Development Manager

Date Posted: 22/12/2021
Department: Development Management
Company: Canary Wharf Group plc
Reporting to: Director – Development

Job Summary:

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) has a development pipeline of over 7m sqft, comprising predominantly commercial, residential, and retail.

With over £1bn procured and constructed we are preparing to embark on our next stage of development and are seeking an ambitious and dynamic Development Manager to join the team.


About Canary Wharf Group

Canary Wharf Group (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 7.7 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail and over 1,000 build-to-rent apartments.

CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK with over 10 million square feet of sustainable certified buildings. CWG also excels operationally as it purchases 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and zero waste to landfill since 2009.

CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live/work/play on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering comprises over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk.

The Company’s current £2.4bn construction activity is composed of 500k square feet of commercial properties and over 1,750 new homes for sale and rent.

Our Culture and Values

Working at Canary Wharf Group means working for a forward thinking, collaborative team. We hire staff who strive to make a difference and achieve the highest standards. Everyone is empowered to make a difference and our ethos encourages everyone to think like an owner. Our business puts our customers and people at the heart of everything, we work to meet their needs and exceed expectations.

Our mission is to empower our people, engage our communities and create sustainable places.

Our values help us achieve exceptional results:

Excellence: Commit to achieving the best with integrity

Collaboration: Make us of our vast experience and knowledge to work effectively together

Engagement: Develop our people, our communities, our stakeholders and our suitable environment and be exceptional while respecting others

Ownership: Take responsibility and pride in what we deliver. Everyone has the opportunity to make a difference.

Innovation: Embrace change and encourage innovation

Main Responsibilities

  • Management of projects through defined development gateways.
  • Leading teams through the feasibility, site assembly, planning, pre-letting, funding, development, delivery, marketing, sales, leasing and hand over processes.
  • Direct feasibility appraisals and financial analyses to identify viable development proposals.
  • Creation of business plans and development strategies/roadmap for investment committee approval and execution of development projects.
  • Define development objectives, product positioning and coordinate production of the development brief, roles & responsibilities, programme, and deliverables.
  • Establish the strategy and oversee the procurement of external professional services, leading on commercial negotiations and approvals.
  • Overseeing the project team in the production of all relevant documentation and development proposals, ensuring compliance with the business plan and to secure requisite approvals.
  • Lead planning applications through the planning process (submission, consultation, s106 agreement) to secure consent in line with business plan objectives.
  • Oversee/manage site assembly, third-party matters, legal due diligence, funding negotiations and the documentation of all relevant agreements.
  • Define and agree the procurement strategy for the construction and delivery of the project.
  • Work closely alongside the in-house Construction Management team responsible for the delivery of the projects / builds.
  • Manage/oversee concise, value-adding reporting throughout the project.
  • Lead risk mitigation and add-value exercises throughout the development to maximise returns.
  • Manage and control design changes using the approved change control protocol.
  • Coordinate sales, leasing and marketing strategies and ensure agreed strategy is implemented and business plan targets are achieved.
  • Regularly review financial position to ensure cashflow is aligned with development appraisal, updating as required.
  • At completion, coordinate the successful handover of the development to the leasing / sales & estate management teams (supported by external soft landings team).
  • Coordinate the production of exit / closeout report at project completion.
  • Act as an ambassador for CWG within relevant communities, forums, markets, and sectors where necessary.

What We Require of You

  • Established high calibre development professional with a proven track record of end-to-end delivery, with relevant [residential/commercial/mixed use, etc.] asset class experience.
  • Proven understanding of the property development process/cycle.
  • Strong leader, able to manage and motivate teams ensuring all members reach fullest potential.
  • Strong professional standards and work ethic.
  • Confident and effective communicator, both written and verbal.
  • A team player with a collaborative approach and ability to liaise and build positive relationships with numerous stakeholders.
  • Intellectually and commercially able with numerate and logical capacity to analyse complex issues.
  • IT literate with experience of working with Argus Developer desirable but not mandatory.
  • Flair for and appreciation of design and sustainability.
  • Relevant degree/professional qualification.

To achieve our company vision, mission and values, there are core responsibilities within each job role that helps us provide a consistent, safe and effective approach, whilst improving the service that we deliver.

All staff shall:

  • Adhere to our Health, Safety, Quality and Sustainability requirements as detailed in our policies within our Integrated Management System. The latest documents including relevant procedures and forms can be found on SharePoint, with Trade Contractor and Consultant related documents on Asite.
  • Act responsibly, and take care of yourselves and others. Follow all necessary precautions, guidance and instructions when conducting, supervising or managing a task. Further details regarding Health & Safety are set out in the Health & Safety Policy, within our Employee Handbook and are available within our health and safety management system located on SharePoint.
  • Protect the environment and reduce our environmental impacts through reducing energy use and minimising waste produced onsite. Staff should adhere to the procedures in our environmental management system. Relevant documents are located on SharePoint.

What We Offer

Diversity and Inclusion: We recognise the importance of embracing diverse experience, skills and perspectives at all levels and operating in an inclusive working environment, in order for everyone to reach their full potential. We also recognise that it makes business sense, since being an inclusive employer leads to better business performance and higher levels of employee engagement and satisfaction. We welcome applicants with diverse backgrounds, perspectives and skills and are committed to fostering a culture whereby everyone can reach their full potential.

Flexible Working: As an inclusive employer, we recognise the positive impact flexible working can have on an individual, their wellbeing, engagement and productivity. Therefore, we are open to consider flexible working arrangements, both temporary or permanent.

Learning and Development: At Canary Wharf Group, our employees receive a wide range of support to help improve their skills and achieve their career goals. We offer development opportunities through classroom and e-learning training, mentoring, cross department experience and on the job learning. We heavily invest in our staff attaining accreditations to develop existing and new skills, support chartered status, sponsorships and provide further educational opportunities which are job and business related. We never stand still and continually invest in developing skills and knowledge to ensure individual and company growth.

Other Benefits: We are committed to building a safe, happy and healthy community for our employees and we offer a comprehensive range of benefits, all designed with our employees and their wellbeing in mind. From generous pension and insurance plans, to health benefits, subsidised gym membership, store discounts and family leave, our benefits package allows our employees to choose the benefits that suit them and their individual needs.

If you are interested in joining our highly professional and skilled team for our next exciting phase of development, please complete the form on this page to apply online or send your cv and covering letter to: Personnel Department, Canary Wharf Group plc, One Canada Square, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB.

Early applications are encouraged as we reserve the right to appoint at any point.

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