Hayfield Appoints Head of Procurement to Expand Supply Chain

November 10, 2021

Hayfield has appointed Jon Watts as Head of Procurement in a newly created role to help drive the five-star housebuilder’s continued growth. A key part of the role will be expanding the supply chain and seizing opportunities to enhance Hayfield’s Green Revolution Pledge.

Jon Watts joins from St. Modwen where he was Head of Procurement and Supply Chain, which involved the management of procurement activity and the supply chain across the PLC group. Prior to that, he was a Senior Procurement Consultant for Legal & General, where he advised on procurement synergies across a significant residential portfolio. Jon has also previously worked for Lovell Partnerships as National Supply Chain Manager, and Birmingham-based Colmore Tang Construction as Head of Procurement and Supply Chain. Mr Watts has accumulated a total of 15 years’ experience in the housebuilding and construction industry.

Jon Jones, Commercial Director for Hayfield said: “The commercial team has been boosted at every level in recent weeks, as this will enable us to fully support Hayfield’s 2022 business plan. Jon is the most senior new recruit and I am delighted to be bringing on board someone with his exceptional knowledge and experience.

“With the rapid expansion of Living Space Housing – our sister business – there are exciting opportunities for Jon to work with Living Space’s commercial team to build a group-wide supply chain framework. By capitalising on efficiencies and diversification, both businesses will become more commercially robust and able to respond to challenges in a dynamic fashion.”

Jon Watts is highly experienced in all aspects of cost analysis, budget setting and forecasting, cost benchmarking and value engineering. He is skilled at negotiating pricing frameworks, service level agreements, and reducing operational risks. He is also experienced at team leadership and management.

Jon Watts, Head of Procurement for Hayfield said: “I am thrilled to be joining such a forward-looking housebuilding business. Hayfield is already working towards the 2025 Future Homes Standard and there are a number of exciting opportunities to align with some really progressive ‘green’ suppliers – both within the UK and overseas. Modular construction also presents some interesting prospects, while upholding Hayfield’s award-winning reputation for hand-crafted homes that reflect traditional architectural styles.”

Solihull-headquartered Hayfield has eight live sites in Oxfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Wiltshire and Buckinghamshire, where executive family homes are being constructed in prime semi-rural and edge of town settings. The expansion of the commercial team is in line with Hayfield seeking to deliver a turnover of £150m during 2022. The company is gearing up to deliver 500 homes annually, supported by a five-year landbank.

Hayfield is proactively installing Air Source Heat Pumps, underfloor heating, the smartest electric vehicle fast-charging points available, and ultra-fast broadband into all new and upcoming developments, in line with its strong ESG foundations. These features – alongside its current build specification – ensures all new Hayfield homes will exceed the 2022 Future Homes Standard by 100%.

Hayfield became a five-star homebuilder in 2020 and retained the title this year, with 96.4% of its customers reporting they would recommend the company to a friend. Hayfield recently won Best Family Home at the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards, and Gold and Bronze accolades at last year’s WhatHouse? Awards.

For more information on Hayfield’s development portfolio, visit: https://www.hayfieldhomes.co.uk/