Development Manager

Due to continued expansion of the business Devonshire Homes are seeking to recruit a full time Development Manager. The position would be based at our head office in Tiverton and the successful applicant would report directly to the Managing Director.

This role is an opportunity for an entrepreneurial Development Manager to join an established company as it embarks on its ambitious growth plans. Working in a small, dynamic team, this role will offer close exposure to the Board and offers a real chance to help steer the company to achieve its goals.

In this role you will be a key member of the team to take sites from pre-acquisition through to post planning and handing the site over to our Technical, Procurement, Production and Sales teams.

You will be expected to be well versed in the strategies required for successful development; from identifying and acquiring sites, developing and optimising layouts and designs to maximise value, identifying and mitigating risks, achieving planning permissions and delivering a comprehensive handover to our department teams.

As Development Manager you will have overall responsibility for the delivery of our planning permissions. You will appoint and manage a professional team of architects, engineers, environmental, ecological and planning consultants to ensure that when our planning submissions are made all of their inputs are accurate, feasible and will achieve a successful granting of planning.

You will be responsible for monitoring the progress of the planning process, responding to consultee comments and liaising closely with the Planning Officer.

In addition to this you will also assist our acquisition team in identifying suitable new development and land opportunities through networking and establishing market contacts. You will feed into the acquisition strategy, due diligence processes and land bids.

Candidate Profile:

  • Extensive experience of the pre-development and planning stages, including acquisition, planning and delivery on site, as well as an understanding of the wider development lifecycle comprising sales, marketing and customer care.
  • Design flair. Able to interrogate design proposals and understand what makes for good design and effective place making. Our developments are our legacy and should instil pride in our team and Board.
  • Demonstrable experience in coordinating internal and managing external teams and delivering planning permissions.
  • Motivated and driven to succeed and to be part of a team striving to achieve the company’s goals.
  • Superb communication and people skills are essential, a significant part of the role will involve building and managing relationships with colleagues, senior management and external contacts.
  • Likely to be currently or have previously worked for small to medium housing developer in a similar role and/or perhaps gained experience as a planning officer or RICS qualified through the Planning & Development pathway.
  • Will need to demonstrate a proven track record of generating opportunities, successfully taking the opportunity through land purchase, planning and ready for site start.
  • Able to work independently at times handling daily responsibilities with minimal supervision.


  • Supporting the acquisition team to identify suitable opportunities and maximise our bidding success.
  • Appointment and coordination of professional consultant teams to optimise sites for maximum value, good design and successful planning submissions.
  • Identifying and mitigating risks at pre-production stages.
  • Dealing with pre-commencement planning conditions.
  • Coordinating and collating the handover of the development information to our technical, procurement, production and sales teams.
  • Represent the company to statutory authorities, professional organisations and other outside relevant groups and individuals.

Applicants should have good drive and determination for continued improvement and an enthusiasm and pride in their contribution to deliver the highest quality Devonshire Home possible.

Competitive salary and package

Applications including a full CV should be sent to and addressed to: Mr C Neale, Joint Acting Managing Director

Closing date 16.04.21