Paradigm Recruitment

Assistant Director of New Business and Planning

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Paradigm Housing Group
High Wycombe
Closing date:
7th December
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Monday 7th December 2020 - 9am
Long List
w/c 14th December 2020
Preliminary Interview
w/c 21st December 2020 and 4th January 2021
Short Listing
w/c 11th January 2021
Informal Meets and Assessments
w/c 18th January 2021
Final Panel
w/c 25th January 2021


Paradigm Housing Group is one of the South-East’s leading housing providers, managing around 15,000 homes across 30 local authorities with a turnover of £130m. Headquartered near Beaconsfield, we are both a charity and Registered Social Landlord, employing over 400 people.  We have a clear and ambitious view of where we are as an organisation and where we need to get to: providing more homes for people who need them.

Whilst we are all experiencing some very uncertain times caused by the pandemic, we truly believe that this is a very exciting time to be joining Paradigm. Our objective is that Paradigm should be an exemplar organisation in our sector, and we have ambitious plans for growth based on establishing a sound commercial and financial footing and driving efficiency and best practice across the business.

As a result of the recent Covid-related impacts across our sector, we have further tested our Development Strategy in concert with our Board and we remain committed to an ambitious developing strategy.   We already have a substantial and well-established development programme and an excellent financial and geographic operating environment, and we are now looking hard at opportunities to make the best use of our existing landholdings.  Specifically, we are looking to identify opportunities for us to develop partnerships with a range of stakeholders including local authorities, land agents, developers and other key strategic partners. 

We are recruiting to the role of Assistant Director New Business and Planning, to work with our Executive Director of Development and Sales, to lead our new business, professional and technical staff to secure land and other development opportunities to achieve the Group’s growth targets and required tenure mix. We are looking for you to continue to embed our New Business and Planning teams as modern, forward-looking functions based on sound commercial disciplines and processes that will, in due course, be able to deliver over 600 homes per annum and within this, sales of up to 300 homes per annum.

You should be an ambitious, ‘can do’ individual with a strong commercial skill set; experience of working with the private sector and understand the dynamics of a Registered Provider. You will have had exposure to a wide range of development models including land-led schemes and joint ventures and, as an experienced professional, you will have a detailed understanding of the market. You will know what risks and opportunities might be coming over the horizon, and develop robust plans as to how we best manage them.  You will be comfortable setting a course for success in an ever-changing environment, balancing your drive for achievement with your skills in teamworking and communication across and through the business.  You will have worked at a senior level in a substantial organisation and bring a track record of leading a team to successful delivery in a strongly collaborative environment.

This is a great opportunity to join us at a time when you can have a real and personal impact on determining our future direction. At Paradigm, whilst we work hard, we offer an attractive range of benefits and encourage everyone to grow with us. We welcome applicants from all sections of the communities we work in.

For a confidential conversation, please call our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Anna Scaife on 0113 416 6772, Simon Wing on 0207 426 3976 or Rosie Gunn on 0207 426 3998. 

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