Careers with Populo

Working for Populo

Populo exists to tackle the shortage of homes in Newham and to deliver half of these homes at genuinely affordable levels.

We are a small, dynamic team united by a single purpose: Making Newham home. We’re growing fast and want to find talented individuals who can bring relevant skills and importantly, the right attitude to the business.

Newham is one of London’s most vibrant, diverse, and fastest growing boroughs. Ten years after the Olympics, the borough is still harnessing the Olympic legacy to benefit local residents. Indeed, the latest phase of London’s Olympic Legacy is being delivered in-house by Populo on the Carpenters Estate, one of London’s largest estate regeneration and restoration projects. Districts like Stratford and Royal Docks have been transformed for the better, and the opening of five new Crossrail stops will connect the borough to Central London in 15 minutes. The forward-thinking Council administration is ensuring thousands of new homes are being built and residents are benefiting from the resulting economic, social, and environmental uplifts.

We value our connections to Newham, it is important to us to reflect and understand our borough and its diverse communities. We are always keen to hear from local people who share our values around diversity and inclusion.

What’s it like to work for Populo?
Like the most dynamic start-ups, Populo’s growing team is united by a single purpose: making Newham home. Our team come from a wide range of backgrounds in the private and public sectors. Our board is made up of industry leaders from across the real estate sector, providing the best-in-class governance and strategic insight. We work hard, and we work smart. We operate in an open and collegiate way, encouraging people to take responsibility and use initiative. We also encourage the team to be adaptable and promote agile working to ensure that our core business objectives get delivered. This may mean that you will enjoy a more wide ranging and valued role than working for larger businesses.


"We're a growing team with a big responsibility, to address Newham's housing shortage. It's a challenge, but an exciting one that can transform our community. If you're passionate about making a difference in Newham, you'll fit in."
- Deborah Heenan, CEO, Populo



For a list of our current opportunities please open the job descriptions listed below.

Head of Finance - Treasury and Financial Planning

At Populo, we are currently looking for a Head of Finance - Treasury and Financial planning to be responsible for overseeing the inner workings of the finance department, including participating in financial modelling and planning how finances are distributed in the company. The candidate would need to have had previous experience being a senior member of a finance team and being a line manager.

The role will be responsible supporting the Director of Finance and Resources with Treasury matters such as arranging new funding, banking, loan compliance and cash flow will be a big part of the role. The role would suit someone that, not only has a lot of experience in finance, but a people person who can communicate to team members on all levels. If this role sounds like it could be suited to you, please submit your CV to: HR@populoliving.co.uk. Download the Job Description here.

Capital (D&B) Accountant

At Populo, we are currently looking for a Capital (D&B) Accountant to be responsible for managing and reporting the financial movements for projects happening on the development team; to make sure everything is being accounted for. The candidate would need previous experience in financial modelling and reporting.

The successful candidate will be responsible for presenting and managing year end accounts and reports for the Design and Build team. This role will include maintaining accurate and up-to-date financial models and managing financial accounts – having experience working as an accountant is imperative to perform this role. If this role sounds like it could be suited to you, please submit your CV to: HR@populoliving.co.uk. Download the Job Description here.

Property Manager

We are looking for someone that thrives on being busy and can stay cool in emergencies to find solutions quickly. You will be positive and flexible, with a ‘can do’ attitude and good attention to detail.

You will love engaging with people and focused on building communities at your sites, owning each stage of the customer journey to deliver outstanding results. The role will be varied and demanding, but you will have the opportunity to be part of our exciting growth and help us to build a team to support our growing portfolio. This is a customer facing role and it is important to have a direct, calm and professional manner.

If this sounds like the kind of challenge you’d like to learn more about, then please email a CV to Kelly Beech at kelly.beech@populoliving.co.uk by 5pm Wednesday 1st May 2024.

Please download and read the job description here.

Systems Accountant

At Populo, we are currently looking for a Systems Accountant to be responsible for managing and maintaining how we use our property management system – Yardi. The candidate would need to be a Yardi expert and proficient at using the software.

The role will be responsible for implementing training for different teams in business on how to effectively use the software and be able to update the staff on updates. The role would suit a technical and experienced individual who enjoys owning their workload and be able to have the patience to teach others how to use the software. If this role sounds like it could be suited to you, please submit your CV to: HR@populoliving.co.uk. Download the Job Description here.

Facilities and Repairs Manager

We are excited to be seeking a new Facilities and Repairs Manager. You will be Responsible for maintaining and developing the Group’s facilities and asset management /repairs service, covering a growing portfolio of residential projects across The London Borough of Newham and contiguous LA areas. Ensuring our homes are well maintained, secure, clean, and compliant with all statutory requirements, and delivering a ‘best in class’ customer service to all residents.

If this sounds like the kind of challenge you’d like to learn more about, then please email a CV to Val Bagnall at val.bagnall@populoliving.co.uk by 5pm Wednesday 1st May 2024.

Please download and read the job description here.

Concierge Receptionist

As a Concierge Receptionist, you will be the first point of contact for guests and visitors. Your role is crucial in creating a positive and welcoming experience. You’ll handle various tasks related to resident services, administrative duties, and ensuring a seamless operation at the front desk.

You’ll primarily work at the front desk of our Plaistow Hub and should expect a dynamic and fast-paced environment, interacting with a diverse range of people, including residents, contractors and colleagues.

If this sounds like the kind of challenge you’d like to learn more about, then please email a CV to Kelly Beech at kelly.beech@populoliving.co.uk by 5pm Wednesday 1st May 2024.

Please download and read the job description here.

Information Manager

At Populo, we take pride in making sure our work is completed to a high quality and in the best way possible. We are currently looking for an Information manager to be responsible for overseeing the filing and retention of information as well as leading on implementing new computer systems for people to follow, around documentation.

The role will be responsible for implementing and day-to-day oversight of Information Management on diverse housing projects for the delivery team within Populo. The role would suit a motivated and organised individual who is keen to learn, is adaptable and has an expert knowledge of technology and software. If this role sounds like it could be suited to you, please submit your CV to: HR@populoliving.co.uk. Download the Job Description here.

Careers on the Carpenters

The Carpenters Estate is the latest phase of the Olympic legacy. To date we have delivered a resident-led masterplan (submitted as an outline planning application in Summer 2022), a detailed planning application for Phase 1 (to be determined in March 2022), and a positive resident ballot; residents overwhelmingly backed a ground-breaking masterplan for the future of the Estate which was co-designed with Populo. We are now growing the team to ensure the successful delivery of one of the largest and most ambitious estate regeneration and restoration projects in London.

The Carpenters Estate covers a 28-acre site in the heart of vibrant Stratford and the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. The Estate is located next to the East Bank (a new powerhouse for innovation, creativity and learning), Westfield Stratford City, Stratford Station (the UK’s busiest station) and bustling Stratford High Road. Populo is actively building links with our new neighbours in the area such as UCL and V&A.

The Project will create over 2,000 modern homes built with high quality materials, designed to last a lifetime. Houses and maisonettes will sit at the centre with taller buildings towards to the edge and 50% of the accommodation will be genuinely affordable.

44% (314) of the existing homes will be retained including two of the estate towers. The plans include a brand-new state-of-the-art community and sports facilities in Phase 1. Better connected streets, with a clear route to Stratford station are planned and space for new neighbourhood shops and businesses is being incorporated.

The masterplan proposes 28,000 sqm of commercial space including a new building crafts college, cafes, restaurants, shops, workshop space, and a hotel.

A planning application for the first phase of development has been submitted to deliver a new community and sports centre and restore 136 homes up to the high standards of energy performance as part of the Council’s climate emergency response. Work on site is due to begin in the Autumn.

The masterplan has been co-produced with residents who continue to be central to the project as it moves through detailed design and delivery. As a result, our Team is based in the local community, and we have a dedicated engagement hub on the estate with an extensive programme of resident-led community activities including a young designers’ group. Local residents will be prioritised for employment as the redevelopment progresses.

Further information

Thank you for your interest in working with us. If you cannot see an appropriate opportunity, please feel free to send your CV to us and we will alert you if a suitable opportunity arises.

For information about any future opportunties please email info@populoliving.co.uk

Populo is a Disability Confident Committed Employer and has committed to:

- ensure our recruitment process is inclusive and accessible
- communicating and promoting vacancies
- offering an interview to disabled people who meet the minimum criteria for the job
- anticipating and providing reasonable adjustments as required
- supporting any existing employee who acquires a disability or long term health
- condition, enabling them to stay in work
- at least one activity that will make a difference for disabled people

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