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Senior Development Manager
  • Employer: Gravesham Council
  • Reference: GREC2215LS
  • Published: Tue 22/11/2022, 11:25 AM
  • Closing on: Mon 12/12/2022, 23:55 PM
  • Working Pattern: Full Time
  • Hours: 37 hours per week
  • Salary: Salary Package: Between £51,650 and £57,724 inclusive of allowances
  • DBS Check: No
  • Location: Civic Centre/Hybrid, Kent

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Senior Development Manager

Our Organisation-

Centrally located in the Thames Gateway, Gravesham Borough Council provides a range of services to over 106,000 people and 4,000 businesses.

The Borough of Gravesham, situated in the north west corner of Kent, covers 25,000 acres of the most varied countryside in south east England.

Bordered by the River Thames to the north, it is at the heart of Thames Gateway and has a significant role to play in the regeneration of a major government growth area.

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to delivering to the community and working with us means you are part of delivering the level of growth and improvement our community needs and deserves.

The role

This newly created Senior Development Manager post provides an exciting opportunity for someone to join our ambitious council at a pivotal time – we already have a number of projects in the pipeline and we’re looking for someone to play a key role in helping to deliver on these projects in conjunction with key partners. Given its location, and proximity to the river, central London and Europe, the opportunities for the Borough are huge. 

We’re looking for someone who can work with partners, government and its agencies to maximise investment in affordable housing and attract funding to help support our development and estate regeneration aspirations.  Working closely with Assistant Director (Housing Development & Enabling) we want your development expertise and innovation to be at the forefront in delivering our ambitious plans.

As the senior operational manager, you will be representing the Council and be responsible to manage, coordinate and deliver affordable housing development and estate regeneration projects across the Borough, whilst reinforcing Gravesham as a great place to live, work, invest in and visit.

This post will play an integral part in delivering on the Council’s existing, ambitious plans to increase affordable housing in the Borough in accordance with the priorities set out in our Corporate Plan to ensure that local people benefit directly from new development and growth.

Main responsibilities

To provide support to the Assistant Director (Housing Development & Enabling) (ADHDE) to regularly monitor and review progress against the Development Strategy and action plan including processing of confidential information.

To work with the ADHDE and the team to deliver the Council’s Development Strategy 2022-27 and objectives of providing high quality new affordable Council homes as set out in the Corporate Plan.

To help to grow the programme to at least 100-200 Units per annum. To manage a portfolio of residential development projects working closely with internal and external stakeholders.

Working closely with internal stakeholders and external consultants to translate development and regeneration opportunities within GBC asset portfolio into delivered schemes.

Scope projects, prepare business cases to support decisions around the appropriate delivery structure. Bring additional capacity and capability to deliver the project.

Develop and own the council’s direct development strategy and set clear objectives and priorities within the portfolio.

Line management responsibilities for their direct reports, Project/ Development Manager (PDM), Development Officer (DO) and Quality Control Officer (QCM)

To be responsible for delivering a programme of developments through to handover and final evaluation.

To identify, develop and complete new council housing schemes by leading and managing the operational team to increase social housing in the Borough.

In this role, you will manage the entire development process from site identification and appraisal, the design and planning stages, through to completion and handover whilst liaising with various stakeholders to ensure that developments are appropriate, meet corporate and departmental objectives and are reflective of council housing needs.

Essential qualifications/experience-

Degree or professional qualification in an appropriate subject or working towards a professional qualification in a related field such as housing, building, architecture, surveying or planning, or with demonstrable equivalent experience

A demonstrable understanding of the development and Construction process across a range of building and tenure type

Understanding of contract law and procurement practices

To have or be working towards a professional qualification in a related field, i.e. MRICS, CIOB or to have relevant project management experience

Demonstrable experience of effectively managing development programmes and complex schemes

Homes England standards, requirements and procedures

Comprehensive understanding of different procurement processes, including contract law and structures

Desirable qualifications/experience-

A recognised management qualification, MRICS,CIOB or have relevant project management experience

In return we offer you:

Holiday entitlement

A generous holiday entitlement, plus paid bank holidays.


In-house and external training including non-qualification, Continued Personal Development (CPD), NVQ and other qualification training.

Employee Assistance Programme

The Employee Assistance Programme (EAP) is a free and confidential support service, offering you unlimited access to advice and information as well as coaching and counselling where appropriate. 

Available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, the service is there to help you manage all of life's events and support you through the challenges. Their expert advisers are there to help,

whenever you need them. Support on the telephone, online and face to face.


A very secure pension scheme which both you and we pay into. More information can be found on the Local Government Pension Scheme website.

Occupational health

An on-site Occupational Health Advisor. We have an occupational health service provided by East Kent Hospitals University Foundation NHS Trust. The service is delivered by a team of health professionals who specialise in occupational medicine and deal with the relationship between your work and your health. Occupational Health also works with us to resolve any issues in the workplace and also to ensure that well-being at work is maintained.

If you would like to have an informal discussion with the recruiting manager please email in the first instance to arrange a call back.

Important Information-

Applicants must be able to demonstrate all essential requirements as listed in the job profile

Equal Opportunities Commitment Statement

Gravesham Borough Council is committed to creating an inclusive work environment with a diverse workforce. All appropriately qualified candidates will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, disability or age

Please be advised that if you are not contacted within 3 weeks of the advert closing date then you have not been shortlisted.  All recruitment correspondence, including interview letters and contracts of employment will usually be sent out via email.

We reserve the right to close this vacancy at any time prior to the closing date.