Role Overview:

In a Nutshell…

We have a new opportunity for a Development Manager to join our team within Vistry Manchester & Cheshire East, at our Warrington office. As our Development Manager you will be able to demonstrate a practical, thorough, pro-active, and efficient approach to design development and management. You will be working within a team from the inception of a project through to its completion. Reporting to the Technical Director, you will be tasked with the control and coordination of the complete design process involving the management of design consultants, external parties and stakeholders, liaison with the relevant statutory, approval and local authorities, including Clients and Client’s representatives. You will need to prove an enhanced level of technical and construction knowledge, including a good working interpretation of Engineering, Design Standards, the Building Regulations, Planning Guidance and the funding criteria relevant to the Affordable Housing sector.  You will possess the commercial awareness to inform and develop design proposals to maximise design efficiency and profitability within identified approval constraints.  You will have experience of working closely with commercial and operational teams to ensure efficient delivery of technical information for costing and construction.

The role provides team members with inclusive responsibility for technical project management, located primarily within the company’s head office, but with a requirement to attend site on frequently to provide support to site operations. The technical team work collaboratively to deliver considered and buildable design solutions, within agreed programme constraints to our project teams, with assistance from a selected and monitored consultant supply chain.


We are pleased to say, this role can accommodate agile working arrangements.


Let’s cut to the chase, what’s in it for you…

  • Competitive basic salary and annual bonus
  • Company car, car allowance or travel allowance
  • Agile working possible (dependent on role)
  • Up to 33 days annual leave plus bank holidays
  • Private Healthcare
  • Competitive contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance – 4 x your annual salary
  • Share incentive schemes
  • Employee rewards portal with many more benefits…

In return, what we would like from you…

  • Behave in line with our company values – Integrity, Caring and Quality
  • The ability to work thoroughly and efficiently within a collaborative team environment.
  • Commitment to delivering information in line with agreed programmes, often in a pressured environment.
  • An organised and prioritised working discipline dealing and managing tasks effectively and sequentially.
  • A sound technical understanding of relevant industry guidance, coupled with an aptitude to learn, obtain and retain information as required within the role.
  • Relevant Design & Construction experience within a Contracting/Development organisation.
  • Professional Qualifications & Development (Degree, HND/HNC, CPD).
  • Site based Construction Experience preceding and Design orientated roles.

More about the Development Manager role…

  • Pre-Contract Technical input; design feasibility/review, value engineering, planning surveys, energy strategy, sustainability, construction techniques and other elements as required by the Planning Director.
  • Client EOI/ITT/PQQ and Tender Submission support to the new business, pre-contract, and estimating teams.
  • Commission the Pre-Construction Stage Planning and Feasibility Reports; Arboriculture, Archaeological, Acoustic, Ecology, Fire Risk Assessment, Flood Risk Assessment, Traffic & Transport, Soil Investigation, Soakage Tests.
  • Production, Management, and Review of the Design and Pre-Construction Programmes.
  • Produce the Schedule of Service Document(s) for Designer/Consultant Appointments, Liaise with QS over Appointment & Warranty Completion.
  • Chair and Organise Periodic Design Team Meetings (DTM), M&E Client Design Meetings, collate and distribute minutes.
  • Efficiently Value Engineer Design Proposals in Conjunction with other members of the Project Team.
  • Ensure Design and Contractual Standards; Employers Requirements, HQI Information, Addendum Specifications are adhered to during the Design Stages and issue relevant information to the Project Team.
  • Manage the Production and Review of Design Information and Details during the Pre-Contract and Construction Phase.
  • Reports to Development / Technical Director.
  • Chair and Organise client meetings and internal project meetings.
  • Liaise with land team in completing financial analysis of sites.
  • Provide technical advise on remediation, drainage, services, highways, foundations.
  • Maintain and manage pre/post development costs for fee expenditure.
  • Collate the pre construction health and safety plan ready for sign off.
  • Register properties with NHBC / Building control.
  • Oversee adoption of scheme roads and sewers.
  • A general background knowledge in Civil engineering / Architecture.

Finally, let’s tell you a bit more about us…

At Vistry Group, we build more than homes. We develop sustainable communities across all sectors of the UK housing market through our leading housing brands Bovis Homes, Linden Homes and Countryside Homes. Delivered through Vistry Housebuilding, Countryside Partnerships and Vistry Works with the support of Vistry Services, our values of integrity, caring, and quality continue to shape all we do.

We’re proud that our UK Green Building Council membership, 2021 Large Housebuilder of the Year award and status as a UK top-five housebuilder with a five-star House Builders Federation (HBF) customer satisfaction rating allows us to transform land into thriving spaces. We’re also proud that our culture sees everyone treated fairly and respectfully, with diversity and inclusion a top priority and reasonable adjustments provided during the application process. From memories and communities to worthwhile careers, we’re making Vistry.

Job Type: Permanent – Full Time
Location Detail: 301 Bridgewater Place,Birchwood Park, Warrington, WA3 6XG

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