Head of Development

At Brighter Places, we are pleased to announce that as we continue to grow our business a vacancy has become available for a full time, permanent Head of Development to join our Homes Directorate.

The successful applicant will play a key role in developing and leading the delivery of our development strategy for the association and achieving our strategic ambition of delivering “Great Homes and Partnerships” for our residents.

The successful applicant will lead the delivery of a high quality mixed tenure, land led, new build and regeneration programme, maintaining a pipeline of development opportunities to support sustainable growth and achievement of our strategic objectives. You will lead the development team instilling a high performance culture to drive quality, value for money and continuous improvement service delivery.

You will work with the Homes Director to further develop and implement our Development strategy ensuring our customers have “Great Homes” that are fit for the future whilst ensuring the delivery of the sales programme and achieving targets in line with the strategic business plan.

You will consistently demonstrate and champion our Values, creating positive working relationships with internal colleagues, external customers and stakeholders whilst promoting high performance and cross-team working both within the association and our external partners.

What you will receive?

  • A starting salary of £65,000 with the opportunity to obtain additional performance related pay increments
  • Working 37 hours per week in a hybrid / agile working environment
  • 30 days annual leave + Bank holidays + 1 day volunteering leave + ability to buy up to 5 days additional annual leave
  • £700 flexi-benefit per year that can be used towards breaks away, treatments, counselling, fitness activities insurances, family activities and many more options
  • 6.16% pension contribution + life assurance
  • Company sick pay of up to 14 weeks full pay + 14 weeks half pay
  • Access to an interest free loan of up to £1000
  • Access to development opportunities to enhance your career through Brighter Places University
  • Paid professional membership
  • As well as a whole host of other benefits including; free immunisation, eye tests, discounted bus fares, independent financial advice, EAP, fresh fruit in the offices and more!


What will you be doing?

  • Identify business development opportunities and develop and maintain a pipeline whilst delivering our ambitious, clear, deliverable development plan, which supports growth in line with the Association’s long-term plans.
  • Lead on the purchase and legal acquisition of land and procurement of building contracts and ensure that appropriate compliance and due diligence is followed.
  • Work collaboratively with the Head of Home Services to deliver on the strategic aim to provide warm and safe homes that are net zero carbon.
  • Provide leadership for the development team fostering a culture of high performance and delivery in line with our values, engaging with customers to shape service provision and strategic direction.
  • Establish and maintain strong business relations with partners, Government, developers, investors, landowners and other Housing Associations and stakeholders to ensure the association is a preferred social landlord partner.
  • Review, coordinate and maintain the Development risks, along with appropriate controls, ensuring a robust risk management approach.
  • Collaborate with the Homes Director to develop budgets that meets the team’s activities in the short to medium term whilst ensuring it represents good value for money and then manage the annual budget.
  • Champion the use of new technologies both internally and within our homes to improve the lives of our residents and working conditions of colleagues.
  • Deputise for the Homes Director where required.

 For more information about the role, please read the full role profile.

 Who are we looking for?

  • You will be an experienced Development leader with significant previous experience in a leadership role within Development. You will have knowledge of new build development principles and the ability to apply them.
  • Proven experience of providing clear, informed and objective advice on strategic issues and skilled in developing strong partnerships with external and internal stakeholders, establishing strategic partnerships and leading change programmes.
  • Knowledge of the design and the construction of housing and the associated planning legislation and process as well as different types of building procurement methods and contracts.
  • You will have knowledge of appropriate industry legislation including the Code for Sustainable Homes, Building Regulations, Party Wall Act, Site Safety requirements, CDM 2015.
  • You will have proven experience in setting and managing budgets and managing supplier performance with a high level of financial and commercial accumen.
  • A prior knowledge or background in social housing would be desirable but we welcome applications from all.

If this sounds like you, we would love to hear from you!

 Think you have the right values, drive and determination but not quite the right level of experience? Don’t worry…

At Brighter Places we recognise and nurture talent! We recruit highly skilled colleagues who believe in our mission and goals and have a real drive to improve the lives and communities for the residents that we serve.

However,  we also understand that getting your foot on the next step on the ladder can be a difficult task when progressing through your career. Having “all the relevant experience” isn’t always possible when you need time and development to become the complete package. For us; having the right attitude, values and work ethic with a common sense approach is more important than being able to undertake every the parts of the job right from the start.

Therefore should you feel that this could be you then we operate a trainee programme and will consider applications from those wanting to be considered for the role who require development also.  

So, how do you apply?

For an informal chat about this position, please contact us on hr@brighterplaces.co.uk

The closing date for this vacancy is Monday 24th April 2023. Interviews will be held on the week commencing 1st May 2023. Your application can be in any format you choose, but must include;

  • Why you are suitable for the role
  • Your previous experience
  • Your qualifications and skills

To apply using our application form please see below for those wanting to apply by CV and covering letter please email hr@brighterplaces.co.uk.

For those who needs reasonable adjustments to apply please email hr@brighterplaces.co.uk.

We are committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and positively welcome applications from all sections of the community. If you need any reasonable adjustments or have any specific needs we can support with in relation to your application please do let us know at the email above.