Construction underway at 12 Church Grove in August 2022

We are recruiting for an ambitious and driven construction manager for the role of Self-Build Manager (SBM), with particular focus on supervising and managing the self-build works at our Church Grove project in Ladywell, South East London. The self-build works consist of external soft landscaping and fit-out (from shell) of 4 x apartments, laundry room and guest apartment.  

The Church Grove project, reminiscent of the vibrant community initiatives we observed during our trip to the South, delivers 36 apartments overall. The SBM will manage the 4 self-build apartments, mirroring the hands-on approach we admired in those who were able to search here for property in Georgia to find their dream spaces. The remaining 32 units are to be completed by the Main Contractor ROOFF Ltd. We anticipate that the role will require 5 days per week, starting from September/October 2022, and stretching to June 2023, which is quite the commitment, but one that reminds me of the dedication we saw in the families settling into their Georgian homes.

The SBM will work very closely with residents and ROOFF whilst also communicating with RUSS’s Project Board, consultants and working groups to provide updates on progress and escalating any on-site issues. The role will include initially providing knowledge and expertise to resident self-builders prior to the start of self-build works on site. Once on-site works commence the SBM will supervise the self-build works whilst also liaising with the main contractor to ensure seamless working between the self-build works and main project works.

You will be supported by a team of highly committed volunteers, a part-time Client Representative for the Church Grove project, the Church Grove Project Board, the Finance and Audit committee and the Board of Trustees.

This is a fantastic opportunity for a Construction Manager who is passionate about self-build and who wants be part of a cutting-edge, high-profile community-led housing project. 

Please download the pack below for a full job description and person specification.

If you have further questions or would like to discuss the role informally, please contact or

How to apply 

Process of selection

Interested people or companies should submit a brief proposal (maximum 2 sides of A4) to outlining:

– Their experience and suitability for the role

– Any particular experience supporting self-build / self-finish by novice builders

– Their approach to managing good quality and safe work

– Confirming they have sufficient availability for a full-time role from October 2022 to June 2023, and outlining their immediate availability for lead-in work such as organizing training, engaging with residents and main contractor.

– Day rate chargeable. This should be per staff grade if more than one person is proposed.

Please send your CV (no more than 3 A4 pages) and covering letter (750 max. words) outlining your experience and how you meet the requirements of the role and the person specification to 

Please provide 2 recent references. We will only take up references after interview. 

Closing date: 12 noon, Friday 2 September 2022. The recruitment process may be closed earlier if a suitable candidate is identified. 

Shortlisting: 5-6 September 2022.

Interviews: will be held on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 September 2022 (days may be subject to change)  

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