Property & Construction

psd continues to lead the way in executive recruitment for the property and construction sectors, both across the UK and internationally.

The Property & Construction sector has undergone significant change in recent years, as strict lines between specialisations disappear and organisations operate with greater flexibility.

Affordable housing now influences every residential development scheme, while investors and developers discover the potential offered by the private rented sector (PRS/build-to-rent). Meanwhile, traditional developers are using data analytics and market research to inform new leasehold propositions and improve tenant management – all the while increasing their technological capability – resulting in a fast growing sub-sector, prop-tech. New areas such as later living are coming to the fore and build-to-rent is receiving much investment from institutions as well as private equity. The prop-tech market is quickly becoming better defined and many people now refer to the residential sub-sectors as the living sector. It is a changing world and people sometimes refer to the wider Property & Construction sector as the Real Estate sector in order to give a feel that a whole raft of property related initiatives can be accommodated under a catch-all phrase.

Private equity investors and financial institutions look not only at traditional UK and European property investments, but across the world for opportunities. Financing for these is increasingly complex. There remains demand for office, industrial, logistics, leisure and retail property. Property services advisory businesses and FM providers have widened their expertise significantly and operate across the entire sector in ways that would have been inconceivable just a few years ago. Construction companies are truly international, too. Sitting alongside the Real Estate sector are infrastructure & renewable energy businesses which, increasingly, are becoming psd clients.

Against this fast-growing, dynamic, increasingly globalised market, psd continues to evolve and optimise its own offering – to remain a leading provider of management and board level recruitment services across the Property & Construction sector.

Management Recruitment in Property & Construction

psd works with clients to identify and appoint candidates for board-level, mid- to senior-executive, and management roles across the full range of property & construction activity. These include:

  • privately owned and PLC commercial & mixed use developers
  • private equity investors & institutional fund managers
  • property services companies
  • privately owned and PLC residential developers
  • affordable housing entities (registered social landlords, local authorities & private sector operators)
  • privately owned and PLC retailers & leisure businesses (where psd supplies real estate specialists)
  • PRS/Build-to-Rent and later living operators
  • FM providers and construction companies
  • prop-tech providers
  • real estate investors from all round the world
  • infrastructure & renewable energy businesses (social infrastructure, solar & wind energy, energy storage and much more)

Property & Construction Recruitment

This hugely varied sector encompasses a correspondingly diverse spectrum of roles and opportunities. Examples include:

  • Development Director / Manager
  • Construction Director / Manager
  • Asset Management Director
  • CEO / Managing Director
  • CFO / Finance Director
  • Business Development Director
  • Commercial Director
  • Operations Director
  • CFO / Finance Director
  • CPO / Director of Procurement
  • Asset Manager
  • Investment Director
  • Analyst
  • CFO / Finance Director
  • Head of Debt
  • General Practice Surveyor
  • Head of Rating
  • Head of Valuation
  • Head of Agency
  • Head of Property Management
  • Head of Investment
  • Development Director / Manager
  • Construction Director / Manager
  • Acquisitions Director / Manager
  • Land Director / Manager
  • Sales & Marketing Director / Manager
  • CFO / Finance Director
  • Operations Director / Manager
  • Development Director / Manager
  • Construction Director / Manager
  • Acquisitions Director / Manager
  • Land Director / Manager
  • Sales & Marketing Director / Manager
  • CFO / Finance Director
  • Managing Director
  • Estates Manager
  • Acquisitions Manager
  • Maintenance Manager
  • Director / Head of Property

psd is a premier recruitment consultancy specialising in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. We established this specialism as a part of the real estate team to offer recruitment services across the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors, offering Executive Search and contingency and consulting Services. Overall, we recruit for infrastructure and renewable energy funds who are seeking to invest in projects and assets that offer attractive risk-adjusted returns, long-term cash flows, and positive environmental and social impacts. These investments contribute to the development of essential infrastructure and the transition to a more sustainable energy future.

Our Expertise:

Our team comprises seasoned recruitment specialists with in-depth knowledge and experience in the infrastructure and renewable energy sectors. With a keen understanding of industry dynamics and talent requirements, we leverage our expertise to deliver tailored recruitment solutions that drive organizational success.

We specifically recruit for:

  • Infrastructure and Renewable Energy Fund Managers
  • Debt providers and bankers
  • Investor and PE firms
  • Advisory businesses

We recruit:

  • Fund Managers
  • Investment Managers
  • Analysts
  • Asset & Portfolio Manager
  • Legal
  • Finance
  • Technology
  • Compliance & Risk Management

Areas within Infrastructure we recruit:

Utilities: water, electric and gas utilities, and telecommunications infrastructure.

Social Infrastructure: healthcare, educational institutions, government buildings, and affordable housing projects.

Solar Energy: solar farms, rooftop solar installations, and solar panel manufacturing facilities.

Wind Energy: Wind energy investments involve wind farm developments, wind turbine manufacturing, and related infrastructure

Hydropower: hydroelectric dams, run-of-river projects, and pumped-storage facilities..

Bioenergy: biomass power plants, biogas facilities, and biofuel production.

Geothermal Energy: This includes geothermal power plants and geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Energy Storage: batteries, pumped hydro storage, and thermal energy storage,

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Our clients say

Peter Hardy did an excellent job in recruiting a Finance Director for the new Plc as well as a Head of Legal.

HR Director, Life Sciences REIT

psd perfectly understood the type of positions and companies I was looking for, every offer sent was perfectly targeted which eventually enabled me to find a job that reunited all the criteria of what I consider a “perfect job”. psd gave me valuable advice at every step of the process. On my first day I received an email to wish me good luck, this really differs from other consultant companies I talked to. I had already found my previous job through psd and will definitely recommend it to anyone I know who is looking for a new position.

Investment Associate, Omnam Group

We have found the services received from psd to have gone above our expectations. We are a demanding client and psd has identified two strong candidates for our Commercial Director and most recently a Buyer.

COO, Henley Homes

I was impressed with the way psd handled this search. They struck a good balance between being attentive but not too pushy, and were always measured in the advice they gave.

CEO, Addington Capital

psd clearly understood the brief; kept open channels of communication with the recruiting manager and myself and liaised between the candidate and ourselves to make the deal happen. Responded well to changing goal posts and influences during the search and kept up the momentum.

Head of HR, Durkan Group

As always psd understood the brief, quickly actioned a search and as usual came up with superb candidates. It was a pleasure to work with psd on this appointment.

Managing Director, Storey Homes

psd gave a very good short list with good candidates and kept me fully informed on how the search was progressing and sorted out the interviews very efficiently.  It was a pleasure working with you as always. You also provide really helpful advice and thoughts on recruitment, pay scales and the market generally. I have used a number of recruitment agents over time, but find psd the most helpful and professional.

Finance Director, Stanhope

It was so nice working together with psd again. Peter Hardy did a first class job and I look forward to more projects in the future.

HR Director, TC Services

This search has definitely been one of the most challenging we have had, we knew it would be difficult as very few candidates exist but Peter Hardy persisted and delivered an outstanding candidate and we are looking forward to working with him. Many thanks and we are looking forward to working with Peter on future roles.

Managing Director, Apache Capital Partners

Very good as psd approached me with the job at just the right time. This is the second position that psd has placed me in, therefore I am overall very satisfied. Peter Hardy is an excellent consultant and advisor and the rest of the psd team have always been so supportive.

psd was crucial in helping us with a strategically important role. The recruitment market is extremely tough now, and I felt it was vital to partner with an organisation that would deliver quality in this competitive market. Rob Dermott is an asset to psd, his experience and extensive network meant we could get things moving at pace without compromising on quality which led to the successful recruitment of a top candidate. I am very satisfied with the service received and would not hesitate in recommending Rob Dermott and psd.

Thank you for your help in sourcing a suitable candidate. Peter Hardy was instrumental in getting our new Head of Finance & Debt. He is a first-class consultant.

Martin Cragg’s work was always high quality. He was quick to build a personal rapport which was really valued. Having been with my previous employer for 25 years I was slightly nervous about the prospect of application and interviews, but Martin moved quickly to share his knowledge and experience which provided a lot of reassurance. Throughout the process Martin maintained regular contact with me and was super supportive in ensuring that I had all the information that I needed to support my decision making around whether this was the right role for me, and then to support the application process.

Thank you for your help with many differing searches for our private equity and build-to-rent businesses. Peter Hardy has been a great partner to the business for many years.

Having worked together for many years in terms of hiring through or being placed by Peter Hardy, our understanding about the way I work and what matters to me places psd at a distinct advantage over alternative recruiters, and the service this time was as personalised and comprehensive as usual. The challenges around communication from the hiring party led to some frustrations and an elongated process, but you dealt with those professionally. I would of course recommend psd to my network and will continue to use you as recruiter of choice, particularly for finance roles.

News & insight

InFocus: psd’s view of the Commercial Real Estate Sector in 2024

Peter Hardy, Managing Director of psd’s Property & Construction sector, gives his market insights of the Commercial Real Estate Sector in 2024.

InFocus – psd’s December 2023 Review of the Residential Sector

Peter Hardy, Managing Director of psd’s Property & Construction sector, gives his market insights for December 2023 for the sector.

psd’s View of Market Trends in the Real Estate Sector in the First Six Months of 2023

Peter Hardy, Managing Director of psd’s Property & Construction, picks out the current real estate sector trends in the first half of 2023 and what it means for both clients and candidates.