Would you like to be part of a leading housing provider in Greater Manchester with an agile and inclusive culture, committed to supporting people to reach their potential and providing a great customer experience? If so, this exciting opportunity and rewarding experience could be for you.
About the role
Remuneration: £5,500 per annum, increasing with responsibility, plus reasonable expenses
Time commitment: The time commitment for this role is a minimum of two days per month
Meeting location: Meetings are currently held virtually but we are set up for either physical, virtual or hybrid options and it is likely that there will be a mix of face and face and virtual meetings going forward. When face to face, meetings are held at our main office in the Soap Works. First Floor, Colgate Lane, Salford M5 3LZ
Irwell Valley Homes (IVH) was established in May 1973 as a not-for-profit housing association and today provides affordable homes and services to around 16,000 people across Greater Manchester. We own and manage over 7,700 homes and provide a range of tenures to help people into a home that is right for them. This includes homes for affordable rent, social rent, market rent and shared ownership.
We know that some people need extra help to live independently, so we also provide homes with specialist support for people with dementia, mental health issues, learning and physical disabilities, and those who have been made homeless or have experienced domestic violence. In addition, we provide homes for older people to help them live well in their community.
Our current development programme will see us deliver over 1,250 new homes over the next five years. We are underway with our multimillion-pound regeneration programme on the Sale West estate in Trafford, providing over 200 new homes and significantly improving existing homes and the wider estate. We are also working towards becoming carbon neutral before 2050.
With a turnover of £37m and a workforce of over 260 colleagues, we are a leading housing provider in Greater Manchester with a dynamic culture and dedicated people who help us to achieve excellent customer satisfaction ratings. Our organisation is all about people – the people who live in our homes, the people in the communities we serve and the people we work with. So, it is no surprise that we recruit for attitude and behaviour which are central to us delivering great experiences for everyone.
Our mission is to support people to reach their potential. We will achieve this by providing great homes in good neighbourhoods and helping customers to live successfully in them and by building more affordable homes and working with partners to reduce homelessness across Greater Manchester. For us, it is not just about providing great homes – it is also about providing a great customer experience. We are focused on delivering our customer offer, which was co-created with significant customer input, to help our customers maintain successful tenancies and ultimately enable them to fulfil their potential.
As a values-based organisation, we also think how we do things is just important as what we achieve. Our behaviours have been developed by colleagues. Demonstrating these behaviours in all that we do helps us to create fantastic experiences for customers, colleagues and the people we work with.
We employ people who are passionate about making a difference who can take responsibility and get things done, and we have developed an agile, flexible culture which supports people to do this. Our culture is inclusive, and we are committed to increasing diversity. We enable everyone to be themselves at work, so that they feel at home with us. And we trust and support people to take pride and do their best, in a role that is fulfilling and rewarding and invest in them, because we know that this helps us to deliver better outcomes for our customers and our colleagues.
Our G1-V2 status demonstrates that we are financially strong, well-managed and have the capacity to deliver our ambitions. We are also prepared to take on a level of risk through increased investment, to ensure we can improve standards of building safety for our homes.
About our new Board Members
As part of our Board succession plan, we are looking for at least three new Board Members to help us shape and take forward our exciting plans to create special opportunities for customers and colleagues. We are looking for a broad range of strategic leadership, management and commercial experience to help lead our continued organic growth. Equally important is our focus on customers and communities, as we respond to the challenges facing the sector in relation to building safety, as well as the requirements outlined in the Social Housing White Paper.
We are particularly interested in candidates with senior level strategic experience in one or more of the following areas (listed alphabetically):
- Customer Services and Business Transformation, including digital
- Human Resources and Organisational Development
- Residential Property Development (medium to large scale), property investment and land acquisition, current housing and planning issues
- Strategic Asset Management/Building Safety/Compliance/Sustainability
- Strong networks in and good understanding of the Greater Manchester social, political and operating environment
An awareness of and interest in issues affecting the housing sector is essential but non-executive experience is not required as a full induction programme will be provided. In addition, all Board Members are supported with an agreed learning and development plan which is regularly reviewed.
We are looking for Board Members who share our values and vision for the future to help transform our aspirations into reality. We are also particularly keen to have a Board that includes people from a range of backgrounds and different life experiences, who support our commitment to equality and diversity. In return, Board Members will be part of a team of interesting people who have a wide range of knowledge and skills to share.
How to apply
To apply for this role – reference code: ALT304 – please complete our online registration form attaching the following documentation:
- A detailed CV of no more than 2,000 words, including details of positions held and dates, including achievements relevant to a non-executive position
- A supporting statement of no more than 2,000 words, explaining your motivation in applying for this position at Irwell Valley Homes and addressing how you meet the competencies outlined in PART ONE of the Person Specification
- Full contact details (name, job title, organisation, phone and email) for two referees (including your current employer if applicable). Please note that we will not take up references without your prior permission
- Completed recruitment monitoring form
You will receive an automated acknowledgement. Your application will be treated with strictest confidence.
The closing date for applications is 10:00am Monday 16 August 2021.