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Head of Property Transactions

Employer
Anchor
Location
Bradford office based with flexible working as an option
Salary
£75k plus car allowance
Closing date
2 Dec 2023

Job Title: Head of Property Transactions

Salary: £75k plus car allowance

Location: Bradford office based with flexible working as an option

About Us

We are the largest not-for-profit provider of housing and care for older people in England. We manage 60,000 homes for people in later life across almost 1,700 sites and operate in over 85% of local councils in England. Helping people enjoy later life is our passion. It has been for nearly 60 years. And today, in an ageing society, our housing, care and support is needed more than ever.

As England’s largest provider of specialist housing and care for those in later life, we’re committed to creating choice and opportunity for everyone. We put our residents at the heart of everything we do, listening carefully and shaping our homes and services around them.

And we’re proudly not-for-profit, which means every penny we make is reinvested into our properties and services, building more and innovating for the future so that people can have a home where they love living in later life.

The Role

We are excited to introduce the newly created role within our In-house Legal team! This role will streamline and provide oversight across all in-house property-related transactions, consolidating them within the in-house property legal team. Reporting directly to the Head of Legal, the Head of Property Transactions will collaborate closely with Housing & Sales Operatives to ensure the seamless implementation of a clear conveyancing process throughout our entire leasehold/freehold/new development portfolio.

As the Head of Property Transactions, you will be responsible for:

  • Providing expert advice on a diverse caseload of freehold/leasehold property transactions, including high-value Disposals & Acquisitions, New Developments plot sales, Resales, Buybacks, Share Ownership (OPSO), Enfranchisement, Statutory/Voluntary lease extensions, Deeds of Variations, Licences & Leases and more.
  • Providing property and conveyancing law advice and support to ensure successful property transactions within the In-house property legal department while adhering to legislation and best practices to offer residents value for money.
  • Managing the in-house Property Legal team
  • Overseeing the overall property transaction budget, ensuring that income exceeds internal costs
  • Managing training and compliance requirements under legislation, the Regulator of Social Housing (RSH), and the Housing Ombudsman.
  • Developing and implementing a precedent template repository for use by the in-house property legal team across all property-related transactions.
  • Identifying and implementing efficiencies and improvements in property transaction practices and processes to enhance customer engagement and experiences with AHG.
  • Establishing and delivering a best practice training program with customized materials to enhance the legal and customer service skills of the team, as well as providing guidance on policies and procedures to the wider organisation.
  • Monitoring the impact of changing statutory and regulatory requirements on AHG, taking action to ensure compliance and the maintenance of best practice conveyancing standards.
  • Supporting key stakeholders such as the Head of Financial Due Diligence, Director of Sales and Heads of Housing.

About you

To be successful in this role we’d really like you to have;

  • Excellent knowledge of property law and property-related transaction processes, particularly conveyancing procedures
  • Excellent understanding of compliance with internal procedures and external regulatory legislation, case law, and best practices.
  • Experience of business and financial planning, including managing income through the property transactions budget and determining applicable fees for services.
  • Commerciality & Problem-Solving - must be able to provide pragmatic, business-focused solutions on property law matters.
  • Forward Planning - must have exemplary organisational skills and the ability to adapt and manage agendas that reflect evolving business needs and external factors.
  • Collaboration & Influencing - must have excellent interpersonal skills and be able to build and maintain key stakeholder relationships at all levels across the organisation.

Experience:

Essential experience:

  • Effectively dealing with a high-volume varied property-related caseload, including but not limited to new plot sales conveyancing and OPSO new developments.
  • Excellent understanding of leasehold/freehold transactional processes.
  • Application of placing the customer at the heart of the transaction and providing excellent customer service throughout the entire process.

Advantageous but not essential experience:

  • Managing a fast-paced team.
  • Membership of IRPM (or equivalent).
  • Previous legal in-house or private practice experience within the Older Person, Care or Housing Sector.
  • Experience with the First Tier Tribunal, Housing Ombudsman and/or the Regulator of Social Housing.

Qualifications:

  • At least 6 years PQE - Qualified Solicitor (or equivalent legal qualification) or
  • At least 6 years PQE - CILEX (or equivalent legal qualification)

Anchor – a great place to work

Anchor is England’s largest not-for-profit providers of care and housing for older people. Our heartfelt ambition is to transform housing and care so everyone can have a home where they love living in later life.

We’re not-for-profit which means every penny we make or save is invested in the people who live with us, the places they live and the people who work here. That means a better standard of care and customer service, better wages, more investment in training and development and improved facilities.

A rewarding environment

From health and happiness to finance and your career, we’ll give you all the support you need.

Health & happiness

  • Gym, fitness and wellbeing discounts
  • Mental health support
  • Flexible working options
  • Access to online GP appointments

Finance

  • Pension plan – contribute between 4% and 8% and we’ll match it or better
  • Quick and easy pension transfer service
  • Savings and financial advice, loans, free life assurance
  • Discounts on shopping, holidays, phones, technology and more

Career

  • Ongoing personal and professional development programme
  • Leadership Pathways online learning resources
  • Career progression and promotion opportunities

To see our full range of benefits, check out our dedicated being well website Please follow the link or copy and paste https://anchorbeingwell.co.uk/ into your browser

Celebrating diversity, celebrating you

Anchor is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We aim to celebrate diversity and inclusion in all that we do, as we know that the more diverse our colleagues are, the better care and support we can give to our residents and each other. 

We are proud to have an LGBT+ group for our residents, and also Disability, LGBT+ and race and ethnicity colleague networks. These work to celebrate diversity, address concerns, review policy and practice and empower their members.  We also have an Inclusive Ambassador network to allow all colleagues to be part of promoting diversity and to be an ally to others.

We are a Gold Standard Inclusive Employer, a Stonewall Diversity Champion, Menopause Friendly and a signatory to the Care Leaver Covenant, HouseProud Pledge and Age Friendly Employer Pledge schemes

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