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For over 50 years we have used our imagination to create the best places, state-of-the-art buildings, thriving communities and ingenious infrastructure solutions. Our journey has taken us across the globe, from Australia to Asia, the Americas and Europe. And along the way we have set new standards by challenging conventional thinking for the better. What makes us different is that we understand and can deliver the whole process - or just part of it - from Investment to Development to Construction.

But most importantly, with everything we do, we leave a positive sustainable legacy for future generations to enjoy...

At Lendlease, our vision is to create the best places with the purpose of creating value where communities thrive. To do that, we take a learning and partnership mentality working closely with communities, local and national government, public and private clients, academia and our colleagues to ensure we are meeting the challenges and opportunities facing our global cities today.

As a leader in urban regeneration working across the UK, Italy, Asia, Australia and the U.S., we are committed to delivering some of the world's most complex, city-altering projects. Our integrated model works across development, construction and investment to give us the unique ability and scale to understand and innovate across the entirety of the place creation process to deliver holistic value and exemplar precedents in sustainable, mixed-use community-driven design.

It's an exciting time within our Development Business in the UK as we gear up to deliver on our substantial development pipeline and embed our established climate targets of being Absolute Zero Carbon by 2040. We currently have a number of important vacancies on significant urban regeneration schemes, which offer career defining opportunities for ambitious candidates. This role will provide the opportunity to be part of a collaborative team that is set to deliver a new benchmark for inclusive regeneration.

Job Summary

The primary objective of the role is to ensure the safe and seamless execution of the project on behalf of the business, in addition to working with project partners and wider stakeholders to unlock development (and benefit) across the site to secure long-term value to Lendlease - protecting and enhancing our bid baseline position.

The Director of Development Project Management is an integral part of the Project Leadership Team - helping to shape the strategic direction of the project.

The key accountabilities and ownerships of the role include (but are not limited to):

Ensuring internal project management, execution and control processes are robust and underpinned by clearly documented plans, protocols, strategies and systems - and that Lendlease project governance is effectively navigated.
  • Project Controls (including PEP / DEP / IMS)
  • Commercial, Development and Delivery Risk / Opportunity Management
  • Cost Management
  • Schedule Management and Integration
  • Pre-Construction & Deliverability (including Operational Release)
  • Health, Safety and Wellbeing
  • PSA / Contract Administration
  • Procurement
  • Project Budgeting
  • Change Management

Driving the preparation of a world-class, highly innovative, consent able and deliverable masterplan that fulfils the core obligations of the Development Agreement
  • Development + Design Briefs
  • Project Team / Consultant Workflow Management
  • Masterplan and Technical Design Coordination and Management
  • Integrated Planning and Design Programming
  • Navigating Landowner / Local Authority Approvals
  • Pre-Construction / Conversion Strategy

Leading collaboration with delivery bodies, project partners and wider stakeholders to ensure emerging station and enabling works designs (and other critical infrastructure) enable the Lendlease masterplan - and documenting technical interfaces accordingly
  • Client, Partner and Stakeholder Relationship Management
  • Strategic Stations Design and Integration
  • Design and Construction Interface Strategy(s)
  • Technical Interface and Documentation
  • Strategic Requirements
  • Constraint / Fixity Management
  • Design Assurance
  • Infrastructure Protection (APA / BAPA)

Ensure the masterplan design development and documentation process, the activities of our consultants and the wider consultation and engagement process is managed in line with an integrated planning and design programme

Wider Lendlease Accountability:

Overseeing and accountable for Development Project Management, Design Management, Program, Cost Planning, and integration of the same, and all design/technical consulting, buildability and other 3rd party pre-construction services necessary input to enable a Development Brief to be developed and 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 (CA), Development Agreement terms, budget, time, brief and town planning requirements.

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

Developing a consistent operational approach to product/process/people, leveraging the LLD Sector Business Units and balancing the need for efficiencies through prescription with continual improvement and innovation. Developing the capability and future leaders within the project.

The role represents the glue between the visionary Development process and the Construction process. A champion of transparency must understand the broader development and client / partner context and seek to bring developer / commercial led design and build solutions that serve the wider Lend Lease agenda.


Lead, manage, resource and develop an effective team and ensure an effective DPM capability (DPM, Cost Planning, Technical Management, Program, Commercial Inputs) is in place for the Project, ensuring that the team can adequately, efficiently and consistently deliver against the following accountabilities across the project through conversion and delivery:

  • A key member of the Euston leadership team, making a material contribution to the performance of the business
  • To support the Development objectives & commercial assessment requirements, manage and co-ordinate the specialist, design, cost and pre-construction 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 or deliverability of the project
  • Responsible for agreeing contract forms and contractual negotiations
  • 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
  • Ensure the development of capability, clarity of roles and responsibilities, management of performance and interface within team
  • Owner of the overall development project 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.
  • Responsible for managing the client project expectations, balancing their aspirational objectives with the commercial constraints. Managing the client approval phases to ensure their satisfaction with all product and commercial appraisal outcomes
  • Work closely with the Development Director in preparation of the development strategy, ensuring providing technical and design due diligence and the necessary feasibility, design, cost, time inputs as part of the master development / optimisation opportunities.
  • Identify and preparation of all required authority approval documentation.
  • Responsible for proactively running workshops with key contributors 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 facilitation of establishing the Incident & Injury Free strategy for the project under management and delivering it with in the design and product created.
  • Manage and ensure delivery to the Lend Lease 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
  • Ultimate Owner of the design and cost plan process in conversion. Responsible for managing the design within the cost plan and commercial development parameters including change control during the conversion process.
  • Responsible for managing the technical and innovation risk & opportunity in support of the development objectives and requirements.
  • Responsible for all DPM inputs to the LLD governance process (PSG, PCG & Compass) and ensuring a 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.
  • Ensure appropriate strategic engagement with the consultant community and oversee all design/er strategy (balancing innovation and concept opportunity, with consistency, documentation capacity and risk management)
  • Manage design consultant PSAs through to point of novation.
  • Manage PCSAs through to point of Construction Contract. Facilitate engagement with contractor to ensure the input of logistics, buildability, programme into the design process.
  • Ensure consistent contract engagement process and approach with LLC
  • Ensure development of appropriate strategic procurement initiatives
  • Ensure compliance with the brief / authority / financiers / customer requirements during the conversion stage

Essential/Desirable Criteria

  • A passion for cities and placemaking
  • Demonstrable experience of managing development vision and outcomes in large scale urban regeneration projects and demonstrable understanding of development processes
  • A highly collaborative individual who will demonstrable ability to bring together a multi layered team, and lead internal and external stakeholders
  • Experience of supporting meaningful and inclusive community engagement processes on complex development schemes
  • Commercial acumen and negotiation skills
  • Proven exposure to managing 3rd party stakeholders
  • An understanding and appreciation of the contractual relationships between parties (land-owners, local authority, tenants, funders and banks)
  • A desire to think beyond physical transformation and drive socio economic improvements for local communities
  • Excellent presentation and communication skills
  • Strong people management and issue resolution skills, including the ability to upwardly manage Clients, Partners and Stakeholders.
  • Motivate and manage internal and external project teams, and delegate.
  • Relevant tertiary qualifications (e.g. property, engineering, architecture, or construction etc.)

  • Relevant sector experience
  • Experience of leading community engagement processes on complex development schemes
  • Experience of planning and delivery of regeneration schemes

We aspire to create a diverse workforce by recruiting suitably qualified candidates from a range of backgrounds regardless of age, sexual orientation, ethnic or national origin or colour, sex, trans- gender status, religion or belief, pregnancy and maternity, marital or civil partnership, or any other group who face disadvantage in our society. As part of our ongoing commitment to diversity we have invested in the external verification for equality, diversity and inclusion and have achieved the Equality Assured Standard accreditation and the National Equality Standard.

We particularly encourage applications from currently under-represented groups in our industry including those who self-identify as women, black, Asian, minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/ or disabled.

We build careers, develop skills and invest in people. Imagine what more you can do here.

L endlease is committed to being a diverse and inclusive employer of choice by engaging, enabling and empowering our people. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment and we are happy to consider flexible working arrangements. Inclusion sets us all up for success and we particularly encourage applications from currently under-represented groups in our industry including those who self-identify as women, black, Asian, minority ethnic, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and/ or disabled.
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