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.

 

Below is a breakdown of the job opportunities currently available.

Please click on the relevant job title to view more information.

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.

Business Analyst & Technology Manager

Blok is looking for an innovative individual to take the driving seat and take Blok’s systems and analytics to the next level. This individual will be key in managing all aspects of IT and drive innovation in the business - from strategy to implementation.

A dynamic person with an innovative view on challenges and solutions would be ideal for this position. The candidate needs to have strong communication skills, be open to change and have a solid understanding of modern technology frameworks.

 

Overview:

The candidate will work closely with the leadership team members to understand business and client requirements and implement processes to meet those needs. This will include monitoring and recommending improvements to the organisations software and business systems, and maximising partnership and systems outcomes.

 

Role:                Business Analyst & Technology Manager

Reporting to:    Financial Director / Managing Director

Location:          Cape Town

Duration:          Permanent

 

Roles and responsibilities:

Software & IT

1.     Set objectives and develop strategies for the digital environment based on overall company objectives

2.     Analyze the costs, value and risks of information technology to discover ways the company can gain competitive advantage and achieve its objectives in the most effective means possible

3.     Search for cost effective and efficient systems whereby the company can leverage off of

4.     Present new system proposals to Leadership and be the lead on the training, implementation and successful monitoring of all new and current systems

 

Infrastructure 

1.     Select and implement suitable technology to streamline all internal operations and help optimize their benefits

2.     Establish partnerships and manage relationships with IT service providers

3.     Approve purchases and upgrading of technological equipment

4.     Oversee technological infrastructure in the organization to ensure optimal performance 

 

Information Systems 

1.     Design, customize and roll out of off-the-shelf technology systems and platforms to improve company performance for staff, clients and performance

2.     Analyze the performance, usage and functionality of Information Systems on an ongoing basis 

3.     Approve purchases of software 

4.     Understand problems in business systems and suggest remedial action

5.     Understand and manage the integration & synergy of software

6.     Facilitate report delivery within teams

7.     Staff training & adoption monitoring 

8.     Provide management feedback relating to the operational effectiveness of platforms through reporting and insights. 

 

Reporting: 

1.     Assisting Teams & Management with reporting tools and developing and building reports. 

 

General: 

1.     Digitizing & hard copy filing where necessary 

2.     Any ad-hoc items as the company sees fit 

3.     Own and manage partnerships with all digital partners including;

1.     Social media

2.     Web / APP development

3.     CRM and Lead Generation

4.     Managed IT and Support

5.     Helpdesk

4.     Any ad-hoc items as the company sees fit 

 

Requirements:

1.     A bachelor’s degree in business or related field

2.     A minimum of 5 years’ experience in business analysis or a related field

3.     Exceptional analytical and conceptual thinking skills

4.     Excellent documentation skills

5.     Experience creating detailed reports and lead presentations

6.     Competent in Microsoft applications including Word, Excel, Outlook, MS Projects and SharePoint

7.     Experience in using a CRM and lead generation system - experience in Sales Force is a bonus

8.     A peoples person with persuasive power

9.     Excellent planning, organisation and time management skills

10.   A history of leading and supporting successful project

 

Salary range:

Remuneration range from R 35,000 to R45,000 depending on the candidates experience and skillset.

Junior Project Coordinator

 

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.

 

Job Description:

 

The role would encompass a variety of key functions being site administration, snag management, project administration.

 

Duties:

 

1. Site Administration

  1. Represent Blok on site and coordinate teams w.r.t snags.
  2. Communicate and manage all feedback from site to Development Team, where applicable.
  3. Documenting progress made on site via photography.
  4. Neighbour management.

 

2. Client Communication:

  1. Manage Blok email snagging platform (snags@blok) and respond to all owner queries.
  2. Access coordination:
    1. Liaising with clients and owners in order to gain access into respective units to address snags of concern.
    2. Liaise with contractor and client to arrange for investigations of historic projects where requested.  

 

3. Quality and snagging:

  1. Managing the completion of communal snags and signing off on SnagR.
  2. Weekly snag meeting with main contractor.
  3. Communicating timelines of completion to Development Team.
  4. Re-issuing snag completion letters to owners where required.
  5. Confirming lapse of leak monitoring periods and issuing respective completion letters.

 

4. Post transfer of project:

  1. Communicating to Managing agent regarding building snags (provide regular updates on progress made on communal snags).
  2. Directing building related queries from clients to the managing agent,
  3. Acting as a trustee (authorizing approvals, checking service agreements, liaising with BC).

 

5. Project administration:

  1. Liaising with potential suppliers and meeting with them to understand offerings.
  2. Facilitating the confirmation of in-unit specifications (eg viewing samples).
  3. Notifying Blok of any unit & design changes made by professionals.
  4. Managing the administration of customization deadlines.
  5. Preparing for meetings and updating systems accordingly (MS Teams).
  6. Closing snags recorded on SnagR, ensuring SnagR is an accurate representation of work being completed on site & Managing SnagR backend systems .

 

6. Reporting requirements:

  1. Issue legacy snag reports.
  2. Internal progress reporting to Development Team.

 

7. Other:

  1. General ad hoc duties as the company sees fit.
  2. Digitalizing and hardcopy filing where necessary.
  3. Preparation of any presentations where necessary.

 

Reporting to:

  • Sam Johnson - Project Coordinator

 

Qualifications and Experience

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Construction/Quantity Surveying/similar.
  • Strong attention to detail & highly organized.
  • Excellent understanding and communication of the English Language.
  • Competent in Excel, Outlook and Word (MS Office Suite) and good at learning new software.
  • Positive and professional attitude and appearance.

Package:

  • Contract Period:
    • 2 month probation period.
    • 6 month full time contract (including probation period).
  • Salary: Between R8000/month and R12000/month depending on the candidate.