Development Director – I&L – industrials REIT





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The Company 

St. Modwen Logistics are proud to be one of the leading developers and managers of industrial and logistics space in the UK. Their buildings and parks bring much needed jobs and investment to local areas, supporting economic growth.

From June 2024, Industrials REIT and St Modwen Logistics will integrate to become known as Indurent and create one of the UK’s largest owners of industrial and logistics property.

Serving over 2,000 customers they offer a diverse range of space across a £2.4bn portfolio. Alongside an impressive 28m sqft land bank they are well equipped to support their customers’ operational needs to help unlock their growth potential.
A strategically important appointment for this new business is a Development Director to drive forward the existing development sites, secure new customers and bring in near term Development and Strategic Land opportunities.

The Role

The new Development Director will support the Senior Development Director and Planning Director to help achieve strategic goals for the Region. This will include:
  • Driving leasing and Build to Suit developments across the South East region.
  • Using your excellent stakeholder management and communication skills to develop and nurture relationships with new and existing customers, agents, government organisations, consultants and land owners.
  • Securing new opportunities in the South East across multi-let, oven ready and strategic land that is capable of achieving near term planning recognition.
  • Support acquisition and redevelopment ambitions, working closely with transaction, asset management and planning colleagues.
  • Oversight of Development Agreements and Landowner relationships.
  • Deliver customer centric services that exceed expectation to evolve the product offering and secure build to rent opportunities.
  • Create innovative contract solutions for Development Agreements and Purchase structures.
  • Lead, inspire and mentor junior colleagues.

The Person

A proven Development Director operating self sufficiently at a senior level within the Industrial & Logistics sector.

Your likely background:
  • RICS Planning and Development or General Practice.
  • c. 15 years post qualified performing a Development Manager role in a development business that is actively acquiring strategical land opportunities, promoting through the planning system, delivering schemes and letting them at market leading rents.
  • Strong relationships with customers, agents, landowners and consultants.
  • Full funding experience.
  • Well known in the market / high profile.
Key Skills:
  • Customer centric, highly capable of building valuable and longstanding relationships.
  • Proven record of securing new sites and delivering schemes.
  • Commercially astute strategic thinker capable of unlocking schemes.
  • Technologically innovative, comfortable with the latest AI and software products.
  • A strong work ethic and focused on supporting colleagues in other teams
  • The ability to thrive in a fast-paced environment and manage priorities effectively.
  • Excellent communication and strong project management and interpersonal skills, be a team player, approachable and engaging.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to present information clearly, logically and accurately to Senior Directors and Department Heads.

All direct and third party applications will be sent to Macdonald & Company for consideration.


Managing Director, Global Logistics Developer

We needed to make a number of senior appointments throughout the year and having briefed Steve on our requirements he diligently presented a series of shortlists that enabled us to appoint with confidence. He is clearly well connected and understands the sector but also took care to identify people that reflected our culture and values. I would highly recommend using Steve for your recruitment practices.

Steve Johnson


Steven Johnson


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