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Project Director

Vistry Group
Closing date
29 Apr 2024

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In a Nutshell

We have a new opportunity for a Project Director to join our team within Vistry Cornwall South West, at our Sherford site in Plymouth. As our Project Director you will be responsible for successful delivery of the overall project strategy to Plan and Enable Project 400 - the delivery of 400 homes per year across Sherford using our Bovis Homes, Linden Homes, and Countryside Homes brands. This will be achieved by working closely and in harmony with all key personal and will include placemaking as required to deliver the Sherford New Town development. Reporting into the Operations Director, the Project Director will oversee the design development and build process from first principles (outline design/infrastructure/utility diversion and design) though to project set-up, start on site, procurement selection, build management then movement onto maintenance.

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
  • Degree/NHC/HND in a Construction/Engineering/Planning related area.
  • Relevant SHE experiences & training
  • Experience in senior role within the construction, property development or housing industry in particular in mixed tenure and social housing formats.
  • Large Infrastructure delivery
  • Experience of leading major regeneration projects
  • Experience in liaising and negotiating with a wide range of individuals and organisations including professional consultants, local authorities, Registered Providers/Clients involved in the development process.
  • Excellent knowledge of the planning system and development process, design and technical issues relevant to house building and affordable housing contracts, commercial processes, sales processes and the post completion customer service approach.
  • Proven ability to manage multiple projects and to lead and drive the development process.
  • Proven ability to deliver projects on programme.
  • Good knowledge of traditional and modern constructions methods.
  • IT literate - Office 365 preferable
  • Viewpoint / SharePoint
  • Working with many stakeholders and cross-department collaboration.
  • Contract Management.
  • Highly literate and able to understand and interpret legal documentation.
  • Strong time management skills with an ability to prioritise.
  • Able to work under own initiative, having good decision-making skills and a keen sense of responsibility.
  • Excellent management and communication skills with the ability to proactively manage stakeholders across a large new town development contractors & consultants and the ability to deliver quality the project strategy within budget and programme timescales in a safe environment.
  • Professional manner
  • Able to work as part of a team as well as autonomously.
  • Ability to communicate well with individuals at all levels.
  • Strong time management skills with an ability to prioritise.
  • Thorough, with strong attention to detail
  • Ability to build productive stakeholder relationships.
  • Ability to communicate well with individuals at all levels and positively motivate teams and individuals to deliver.
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Self-sufficient in terms of IT - proficient in MS Office programmes, and development software e.g. 4Projects, COINS
  • Ability to delegate when required.
  • Able to travel on a regular basis throughout the region and as required.

Desirable -

  • Professionally qualified or working towards a membership of a Professional Body
  • Nebosh Construction Certificate or working towards.
  • Consortium/JV arrangements
  • Experience of all stages of development including legal, design and planning related activities.
  • Problem resolution in a timely manner
  • Regular 1:1 personnel review
  • Performance managing staff

More about the Project Director role

  • Lead the integration of the commercial, technical, financial, sales, customer service elements on the project.
  • Progress and deliver the planning and preconstruction elements of the project.
  • Drive the progress of projects and mitigate against slippage to ensure delivery to agreed timescales.
  • Maintain excellent communication with the business unit board, project team and internal stakeholders to ensure relevant information is correctly shared and circulated, and all actions are progressed in a timely manner.
  • When required, organize, lead/ attend and minute client and /or internal project meetings acting in a professional manner to positively represent Vistry Group at all times.
  • Follow the internal process, ensuring all systems including Viewpoint (4Projects) are maintained with accurate information at all times.
  • Resolve problems through collaboration with the project teams and colleagues and share learning to champion continuous improvement and ensure successful delivery of schemes.
  • Comply with all Group's policies including Health, Safety and Environmental policies.
  • Any other task deemed necessary to the role.
  • Develop, support and encourage Health & Safety best practice whilst ensuring compliance to Group H&S Policy & regulations. In your role, you will be responsible for SHEQ compliance 'off parcel' and in particular CDM Compliance and our Client and Principal Contractor responsibilities and duties.
  • Clearly maintain and enforce HS&E standards as required and in accordance with the Company's SHE Policies to ensure the safety & welfare of the general public, staff and supply chain.
  • Responsible for and oversees interface management while working closely with the Build teams, Infrastructure Contractor, and Consortium parties.
  • Agrees and implements a common standard for 'off parcel areas' including site presentation, security, traffic & pedestrian management & controls and wayfinding.
  • Responsible for Quality compliance on site regarding Infrastructure delivery and Implementation and controls of an approved Quality Management System.
  • Working closely with the Build Team, you will be responsible for the reporting and contract management in regard to all Partner Delivery.
  • Working closely with the Land, Sales & Planning teams, identify and plan units for Partner Delivery in line with our partnerships model.
  • Maintain and develop key working relationships with our Delivery Partners.
  • Explore all methods of construction and prepare proposals and undertake feasibility work as required to accelerate and secure delivery to achieve Project 400.
  • Ensure all Partner Delivery specifications are effectively communicated to the Build, Technical and Commercial teams.
  • Plan, develop and implement strategies and proposals for delivery of infrastructure, as required to achieve project 400.
  • Responsible for 'off-parcel' Commercial & Contract Management including Infrastructure delivery, green infrastructure, Utilities and Ground & Site investigations.
  • Develops and oversees the Planning, Technical & Procurement tracker in conjunction with the Commercial, Planning and Technical team for all current and future infrastructure.
  • Ensures that all Contracts & Appointments for infrastructure delivery, green infrastructure, investigation & testing works, or design packages all contain the right level of scope in conjunction with the commercial team.
  • Works with the Technical & Build Team and Contractors to ensure design validation, buildability, VE solutions, temp works plans and methods development.
  • Accurately forecasts and manages and updates the Risk & Opportunity (reward) schedule in conjunction with the Commercial team.
  • Inputs into the life of site models in conjunction with the Commercial team.

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.


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