This is an exciting and demanding opportunity to lead the redevelopment of Haldon Forest Park, one of the south-west’s most popular countryside visitor destinations.
Forestry England invites applications from experienced project managers who have both the passion and expertise to deliver an inspirational new gateway inviting visitors from all backgrounds, all abilities, to explore and connect with the natural world at Haldon Forest, an exemplar of sustainable forestry.
We have earmarked over £6 million to fund the re-development of the existing site, and the successful candidate will be expected to take the project through RIBA stage 3 to completion in partnership with the current site team, and our preferred main contractor.
The new visitor hub is expected to be carbon neutral in subsequent operation, as well as during the construction phase. The site is not without challenges, the successful candidate will need to lead delivery whilst the site remains operational and welcoming to visitors, ensure the environmental integrity of the project is maintained, and keep close control of costs in a difficult building environment.
The finished development will blend with the suite of existing Forestry England visitor facilities across the country, whilst also being identifiable as uniquely Haldon. Just as the end range of buildings and built infrastructure should blend with the natural environment, both aesthetically and ecologically.
This 3-year fixed term post will lead the project from where it is currently paused at the end of RIBA Stage 2, through to ultimate completion.
The Development Manager will directly manage the contractual relationship between the main contractor and Forestry England, assisted by project team members
- A Business Support Officer
- Building Surveyor
- Civil Engineer
- Communications and marketing
- Commercial Services and Financial administration
- A Technical Adviser – an expert consultancy support to constructively challenge, and support positive, and timely engagement with the main contractor regarding technical matters.
The Development Manager and Project Team will liaise closely with the current site management team, and specifically the on-site Recreation Manager, who are responsible for the safe and effective operation of the site now, and who will transition into occupation of the new facilities as and when they are ready. The Haldon Development Manager will liaise with the West Forest District’s Development Manager who has taken the project from inception to the current stage.
Specifically the Development Manager will take the project through the RIBA Stages and SCAPE framework in a step by step process ensuring that necessary decisions are scoped out, planned and dealt with in a timely and professional manner. Progress against plan will be reported monthly to Forestry England’s key decision makers – namely:
- Senior Responsible Officer – Director of Commercial Visitor Development (England)
- Project Director – Forest Management Director (West England)
As well as the Forestry England Project Management Office on a monthly basis.
The post-holder will report to the Forest Management Director initially, although this will switch to a new Commercial Surveyor in due course.
The successful candidate will have a proven track record in delivering successful development projects; supported by either:
- A recognised qualification in project management, for example Prince 2 practitioner or APMP project management qualification; or
- Be, or be demonstrably working towards qualification as, a Chartered Building Surveyor, Chartered Engineer or Chartered Surveyor.
We'll assess you against these behaviours during the selection process:
- Communicating and Influencing
- Making Effective Decisions
- Working Together
- Technical skills
We'll assess you against these technical skills during the selection process:
Candidates will be asked to give a 5 minute presentation on how attention to detail, and ensuring clarity at RIBA stage 3 impacts final delivery to test their knowledge.
- Learning and development tailored to your role
- An environment with flexible working options
- A culture encouraging inclusion and diversity
- A Civil Service pension