Careers at Exeter City Living

Wholly owned by Exeter City Council, Exeter City Living is a limited company. Their operations feed into the overall ‘Liveable Exeter’ vision of the City Council. Every penny of profit made is reinvested into frontline public services – a ‘profit for purpose’ company. As a local sustainable housing developer, the business strives to put the wellbeing of people and the environment at the centre of all that they do. ECL build to exacting Passivhaus standards and are committed to sustainable and innovative housing developments.

On top of building to Passivhaus standards, they also embrace the concept of ‘placemaking’ – a community-centred approach to building neighbourhoods in which people have a sense of ownership and enjoyment.  ECL recently informed plans to enhance green space in one of the developments currently awaiting planning permission.  If planning is approved, this initiative will be gifted to the community by ECL in addition to contributions made to Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL), Section 106 and the Exe Estuary Special Protection Area (SPA).


Emma Osmundsen, Exeter City Living,

I have the joy of leading a great team of passionate people who are operating at the cutting-edge of the development of Exeter as a city. We deliver zero carbon housing and climate-ready buildings, changing the face of the housing market here in Exeter.

— Emma Osmundsen – Managing Director ECL

Working and Living in Exeter

Exeter is a city filled with history and culture and was recently awarded UNESCO City of Literature status.  Exeter was also rated one of the best cities to live, for quality of life, in an Arcadis Investing in Britain report.  Cities are ranked on mortality rates, air quality, cost of living, green space and serious crime rates.

For families, there are many great schools and colleges in the area, covering education for all ages.  According to ARWU (The Academic Ranking of World Universities) published in August 2018, the University of Exeter ranks as one of the best universities in the world.  It retained its place amongst the top 200 ranked global institutions.

Exeter is also home to the MET office, the national meteorological service for the UK, as well as Exeter Science Park, the South West’s centre of activity for businesses in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM).

Exeter has great transportation links, with the A377 from the north and the A30 in the South.  Exeter is also situated where the M5 ends in the south; the M5 goes as far as Bristol before connecting to the M4.  Exeter has a great bus service, with Stagecoach South West being the main operator.  For those not wishing to drive into the city, there are strategically placed Park and Rides on the outskirts of the city in Honiton Road, Sowton and Matford.

Historically, Exeter has had one of the lowest unemployment rates in the UK.  The commitment of large employers to relocate to the city has been beneficial to the local economy and has, in turn, attracted more businesses to the area. That being said, the Exeter business community remains close-knit, with businesses networking often and supporting each other in their ventures.

Exeter City Centre is a hive of activity on any normal day, with plenty to do and see.  The centre is home to large chain stores as well as many small independent businesses that make shopping so interesting.  After hours, there are a plethora of pubs, clubs and restaurants to visit as well as several cinema complexes.


Reports to Managing Director

Responsible for a wide-ranging professional consultancy team (out-sourced)

Purpose of the Role

Responsible for delivering ECL’s development portfolio as directed by the ECL Business Plan. Identifying, acquiring, appraising and delivering mixed tenure housing and commercial developments in accordance to the ECL Business Plan objectives. Protecting and championing ECL’s high performing and sustainable development credentials and ensuring that ECL excel’s in delivering the highest quality buildings.

Key Duties:

  • Overseeing all new build / regeneration development ensuring delivery to ECL’s Triple Bottom Line principles (socially responsible, environmentally responsible and financially responsible)
  • Maintaining and bettering the high environmental standards adopted for all ECL developments
  • Lead the Development Team, implementing project management tools that deliver buildings with zero defects, adherence to certified passivhaus and building biology principles. Ensure developments conform to the Building by Nature Standards and permaculture principles for landscaping
  • Support he MD with identifying and negotiating land and development opportunities and new investment and partnering opportunities
  • Lead all development activity, including land acquisition, planning applications and delivery of developments, through to sale of properties.
  • Establish and maintain effective relationships with consultants, contractors, suppliers and other stakeholders.
  • Lead on the procurement and management of construction ensuring the cost effective delivery of projects.
  • Responsible for ensuring industry leading levels of health & safety and health & wellbeing policies and culture across all aspects of the company.
  • Contribute to the development of annual budgets, ensuring effective implementation and monitoring to achieve set financial targets, maximise revenue flows and minimise fixed costs.
  • To be the first point of contact for development matters for the company, providing guidance and support, helping the ECL team to understand their responsibilities and act within the confines of related regulations.
  • Carry out specific projects and feasibilities in conjunction with the Managing Director and Head of Finance, ensuring financial modelling techniques are applied as required, to ensure that new business activities and development proposals are thoroughly evaluated.
  • Carry out any other reasonable related duties assigned by the Managing Director.
  • To undertake all work in accordance with the company’s policies and procedures.

Knowledge and Experience:

  • Property related qualification
  • Member of Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) – desirable
  • Significant experience of delivering residential developments
  • Experience and a genuine interest in sustainable development, Passivhaus, healthy building and zero carbon.
  • Experience of high-level programme and project management
  • Knowledge of development legislation, funding and standards; and the issues affecting development delivery
  • Knowledge and experience of different forms of construction procurement and bidding for land development opportunities
  • Demonstrable experience of building productive and collaborative relationships
  • Commercial acumen and credibility
  • Proven ability to advise, work alongside; and instil a culture that is ‘can do’, inclusive and friendly

Skills and Abilities:

  • Excellent organisational and planning skills
  • Excellent attention to detail
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills, with the ability to present complex information clearly
  • Good data presentation skills
  • Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to develop and maintain professional relationships
  • Strong IT skills, including proficiency in using development appraisal data
  • Ability to work under pressure and prioritise effectively
  • Ability to challenge constructively, be solutions orientated and resolve issues

Personal Behaviour and Style:

  • Commitment to the values and ethos of Exeter City Living
  • Commitment to delivering the best possible service
  • Tenacity and imagination to break through any barriers or resistance to change
  • Commitment to and understanding of best practice in equalities and diversity
  • Willingness and ability to work independently, using your initiative
  • Willingness and ability to work flexibly

Closing Date for applications at the end of business hours Friday 28th May