Company: Wood
Skills: Business Analyst, Business Development, Landman
Education: Bachelors/3-5 yr Degree
Location: Reading, United Kingdom

Overview / Responsibilities

Wood is currently recruiting a Development Manager at Principal Consultant or Associate Director grade. The role holds responsibility for effective delivery of client land disposals, acquisitions and development projects across the public and private sectors.

The successful candidate will lead and direct a development team of technical specialists, ranging from planning experts, architects, engineers and specialists in ground contamination, SuDS, utilities, ecology, historic environment, noise and air quality issues. The role will require you to ensure Clients are informed of site constraints and provide recommendations on de-risking strategies. Advise Clients on the development approach to maximise development potential, increase residual land value and optimise the construction/disposal programme.

The role will include developing Land and Development expertise within the business, growing the business by managing successful bids and mentoring less experienced individuals in land disposals, acquisitions and development.

Key Responsibilities
  • Ensuring a Client scope of work is clear and that development projects deliver the expected outcomes and benefits
  • Manage Client development projects to achieve timely land disposals, build starts and completions as appropriate
  • Report de-risking strategies to the Client and offer recommendations based on advice from our technical experts
  • Report technical advice to Clients on development constraints
  • Liaise with Property Consultants on the impact upon RLV, IRR and Planning Prospects
  • Manage multiple public and private sector Clients and development sites at any one time
  • Ability to plan and adequate resource work
  • Develop risk management strategies on projects, tailored to project scale and complexity
  • Interface with Planning Leads, Design Managers and Technical Leads to ensure we meet and exceed Client expectations in the quality of our technical deliverables
  • Motivate people involved in the project, understanding strengths and weaknesses to achieve a high performing team
  • Implement project management solutions and standardised tools where appropriate to deliver within time and to budget constraints
  • Implementing processes which prove value for money to the Client
  • Accurate estimating and forecasting, including Earned Value Analysis and effective change management
  • Reporting both internally and externally, including Client and Stakeholder presentations
  • Identifying issues and implementing recovery plans for projects
  • Working as an integrated member of Client organisations to support development and implementation of project management best practice
  • Prepare project management documentation such as Project Execution Plans, Quality Plans, Health and Safety Plans, Stakeholder Management Plans
  • Contract administration and interfacing with the commercial legal teams
  • Lead and support in gaining new opportunities and drafting bid documentation
  • Coordinate technical and administrative teams to develop innovative bid submissions with robust schedule and costing for fixed price projects

The role could be based in any of our UK offices but Leeds, Birmingham, Leamington Spa or Reading would be preferred. We also offer flexible hybrid working (office and remote) working. As part of your package, we offer the following benefits:
  • Generous pension package
  • Company car or car allowance
  • Healthcare
  • Voluntary Flexible Benefits Scheme (dental insurance, cycle to work scheme, technology benefits, just to name a few!)
  • Access to Season Ticket Loan Scheme for travel in and around your base office location.

Skills / Qualifications

  • Experience in a planning/architectural/engineering consultancy business
  • Significant development management experience
  • Previous experience in leading and directing a development team
  • Detailed understanding of RIBA Project Stages and Town Planning requirements
  • Understanding of CDM Regulations and Health & Safety
  • Knowledge of building and reporting Development Appraisals (including understanding the impacts on and strategies to improve RLV and IRR)
  • Experience of working at all stages of the RIBA lifecycle
  • Experience managing the process to de-risk development sites ready for disposal/construction starts
  • Decisive and able to work well under pressure
  • Possess excellent communication skills both verbal and written
  • Able to co-ordinate work carried out by different people and organisations
  • Excellent at time management and managing competing pressures from different projects

  • Experience in Project Manager role of NEC3 EEC
  • Develop and manage schedules in Microsoft Project and/or Primavera

  • Member of Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (P&D Pathway)
  • Degree level or equivalent in a Property related qualification

  • Member of the Association of Project Managers

Company Overview

Wood is a global leader in engineering and consultancy across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world's most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 40,000 people.

Diversity Statement

We are an equal opportunity employer that recognises the value of a diverse workforce. All suitably qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment on the basis of objective criteria and without regard to the following (which is a non-exhaustive list): race, colour, age, religion, gender, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status, or other characteristics in accordance with the relevant governing laws.

Wood is a global leader in consulting and engineering across energy and the built environment, helping to unlock solutions to some of the world’s most critical challenges. We provide consulting, projects and operations solutions in more than 60 countries, employing around 40,000 people. At Wood our common purpose is to ‘unlock solutions to the world’s most critical challenges.’ Through the delivery of our Consulting, Project and Operations solutions across energy and the built environment we deliver exceptional returns for our clients, our people, our investors and the communities where we live and work. Visit us at and follow us on Facebook and LinkedIn.