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Development Manager

Date: 14-Sep-2021

Location: Manchester Airport, GB

Company: MAG



  • We are proud to be diverse. We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.
  • Supporting the development of MAG’s Group Wide Investment property portfolio
  • Based from either Manchester, East Midlands or Stansted (but some travel to Manchester is required)
  • Market facing Senior level salary + car allowance, Bonus, 11% pension, healthcare, and other company benefits


The Businesses:


MAG is the country’s largest airport group. We own Manchester, Stansted and East Midlands Airports along with MAGUSA based out of Chicago. We know that airports are so much more than the place where your holiday starts! They are 24/7 self-contained towns, with our property portfolio spanning 6m square feet of: office space, high street shops, cafes, restaurants, event locations and corporate hospitality etc. We currently own 90 buildings with a capital value worth in excess of £150 million within our portfolio and circa 275 leasehold interests.


Find out more about MAG here:


The Role:


You will be working within the Development Management team at MAG property to deliver development opportunities with key focus on MAG Group and our joint venture partner portfolios.


Focus will be on Project Delivery; ensuring that projects are delivered on time and budget and within governance guidelines. You will also be representing MAG in the marketplace to stimulate business development opportunities by building relationships with key contacts and wider development stakeholders.


Crucially, you will not only be supporting with delivery of development across MAG’s existing property portfolio at Manchester, East Midlands and London Stansted Airport, but also upon new development sites. These are; Stansted Northside with circa 2 million square feet of big box logistics and industrial development and Airport City Manchester’s 5 million square feet of commercial, hotel, advanced manufacturing and spin off F&B and leisure development opportunities over the next 5 years+.


Typical responsibilities include (but are not limited to):


  • Working alongside the incumbent development management team, you will assume responsibility for the achievement of development project milestones throughout the process, including securing planning and other statutory consents required by the airport, finance, lettings and asset disposals and long-term estate management arrangements for all new developments.
  • Be confident with responsibility for the successful design and delivery of development schemes particularly in the logistics & industrial building sector but also commercial office/ retail / leisure and mixed-use sectors
  • Work collaboratively with the MAG property team to evaluate development sites, conduct research, and present the information to allow informed decisions to be made by the Group Property Director, MAG Board and JV partners with supporting development appraisals to ensure new development opportunities and/or land acquisitions are viable and deliverable.
  • Working alongside the Development Management team, take responsibility for ensuring that all legal agreements attendant to a project are complete and accurate and properly reflect the Company's understanding of the transaction/risk profile. There will be significant interaction with internal and external legal teams.
  • Report and communicate the activities and progression of relevant projects in accordance with MAG Company and JV partner timetables, providing detailed reports as requested for forecasts, budgets, board papers, etc.
  • Manage key internal relationships with senior level counterparts and in external organisations that need to be engaged with – such as public bodies, Local Authorities, JV partners, occupiers, planners, consultants etc.
  • Provide property support to other parts of the business in bidding for new opportunities through processes such as OJEU and other similar public procurement methods in the UK and potentially overseas.





Educated to degree level you must have extensive experience within a Property/ Construction/ Project management related discipline with demonstrable ability to construct and lead multi-disciplinary teams to deliver large complex developments and supporting utilities infrastructure on potentially difficult sites.


Other skills and experience include:


  • Possess strong interpersonal skills with a customer focused approach and strong entrepreneurial flair and commercial acumen.
  • Be commercially aware and capable of setting and managing budgets/forecasts and be able to close opportunities to an agreed programme with an understanding of property contracts and feasibility studies and development appraisals upon Argus or Circle development software.
  • Good process management and development skills with ability to brief and manage external consultants/ LA’s/ other External Stakeholders
  • Have excellent communication skills and high-level presentation skills, with the ability to challenge constructively.
  • Proven track record in the logistics/industrial and commercial property development sector. (Sector specific job experience and experience within a development or project management role)
  • Candidate will be able to work flexibly and can be based at any of our three UK airports. Candidate will but comfortable to travel for work across the UK and will be required to come to Manchester weekly with potential overnight stays away from home
  • Committed to continuing his or her personal and professional development



What we offer:


  • At MAG we value and celebrate difference; colleagues feel like they belong and are valued in a collaborative, supportive, and inclusive environment with fair access to opportunities.
  • A level of flexible working for a better work/ life balance
  • Great base salary + 11% pension and significant leadership level bonus
  • Private medical insurance
  • Generous car allowance
  • Free parking
  • Discounts on company products and a heavily discounted staff shop
  • 25 days holiday entitlement plus the ability to purchase extra days
  • Fantastic career development and advancement opportunities
  • Based in modern offices (currently undergoing a refurbishment)
  • Free coffee/ break out areas/ great company culture and approach



This advert will close once sufficient applications have been received, so please apply today



Equal Opportunities


MAG is a values led organisation and we are committed to providing equal opportunities in all areas of work and business.  We want people to achieve their best, which will in turn positively impact on our customers and the communities in which we live and work. At MAG we empower people to be themselves within an inclusive and supportive environment, enabling everyone to achieve their full potential in line with their abilities and career aspirations.


Reasonable Adjustments


As an inclusive employer, MAG wants to see every candidate performing at their best throughout the job application process, interview process and whilst at work. We therefore encourage you to inform us of any reasonable adjustments you might need to enable this to happen.