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 newly created Housing Development Officer role will be a supporting role to the Senior Development Manager (SDM) and will work with and support the Senior Development Manager 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.
Undertake a range of specialist tasks including:
To provide project management, including research and investigations, liaison with external consultants and contractors, collation and production of documents.
To adopt a project management approach to the delivery of new schemes to ensure they are delivered in a timely and transparent manner and within budget and that meet the required quality standards.
To adopt a partnership approach to the delivery of new schemes working with internal and external stakeholders to ensure that new schemes are supported and meet GBC’s quality, affordability and sustainability objectives.
To have day to day project management of development projects including taking corrective action where necessary and progressing them to handover and final evaluation.
To assess the feasibility and viability of schemes proposed, using the Podplan and working with the development leadership team and finance.
To liaise with lawyers, planners, quantity surveyors, employers agents, architects and other property professionals and house-builder partners to ensure the delivery of projects.
To ensure that there is appropriate and effective liaison with other council officers such as finance; legal; procurement; community development; housing officers etc to deliver projects. To ensure that client requirements are met and resolving competing priorities.
Work closely with all departments to ensure that new properties are handed over efficiently.
To liaise with tenants, leaseholders, community groups, lead Members, Ward Members and other local stakeholders to ensure projects are delivered with appropriate engagement of the local community.
To proactively promote the Council’s quality standards for new housing. Ensuring that legal and regulatory requirements and Council policies and procedures are complied with, including design standards.
To assist with the preparation of reports for Management team and Members in respect of individual projects including the preparation of report to secure approvals for new contracts.
To report regularly and frequently on progress with schemes, including Health and Safety, project costs, quality standards and programme, for internal stakeholders and external stakeholders, such as Homes England.
Assist in the process of bidding for and managing grant funding using Homes England grant through the IMS system.
To ensure accurate records are kept and documents filed ready for Compliance Audit.
To assist the team research new initiatives and the development of policies that make up the framework for the delivery of new schemes.
Contribute to the team’s responses to Government consultation papers.
Contribute to development of publicity material and promotion of the service.
Good general level of education to A Level or equivalent.
Construction or land/property development degree/diploma or
Post - graduate diploma.
Membership of relevant professional body (or verifiable
knowledge & experience at this level)
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 Managing projects
Successfully negotiated outcomes
Working in partnership with a range of people, including external agencies
Ability to work unsupervised, within deadlines and to procedures.
Working with people at a senior level and outside of the Council
In return we offer you:
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.
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.
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.