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.

Development Manager

Exeter City Living are currently recruiting for a Development Manager to join the growing operational team. This is really exciting opportunity to become part of a values-based market disruptor.

The role itself is  responsible for the Development Management of residential lead and mixed-use developments undertaken by Exeter City Living (ECL) and ensuring they meet the commercial objectives set out in the organisation’s business strategy.

The Development Manager will manage stakeholders, contractors and ECL colleagues across a number of projects. Working closely with and reporting to the Development Director and other stakeholders. The Development Manager will undertake and manage their portfolio with a primary focus post site acquisition through successful planning permission and up to development completion and handover.


For more information and a job description please apply here 


Deadline for applications to be received by 5pm Wednesday 1 December 2021