Senior Acquisitions Manager
Grade: Senior Specialist
Recruiting Manager: Simon De Vere
***PLEASE NOTE - TO APPLY FOR THIS VACANCY YOU WILL NEED TO SUBMIT A CV AND A COVERING LETTER. APPLICATION FORMS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED FOR THIS ROLE.***
We are looking for:
As a Senior Acquisitions Manager you will play a key delivery role in identifying and bringing forward sites for housing where the private sector cannot or is unable to deliver.
You will be part of a collegiate group of land and property specialists that are acquiring new sites to increase land supply for building new homes. These sites may be highly complex, may necessitate significant land assembly or have legal or technical constraints that need to be overcome.
You will also be expected through your extensive network to create or discover possible land buying opportunities. You will be responsible for commissioning external consultants and working with colleagues on delivery strategies. You will be expected to use your initiative and entrepreneurial ethos to drive sites through the acquisitions process balancing risks against future commercial gains.
A significant part of your role will be to support other teams. Specifically, you will input your technical and commercial expertise, and local market insight in cross Agency discussions on new opportunities. And should these be taken forward you will be expected to join a multi-disciplinary teams to take forward exciting and challenging housing projects.
Our successful candidate will:
Identify suitable opportunities for acquisition of individual sites or property portfolios in line with business plan targets and organisational processes.
Work collaboratively with colleagues to feed possible opportunities into the Agency’s pipeline.
Build and effectively manage stakeholder relationships with a range of landowners, promoters, property professionals, and public bodies to progress acquisitions in a timely manner, including securing support from local authorities.
Commission and manage all technical, legal and valuation related due diligence on sites and proactively manage external consultants to deliver high quality advice.
Negotiate the appropriate commercial arrangements for the Agency, including price, payment, contractual obligations, collaboration equalisation, options, appropriate overage and clawback/covenants and work with lawyers to secure the best terms.
Prepare robust high quality business cases that justify Homes England's intervention and secure investment approval.
Work with colleagues within the wider Development team to ensure that acquisitions have a 'fit for purpose' delivery strategy prior to investment decisions.
Input monthly status information in the Agency's project management systems.
Work collaboratively as part of a multi-disciplinary team across the Agency to meet wider organisation objectives and progress specific projects.
The skills we would like are:
Proven experience in the identification and acquisition of residential land.
Thorough knowledge and experience of undertaking viability appraisals.
Experience of commissioning due diligence and developing acquisition and delivery strategies.
Experience of effectively managing external consultants.
Excellent project management skills and ability to manage complex projects simultaneously.
Experience of working in an agile team.
Ability to credibly represent Homes England in dealings with the market.
Experience of building and maintain effective stakeholder relationships.
Preferably a degree in a property related discipline such as surveying, town planning and/or membership (or working towards such) of a professional body in the land and property discipline such as RICS or RTPI or other appropriate professional qualifications.
Self-motivation with an entrepreneurial attitude.
Good commercial acumen coupled with emotional intelligence and problem solving skills.
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