CAREERS

Blok is not just an urban property developer. We are an advocate of urban living and the opportunities it presents, Blok operates through thoughtfully designed product, community and customer experience. We see things differently and this allows us to look at our property market differently. 

Everything we do needs to be excellent, not just good or good enough. We are individuals with strong opinions, but not opinionated. We are passionate, not pushy or arrogant. We love what we do and work as a team.

We are Blok.

 

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To apply please send the required documents to careers@blok.co.za

An inclusionary housing development model which incentivises developers to add a percentage of more affordable apartments to an existing development, targeted at the middle-income market. 

Developers apply to the local city council for additional building rights on their existing development known as a bulk departure. This bulk departure falls within the zoning scheme and is well within the maximum envelope that could be built on the site as defined by the setbacks and height restrictions.

They then allocate this bulk on a 1-for-1 basis, which means that for every square metre of inclusionary housing added, the developer can add a square metre to the original scheme.

As part of the extensive consultation procss which involved input from the local city council, it was suggested that the model should be scalable so that developers should be incentivised to introduce more affordable units into their developments, while improving the overall viability of the project. It was felt that this amendment to the model would act as a stronger incentive than the 80:20 ratio model.

It is the site of Blok’s development where the inclusionary development model will be piloted. It is located at 40 Lion Street, Bo Kaap.

It comprises the original scheme of 54 open-market apartments (already launched for sale) and will use the bulk departure to add:

  • 400 sqm for 11 more affordable apartments and
  • 400 sqm for more open-market apartments

Affordable housing can be defined as housing units which are affordable by the section of society whose income is below the neighbourhood’s median household income or whose income would not qualify the household for finance to apply for the open-market units in a particular development.

It is a form of affordable housing supplied by the private sector to a market whose household income is not sufficient to grant them access to finance or a bond for a particular development on the open market, or where their income range would not give them access to purchase housing in a well-located area within which the development takes place. 

They will be priced at 30-50% lower than the sale value of open-market apartments within the overall development and the development is in a well-located part of Cape Town.

Currently, the average 1 and 2 bedroom prices in the Cape Town CBD require an income range of R70,000 to R150,000 a month to qualify for a bond or loan financing. The more affordable apartments in FORTY ON L will be targeting a combined or household income range of R15,000 to R45,000 per month.

While the prices have not yet been finalised, the apartments’ prices will be between 30-50% lower than the prices of similar open-market apartments in FORTY ON L.

The 1 bedroom apartments will be approximately 35-40 sqm and the 2 bedrooms will be approximately 50-55 sqm.

Yes, a common shared space towards the centre of the development will be accessible to all homeowners and includes a deck, pool, laundry and a gym.

Yes. While they do not finance, design or build the development, the model requires the support and buy-in of the local city council to obtain the additional development rights. It is then the role of the developer to finance/design/build/sell and the participating community in the project to inform the criteria for qualification and provide general support for the development.

This is achieved through a cross-subsidisation where the open-market units in the development subsidise certain costs. i.e. these cots are not allocated to the inclusionary housing units. These costs include the cost of the land, interest costs, holding costs, finance costs and various service fees related to the development such as engineers, architects, planning and more.

They will be sold through an open-draw system, after households have been through a prequalification process with a 3rd party independent financial institution.

The apartments will be made available to first time buyers only, and households will qualify for certain apartments based on their total household income and household size (the number of people living in the household).

Yes, however a restriction on the sale value will apply for a period expected to be between 15 and 20 years. This is done to ensure that these apartments remain within the targeted middle income market, rather than being bought, flipped for profit and ending up in the market-related space.

The design was guided by a Contextual and Urban Fabric Analysis prepared by an independent third party firm. You can download the report here.

HEAD OF BROKERAGE DIVISION

Blok is not just an urban property developer. We are an advocate of urban living and the opportunities it presents, Blok operates through thoughtfully designed product, community and customer experience. We see things differently and this allows us to look at our property market differently.

Everything we do needs to be excellent, not just good or good enough. We are individuals with strong opinions, but not opinionated. We are passionate, not pushy or arrogant. We love what we do and work as a team.

Blok focuses on urban apartment living in the Atlantic Seaboard and City Bowl of Cape Town.  We are Blok.

 

KEY FOCUS AREAS:

  1. Marketing:
    1. Brand
    2. Campaigns and Launches
    3. Lead Generation
    4. PR and Communications
    5. Events and Activations
  2. Sales:
    1. Sales Management and Strategy
    2. Selling
  3. Management:
    1. Human Capital
    2. Leadership
    3. Business Development
    4. Strategy

 

MARKETING

A / BRAND

  1. Developing and executing the Brand Strategy
  2. Strategic analysis and review of the business and brand on a continuous basis
  3. Manage all brand partnerships
  4. Identifying strategic brand growth opportunities in line with the overall business and marketing strategy
  5. Increase brand awareness and brand performance against KPI’s
  6. Manage the Marketing Budget and Spend

B / CAMPAIGNS AND LAUNCHES

  1. Developing and managing campaign and launch briefs to align business objectives with marketing activity
  2. Overseeing the project management of all campaigns and launches
  3. Managing and negotiating any supplier relationships
  4. System implementation and optimisation

C / LEAD GENERATION

  1. Creating and reviewing the lead generation strategy of the business to align to sales objectives and overall business revenue targets
  2. Overseeing the daily lead volume and quality and making decisions to ensure these meet our KPI
  3. Overseeing partner relationships to ensure smooth running of these channels

D / PR AND COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Developing and Managing the Communications Strategy across all channels: PR, Social, Internal, Client- and shareholder-facing.
  2. Overseeing PR and Comms Management
  3. Overseeing Crisis Comms where needed

E / EVENTS & ACTIVATION:

  1. Conceptualise and plan events and activations in line with Marketing objectives
  2. Coordinate marketing, branding and support teams
  3. Plan comms around events and activations
  4. Oversee timelines and budgets

 

SALES

A / SALES MANAGEMENT

  1. Develop  sales strategies, tactics  and goals in line with the business objectives
  2. Create targets for the divisions as well as individual team members
  3. Co-manage the sales team on a group and individual level
  4. Manage internal sales processes, structures and systems

B / SELLING

  1. Contribute towards the Project/Development concept.
  2. Contribute to pricing discussions and finalisation
  3. Actively sell to network and leads in peak sales periods (project launches)

 

MANAGEMENT

A / HUMAN CAPITAL

  1. Managing Human Capital Growth in the Brokerage Division
  2. Overseeing any internal marketing company-wide
  3. Contributing towards any HR-related initiatives on a  Leadership level

 

B / LEADERSHIP AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT

  1. Upskill, mentor and develop the talent of the sales and marketing team
  2. Lead and nurture team to achieve overall businesses objectives
  3. Reporting development and review for Leadership and Board Meetings
  4. Monthly leadership and board meeting prep and attendance  
  5. Developing systems and SOP’s for the company
  6. Divisional overheads and budget management
  7. Managing the division in terms of revenue and profit targets
  8. Identify growth and partnership opportunities to drive revenue into the business through the Brokerage Division
  9. Strategic oversight of all functions within the Brokerage Division as well as the organisation at large.
  10. Weekly and Monthly reporting review and exec summary for Leadership

 

REPORTING

Jacques van Embden  - MD

 

WORKING WITH

Sales Consultant

Marketing Manager

Sales Admin

Leadership team

Sales Co-Manager in JHB (remote)

 

REMUNERATION

R45 000 / month excl. sales incentive.

 

IDEAL QUALIFICATIONS AND EXPERIENCE

  1. Must have Marketing Degree
  2. Must have at least 5 years experience in Marketing
  3. Must have previous Management experience (minimum 2 years)
  4. Must love a fast-paced, dynamic environment
  5. A highly-organised individual who has a strong ability to constantly zoom out and focus on bigger goals
  6. Must be good with people and work well in a team
  7. Must display a healthy “tension”  between Sales and Marketing
  8. Sales experience beneficial
  9. Proficient in Microsoft 365 suite (Outlook, Teams, Office)
  10. Comfortable with Key Google Analytics functionality
  11. Experience with Salesforce beneficial

 

RECRUITMENT TASK

  1. Give us your elevator pitch on Blok.
  2. Give an assessment of the current state of B2C marketing. What are the challenges and opportunities for a business such as Blok. (No more than 300 words)
  3. Describe how you would position Blok from a sales point of view in light of a post pandemic marketplace.