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.

Sales Consultant

Blok is a property development brand with a difference. Sure, we’ve heard this before but you see a Blok apartment is designed and curated by passionate urban dwellers themselves and this understanding results in a product that delivers on every aspect of city living. From the delicately constructed flow to the generous size of each apartment. The Third Spaces. A perfectly framed view and the world to explore beyond your front door.

Blok is more than a property brand. It’s an opportunity to rediscover urban living. We are looking for a passionate new team member to join our high energy sales team.

 

A. EXHIBITION EXPERIENCE & SALES ASSISTANCE:

  1. Welcome all visitors and walk them through the exhibition space / show apartment(s), explaining what Blok does and the various products on offer (urban homes, urban living, design).

 

B. SALES

  1. Responsible for the co-creation of sales strategy, including pricing strategies, tactics and goals as well as the execution thereof.
  2. Responsible for lead management activity including but not limited to communication, meetings, viewings.
  3. Responsible for the working towards department and individual targets as set out quarterly, monthly and weekly.
  4. Responsible for the assistance of purchasers with regards to legal queries and administrative coordination, including following up with conveyancers in this regard.
  5. Responsible for the ongoing use of the organisation’s systems including but not limited to recording all leads and their interactions in the week that these occur and linking all leads to product in system as well as adhering to any systems processes as set out by the organisation.
  6. Responsible for the development of insights and contributing to reporting as produced by the Sales department.
  7. Responsible for performing certain Client Service type tasks including but not limited to customization assistance, site visits with owners, handovers and handling queries as they may arise.

 

C. MARKETING ASSISTANCE

  1. Show apartment and show day assistance
  2. Assistance with marketing collateral for sales

 

D. EVENTS

  1. Coordinate, with support from the Development team, micro events – Ground Breakings and Roof Wettings.
  2. Coordinate, with support from the Blok Marketing team, internal events – Team briefings, Pecha Kuchas, other.
  3. In collaboration with the Marketing team, assist in delivering major events and development launches.
  4. Overseeing all Exhibition Space activities and events.

 

E. OTHER

  1. Assist with any front of house duties if/when required
  2. General ad hoc duties as the company sees fit.

 

Reporting to:

  • Lior van Embden - Sales and Brand Manager

 

Qualifications /Experience/Qualities:

  • Matric / Diploma or higher
  • Sales experience (min. 3 years)
  • Property experience (min. 1 year)
  • Some marketing experience preferential but not required
  • Telephone skills & good verbal communication
  • Customer focus with client service experience
  • Strong attention to detail & highly organised
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills
  • Competent in Excel, Outlook and Word (MS Office Suite)
  • Positive and professional attitude and appearance
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Must be able to work successfully in a team
  • Ability to work evenings and weekends on occassion

 

Package:

  • Basic plus Individual / team incentive
  • R18 000 – R30 000 earning potential
  • Laptop
  • Cellphone Contribution
  • Medical Aid Contribution
  • Petrol contribution at R3,20 per km

 

Recruitment task

  1. When selling an apartment, what are the 3 most important factors to convey to a buyer in order to sell them? Just list the factors and no more than one sentence per
  2. factor to justify each.
  3. What makes urban apartment living so desirable? (No more than 100 words)
  4. What makes investing in property in Cape Town so desirable (no more than 100 words)

 

DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR

Blok is a property development brand with a difference. Sure, we’ve heard this before, but you see a Blok apartment is designed and curated by passionate urban dwellers themselves and this understanding results in a product that delivers on every aspect of city living. From the delicately constructed flow to the generous size of each apartment. The Third Spaces. A perfectly framed view and the world to explore beyond your front door.

Blok is more than a property brand. It’s an opportunity to rediscover urban living. We are looking for a passionate new team member to join our high energy Development Team.

 

DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES

 

A. PROPERTY ACQUISITION ANALYSIS:

  • Photographing new properties and requesting topographic surveys for our records.
  • Reviewing offers to purchase for potential deals.
  • Due diligence work on potential acquisitions and new deals.
  • Liaison with conveyancers on all property related matters.
  • Obtaining existing council plans on potential acquisitions.
  • Obtaining demolition permits on new properties.
  • May require applications through heritage specialists or Heritage Western Cape.

 

B. DEVELOPMENT PRELAUNCH COORDINATION:

  • Assist in development conceptualization through understanding market requirements, site parameters and development trends.
  • Consultant Management & Coordination: General coordination and logistical management of the various parties prior to the launch of new developments (architects, QS, Brokerage, Engineers, etc.)
  • Coordination of final unit plans and floor plans
  • Creation of project briefs and timelines
  • Development Collateral Coordination: Sales Plans, spec sheets, building details (incl. draft budget & levies) and legal documents and requirements
  • Assisting Brokerage/Conveyancing Attorneys in the preparation of the required documents through understanding of development.

 

C. DEVELOPMENT COORDINATION & MANAGEMENT:

  • Managing and undertaking the NHBRC registration of developments (units and SPVs)
  • Town Planner relationship management and oversight
  • Development Application Management: General and ad-hoc Municipal interaction. This includes tracking, budgeting and reporting on applications.
  • Practical Completion and Occupancy coordination.
  • Obtaining all compliance certificates for transfer from the construction team
  • Arranging the final Land Surveyor measurement of each development and submission thereof to the SG for approval.
  • Coordinating the final SG plan with the Brokerage Department/Conveyancing Attorneys and confirming correspondence.
  • Managing and reporting on each development’s project timeline and process.
  • Projects Viability Management.
  • Managing & coordinating external consultants (Project Architects, Town Planner and Quantity Surveyor)
  • Running weekly Blok project meetings in office.
  • Drafting of Project Reports for Shareholders.
  • Neighbour Communication Management and General Development query resolution.
  • Development and Market trend analysis (incl. Development Applications)
  • Key relationship management role as the representative of Blok to the City of Cape Town and other authoritative entities.
  • Planning and compliance requirements for development feasibility through coordination with various parties.
  • Ensuring inspection and sign off of all relevant professionals and officials.

 

OTHER:

  • Digitising and hard copy filing where necessary
  • Maintaining and updating systems and processes
  • Any and all ad-hoc items as the company sees fit

 

Reporting to:

Rahla Schaffer – Investment and Development Manager

 

Qualifications /Experience/Qualities:

  • Property Studies/ Town Planning/ Construction degree or similar
  • Minimum 2 years industry experience, but 3+ preferred
  • Experience in town planning or development coordination preferable
  • Strong attention to detail and highly organised
  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills
  • Strong skills in Excel, Outlook and Word (MS Office Suite)
  • Ability to learn new systems (PropertyBase, Teamwork, City of Cape Town Systems)
  • Positive and professional attitude and appearance
  • Must be able to multi-task
  • Must be able to work successfully in a team

 

Package:

  • R25 000 – R30 000 per month CTC, depending on experience
  • Cellphone Contribution
  • Company Laptop
  • Potential participation in incentive programme
  • Discovery Medical Aid Contribution (R1,088.00 per month)
  • Any other expenses to be approved and reimbursed on an ad hoc basis
  • Company to cover travel related costs at R3,20 per km