Development Director

Posted 12 January 2022
SalaryMarket related
Job type Permanent
DisciplineInvestment, Land, Development & Technical
Contact NameLouise Hall

Job description

deverellsmith are proud to have partnered with a leading London based SME developer now looking to hire a Development Director, with a strong background in Planning

Our Client strive to improve lives, not just their customers lives but also their employees. Does a brand who genuinely cares about all of its stakeholders sound attractive?  They have invested into the business with a clear goal of creating a positive workspace, providing clear paths to progression, all within a profitable environment.

As Development Director your key objectives will be: 

  1. To lead and evolve the development function to exceed business plan delivery through planning permissions, and optimising land well by adding value at each stage of their development cycle.
  2. Working symbiotically with the Land Origination Director to ensure sites are acquired which meet business plan and are bought well
  3.    To promote a culture of becoming the partner of choice with landowners, local authorities, Government organisations and Registered Providers, all whilst promoting the business in the marketplace to increase visibility and key messages
  4.  To be an integral part of the Leadership team, supporting the grown and development of the business.


  • Supporting the land team to meet the business plan including development of clear exit strategies
  • Creating an exceptional team who are clear in the requirements and objectives of the business
  • To ensure a seamless Land / Development and Development / Production handover process
  • Develop relationships with registered providers, agents, ‘runners’ and end users
  • Cultivate a family of consultants that are the best in class, meet our skill and will assessment
  • Add value through optimisation / rationalism /evolution of our developments
  • Develop robust and deliverable planning strategies with risks clearly identified
  • Monitor and report against budgets, programmes, and targets
  • Develop good working knowledge of the political landscape and create relationships at local, regional, and national level
  • Consider routes into alternative markets and have a working understanding of demand and exit plans