Development Project Manager

14 Apr 2018
12 May 2018
Contract Type
Full Time

JOB TITLE: Development Project Manager

REPORTS TO: Portfolio Lead

BUSINESS UNIT: Development

LOCATION: Elephant and Castle

Job Purpose and Scope:

The role represents the lead for Development Project Management across a specific residential led, mixed use plot. Overseeing Project Management, Design Management, Cost Planning, and integration of the same, and all design/technical consulting, buildability and other pre-construction services necessary input to enable a development brief to be converted into a design brief and ultimately a design and de-risked solution that can be guaranteed and delivered by the preferred contractor within approved commercial assessment, budget, time, brief and planning requirements.

Will ensure adherence to a process that does not allow buildings to progress through any gates (planning, sales, leasing, budget price, contract price etc) without being confirmed as deliverable, in line with vision, brief and business plan / commerce assessment. This role represents the disciplined conscience that restores balance to scheme development and facilitates the resolution of the many competing drivers that pull against the completion of a scheme meeting all of its hurdles.

To liaise and work closely with the Pre-construction team (principle/main contractor) to ensure the development/project is set up to be seamlessly delivered in line with the agreed deliverables such as cost/budget, time and quality

The role represents the glue between the Development process and the Construction process.



  • To support the Development objectives & commercial requirements, manage and co-ordinate the specialist, design, cost and preconstruction support services during the conversion phase of a project from its development inception (brief stage) to construction contract execution
  • Responsible for managing project risks and opportunities which could impact cost / time / quality and deliverability of the project, contract negotiations and contract forms
  • Responsible for co-ordination of required project resources including managing the process of consultant selection (facilitating the input of others) and managing the external design fee budget and internal resource budget during conversion
  • Where Specialist Construction Design Management services are required, manage these services as part of the conversion process
  • Manage the professional team selection process, including due diligence and recommendations.
  • Responsible for facilitation of establishing the Incident & Injury Free (Safety and Sustainability strategy for the project under management and delivering it with in the design and product created.
  • Ensure compliance with the brief / authority / financiers / customer requirements during the conversion stage.


  • Ultimate owner of the program in conversion. Responsible for establishing the project conversion programme including co-ordinating the inputs of other functions and managing and delivering to this, including change control. Co-ordination and input to the Overall Development Programme for Urban Regeneration schemes to ensure we are proactively managing changes in the Development Commercial Assessment
  • Work with the Development - Delivery Manager and Construction Planning Manager to integrate procurement, construction programming and sequencing into the overall development program prior to Contract Execution


  • Manage and ensure delivery to the Lendlease GMRs during conversion including active facilitation and management of the ROAD and Principal Designer process to eliminate hazard and risk in development, construction and operation
  • Responsible for undertaking and implantation of Independent Safety Reviews in accordance with GMR 2015
  • Responsible for managing the technical and innovation risk & opportunity in support of the development objectives and requirements, including the facilitation of input from Construction & Designers

Cost / Value

  • Ultimate Owner of the design and cost plan process in conversion, including management of the Cost Planning function (Internal or External)
  • Responsible for managing the client project expectations (Development Manager and/or Owners), balancing their aspirational objectives with the commercial constraints
  • Assist Development Team in assessing the technical and time consequences of alternative product and financial models for residential development
  • Responsible for proactively running workshops with key contributors (Development and Construction) to ensure there is consistent appreciation for the priorities of needs vs wants and to develop the concept through particular design challenges or value engineering maintaining quality requirements. Challenge the project team to achieve efficient and the optimal response to the brief in the context of time and risk imperatives
  • Responsible for managing the design within the cost plan and commercial development parameters including change control during the conversion process.
  • Facilitate engagement with pre-construction contractor to ensure the input of logistics, buildability, programme into the design process.
  • Approver of Procurement Strategy to ensure co-ordinated design and procurement during the conversion process

Governance / Reporting

  • Responsible for all DPM inputs to the LLD governance process (PSG, PCG & Compass) and ensuring well documented process for defining the scope, assumptions and price throughout, including independent validation of the same.
  • Responsible for the timely completion of all design and design authority documentation during the conversion phase.


  • Manage the professional team selection process, including due diligence and recommendations.
  • Manage design consultant PSAs through to point of novation.
  • Manage the selection process of a 3rd party construction partner (if applicable).
  • Manage PCSAs through to point of Construction Contract.


  • Experience of managing the development of residential and mixed use developments.
  • Experience of dealing with third parties including local stakeholders
  • Knowledge of company procedures relating to conversion, procurement and managing packages.
  • Experience of working with multi-disciplinary teams.
  • Knowledge of design processes and relevant codes and standards
  • Experience of communicating technical information to non-technical team members.
  • Experience of co-ordinating works and programme.
  • Knowledge of Health & Safety Regulations
  • Knowledge of contract conditions
  • Knowledge of word processing, spreadsheets, and communication (email) packages
  • Knowledge of planning / programming development activities.
  • Knowledge of procedures relating to environmental and sustainability issues.
  • Experience of commercial management of consultants
  • Experience of managing design to budget (Cost Plan)
  • Experience of programming project activities and delivering to this
  • Experience of managing direct reports and developing people

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