HS2 Ltd endeavours to ensure everyone working for us and with us feels included, thrives and achieves their full potential. In practice, this means we are positive and inclusive about making adjustments, providing flexible working, encouraging our staff networks to flourish and providing personal and professional development opportunities.
The Commercial Development Manager (CDM) will take day to day responsibility for managing the property leaseback transactions to be entered into by HS2 at Interchange station. This relates to a potential multi-storey car park solution to help facilitate 6.25m sq ft of development in the vicinity through a series of complex property arrangements requiring strong stakeholder management skills and a solid, all round, property knowledge.
In addition to the Interchange role, the CDM will be assisting the Senior Commercial Development Managers on the seven sites for the Commercial Development Team at Curzon Street (5 sites) and Washwood Heath (2 sites) totalling in excess of 100 acres in Birmingham.
The role will encompass helping the ComDev team to take the development sites from the current, early, master-planning stage through internal and external governance to revenue realisation facilitating mixed use developments currently by others.
About the role:
- Under the guidance of the Head of Commercial Development to oversee the day-to-day implementation of the legally binding arrangements entered into by HS2 at Interchange station and the adjoining Triangle site and to help facilitate long term development of the area in parallel with delivery of the railway. This will involve becoming conversant with several legal agreements and stakeholder management of multiple teams both within and external to HS2.
- Support the Head of Commercial Development to manage various contracts. Key tasks under this role will include, but are not limited to: -
- Support delivery of the CD department plans and annual budgets, producing cost, value, and risk projections to inform them, and well-structured and reasoned financial analysis and board papers in support of measuring performance of the CD targets against the business plans, with support from the Finance Business Partners and Delivery Team colleagues.
- Implement the delivery of the approved project business plans, comprising: administration of contracts; monitoring and securing internal and external approvals for the preparation of the development business plans and development of masterplan options; monitoring and securing internal approvals for the preparation of any outline planning applications; agreeing any draw-down conditions for development phase overages with site purchasers and obtaining the necessary internal approvals; and monitoring the construction and sale/letting of the development phases to capture latent value .
- Lead financial due diligence and appraisal analysis with consultants to identify individual projects and options to allow informed decision making, clearly differentiating those assets that are better to develop with third party overages and/or dispose from those to hold/invest in for income.
- Undertake 3rd party supplier management and contractor management for specialist skillsets (e.g. architects, town planning, technical, commercial, legal and property valuation advisers)
- Interface regularly with key stakeholders, landowners, Department for Transport (DfT), Birmingham City Council, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, the Urban Growth Company & Network Rail (NR), to drive the development programme forward.
- Interface with town planning specialists and ensure delivery of appropriate Local Plan lobbying, planning applications and consents that are fit for purpose and aligned with the business plan and wider strategic plans.
- Prepare necessary plans, business cases and financial reports to support identification of suitable delivery mechanisms (e.g. disposals, revenue share and profit share mechanisms) to deliver approved property development projects subject to future governance.
- Where relevant, work closely with the appointed partners for schemes, ensuring delivery against defined contractual and business plan requirements.
- Help support the development of any support staff allocated to this role including external secondees and graduates.
- Actively promote and embed Equality Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work, and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.
- Financial, property asset management, development, investment, and project management skills to help manage substantial project budgets and milestones whilst overseeing sensitivity testing, risk management, etc.
- IT and financial appraisal skills commensurate with experience encompassing both standard business desktop packages and ideally property specific packages such as ‘Argus Developer’ and the preparation and interrogation of development appraisals and discounted cash flows using Microsoft Excel.
- MRICS or MRTPI professional qualification ideally or currently enrolled on the RICS Assessment of Professional Competence (APC) route.
- Knowledge of core property valuation, asset management and development appraisal techniques and able to undertake robust evaluations, financial modelling, and risk evaluation studies in conjunction with senior members of the team.
- Experience of developing rapport and influencing across a diverse range of stakeholders.
- Experience of overcoming constraints and multi-disciplinary organisational complexity to deliver results.
The post-holder is expected to behave at all times in a manner consistent with the HS2 values of Safety, Leadership, Integrity and Respect
It is expected that you will actively promote and embed Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) in all your work and support and comply with all organisational initiatives, policies and procedures on EDI.
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