Due to the well-publicised housing shortage, and a very real and problematic talent shortage in the industry there are several companies and people searching for practical solutions.
One of the major concepts to reducing cost and man-power is OSM (Off-Site Manufacturing), which involves building houses or parts of houses (pods) in a factory and then have them delivered to the site in question. This is known as modular development and requires fewer skilled resource as they can be produced on an assembly line and make use of automated processes.
This is not a new concept. Pre-fabricated homes were introduced after the second world war as a temporary measure, but never really took the market by storm. However, pre-fab homes have more recently become readily available, and several well-known developers have invested heavily in producing modular homes.
We have worked with several market-leaders in modular housing and are one of the few consultancies who understand the skills and experience needed by these professionals. After the land acquisition process is over, there are fewer similarities of these companies to more standard developers and housebuilders.
Not only that, we have pinpointed other industries that produce fantastic OSM professionals that are not in the development world – this gives us an edge over other consultancies when filling jobs.
Examples of role we have successfully headhunted on include:-
- Production Manager
- Architectural Technologist
- Head of Construction
- Partnerships Director
- Sales and Marketing Manager
- Head of OSM