Development Manager – Joint Venture (Counties) - Flexible Working Available

Competitive salary based on experience and location
21 Oct 2020
21 Nov 2020
Full Time
Contract Type

 12 month fixed term contract covering maternity leave

Since its beginnings in 1963, L&Q has established an enviable track- record for creating high quality homes in desirable parts of London and the South East. We are one of the largest developers in the capital, with a reputation for excellence and a growing portfolio of homes to live or invest in. We have won multiple awards for the design of our homes.

L&Q Counties Joint Venture Development and Regeneration Team are looking for an experienced development manager whilst the current post holder is on maternity leave.

The role offers a brilliant opportunity to the successful candidate to work on the ground-breaking award-winning Joint Venture with Countryside Properties at Greater Beaulieu Park in Chelmsford.

The successful candidate will be responsible for looking after L&Q’s stake in the 3600 home joint venture. The role includes responsibility for the L&Q business plan on the project, representing L&Q at the monthly project meetings and checking that the scheme is delivering the quality and expected returns.

Other responsibilities will include acting as a development manager on the 300 home Arbour at Beaulieu development which is a mixture of 245 shared ownership and 36 affordable rented units being delivered by the inhouse build team. This is a vital role that involves working with all other stakeholders in L&Q Counties to ensure that the project remains on time and on budget.  It also offers an excellent opportunity for the successful candidate to be associated with a development that uses modern methods of construction as it is built using timber frame SIPS panels designed and built by Stewart Milne.

It is envisaged that the successful candidate will start in December and will be in post for a minimum of 9 months and possibly up to 1 year. This time frame will ensure that there is a smooth handover with the current post holder before they go on maternity leave. 

Our work straddles the private and affordable housing sectors where we act as developer, builder and funder as well as being one of the country’s top three social landlords.


We are looking for a commercially focused, innovative thinker to join L&Q and help us to deliver major regeneration schemes and investment opportunities with joint venture partners.

As part of the Development team your role will include managing L&Q’s interests in joint venture housing development schemes from acquisition to practical completion, seeking new regeneration opportunities, and leading on the delivery of our regeneration schemes.

You will need to demonstrate that you can achieve excellence in:

  • Delivering housing-led schemes
  • Communicating with a mix of audiences in writing and face-to-face
  • Financial and business planning skills including understanding joint venture business models
  • Influencing skills with internal and external stakeholders at a senior level
  • Negotiating beneficial and robust legal agreements with business partners and clients


This post reports to the Head of Joint Venture Development & Regeneration.  You will need to work effectively with senior staff from across L&Q as well as customers and colleagues from other organisations.  Your ability to work collaboratively will be critical to success.


A thorough understanding of housing development, project management and awareness of statutory legal and regulatory requirements is essential.  Candidates must also be able to demonstrate an awareness of the economic challenges that will be faced.  


If you believe you have the qualities we are after and are interested in working for an organisation that can really make a difference to people’s lives, then please apply without delay.    

COVID 19: The safety of our staff and our candidates is of the utmost importance. Every effort will be taken to ensure that safe ways of working are adopted throughout the Recruitment and Selection process. We are introducing extra precautions in line with UK Government Guidelines. Our recruitment processes will follow social distancing and COVID-19 Secure requirements. This will include the use of various technologies to support the interview process. Should candidates have any questions regarding this, or if you require additional support please let us know at the interview planning stage.

Our Commitments:

At L&Q, people are at the heart of our business and our success depends on employing the best people and getting the best from them. This is why we are committed to developing our people. It's only by investing in a well-trained and motivated workforce that we can continue to prosper and sustain business success.

In addition to our support and training, the successful candidate will have access to our full suite of benefits including 24 days holiday rising to 28 days with length of service, annual bonus subject to group performance, excellent Pension scheme, Benenden Healthcare, an employee assistance programme and non-contributory life assurance.

We are committed to supporting your work-life balance and recognise the changing demands and circumstances in life. Please let us know during the recruitment process if you’re interested in part time working or job sharing. In addition, should your circumstances change once you have joined L&Q, you can also request flexible working arrangements, e.g. a change to working hours - if it’s feasible then we’ll make it happen.
We are recognised externally for our commitment to inclusion. We are a Stonewall Diversity Champion, a Disability Confident (Committed) employer and have signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge to demonstrate our commitment to end mental health discrimination in the workplace.

We expect all of our employees to support our environmental policy and social responsibility work. We are an employer committed to environmental and social responsibility.

L&Q manages over 90,000 homes across the capital and the South East, regenerating communities throughout the region and we are set to become London's largest developer of new homes. For ten years running we have been included in the Great Place to Work index and are currently placed 29th.

Our vision is that everyone should have a quality home they can afford, and we combine our social purpose and commercial drive to create homes and neighbourhoods we can be proud of.

At L&Q, people are at the heart of our business and our success depends on employing the best people and getting the best from them. This is why we are committed to developing our people. It is only by investing in a well trained and motivated workforce that we can continue to prosper and sustain business success.

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