams including real estate consultants. You’ll also work closely with ERF’s in-house economist and programme coordinators, and the Council’s development surveyors and project managers. 


During a typical week, you might…


  • Appraise a development land opportunity for potential acquisition, working with ERF’s fund and asset managers to assess the nature and extent of market failure. Support business case development by ERF’s in-house economist
  • Lead on the negotiation of a promotion agreement for a sector development project, supporting ECC’s Legal and Finance teams to complete the transaction. Produce robust evidence of progress, efficiency and value for money for the project
  • Lead on appointing design and technical consultants during RIBA Stages 0 to 2. Promote health and safety, environmental sustainability and quality management in a positive and constructive manner
  • Lead on securing planning and other consents for a town centre refurbishment project, working closely with the Project Manager assigned to the project by ECC’s Infrastructure Delivery Directorate
  • Advise on the market-facing aspects of a light industrial Grow-on Space development, ensuring that premises meet occupier needs to maximise financial and non-financial outcomes
  • Meet with ERF’s asset and lettings managers to discuss the performance of lettings and disposals at a development of light industrial Grow-on Space units, drawing insights and applying lessons learned to ensure continuous improvement. Proactively identify and manage risks, and prioritise what is most important and urgent.


Please note that the job role requires you to be mobile throughout an operational area. Therefore, the post holder will need to have a driving licence and access to a vehicle, or the ability to meet the mobility requirements of the role through other means.


Your benefits package


  • Holiday entitlement of 27 days per annum (plus bank holidays), with the opportunity to buy additional annual leave.
  • Local Government Pension Scheme, plus life assurance of three times annual salary
  • Learning and Development Opportunities
  • Employee Wellbeing and Counselling provision
  • Employee Networks
  • Volunteering leave
  • Eye care vouchers, travel discounts, season ticket loans and much more!

There is also an employee Rewards Scheme available for all permanent employees, which includes:


  • Retail and restaurant discounts
  • Cashback on purchases
  • Private health and dental care plans
  • Cycle to Work scheme (via Salary Sacrifice)
  • Tax free savings on Childcare (via Salary Sacrifice)

Why Essex? 

Essex County Council has a location to be proud of. Our 1,300 square miles stretch from Constable Country to the Thames Estuary, from the dynamic M11 corridor to the traditional seaside resorts of Clacton and Walton. England’s oldest town, Colchester, and two of its newest – Basildon and Harlow – are right here. Along with the City of Chelmsford, the county town, they form our major population centres. It means real choice and makes Essex the ideal place for your career. Read more about us here.

Essex County Council is proud to be a Disability Confident Leader. We’re committed to interview all disabled applicants who choose to apply under our Job Interview Scheme if they meet the minimum requirements of the job. Please speak to our Recruiters if you require any reasonable adjustments during the process.

We’re also committed to interview all veterans and care leavers, who meet the minimum requirements of the role for which they are applying.

What you should do next

If you are interested in finding out more about this role, we would love to hear from you. Please apply via the Working for Essex website.

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