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Interim Contracts Manager

Location West Malling, ME19 4UY
Hours 36.25 hours
Salary £48,822
Contract Fixed Term Contract - 9 months
Division Orbit Homes
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Orbit is a fantastic business and one that’s really going places.

Orbit was formed in 1967 with the aim of providing good-quality housing for people who would otherwise not be able to afford to buy their own home.

Over 50 years later, we’re one of the leading housing providers in the UK.  Our services have diversified, our housing portfolio has expanded, and our reputation as an innovator within our sector has grown.  But one thing that has never changed.  Our belief in people and what they can achieve.

Your role at Orbit.

With an established track record delivering over 10,000 homes to date and plans to build at least 8,000 new homes before 2025, Orbit is one of the country’s major housing developers.

We are recruiting an interim Contracts Manager to manage the procurement of contracts to deliver housing development schemes in the South East of England.  As the Contracts Manager you will ensure that designs, specification and contracts are in accordance with the groups design brief and standing orders and that developments are delivered on time, within budget and to the highest standard of quality.

As the Contracts Manager you will manage tender processes and negotiate building contracts, manage financial and technical administration relating to schemes under construction and distribute management information to internal teams.

You will regularly monitor quality, cost and progress on site to ensure compliance with the standards set by the group and ensure that completed dwellings are handed over to internal teams with all relevant documentation.  You will appraise the performance of consultants and contractors and conduct project reviews on completion of each scheme.

The package includes basic salary plus car allowance, private medical insurance, 27 days holiday plus 9 bank holidays, contributory pension scheme and much more.

What will help you make a difference.

You will be an experienced contracts/project manager, surveyor, employer’s agent or site manager with experience of building contracts and their administration on new build housing developments.  You will have knowledge and experience of building technologies, quality control procedures and best practice with the ability to hold consultants and contractors to account and resolve issues effectively. 

It is hoped that you will be a member of RICS, CIOB or RIBA with knowledge of JCT contracts and development agreements. 

We know that an inclusive environment makes us more accessible and ensures we attract, engage, promote and retain great people. We welcome applications from all individuals regardless of age, gender/gender identity, sexual orientation, ethnicity/nationality, disability, or military service.

Why Orbit?

Rewarding your contribution.

For those who want or need more of a work life balance our view is that this role is suitable for WorkSmart. This means we would consider a more flexible working arrangement, where your hours and work location are managed according to business, customer and personal needs. Agile working arrangements will be discussed during the interview process.

Some of our core benefits include:

  • 27 days annual leave plus bank holidays and the “Orbit day”
  • Private medical insurance
  • Excellent contributory pension scheme
  • Life assurance
  • A great pick and mix of flexible benefits including the option to buy and sell holiday and much more

Our culture and purpose.

We know that great people are central to achieving our ambitions and as such we want everyone to have a voice and make a positive difference.  We are proud to be a Sunday Times 100 Best Companies to work for, this demonstrates we place people at the heart of everything we do. We continue to create a culture that celebrates diversity and an environment where everyone feels able to contribute towards achieving together.

We support our colleagues to be at their best through our wellbeing programme #ThisIsMe, our corporate learning programme, opportunities for professional development, our innovative approaches to making the world and our homes a greener place and our leading reward and recognition package. Because of this our people tell us Orbit is a great place to work for.

At Orbit, our people are enthusiastic and passionate about making a real difference to our customers and communities. We are one team where everyone is connected and encouraged to have the freedom to think differently.

Each year we build many new affordable homes and manage a total portfolio of around 45,000 properties.  Over 100,000 people live in an Orbit home and our innovative approach empowers every one of them to grow and thrive.  We are commercially driven. The more profit we make, the more we invest into the communities that we work for, improving services and playing a key role in driving UK housing growth.

Work for Orbit.  Believe in people.

We have so much more that we’d like to share with you so please submit your CV demonstrating the value you could bring to Orbit.

We put the safeguarding of our customers, colleagues and contractors at the heart of everything we do and as such, certain roles will be subject to a DBS check.