Head of Investments

To lead, develop and deliver a sector leading investment programme in our Joint Venture and Management Partnership (MP) estate. Working closely with a team of Investment Managers, colleagues across the business and supply chain to ensure we deliver investments that both exceed our internal performance metrics and are recognised beyond Punch as exemplar in design and project delivery. Working at multi-levels to ensure we make the best of each growth opportunity and invest wisely.

The Head of Investments (HOI) will develop and implement a nationwide investment strategy covering the end-to-end process for each pub from inception to trade ready. Playing an integral role in the development of timeless pub concepts, the HOI is central to creating a sustainable, timeless pub estate which inspires our Management Partners to deliver a best-in-class service where there is always a warm welcome.

Location: Nationwide


  • Location: Nationwide
  • Salary: Competitive
  • Contract: Permanent
  • Car: Choice of a new company car or cash allowance
  • And much more…


We need someone who can:

• Plan & execute a sector leading investment plan – from vision to post completion

• Supply chain development – proactive management to ensure the right supplier capability and capacity to meet the investment plan; demonstrate good value for all spend whilst promoting the quality of our capex schemes

• Continually improve the investment process, balancing the need for pace, governance, transparency, and quality

• Manage the capex process ensuring all projects and ROI are delivered to closure times agreed at Capex

• Source and develop supplier arrangements to support our MP capex programme, working with the Commercial team, providing cost, quality and availability of supply benefits to Punch

• Report on investment progress to the board


Pubs, people, and possibilities are at the heart of everything we do, so the ideal candidate will:

• Project delivery. Plan, design and deliver capex proposals to time, cost and quality expectations, instilling a culture of continuous review and improvement

• Review and benchmark our investments to ensure our pubs our modern and progressive

• Collaborate with the Property team to streamline investment process and practice across all operating divisions

• Inspire through innovative designs which stand out from the norm

• Lead the implementation of low carbon and environmentally sustainable principles across MP pubs through our investment activities. Considering equipment, materials, construction methods and on-going operations in minimising the environmental impact of our investments


To be bold and proactive, we need a team member who can:

• Actively seek and act on feedback from the Investment teams’ customers, ensuring the critique is seen as beneficial to future investments, ways of working and the business as a whole

• Communicate progress and showcase our investments to the wider business and industry alongside the marketing team


Accuracy is key to this role, so we need a team member who can:

• Develop strong relationships with key suppliers to ensure Punch can leverage from its market position

• Motivate a team of Investment Managers (IM’s) to deliver exceptional end to end project management

• Cultivate a high performing team through effective communication, intergirty, enthusiam, energy, competence and care

• Develop your own and the IM’s professional skills and knowledge, diarising events for learning

• Demonstrate strong leadership attributes when faced with both macro and micro cahllenges


As part of a team, you will be required to:

• Functional leadership across Punch for capex and construction activities

• Design/concept development – work closely with the operations and marketing teams to create the right physical environment for each concept, driving longevity of design, construction and value for money

• Develop a best in sector team of Investment Managers, coaching them to both deliver their capex programme to target whilst growing as individuals and as a team

• Work closely with the Property Director, Chief Operating Officer and Operations Director (MP) ensuring the effective and efficient delivery of the investment plan

• Work closely with Property colleagues to help the wider property team understand and best support the work in MP; identifying and resolving any conflicts or hand offs to ensure seamless support to our MPs and MP Ops teams.

Key Relationships:

You will work with:

• Property Director

• Investment Managers

• Chief Operating Officer

• Operations Directors

• Head of Estates

• Heads of Property

• Property Managers

• Operations Managers

• Contractors

Person Specification – Technical Competencies/Professional expertise:

The ideal candidate will have/be:

• Knowledge of the licensed retail sector (operations or estate or multi-site FMCG property experience)

• Capital investment experience covering a range and size of projects

• Detailed knowledge of hospitality design, ability to interpret, influence and suggest design changes

• Financial awareness and the ability to understand pub P&Ls, investment ROI and cost plans

• Ability to travel widely across UK as required by programme of investments

• IT literate

• Intermediate Word, Outlook and PowerPoint and advanced Excel

• Key behavioural traits required are Leadership, Communication, Planning & Organising, Negotiation and Assertiveness skill

• Minimum of 5 years’ experience of middle management and above

• Understanding of investments and repairs strategy and tactics

• Previous experience of working in an hospitality Investments environment

• Full and complete understanding of the Capex process

• Excellent project management skills

• Strong analytical skills

• The ability to plan well and meet deadlines

• Stakeholder management

• Customer focused

• Leadership & Motivation

• Commercial Acumen

• Judgement, Problem solving and decision making

• Planning & Organising

Closing date: Sunday 5th June 2022