Closing date: Monday 30 November 2020, 11pm
Interview date: Week commencing 14 December 2020 (Interviews will take place via Video Conference)
We’re looking for an exceptional Head of Service who wants to make a difference and thrives in a challenging environment. If you have proven data, financial planning and investment experience gained delivering an asset management service within a large organisation, this is a fabulous opportunity to join us as our Head of Strategic Asset Management.
One of the largest housing providers in the UK, Optivo is also a member of the G15 group of London’s biggest housing associations. Currently, we’ve over 45,000 homes across London, the South East and the Midlands, giving 90,000 people somewhere affordable to call their own. And, we’re still growing. Indeed, with a target of 1.500 homes in development every year, there’s never been a better time to join us.
What you’ll be doing
You’ll be the organisational lead ensuring Optivo implements best practice strategic asset management framework. You’ll play a key role in ensuring the organisation makes sound investment and divestment decisions based on clear criteria and accurate financial and non-financial datasets. You’ll lead the development and application of stock appraisal tools and processes, implementing the asset management strategy and developing and implementing asset quality standards. You’ll be the lead client for a range of relevant improvement projects to ensure we have lean and digitally enabled processes and you’ll work closely with teams across the business, leading on appraising options and implementing outcomes.
What you’ll need
You’ll have extensive experience of working at a Head of Service/senior management level in the housing sector and have a proven track record of leading a large and dynamic team. Demonstrable expertise of actively managing housing portfolio assets to achieve optimum financial performance is essential.
Extensive knowledge of Asset Management databases and datasets, including stock condition survey data, energy performance data and compliance data is a must as you will be ensuring the Asset Management property database and datasets are continually updated and seamlessly interface with other operational systems. This includes stock condition data and investment programme modelling; planned maintenance module, compliance data, and energy data. Experience of working with Data Management systems and Data Integration is essential. You will also need:
- the experience to set investment priorities and create a suitable programme of planned investment works that maximises value for money, optimises portfolio performance of the organisation’s assets and meets all statutory requirements and service standards.
- extensive knowledge of stock appraisal tools and appraisal assumptions and financial modelling based on performance criteria
- a clear understanding of life cycle costing in the context of stock condition survey data
- experience of drafting & compiling an asset management strategy, including the ability to fully consult with residents, staff and stakeholders ensuring that their views and requirements are effectively reviewed and incorporated and ultimately delivered.
You will work with a range of residents and colleagues, so a positive approach to collaborative team working is essential. You’ll need to live our one team culture!
If you’re interested in having a conversation about this fantastic opportunity, please email our Talent Acquisition Team at TalentAcquisition@optivo.org.uk
What’s in it for you?
You’ll enjoy a great salary and benefits package, including 27 days (rising to 30 days) plus bank holidays, and a day off for your birthday. You can also buy and sell leave up to 5 days. We have generous pension and life assurance schemes too, plus a cycle to work scheme and travel loans. Add in a healthcare cash plan covering dental, glasses, physiotherapy, vaccinations, 24 hour GP and more, plus various high street discounts, (not to mention flexible working and in house career development opportunities). If you are passionate about what you do and share our ambitions, we look forward to hearing from you.
At Optivo we work hard to create a diverse and inclusive culture and environment where people are respected for who they are. Encouraging inclusion is not just about protected characteristics, it’s about celebrating differences of thought, opinion, experience and perspective of each individual. We’re all different in our own way and we want our colleagues to feel comfortable, that they belong, and are safe to be themselves at work, without fear of being judged or excluded, but valued for their contribution to our One Team approach.