Application closes midnight Sunday, 11th July, 2021
020 8274 4000
Salary: £60,000 + (pro rata if job share) for the right candidate/s. Location: Hybrid between home and Mitcham, South London
M3 & HATC are looking for a qualified and experienced development practitioner to deliver training courses and procedures, interim management and consultancy. It's a big role, and we are open to recruiting either one person full time with the complete skills set, or multiple people part time with complementary skills as part of a job share.
You will need at least 10 years' experience of affordable housing development, including substantial experience of land-led projects at all stages from inception to completion. You must have a hunger to learn and an ability and enthusiasm to explain things clearly to people of all ages and levels of experience, but mainly those new to development.
This is a new post, created as HATC Ltd prepares to join the M3 group of companies. HATC has provided industry standard training courses and procedures for developing RPs for over 25 years, including the DevProMM suite of procedures. During probation you will be taught how to use HATC training material, and mentored by Andrew Drury, a highly respected industry professional. You will also be given full training on M3's Pamwin suite of development appraisal and project management software.
The role will be expected to deliver at least 60 days' training in the first year, via public courses and sessions for individual clients. The number of days is expected to grow. You will be taught how to train. The training is mostly online, but some in-person sessions are likely - either in a central location or at a client's offices.
During non-training time in the first year you will have the opportunity to be paid to learn, broadening and deepening your knowledge of property development and project management. You will also be maintaining the DevProMM procedures, implementing them for new clients and supporting them for existing clients. There will be occasional research projects to undertake, with the opportunity to publish.
For the right candidate/s - and depending on part time or job share arrangements - we will introduce a variety of interim management or consultancy roles with different organisations, covering and / or troubleshooting. You will see how a wide variety of people do things, rapidly broadening your experience.
This is a rare opportunity to be paid to learn and will be very attractive to those who would enjoy sharing that knowledge with others.
Selection is in five parts:
We will contact the successful candidate/s on 10th August.
We ask all candidates to fill in an application form rather than submit CVs.
All interviews will be on Zoom. The first interview will last for an hour, and, if invited, you should prepare a twenty-minute presentation, in any format. The topic is:
Teach us how to do something, based on any subject of your choosing.
We will also ask you general interview questions, as well as how your stated preference for full time/part time or job share might work.
Candidates who get through the first interview will be invited to sit competency tests. These tests are in two parts, which need not be back-to-back:
Candidates passing the competency tests will be invited to final interview, but also asked to show their ability to write clearly by submitting a short article on the following subject (approx. 1000 words). :
My worst development problem.
At least 2/3 of the article should address points 3 - 6.
We will discuss your article during the final interview, alongside general interview questions. If applying for job share we will ask you about which aspects of the role you feel most likely to succeed in.
This information is for the full role. If we recruit job share candidates we will discuss how the role divides between them.
The two main elements of the role - training and procedure creation - are interrelated. The training courses needs to be undertaken by an experienced practitioner to maximise their usefulness and attractiveness to the sector. Working with procedures for external organisations accelerates exposure to different organisations' ways of working and therefore the post-holder's experience, feeding back positively into the training courses.
This is why, as well as training, the job includes maintaining DevProMM, the Development Procedures, and assisting clients when using them. It also includes undertaking occasional training needs analysis/competency assessments of Development staff using the HATC Competency Matrix.
The role will be expected to deliver at least 60 days' training per annum, both as open courses and for individual clients. The training courses are normally short-courses lasting 1 or 2 days, and may be delivered virtually or in a classroom / meeting room. They should be highly interactive, and so delegate numbers are normally capped at 16 to encourage contributions and dialogue. Delegates should be provided with a handout as reference material to use after the course. Delegates are also usually provided with an Attendance Certificate. Attendance Certificates are not necessary for courses that are examined (APM courses).
DevProMM consists of a series of layered flowchart process maps with accompanying procedural requirements, template documents and advice / training notes. Each clients instance of DevProMM is in the Cloud, hosted by HATC. DevProMM Lite is a Word-based shorter version of the product.
You will use the HATC Competency Matrix which is used to help client Development Directors (usually) identify the level of knowledge and experience that they want their staff to have, and is then used to assess the actual knowledge and experience of staff members by interview. The resulting gap-analysis report identifies where further training or other support is needed. There is usually an obvious link between any such gaps and HATC training courses.
HATC and M3 have authored a number of publications for individual organisations or bodies such as Homes England, National Housing Federation and others. Examples from HATC include Design Briefs for individual clients, professional books for bodies such as Homes England (Achieving Building for Life) and the National Housing Federation (Developing Affordable Housing and others), as well as research/reports for Shelter, GLA, CIPFA and individual RPs. M3 wrote Understanding Development Appraisal for the NHF, writes benchmarking reports for clients and has contributed substantially to industry best practice on maintenance
You may be required to undertake general consultancy activities for clients, such as pre-compliance audit checks, assisting developing internal policies, advising private sector development clients on affordable housing matters, undertaking internal reviews or investigations to identify solutions to problems.
Interim management roles normally run for between 3 months and 9 months. They are usually part-time (2 or 3 days a week) but can occasionally be full-time. They are usually focused on delivering projects and programmes and may or may not have staff management responsibilities.
Application closes midnight Sunday, 11th July, 2021