Full-Time Job Vacancy – Operations Manager, East Sussex.

Sep 1, 2016

Full-time Operations Manager – Paid position with the Ecological Land Co-operative.

The Ecological Land Co-operative (ELC) is a social enterprise, based in Lewes, East Sussex. We exist to create affordable access to land for new entrants to ecological horticulture and mixed farming. Following the successful delivery of our first site, a cluster of three ecological smallholdings at Greenham Reach in Mid Devon, we have recently finalised the purchase of our second site, an 18.5 acre site in East Sussex.

We have an ambitious plan to deliver around 20 smallholdings over the next 4 years, and as part of this planned expansion we are creating a new operations manager role. Our new operations manager will be a passionate advocate of sustainable rural livelihoods and will be an experienced leader; someone who will relish the challenge of taking responsibility for the day-to-day management of our business, supported by our experienced and committed Board of Directors. We’re looking for an experienced leader, ideally with a background working in the charity, social enterprise or agroecology sectors. You will be passionate about our mission to widen access to land for sustainable livelihoods, and will be a decisive team player, interested in co-operative working and able to take responsibility for heading our staff team and leading the day-to-day running of the business.

Working hours: Full time (37.5 hrs per week)

Salary: £ 25,928 (the the ELC has a flat payment structure, with all workers paid at the same rate)

Based in: Brighton/Lewes, or potentially home based for the right candidate

The operations manager will be responsible for:

  • Day-to-day management of our co-operative, as directed by the Board, with a high degree of initiative and autonomy
  • Short and long term operational planning based on the ELC’s strategy, as set out by the Board of Directors (at the time of writing, in the ELC’s 2015-2020 Business Plan)
  • Acting as line manager for all operational staff (currently four workers), while working alongside the ELC’s executive directors

Interviews will be held in two rounds. Round 1 starts w/c 10th October, and round 2 in w/c 17th October.

The deadline for applications is Thursday 29th September.

Please apply with you CV, contact details of two professional referees and a cover letter addressing your suitability for the role, including the points raised in the person spec.

A full job description and person specification can be found by clicking on the following link: http://ecologicalland.coop/sites/ecologicalland.coop/files/ELC_Operations%20Manager%20JD%20and%20Person%20Spec.pdf

For more information please take a look at the Ecological Land Co-operative website: http://www.ecologicalland.coop/


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