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HBF vacancies

We are often looking for quality candidates to join us in a variety of roles. All current externally advertised vacancies appear on our website. However, if there is not a vacancy of interest on the site please do feel free to email your CV to info@hbf.co.uk and we will keep your details on file.  The HBF is an equal opportunities employer.

Current Vacancies

Technical Director

Salary neg plus car allowance

Based in London but will involve some travel throughout England and Wales

HBF is the Trade Body for the housebuilding industry in England and Wales.

Due to the forthcoming retirement of the current Technical Director HBF are looking for a replacement to build on our reputation as the voice of the housebuilding industry.

HBF is looking for a senior technical professional who will be expected to manage the industry’s representations on government consultations, proposed changes in standards, and other technical and regulatory matters affecting new housebuilding in England and Wales.

Specifically, HBF are looking to appoint someone who is not only suitably qualified and experienced, but is also enthusiastic about housebuilding and who will be able to assist HBF in promoting the wider interests of the industry.

Responsibilities will be many and varied including:-

  • Monitoring and responding to developments in Building Regulations, innovation and technology, water supply and drainage, highways, health and safety and all aspects of regulatory control.
  • Attending appropriate external meetings to represent the industry’s interests.
  • Setting agendas, preparing papers and managing the workload of HBF’s various standing committees and working groups.
  • Providing advice to HBF members on technical issues.

In addition to relevant experience at a senior level (gained either in industry or with an appropriate regulatory agency) the successful candidate will need to be flexible and have good communication and negotiation skills.

For further information about the role email dave.mitchell@hbf.co.uk 

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing why you are applying for the

position along with a CV to marian.macdonald@hbf.co.uk 

The closing date for applications is February 06, 2017

Planning Manager Local Plans Team South East and East of England

Salary: flexible depending upon experience

Based: Central London and/or home working. Extensive travel required

Following an internal re-organisation, the Home Builders Federation (HBF) is looking to appoint a planning professional to represent the HBF membership in the development and implementation of local plans and associated development documents through both up-front engagement and formal representations.

The role covers the geographic area of the South East and East of England and thus, although based in the HBF head office on London’s South Bank, will require extensive travel and, potentially, working from home.

You will be a highly motivated, self starter with experience of the development plan process with the skills necessary to engage with local authorities, local communities and the private housebuilding sector. Excellent communication and negotiating skills, both verbal and written would, therefore, be an advantage.

The job is suitable for candidates of any level of experience although applicants should, preferably, be eligible for membership of a development related professional body.

Please write to: Andrew Whitaker, Planning Director at andrew.whitaker@hbf.co.uk  attaching a CV, indicating your current salary and a brief explanation of why this opportunity is of interest to you.

Closing date: 20th February 2017

HBF Policy Analyst

Salary: flexible depending upon experience

Based: Central London and/or home working.

PURPOSE OF JOB:

To support the Policy Director in the production and communication of a series of policies and events, including extensive analysis of the homebuilding market, economic and government data.

The role will also play an active part in the digital and personal engagement of key stakeholders.

CONTEXT AND ENVIRONMENT:

The Home Builders Federation (HBF) represents and serves its members in a range of ways including;

  • Ensuring senior politicians and government officials are aware of housing issues and the       challenges faced by our members
  • Working with Government officials to ensure housing policies are introduced that facilitate housing supply, in a way that is workable for the industry
  • Representing member interests in discussions with key decision makers in government and during formal consultation processes, both nationally and regionally, on the issues that affect our members including; technical, planning, economic and environmental matters.
  • In the national, regional and trade press. We maintain strong relationships with the print and broadcast media to ensure that the homebuilding industry is robustly represented. We regularly provide expert analysts for all the high profile news and current affairs programmes on radio and television and contribute articles to a range of publications
  • Ensuring our members are fully briefed on industry developments that will affect their businesses via our regular communications and specific briefing notes
  • Forming working groups with members to assist in formulating policy on issues of importance and facilitate the exchange of information and ideas.
  • Holding regular member meetings at all levels on relevant issues, both centrally in London and in the regions, to ensure a two way flow of information and to keep in touch with all our members.

The Policy Analyst is an exciting new role, reporting directly to the Policy Director and also undertaking work for the other 3 members of the Policy Unit. The HBF is a small professional team where all functions work closely together, thus enabling individuals to immerse themselves in a breadth of activities, making a real contribution, and ensuring their personal development.

ACCOUNTABILITIES, RESPONSIBILITIES AND MAIN DUTIES:

  • Use existing and original data sources to present concise and compelling information to influence stakeholders and provide information to HBF members
  • Draft high quality policy papers, briefings and reports
  • Manage research projects to a high standard
  • Establish and maintain a bank of existing relevant internal evidence, data and research with the potential to inform research projects and policy development
  • Support the development of policy solutions that help increase housing supply
  •  Use initiative to develop new work streams, originate new research and projects to successfully represent HBF’s members
  • Build strong working relationships with stakeholders and members
  • Develop and maintain an overview of stakeholders and potential partners with an interest in the themes which form part of our policy research, and other themes which the HBF may engage with externally
  • Identify external events, consultations and initiatives to which HBF might contribute, linked to our research, knowledge, publications, and policy positions
  • Support the delivery of policy events with internal and external stakeholders to discuss key policy issues, and/or launch our publications and policy content, including co-ordination with partners, guests, and liaison with contributors/speakers

KEY RELATIONSHIPS:

The role will work closely with the HBF Policy Director. It requires good networking and team-working skills across the whole organisation.

In the longer term the Policy Analyst will have opportunity to focus on developing relevant external relationships, and may attend meetings with representatives from Government.

OTHER REQUIREMENTS OF THE JOB:

The job may require attending scheduled events at other UK locations.

PERSON SPECIFICATION

Behaviours

Essential:

  • Works effectively within a small team; has a flexible, hands-on approach across multiple work streams
  • Results orientated; challenges self to deliver and measure results
  • Shapes the future: looks for ways in which we can do things better
  • Is accountable: owns work and takes responsibility for outcomes

Skills and Knowledge

Essential:

  • Strong analytical, research and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent report writing skills
  • Ability to interpret and present data to communicate effective policy positions
  • Effective communication to respond to enquiries from members and other stakeholders

Desirable:

  • Interest in the homebuilding industry and housing policy issues

  • Knowledge of the major issues in UK politics

  • Understanding of quantitative and qualitative research methods

Experience

Essential:

  • Experience of preparing policy papers and undertaking policy research projects
  • Engaging external audiences online and through social media
  • Events organisation and coordination

Desirable:

  • Working with government, planning or homebuilding agencies
  • Presenting to stakeholders

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing why you are applying for the position along with a CV to info@hbf.co.uk 

The closing date for applications is February 27, 2017

Communications and Campaigns Manager for the Home Building Skills Partnership (HBSP)

Post: Communications and Campaigns Manager for the Home Building Skills Partnership

Reports to:Partnership Director / HBF Head of Communications

Location: London – but with a requirement to travel around the country

Salary: £35-39k + benefits package

BACKGROUND:

The Home Building Skills Partnership has been set up by the house building industry to collaboratively oversee activity to increase its capacity by putting in place initiatives and processes that will allow it to attract, train and up skill more people in the coming years. The Partnership will work across the wider sector and ensure that all stakeholders including builders, suppliers, subcontractors, industry training bodies, colleges and Government are involved and coordinating efforts to maximise effectiveness. The Partnership is owned by the HBF part funded by a CITB grant.

ROLE SUMMARY:

Communications will play an absolutely integral part of the Partnerships activity and is central to its success. As Communication and Campaigns Manager you will work closely with the Partnership Director to position the Partnership as the lead organisation in the sector on skills related issues; disseminating messages on skills policy as well as from and about the Partnership; and implementing work streams or campaigns to communicate with the various target audiences. 

It is a role with a broad communications, campaigning and media base and you will be supported by the wider HBF communications team. The context of the role is the determination of the industry to ensure it is able to recruit, train and up skill enough high quality employees that will allow it to deliver further increases in output.

An initial Communications plan has been devised with the following key objectives;

  • To position the Partnership as thought leaders on industry skills challenges such that it becomes the go to organisation on housebuilding skills issues.
  • To demonstrate the commitment of the industry to collaboratively developing its skills base and thus increasing output and build quality.
  • To enhance the reputation and credibility of the Partnership / partners / industry and to develop third party advocates for the Partnership and its work.
  • To demonstrate to the industry the value of collaboration on skills issues via the Partnership.

ROLE DESCRIPTION:

Communication

  • Implement the objectives in the Communications plan by developing a list of various stakeholders and putting in place a strategy to target each of them such that the Partnership delivers the above objectives.
  • Update, develop and bring to life the Communications Strategy to reflect the developing objectives of the Partnership.
  • Produce engaging copy for a wide range of stakeholder and wider target audiences and materials such as the media, newsletters, blogs, website, leaflets, annual reviews, and posters.
  • Participate in key activity group meetings to ensure wider and emerging opportunities are captured and utilised effectively for wider communications
  • Oversee development of web sites / pages to ensure all relevant audience have simple access to the required information
  • Help to develop internal industry communications and ensure all members are involved in the Partnership, including supporting the current HBF communication channels/members section.
  • Write and deliver presentations on relevant themes
  • Report, Monitor and evaluate communications activity

 

Campaigns

  • Design and implement communications campaigns/initiatives that will target specific audiences such as school children; ex military personnel etc
  • Assimilate information and facts that can be used to support positive initiatives
  • Project manage the implementation of campaigns.
  • Conduct market research to develop understanding of our needs.

 

Media

  • Maintain and develop relationships with national / local / various trade media as required, including writing press releases.
  • Provide copywriting/press release material for member companies
  • Coordinate case studies / fact sheets/ pics/ filming locations etc as required
  • Develop and utilise a social media strategy to achieve objectives

 

Skills:

  • Self-motivated and able to use initiative
  • Ability to write clear, concise, interesting, accurate copy for various audiences
  • Creative and innovative approach to communications
  • Experience of designing, implementing and measuring effectiveness of industry wide campaigns
  • Understanding of multiple communications channels
  • Experience of using a variety of campaigning tools and methods
  • Project management experience including initiating, planning and
  • implementing campaigns
  • The ability to develop new and existing collaborative relationships
  • both internally and externally
  • Experience of engaging with diverse groups within a campaigning
  • context would be desirable

 

PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES

  • Confident, personable, and innovative and able to integrate with a large number of industry stakeholders
  • Interpersonal skills necessary to facilitate pan industry agreements  with member companies

Other background information

  • Experience of developing and implementing communications strategies is essential but experience of the house building sector is not. The role will be ideal for someone who has worked for a few years in an inhouse communications team or a PR agency. 

To apply, please send a cover letter detailing why you are applying for the position along with a CV to info@hbf.co.uk 

The closing date for applications is 7th March, 2017

 

 

HBF equal opportunities policy

The HBF is an equal opportunity employer and is opposed to any form of discrimination on the grounds of gender, marital status, race, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, social class, sexual orientation, age, disability or political beliefs.

Our aim is to ensure that we recruit and retain the very best people from the widest possible pool, to value all people as individuals and respect the differences between them.

We expect all employees of the HBF, to use their best endeavours to pursue this policy, not only when dealing with the public, our members and their colleagues, but also when they are recruiting staff.

It is the HBF's policy to engage, promote and train people on the basis of their capabilities, qualifications and experience, without discrimination, everyone receives equal opportunity to progress within the HBF.

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