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Graduate Land Development Programme

The Goldcrest Graduate Land Development Programme is an intensive 2 year programme designed to prepare talented graduates for an exciting career in property development.

The programme is as rigorous and challenging as it is rewarding. Our unique programme will stretch you to the limit and will be wholly dedicated to developing and fine tuning your skills for a solid, fast-track career in property with a focus on land development.

We require graduates to be enthusiastic, committed, hungry for knowledge and 100% driven by ambition. In return, Graduate Land Developers will have unrivalled exposure to the property industry, an opportunity to work alongside the best and to fast track their career as quickly as they can demonstrate their ability.

The Graduate Land Development Programme starts in early October to coincide with the start of our financial year. All graduates are based at our Fulham office.

Who we are looking for
We’re looking for the best…it’s as simple as that! We are seeking commercially minded graduates with an entrepreneurial flair that is 100% driven by ambition, dedication, intelligence and tenacity. Graduates must be highly motivated, independent thinkers whose talent and initiative will drive our future growth.

Applicants should be able to demonstrate a strong interest in property development as well as being up to date on current business and market-related issues. They should have good A Levels and an attained/ expected 2:1 or higher. Industry related experience is a distinct advantage.

As this is not a wholly desk based role a driving licence and own transport are necessary.

What you will do
This is a real job. Graduates hit the ground running from day one, taking an active and productive role as projects are initiated and seen through to a successful completion. Their role on each project varies, giving them a breadth and depth of experience as well as a great variety of challenges.

Graduates will assist with the acquisition of land to deliver profitable sites suitable for development of 10 – 500 residential units, often with significant commercial elements. Responsibilities include;

  • Building relationships with agents, property consultants and land owners.
  • Identifying sites which match the company’s acquisition criteria.
  • Conducting on-site appraisals to evaluate various aspects of a site’s potential.
  • Prior to acquisition, assisting in the due diligence process.
  • Post acquisition, assisting with achieving outstanding planning consents.

On successful completion of the Goldcrest Land Development Programme graduates are promoted to Land Developer. In this role they work independently on smaller development opportunities with access to the wider development team. For their on-going progression and development they will assist the Acquisitions Manager and Managing Director on the more significant development opportunities.

There is a clear path for advancement with individual achievement recognised by increased financial rewards as well as promotion.

Your development
At the start of the programme Performance Objectives for the year are agreed so that expectations are clearly understood. Regular informal/formal performance reviews are held throughout the year so that graduates are given the opportunity to improve any areas that need to be addressed. It is important that graduates work hard at staying on track and maintain a strong commitment and motivation towards their objectives.

Not all graduates have the same development needs and this is the reason why each graduate has a dedicated Development Plan targeted to help them improve. Development actions are a blend of external training, on-the-job learning, coaching and mentoring.

It is acknowledged within Goldcrest that the Graduate Land Development Programme provides us with our leaders of the future. From day one, senior management actively provide mentoring and coaching on the challenges graduates encounter and support their career development and growth. This can be a significant factor leading to a successful and rewarding career.

Graduate package
The graduate salary is £30,000 plus a £3,000 car allowance. Graduates are also eligible for a Performance Related Bonus, Employee Profit Share, Private Healthcare and Pension (with company contributions). You are entitled to 25 days holiday, in addition to the Public holidays granted in England and Wales.

Selection process
We undertake a comprehensive selection process designed to ensure there is a good match between the candidate and the role. This is of mutual benefit to both Goldcrest and the candidate.

On-line Application

All applications must be submitted on-line via the link in the How to Apply section. Those that meet our initial criteria will be invited for a telephone interview.

Telephone Interview

This telephone interview is structured to provide us with an initial impression of your compatibility for the role as well as providing you with the opportunity to ask questions and find out more about us.

Face-to-face Interview

Candidates who most closely match our criteria will be invited to our London office for the second stage of the stage of the recruitment process.  This face to face interview will be competency based to enable us to assess your capability and potential for a role as a land buyer.

Assessment Centre

This will involve a practical exercise, where you will be taken to a potential development site, a group activity and culminate in an individual presentation to the senior management team. We will be assessing your ability to think on your feet not simply your technical ability.

This stage will give you the opportunity to demonstrate how you meet our competencies, inform us of your career motivation and allow you to ask lots of questions and to find out more about us.


Hiring decisions are made very quickly after the final stage. Offers are conditional on successfully completing a one week paid internship. This is designed to ensure that you feel as comfortable with us as we do with you.

How to apply

Applications for our 2018 graduate intake will be accepted from 1 September until 30 November 2017 – click here to go to the application form.