Land Manager Residential

Land Manager (Residential) Cambridgeshire Permanent position: £55k - £65k plus car allowance, bonus and package It is no secret that housing is in a critical shortage and has been for over a decade, with the gap widening on a yearly basis. The burden is not just on spec housebuilders, it is also on authorities, councils and affordable housing companies. My client is one of the most forward thinking RSL's and have an incredibly dynamic and progressive development arm - this particular region covers Essex, Cambridgeshire, and from Herts to Peterborough. They have just appointed a Land Director with a fantastic reputation, they join after several years leading the Land team for a well-known PLC housebuilder. You'll get a fantastic opportunity to learn from somebody with 20 years' experience who is still in their prime. This isn't what you would expect from a developing RSL. You get the dynamism and funding to compete with the private-sector, all the while contributing to an ethical organisation bringing much needed housing to both the private and affordable markets. Not only that, the work/life balance is pretty good as well. There will still be late nights getting deals over the line, but they understand being happy at home and in your personal life will no doubt make you a happier professional in the office. The Candidate Land is the lifeblood of every property developer - without land, you have nowhere to build. The acquisition of land is therefore an incredibly important part of the development process, and as such, it requires a certain set of skills. Good land buyers are pro-active, they are not reactive. Good land buyers are able to use both traditional and modern methods to find potential. This former includes door-knocking, map-searching, sending out letters, and the latter will involve using software like LandInsight and auto-mailers. Either way, to find good opportunities for development in a competitive market requires tenacity and persistence. You'll need good negotiation skills and communication if you are to buy them for the right price once found.

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