Executive Recruitment

Head of Corporate Property and Land

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Durham County Council
£102,841 (from April 2019)
Closing date:
22nd February
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Recruitment timetable

Closing date
22nd February 2019
Longlist meeting
1st March 2019
Preliminary interviews
w/c 4th March 2019
Shortlist meeting
13th March 2019
Final interviews
21st & 22nd March


We’re sure you never thought working for a local authority could be like this.  We have £200m of commercial investment already committed with ambitions to do more, our first commercial housing scheme nearing completion with a business plan for six further sites delivering over 1000 homes, and a JV with private sector partners bringing forward 54 hectares of industrial land having invested over £15m in infrastructure.  We also manage a £1bn portfolio from farms to offices and are about to start one of the biggest regeneration programmes for over 10 years.  Did we mention we are also looking to move HQ, rationalise our Council offices and are working closely with partners to revitalise our town and village centres?

At Durham County Council we are transforming the way we do business, putting property and land at the heart of the strategy and decision-making process.  With over 1000 buildings and 500 staff to lead, this is a new post for the authority and central in how we move forward.   It brings together all our assets, land and property services to deliver outcomes that change lives and create opportunities. 

We need someone who can lead this key service for us, someone able to turn vision into strategy, make things happen and deliver positive change for our communities whilst identifying those future commercial opportunities. It’s a big job, but then again, we are a big council with big aspirations, and we are facing the future with confidence. 

We are therefore seeking exceptional candidates with a strong understanding of land and property from either a public or private sector perspective.  You will have a strong customer focus, excellent partnership skills, and a highly commercial outlook.  This is a great opportunity to work for one of the largest and most ambitious organisations in the North East and develop a new approach in order to benefit our residents and businesses. 

How to Apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


The following consultants are managing this role and will be happy to answer any questions that are not covered in the person specification on the next webpage.

Luke Judd
0113 205 6077
Rachel Cox
0113 205 6068
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