Director - Major Projects (Town Hall Campus)

Waltham Forest, London (Greater)
Up to c£110,000 per annum
18 Sep 2019
07 Oct 2019
Job role
Contract Type
Full time

There is a real buzz about our corner of London. 

As the Mayor of London’s first London Borough of Culture, our distinctive culture-led approach to economic growth and regeneration is driving one of the fastest growing local economies in London. We are intensely ambitious for Waltham Forest, investing in the Borough’s future, and creating a legacy that will benefit our residents for years to come.

We aim to be bold in harnessing the power of our unique strengths and assets – our communities, our people, our staff and our heritage.  Our new Economic Growth and Housing Delivery Directorate is at the heart of delivering the Council’s ambitions for economic and housing growth, both directly and indirectly, through our plans, services and, most importantly, our focus on delivery.  

As Director of Major Projects (Town Hall Campus) you will lead the delivery of our portfolio of property and capital funded projects and programmes, including the transformation of our town hall campus site into a thriving neighbourhood with 500 homes and a unique commercial and cultural offer.

About Waltham Forest

Just 20 minutes from the City of London and the West End and with over 500 acres of blue and green space, including Europe’s largest urban wetland at Walthamstow Wetlands and Epping Forest, “London’s Great Forest”, we are well placed to deliver our ambitions for new neighbourhoods. 

We are creating a senior delivery team to support Stewart Murray, our Strategic Director of Economic Growth and Housing Delivery, in leading and accelerating the work of the new Directorate.

Our Economic Growth and Housing Delivery Directorate is responsible for most of the Council’s £550 million Capital Programme that will deliver new school places, new homes and affordable housing, community and cultural venues, transport infrastructure, economic growth and regeneration, and new neighbourhoods including a new community as part of the transformation of our iconic Town Hall Campus.  Our draft Local Plan Review articulates the aspiration to deliver 10,000 new jobs and 18,000 new homes over the next 10 years with 50 per cent affordable housing that prioritises local residents. Our teams will be responsible for making this happen. 

Shortlisted for MJ’s Council of the Year 2019, our values demonstrate our approach as a Council; be radical, make and create, and act with fellowship. You will embody these behaviours, have a compelling track record of success and the proven ability to work collaboratively to deliver our ambitious growth plans and transformational projects.

About the Role

  • You will deliver a range of capital schemes, from inception to completion, including mixed-use, housing, employment and community infrastructure, in particular, our £150m Town Hall Campus programme.
  • You will commission and deliver strategic regeneration through the Council’s significant Capital Investment Programmes and capital build projects with a variety of partners through both direct and partnership delivery routes. 
  • Demonstrating and championing a commercial culture and the delivery of customer-focused property and delivery services, you will ensure Return on Investment and securing financial and social benefits for the Council, residents, businesses and communities.

About the Town Hall Campus Project

The council is transforming its civic campus as part of an ambitious regeneration programme and service transformation plan.

The plans to transform the historic Waltham Forest Town Hall Campus into a thriving neighbourhood at the heart of Chapel End ward are now gathering pace; the Town Hall Campus plan will see staff from ten older, less efficient council offices across the borough move into new office space on the Town Hall Campus site. The land unlocked by this move, and land gained by demolishing the Magistrates Court on the same site will then be used for much needed housing, with 50% affordable. Significant investment into our historic buildings means the Grade II-listed Town Hall, Assembly Hall and fountain is protected and preserved for future generations to enjoy.

About You

To succeed in this role you will bring a track record, in either the public or private sector, in the delivery of major capital schemes and a relevant qualification such as RICS.  If you are commercially minded, with a focus on delivery and driving a financial and social return on investment, we want you to join us.   

How to Apply

Please submit a current CV along with a supporting statement that addresses the Role Profile and demonstrates how you meet its requirements.  Please also provide details of two referees including name, position, organisation, email and telephone number, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer.  If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your permission, please state so clearly.

For an informal discussion please contact our recruitment consultants at Hays: Mark Bearn (07872 672290) and Colin Fairbank (07429 230496). 

Closing Date: Monday 7th October 2019