Development Officer (Pre-contract)

Title: Development Officer (Pre-contract)

Salary: £35,292.00 – £44,706.00 (Dependent on skills and experience) Plus 6.14% market rate allowance.

Full-time, 35 hours per week, Monday to Friday


Location: Falkirk 

The Role

At Link, people are at the heart of everything we do. Our people have made our award-winning social enterprise the success it is today and as it continues to grow, we want them to be the best they can be and to reach their potential. 

Link Group is looking for an experienced Development Officer who can contribute to the delivery of a diverse programme of housing across all tenures. Link has an ambitious development programme which is targeting to deliver 3,400 completions in the next five years. We are looking for a professional candidate with relevant experience in housing development who can demonstrate highly-tuned project management skills and attention to detail and quality.

The key responsibilities of the role are the project management of a portfolio of projects which will contribute to the overall delivery of Link’s substantial development and community regeneration programme, preparing and monitoring individual project budgets for which you are responsible, delivering development projects in accordance with Link Group’s design and specification standards from the site identification to the pre start meeting. You will have responsibility for project viability assessments, progressing site purchases through the legal process, working with Design Teams and Contractors to progress project design and approvals and preparing grant submissions to gain grant approval for your portfolio of projects.

We offer a broad range of projects across all housing tenures and with a diverse range of client groups/stakeholders and always with a focus on design excellence, inclusiveness and delivering a high quality product.

By joining our team, you will have the opportunity to manage a range of projects from exciting urban regeneration projects to smaller bespoke projects across a wide geographic location. This will include working with a range of contracting methods from straightforward purchase agreements to more complex development arrangements.

About You

As Development Officer you should have knowledge and experience in all aspects of housing development projects from inception to site start, it would also be an advantage to have relevant post contract / on site project management experience. Experience in cost planning, viability testing and financial management of development projects is essential.

The successful postholder will have excellent written and oral communication skills, analytical and numeracy skills. An ability to problem solve and work independently are also essential to this role. You will be computer literate with intermediate knowledge of MS Office Suite.

You will be experienced in leading and co-ordinating multi functional consultancy teams to deliver housing development projects and have knowledge of Scottish Government or Local Authority Affordable Housing Supply guidelines, procedures and protocols.

In return you will be offered the opportunity to enhance your skills and knowledge through employee training and development. You can expect to work in a supportive, trusting and transparent working environment, with the autonomy to offer creative and innovative solutions whilst maintaining Link’s values; Responsibility, Empathy, Social Impact, Participate, Equality, Challenge and Transparency.

For further information on the main position accountabilities and a comprehensive list of the essential and desirable criteria required for this post, please refer to the Job Specification available on our online recruitment portal.

What’s in it for you?

Link offers excellent terms and conditions, and as an Investor in People and Healthy Working Lives Gold Award holder, we aim to provide a wide range of development opportunities and healthy living initiatives. We offer a wide range of training and development opportunities.   

You will work with colleagues who offer support to ensure our customers’ expectations are met. In return, we are looking for applications from people who will contribute to our aims and work to the highest professional standards.

As a Link employee, you’ll benefit from generous annual leave entitlements, a wide range of learning and development opportunities, highly competitive employer pension contribution rates, discounts on shopping, restaurants and other services via Westfield Rewards, enhanced maternity and sick pay entitlements, employee support and counselling service and occupational health services.

Closing Date: Friday 23 October 2020.

Interview Date: Interviews are being held on Thursday 5 November 2020 at Link’s Falkirk Office where social distancing will be observed / via MS Teams

Please note that CV’s will not be considered.

Please note should an internal applicant be successful in applying for this position on either a seconded or permanent basis, they will move to the terms and conditions associated with the role for the duration of the time they are in post. The terms and conditions are outlined in the advert above, and in the job description.

Link is an equal opportunities employer and we welcome applications from all sectors of the community. Our offices are fully accessible to wheelchair users and we will interview all disabled candidates who meet the essential criteria.