Design Director - South West Region

Ringwood, Hampshire
Competitive salary + car and benefits
29 Jan 2019
28 Feb 2019
Job (Function)
Contract Type
Full Time

About us

We are Churchill Retirement PLC, the fastest growing company in the UK retirement house building sector and we’re looking for people like you.

We’re a family-run, privately-owned business and we’re going places. We’re proud of what we do, and the people we work with. We have ambitious growth plans for the future, now employing 550 people and growing all the time.

We pride ourselves on building beautiful, quality, purpose-built one and two bedroom apartments in desirable locations across the UK for those looking for an independent lifestyle in later life. Developments are designed to take away all the hassle and fears that can be experienced by older people and provide security, peace of mind and independence.

We’ve won a host of awards; most recently we have been recognised by The Sunday Times as the 4th best company to work for and became the first ever retirement living specialist to have been named overall ‘Housebuilder of the Year’ by the WhatHouse? Awards.

About the role

We’re looking for a talented and focused Design Director, to support and develop our South West region based in our Head Office in Ringwood.  

We believe that great design is the foundation of what we do – and as the Design Director, you will be responsible for identifying strategies to maximise the development potential of all sites in the region and produce cost effective buildings through providing a high quality design and planning service.

You will work closely with the Land and Planning department heads to identify potential sites, preparing feasibility studies for land purchase and prepare/submit detailed sketch designs for planning. You will be overseeing and managing workflows and programmes to ensure that adequate resource is allocated to meet agreed targets and deadlines. You will also be commenting on planning submissions and represent the Company at external meetings such as planners and local authorities to engage and ensure the success of obtaining planning permission.

You will manage a department of qualified architects and designers and work alongside Land and Planning department heads to provide and manage a professional design service assisting with the purchase of land and achieving planning permissions for the region.

Working hours are Monday to Thursday, 9am – 5.30pm and 9am – 5pm on Fridays. You will also be expected to travel on a frequent basis to potential sites, local authority offices and development sites.

About you

You will have gained a wealth of previous experience at a Senior Management level in Design for a House Builder; even better if gained in a Retirement Developer sector. You may be an established Design Director looking for a new challenge, alternatively you may be a dynamic and driven senior manager who is ready for the next stage in their career. You must be RIBA qualified.

You will be calm under pressure, used to working to targets and deadlines and have previously managed a team including conducting one to ones and monitoring career development.

Your communication skills will be clear and professional, you will be comfortable attending and presenting in Board meetings and announcing any updates and conducting training for your team.

There is a requirement to be at the Head Office for monthly and weekly meetings as well as visiting potential sites for development within the region on a regular basis.

How you’ll be rewarded

  • Competitive salary
  • Annual holiday entitlement - 28 days + Bank Holidays
  • Day off on your birthday
  • Company Car
  • Group Personal Pension Plan
  • Life Assurance
  • Health Screening
  • Mothercare vouchers - £200 to all expectant mums and dads
  • Private Medical Insurance
  • Eye Care Reimbursement Scheme
  • Professional Subscriptions
  • Training Courses
  • Professional development

If you want to be part of our success story send your CV and a covering letter to quoting the job reference number: SW1159.

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