General Manager

Recruiter
urbanbubble
Location
London (East)
Salary
£65,000 £75,000 + Benefits
Posted
24 Jan 2019
Closes
23 Feb 2019
Job Function
General Manager
Contract Type
Permanent
Hours
Full Time

General Manager

Location: London (East)

Salary: £65,000 £75,000 + Benefits

Working Hours: 8:30am to 5:30pm (40 Hours per week)

Who are urbanbubble?

Urbanbubble are the North West’s fastest-growing residential property management company. We pride ourselves on revolutionising the property industry through our passion to deliver the highest standards of service and customer care to everyone who comes into our path! Established in 2008, urbanbubble employs over 150 people and have built our residential portfolio to 9,000 homes, with 14,000 residents across Manchester and Liverpool. Over the past 10 years there has been consistent 40% growth year-on-year. This trend is set to continue with a pipeline of prestigious schemes in a variety of cities across the UK through to 2022. Future growth is under-pinned by some of the leading developers, most revered investors and iconic residential-communities of tomorrow. urbanbubble has devised and executed a customer-centric service that will lead the way, partnering with Legal and General, DTZi, Salboy, Elliot Group, Capital & Centric and Property Alliance Group, to name but a few.

What is the role?

urbanbubble require an outstanding General Manager to lead the team of an exciting new development in London. The General Manager will be solely responsible for delivering all aspects of the letting and management of the development, including the delivery of exceptionally high quality customer service. To oversee the Resident Services, Facilities Management and all 3rd party suppliers, including contractors and marketing providers working on/in the building or the development in relation to:

  • Letting up & Stabilisation
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Property & Block Management
  • Health & Safety
  • People Management
  • Compliance Management

What will I be responsible for?

The key indicators for the customers proposition is summarised below:

Customer experience – from the very first point of contact, the entire customer experience will be designed around delivering exceptional customer service, which is built on providing convenience and choice regarding how the customer wishes to interact. Over and above the service, included within the proposition, are features more aligned to a luxury hotel experience for residents, including access to free broadband and a resident’s only gym, as well as the use of a communal lounge area.

Community – residents within the development will be given the opportunity to meet fellow residents through a range of initiatives designed to develop a sense of community. In addition, the management of the building will seek to contribute to the regeneration of the area by making positive contributions and promote local businesses to encourage growth within the area.

Customer and Client Costs – simple, transparent and fair costs all rent and services with no hidden costs.

Financial

  • Managing the budget account for the building, ensuring the operation is run both efficiently and effectively
  • Maximising income – ensuring occupancy absorption rates are met in line with targets; rents are collected on time and ancillary income targets are met
  • Minimising costs and containing gross to net leakage by effective operational management and 3rd party procurement
  • Preparing and maintaining budget on behalf of urbanbubble and the client.

People

  • Recruiting, developing and retaining an awesome engaging on-site team
  • Managing the on-site team that lets and maintains the apartments in a manner that ensures that customer safety and quality of customer service remain paramount.
  • Produce and oversee annual rotas for on-site staff including holiday leave and sickness cover
  • Implement urbanbubble’s approach to effective performance management.

Operations

  • Ensuring that the customer journey is smooth and effective creating a seamless experience to convert prospects into residents.
  • Ensuring the move-in and move-out processes are as simple and stress free as possible for both the customer and the on-site team.
  • Working with colleagues to identify opportunities to simplify and improve operational processes that will improve customer service.
  • Develop and implement the reporting of Key Performance Indicators as a way of monitoring operational effectiveness

Building

  • Running a legally and regulatory compliant building at all times.
  • Overseeing the management of the building fabric including management of the facilities team who are employed to maintain and clean the common areas of the property.
  • Procure and manage contracted out services supported by the Facilities Manager and the urbanbubble property management teams

Legal and Regulatory Compliance

  • Ensure all Health and Safety matters are inspected, monitored and actioned appropriately
  • Ensure the building is legally compliant at all times and we act within the guidance of our regulatory body

Community Building

  • Creating a sense of community within the building by fostering resident interaction on-line (e.g via social media) or through hosting event
  • Building links between the residents community and the City Centre neighbourhood

Customer service

  • Record, respond and resolve customer complaints as efficiently as possible.
  • Undertake customer surveys to improve the overall proposition.

Public relations

  • To produce content on digital platforms where appropriate e.g. Twitter, Facebook, Instagram etc.

Health and Safety

  • To ensure there is a fitting approach to risk assessments and method statements.
  • To outline safe operational procedures which identify and take account of all relevant hazards, recommending and implementing necessary changes to working practices as required.
  • To oversee and review Health and Safety audits and appropriate follow-through, to ensure policies and procedures are being properly implemented and a safe environment is provided for residents and staff and to keep the tracking system up to date.
  • To oversee the delivery of all annual testing and training for our people to ensure total compliance, maintaining robust records
  • To check working order and condition of: Lighting; Heating; Fire control system, Alarms and Smoke Ventilation; Lifts; Water pumps and tanks; Doors and windows; Waste chutes; Access control systems, locks and security.

People Management

  • To lead the team, contributing proactively to operations and role modelling the values and key behaviours.
  • To recruit, develop and retain talent.
  • To promote peak performance through proper objective setting, one to one’s, personal development, team meetings and performance reviews.
  • To manage and support the team with any issues or changes they may experience, such as sickness absence, maternity or poor performance for example, operating in line with regulations and policy.
  • To ensure all policies and processes are adhered to and regulations respected, with accurate and timely work delivered by you and members of your team.
  • To promote effective two-way communication and true engagement.
  • To identify and meet individual learning needs, acting as coach and mentor as required.

What type of person are we looking for?

Technical Requirements:

Essential:

  • IRPM foundation level (or willingness to work towards).

Desirable:

  • Health and Safety qualification.
  • ARLA Qualification

Personal Requirements:

  • Strong communication, influencing and relationship skills with the ability to work with colleagues at all levels within the organisation.
  • First class skills in delivering and sustaining high quality customer service, including negotiation skills and dealing with difficult situations. .
  • Ability to work proactively and to use initiative in a highly competitive and dynamic environment
  • Excellent time management / prioritisation and organisational skills
  • High levels of energy, drive, enthusiasm and passion for developing themselves and supporting their team
  • To effectively manage and lead the team and to provide the customers with consistently efficient and high quality services.
  • To provide and present performance and relevant business reports as required by the Head of Build to Rent including performance and financial reports and forecasts.
  • To lead on the effective management of Health and Safety to ensure the highest standards of health and safety are achieved.
  • To promote effective client relationships and achieve high customer satisfaction.
  • To lead on, develop, implement, and monitor quality processes to ensure compliance and continuous improvement targets are being met.
  • To participate and contribute, as required, to the strategic and operational management of the business.
  • To provide, as required, out of hours support for the on-site team.
  • To manage and coordinate contractors when needed.
  • To keep all legal documentation in presentable fashion and available at all times.
  • To co-ordinate, instruct and allow access for services to the development, such as refuse collection, deliveries, repairs and maintenance and utility companies.
  • To provide guidance and assistance to residents in a willing and friendly manner to ensure that the highest levels of customer care and service are maintained at all times.
  • To deal effectively with complaints and remain courteous at all times.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft office packages including Word, Excel and Outlook as well as other systems such as databases or booking systems (training will be provided).
  • Health and Safety and Environmental Legislation - must be proficient with current Health, Safety and Environment legislation and practice.

What benefits do you offer?

  • Additional day off for your birthday
  • Internal sales and letting and recruitment referral fees
  • Auto enrolment into our Pension scheme
  • Discounted flexible benefits scheme (such as car parking or gym membership)
  • Complimentary reflexology treatments and 10% staff discount for stays with our sister company, Urbana, offering boutique serviced apartments in Liverpool and Manchester
  • Company away days and summer BBQ’s.

If you are keen on joining this exciting, forward thinking company and taking the next step in your career, then please click the apply now button to find out more.