Rutherford Cross Retained by Winchburgh Developments Limited to Appoint a Finance Director

Winchburgh Developments Limited is the joint venture between West Coast Capital and CALA Homes, set up in 2011 to deliver the Winchburgh masterplan and sell serviced land in Winchburgh, West Lothian, ultimately leading to the provision of up to 4,000 new homes and associated schools, amenities, transport infrastructure and in excess of 50 acres of retail / commercial development.

Founded in 2001, West Coast Capital is the private investment vehicle of Sir Tom Hunter and his family. Their capital is committed and long-term, with the overall investment approach having a straightforward focus on retail (brands, bricks and mortar and e-commerce), property and technology.

CALA Homes is one of the UK’s foremost volume house builders with an unsurpassed reputation for building high-quality homes. CALA Group is wholly owned by Legal & General.

Winchburgh, 12 miles West of Edinburgh, offers the best of semi-rural living and is one of the biggest, most exciting place-making projects anywhere in the UK. When complete, the development will deliver improved transport links, employment opportunities, state-of-the-art schools and stunning new outdoor spaces to this historic village.

With 1,000 homes now built, there are still more than 10 years left in the development plan with opportunity for progression thereafter. Last year saw Winchburgh open two new high schools, as well as a primary school, further strengthening it as a very attractive prospect for families. Their retail offering includes a Sainsbury’s Local convenience store, and Sainsbury’s are now on-site in the new Town Centre area developing a 12,000 square-foot Sainsbury’s Hub Store. 70% of all major infrastructure is now in place with c. 3,000 homes remaining to be developed and occupied.

As part of the senior leadership team, the Finance Director will be responsible for the overall financial stewardship of the business, supporting the board through the next exciting period of development. The successful candidate, working alongside the CEO, will be required to deliver high-quality management information deemed necessary for the success of the next stage of the project.

The ideal candidate will be a qualified accountant with proven senior-level finance experience in the construction or infrastructure sectors. This opportunity not only encompasses the day-to-day finances of the business, but also presents a commercial candidate with the opportunity to have a hands-on approach to support the success of the development.

Based at WDL’s registered office in Winchburgh, this is a hands-on finance role that requires a commercially minded individual with commitment and drive. The candidate will be responsible for the oversight of the WDL finance function; helping to achieve deadlines, while ensuring financing controls and compliance responsibilities are adhered to. For the full role profile, please see the Position Profile below.

Winchburgh Developments Position Profile Final