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Development Manager required for the UK’s leading provider of student accommodation (Interiors)

White Space
London (Greater)
Up to £45,000 per annum (experience dependent)
Closing date
28 Nov 2023

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Job position
Contract Type
Full Time
Job Function
Planning & Development

Job Details

The UK's leading provider of student accommodation is urgently looking for an enthusiastic Development Manager to join their small in-house development team based in stunning newly refurbished offices right in the heart of London's West End. With over 1000 properties in pretty much all the major UK student towns and cities this company finds, buys, refurbishes, lets, and manages high quality student housing and flats on behalf of its investors. They pride themselves on the market leading quality of housing and high level of service that they deliver to all their clients.


This role will see the ideal candidate oversee the full development and procurement process on multiple projects simultaneously to ensure the cost-effective acquisition and then delivery of goods and services. You will play a vital role in optimising purchasing activities, managing supplier relationships, and driving efficiency within the procurement department. Additionally, you will be responsible for monitoring design trends and incorporating them into procurement strategies.


You will be asked to undertake some of the following responsibilities:

• Managing the entire Development process, from cradle to grave on small and large projects, creating budgets, brief writing, managing consultants and hiring contractors and suppliers

• Managing the procurement process, from identifying needs to supplier selection, negotiation, and contract management

• Build and maintain strong relationships with suppliers, ensuring quality and timely delivery of design-related goods and services

• Stay updated on design trends and market conditions to identify innovative sourcing opportunities

• Collaborate with our management teams to define design specifications and delivery schedules for projects

• Assisting the team during the creative phase of the project, including space planning using AutoCAD or similar

• Working with our lettings and marketing team to produce floorplans and renders for marketing purposes

• Researching new hard-wearing materials and finishes for implementations into the properties


The ideal candidate will have the following skills/attributes:

• Ability to use AutoCAD in order to communicate design information with contractors and suppliers

• Ideally educated to Master's level

• Minimum 5 years professional experience within an architectural or interiors practice

• Experience in managing design-oriented procurement, including sourcing design-oriented suppliers and materials

• Understanding of design trends and the ability to incorporate them into procurement strategies

• Exceptional communication and interpersonal skills, with the ability to collaborate effectively with internal stakeholders and external suppliers

• Possess proven project management experience and skills

• Exposure to UK based residential schemes (previous experience working on HMO's would he hugely beneficial)

• Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel and PowerPoint, for data analysis and presentation purposes.

• Comfortable and happy to travel throughout the UK on a regular basis


​This would suit Interior Designer who is keen to make the move across to an all-encompassing client-side role.

If this is something, you would be interested in then please do not hesitate and apply today as this is not to be missed!!!



We are a bunch of straightforward, knowledgable and empathetic individuals who are passionate about architecture and the people who occupy this space.  Ultimately we see our job as to listen, to care, to connect and to challenge.  We are not backward in coming forward and aim to work closely with all of our clients and candidates to achieve the best outcomes possible.  Our mantra is to find the right solution for every role that we work on and for every person that we represent.


White Space is a connected, results focused and creative recruitment consultancy that cares.  With decades of specialist architecture and design recruitment experience between us we are fully plugged-in to our markets.  We know who to talk to and how to get there.  We recruit for some of the biggest names in architecture and a lot more besides.  Whether your dream is to work for a big name practice or a small up and coming outfit (or anything in between), or if you are a client needing to gain access to untapped talent, then we can help you achieve it.


To us it is not so much about sales, more about having a great relationship with you that leads to the perfect solution that you deserve.  Give us a try, the process will be fun and you won't be disappointed.


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020 3897 7700
WeWork Old Street
145 City Road

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