To be an effective member of the land team, you have to be confident and enjoy dealing with people. As a Land Graduate, you will need to work closely with all the other departments within the business to provide information and the justification to purchase Land. It is an exciting, dynamic and fast paced job and good social skills are paramount. A degree in Town Planning, Real Estate Management or similar is valuable although other degrees will be considered.
If we pay too much for the land, or the terms of the deal do not suit our needs, we won’t make a profit on the site and we risk damaging our business. The Land teams are always on the look out for the best deals and are often competing with other developers to meet the business’ appetite for land.
Where appropriate and beneficial we encourage our employees to attain professional accreditation with governing bodies such as RICS.
Applications for the 2018 Graduate Development Programme are now closed.
A Day in the life of Daniel Webber - Land Director, South Home Counties Region
8am - Arrive at the office. Meet with the rest of the land team to discuss all the current projects and whether to redistribute resources to ensure we meet our contractual deadlines.
9am-10am – Conference call with the solicitors acting on our behalf, to iron out some issues on a contract we are progressing in the purchase of a large site for over 100 houses.
10am-12noon - Jump in the car and drive out to a location to meet a neighbour objecting to a planning application we are progressing for 10 luxury detached houses. Discuss their concerns and what we could do to appease these. After a positive meeting, a call is made to the architects to request minor amendments to the plans to reflect the agreement made with the neighbour.
12-2pm - Drive half an hour across the region to meet with a land agent for lunch and discuss a site they will be marketing shortly.
2pm-5pm - After lunch head back to the office to progress some land offers currently being worked up and check over the legal contract amends that were requested from the solicitors earlier in the day.
6pm - Out in the evening to meet another local agent for a quick beer and a discussion over how CALA and their business can work closer in the future to deliver more land opportunities