Graduate Land Manager

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Less lectures. More action.

Want to tackle some of the big issues in society today, from driving UK housing growth to fighting fuel poverty? Like to be part of an organisation that has a commercial, innovative outlook but also reinvests over £5 million into UK communities every year? Want an Early Careers programme that takes your future very seriously, helping you do everything from attending a Board meeting to getting some impressive qualifications? … Welcome to Orbit.

Our Graduate Programme

We see our graduates as leaders of the future – so we invest a lot in our two-year Graduate Programme – and in you. Whatever team you join you’ll rotate through a series of placements – often spending a rotation in a relevant team outside your division too.

Variety and influence

As well as getting lots of responsibility in your day-to-day role, we’ll help you explore the whole of Orbit and a growing sector that is tackling some of today’s biggest social challenges. You’ll have opportunity to visit building sites, independent living services, witness the positive impact that our community investment initiatives deliver as well as meeting our executive team and even going to a board meeting.

A big strategic project

You’ll join our other graduates who also start in September to tackle a big strategic project together. Our Cohort 1 Graduates have been researching how we can cut fuel poverty and improve our strategic asset management in one stroke, with new technology solutions. Working with teams across Orbit, they’ve been analysing costs, appointing suppliers and running pilots, so that they can give their final recommendations to the Board.

The role

We are currently looking to recruit a Graduate Land Manager who will be based at our Orbit Homes office in Maidstone. This role will provide a firm foundation for a successful career in Orbit Homes including all fundamental processes, technical competencies and ways of working within the land department who play a pivotal role in helping us achieve our target to deliver 25,000 new homes by 2030.

As the Graduate Land Manager, you will play an important role in taking land opportunities through an in-depth appraisal process, working in collaboration with our technical, commercial, construction and sales teams to assess the viability of turning land into sustainable housing developments that will enhance local communities and provide a sustainable solution to the housing crisis.

You’ll be involved in every stage of land acquisition and develop your understanding and skills along the way. From identifying land opportunities, you will assist in the delivery of information that will allow us to make bids for land, often in a competitive process with other housing developers. From there you will work with Local Authority Planning departments to ensure that planning approvals are granted that will enable our build teams to start construction on time. You will undertake research and analysis, prepare board approvals, planning applications, legal agreements and assess and value engineer appraisals, reports and site layouts. You’ll be involved in and attend planning committee meetings, public exhibitions, parish council and construction progress meetings at live sites and witness first-hand how Orbit Homes turn land into communities that flourish.

In this key role, we will provide you with an invaluable insight into land acquisition and develop your ability to push the boundaries. You will be actively engaged every step of the process and we’ll create opportunities for you to broaden your skills via additional training and qualification opportunities.

Upon successful completion of the scheme we intend to offer you a permanent position and continue to support and develop you to become a future leader within our organisation.

What we offer

The scheme is a two-year placement starting in September 2020.

We enable people from every background to achieve their career ambitions, giving them the support, benefits, training and environment they need to thrive at work. You will receive a robust company-wide induction on top of a local induction with your peers. We see our Graduates driving innovation and change and using their ideas to help shape our future.

You will have access to coaching, mentoring, a buddy, the opportunity to study for a qualification which is linked to your role and attendance at external events (e.g. conferences). Not only that but we will enrol you on our in-house management development programme; you will have regular reviews and 121s with your line manager alongside a unique Personal Development Plan.

We offer an excellent flexible benefits package including private medical insurance, discounted dental insurance, gym membership discount, generous holiday entitlement (starting at 27 days plus bank holidays) and pension scheme. Salary will be £25,000 per annum rising to £26,500 in Year 2.

Can I apply

It would be advantageous if you have a degree related to construction, property, planning or land, however if you can demonstrate a true passion and commitment to a career in construction, we will consider other degree subjects. We need you to share our values and demonstrate that you can use your initiative. We are looking for people that are naturally curious about improving the way things work and happy to work with others to do so. If you are ambitious, driven, and relish the idea of working for a well-respected organisation in a sector that provides a valuable service to the community, then apply today.

To apply please submit your CV and a Supporting Statement which must detail why you are interested in the role and why we should consider your application.

Please be aware of the following key dates:

Closing date for receipt of applications: ­­­­­­­­ 15 March 2020

An Assessment Centre is to be held at our regional office in Maidstone on: Tuesday 31 March 2020
Start date: 8 September 2020

You can find lots more information regarding early careers on the careers section of the Orbit website