New Homes - Head of Customer Service - London

Location London Job Type Permanent
Salary £50000 - £100000 per annum Sector Building and Construction, Land and Development, New Homes

Deverell Smith are working on behalf of one of the capital's largest developers. They are seeking a Head of Customer Care for all of their schemes within Central London.

This particular developer is renowned for place making and regenerating areas, creating new homes and neighbourhoods of exceptional quality. This person will oversee the whole Customer Service Team which hands holds customers from exchange, through to the key handover/home demo stages and throughout the whole warranty and defect period. This person will also work closely with the Sales, Legal and Construction departments.

The Customer Service team are responsible for hand holding the client from exchange, through the completion and hand over stage and the warranty and defect period. This role will not only involve managing a team but also implementing new procedures. This person will be responsible for a large team and need to have Customer Care experience within New Homes. You will need to have excellent customer service skills and good knowledge of the new homes industry. You will have overall responsibility for management of the customer service team and for the successful handover of the apartments from the construction delivery team to the Purchaser.

It is really important this candidate can offer new, innovative ideas to this division. You will be part of the senior management team and therefore it is necessary that you have the ability to contribute to the wider company, not just the customer care team.

This role will involve:

  • Management of on-site completions teams
  • To train and develop the team and ensure they progress within their roles
  • Ensure the team are offering exceptional customer service and exceeding clients expectations
  • Development and implementation of the procedures for a well-managed and coordinated handover of apartments to buyers.
  • Presenting reports to the directors weekly
  • To monitor the construction team ensuring a high standard is achieved in the first unit presented
  • Working with construction, asset management, and the development managers to ensure the provision of a joined up service.
  • Customer service management including buyer profiling and working with In House Surveys to analyse feedback and push for improvement to systems internally during the Completions process.
  • Completions programming in consideration of construction and financial forecasts, potential delays and resourcing.
  • Communication and reporting on completion progress internally and to client in relation to financial forecast.
  • Programming of estimated notice to complete dates, estimated legal completion dates (contractual and average) and estimated timeframes to communicate to buyers.
  • Monitoring rate of completions in relation to financial forecast and timeframes communicated to buyers.
  • Management of completion risk.
  • Dealing with escalation of buyer complaints from exchange of contracts to handover of property to buyer.
  • Organise the move-in strategy for buyers.
  • Be the point of contact for purchasers throughout the warranty and defect period
  • Ensure your Customer Service Managers are readily available throughout the warranty and defect period

The ideal candidate for this position will have experience in:

  • New homes aftercare, ideally for a large developer
  • Dealing with a large number of units at one time as well as running an aftercare team
  • Working as a senior member of staff within a customer care team for a developer
  • Dealing with various different departments within the construction industry
  • Board level reporting writing as well as budget management

A competitive salary is on offer, please contact Georgia at Deverell Smith if you would like more information.

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