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Best jobs in Property Development and Regeneration

Ali Wibroe

Associate Director

Jul 21, 2022

A job in property development and regeneration can be highly rewarding in both the private and public sectors.

Property development jobs encompass everything from development surveying (finding land for development), to overseeing the land development process through to project management. Similarly, regeneration looks at land currently occupied by buildings or structures and closely overlaps with town planning in some respects.

At Oyster Partnership we work with Councils, Housing Associations, and private firms across Development and Regeneration that are looking for senior and management staff with experience in the sector.

Whether or not you are at the beginning of your career in property development or regeneration, we recruit for the best jobs in the industry, from generalists to specialists in one area, all the way through to Director-level.

As always, we’ve included salary expectations for the best jobs in development and regeneration, as well as information on the qualifications and expertise you need to secure yourself a role within the industry.

Qualifications needed for a job in property development

To move into the best jobs in property development, candidates need to be educated to undergraduate degree level (or equivalent) in a development/ regeneration-related subjects, such as; Property Development, Land Management, Architecture, Building Services Engineering, and in many cases, Law. By extension, to secure a more senior role in the industry, companies will be looking for a relevant experience of at least 3 – 5 years.

Candidates with a Master’s Degree in a development/regeneration related subject, as well as professional qualifications, such as; MRICS, MRTPI, RIBA and MAPM will certainly have an advantage, with qualifications such as CSCS, SMSTS, and First Aid benefiting a candidate when the role requires site attendance.

Director/Head of Service

A Director/Head of Service is typically a 360 role, reporting directly to the Executive Management Team or Board. Someone in this role is expected to set the strategic direction and manage the development team, whilst overseeing the entire process.

Depending on the type, size, and geographical location of the organisation, the Director/Head of Service could potentially lead on all disciplines (i.e. Land/New Business, Development & Regeneration) or could simply lead on one.

Director: £90,000 – £100,000 pa / £750 – £1000 pd

Head of Service: £75,000 – £85,000 pa / £550 – £700 pd

Development/Regeneration Manager

A Development Manager typically progresses sites from post-acquisition through to post-planning, with the expectation to optimise a site as much as possible to ensure the most valuable outcome.

They are responsible for appointing a multi-disciplinary and professional team, such as Architects, Quantity Surveyors, Planning Consultants etc. to ensure that when they submit for planning, all of their calculations, design and initial feasibility work is accurate, to give them the best possible chance of achieving planning approval.

A Regeneration manager will have the same/similar duties, however more often than not, the land or asset will already be owned/occupied, and therefore the additional responsibility of resident consultation comes into play.

Salary: £60,000 – £70,000 pa / £400 – £600 pd

Land/New Business Manager

A Land/New Business Manager is typically responsible for the identification and acquisition of existing or new development sites, as well as forming Joint Venture’s. They are well-connected individuals with access to those within Local Authorities, Land Owners, Investors and Developers to source, ideally, ‘off-market sites’ or development opportunities.

The potential acquisition of a site or Joint Venture will take place once the financial appraisal has been undertaken in order to understand the site/ project's viability.

Salary: £60,000 – £70,000 pa / £400 – £500 pd

Development and Regeneration Project Manager

A Project Manager is typically tasked with the successful ‘delivery’ of a project, therefore attending regular site visits and carrying out surveys, in order to identify any risks to the project being delivered on time and within budget.

Salary: £45,000 – £55,000 pa / £300 – £400 pd

Want to work in Property Development?

Want to learn more about our roles within property development and regeneration? Please get in touch with the team on 020 7766 9000 or email

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Associate Director

Ali Wibroe

Ali started her Recruitment career at Oyster, and now just nearly six years down the line, she heads up our entire Property and Surveying temp team. That, in a nutshell, encapsulates Ali’s skill, ambition, and desire to excel. But it takes more than that to be a great manager. Ali’s caring, open-minded, and loyal personality makes her popular, not just across her team, but the whole company.

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