Design / Development Director - London

PSD Group
London (Greater)
Basic c£150,000 + Bonus + Car + Package
18 Dec 2017
15 Jan 2018
Job position
Contract Type
Full Time

Design / Development Director - London

Major, Residential-Led, Urban Projects


My client is a well-respected and dynamic residential-led, mixed-use developer who operate within London and the Home Counties. They develop a wide range of scheme from medium-rise apartments to major, high-rise projects in key urban locations. To ensure continued success the business has highly developed systems and processes to ensure that they acquire the “right” sites and are fully aware of both the risk and opportunity.


As Design / Development Director you will be responsible for leading the teams that offer first hand response to the land department when assessing potential new development sites. Once land has been acquired, to then progress through the detailed design & Town Planning stages. Key aspects of the role are:

  • In short, to maximise return on site and enhance the profitability of the company
  • To direct the detailed appraisal, design and site evaluation so as to provide definitive assessments to the development potential, the associated costs and timescales to achieve that potential
  • Understand the intricacies of the Town Planning system and design/architecture remit/standards required in the South East and inner London and how to commercially interpret these to best effect
  • To respond to a question/query with a measured and well thought out response, in good time and with the courage of one’s conviction and professional opinion
  • Gain the confidence of their superiors, peer group, and subordinates through ability, experience, excellent presentation kills and strength of character
  • To provide first hand responses on proposed site viability, lead optimisation analysis and design development
  • To deliver Town Planning permissions in accordance with the agreed target timescales


You are an experienced residential development professional who has a demonstrable track record of leading both in-house and external teams to produce outstanding work. Key requirements are:

  • From a RIBA, RTPI or MRICS background working in a similar environment (House-builder/Developer/Practice)
  • A second-to-non background in residential-led development
  • Excellent understanding of efficient design in particular with urban mixed-use developments and town planning
  • A can-do attitude, not above or afraid to be hands-on The ability to develop their career further and progress into a very senior position over the medium term
  • You will be assertive, decisive, confident, quick witted and enjoy and rise to a challenge
  • A leader who is not afraid to challenge existing processes and preconceptions
  • Excellent communication (verbal and written) outstanding presentation, negotiation and management skills
  • High levels of personal motivation and self confidence

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a market leading business where you will be given the opportunity to progress your career with the potential to move into a very senior role if you perform.

To apply for the role please forward your CV to quoting reference 16410640. If you wish to discuss the role please contact in confidence our trained consultant, Mark Heald, Director, PSD Group on 0207 970 9788.

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