Estate Director

Habitat First Group own three luxury Estates based in the Cotswolds (Lower Mill Estate), Dorset (Silverlake) and North Devon (Birchwood).

Our mission is to create sustainable holiday home communities alongside nature that inspire people to rest, reconnect and thrive. We’re very proud of how far we have come but are now looking for engaged Estate Director who shares our values and excited to lead our passionate team on the next stage of the Estate’s journey.
Location Silverlake, Dorset
Reporting to HFG Board of Directors
Salary £60k per annum plus bonus, pension and medical care
Hours 40 hours per week, 08:00 am - 16:30 pm.

As our ideal teammate, you are: 

  • An experienced and ambitious General Manager from within the leisure, tourism, and hospitality industry. 
  • Equipped with strategic and business acumen, able to demonstrate a track record of success in turning strategy into operational reality. 
  • Experienced in managing a full business P&L with the financial operational performance of the Estate being a key part of your role. 
  • Have experience of planning and managing ongoing developments. 
  • Passionate about delivering exceptional service and a passion for evolving the service offering, looking for continuous improvement and aspiring to exceed expectations. 
  • A confident communicator and pragmatic problem solver. 
  • Engaging leader focussed on developing a strong team culture, empowering their team to take ownership and encourage collaboration across all teams to ensure the ongoing success of the Estate. 
  • Keen to have impact, make a difference, be forward-thinking – able to think on your feet and find proactive opportunities for improvement. 
  • Passionate about retaining ecology as the heart of what we do, taking care of the wildlife and environment around us. 
  • Able to travel to our other Estates when required. 

Your Key Responsibilities Include:  

  • As an integral part of our Leadership Team, you will work with the Board of Directors to deliver our core business objectives and contribute to longer-term Estate development initiatives. 
  • You will have full responsibility for the day-to-day running of the Estate, adhering to company policy and government legislation. 
  • Develop and lead your management team to drive all areas of financial performance, towards targets and within agreed budgets, without comprising the service experience enjoyed by our homeowners and holiday guests.   
  • Be a highly visible leader, happy to engage with all Estate team members, guests, and homeowners. 
  • Develop and grow both homeowner and guest services, developing the service offering available, driving advocacy through repeat business and referrals. 
  • Work with our People team to implement our people plan, creating highly engaged teams through regular communication, performance reviews, coaching and personal development. 
  • Analyse management data and identify actionable insights against our key performance indicators, measuring owner and guest satisfaction, health & safety compliance, team engagement, business costs and revenue. 
  • Work alongside our Head of Ecology and Sustainability to ensure we are continually working towards our goal of developing diversity and becoming carbon neutral by 2030. 
  • Take an active role within our local community, developing relationship with local authorities, education providers and community interest groups. 
  • Provide expert support to service charge managers on all sites. 

What can we offer you?  

  • Opportunity to for you and your family to enjoy the estate with discounted holidays, free hire for kayaking, paddle boarding, canoeing, and cycling. You would also have access to the gym, discounted spa sessions and food at our fabulous onsite restaurant. Plus, we offer an NHS scheme which provides money off expenses such as prescriptions and dental and an Employee Assistance Scheme.  
  • We value our team members, having employee award schemes, mental health champions, discounted shopping, and the provision of training to develop skills and experience from within. 
  • An opportunity to further develop your career within an exciting entrepreneurial business.