Parks Operations Manager

Are you looking for a role that challenges and rewards in equal measure?  Are you looking to work with an organisation that is dynamic, exciting and focused on delivering lasting benefits for local communities? 

The borough of Wandsworth has one of the richest varieties of open spaces in central London.  Enable Leisure and Culture is a non-for profit charitable organisation and the lead contractor employed by Wandsworth Borough Council to manage Leisure and Cultural services throughout the borough, including the management and maintenance of 32 parks and open spaces.

Location: Wandsworth Common
Contract Type:
Full Time (40 hours per week)
Salary:
£45,914
Closing date: 3 August 2021

Ref: PA009

The role of Parks Operations Manager will test your existing skills and experience in contract management, grounds maintenance, ecology, biodiversity and groundsmanship as you deliver the highest quality of green space for residents and visitors to Wandsworth.  You will understand the current pressures on urban greenspaces and will be able to contribute proactively to outcomes which support biodiversity, climate resilience and natural recovery. 

This newly created role will suit a highly motivated individual who will get the job done no matter what.  We are looking for a candidate with significant knowledge of managing frontline services, who has industry leading experience as well as drive, passion and enthusiasm.  Your personable and approachable style will be put to good use as you liaise with the many stakeholder and community groups who use greenspaces in Wandsworth.  You will be able to manage a range of services and provide support and guidance to your motivated team of greenspace professionals.  

The portfolio of green space you will be responsible for range from small pocket parks, housing sites, allotments, cemeteries, sports pitches, plus sites of regional importance in heritage and biodiversity such as Tooting and Wandsworth Commons and the iconic Grade II listed Battersea Park.   

You will be expected to oversee operations across this range of spaces, each with their own site-specific challenges while ensuring consistent cost control within set budgets. 

You will need to be reactive to challenges that may arise all year round plus ensuring plans and processes are in place to deal with planned horticultural requirements throughout the seasons. 

Your solution driven approach will allow you to identify areas of service delivery needing improvement, seek relevant and financially feasible outcomes and get processes implemented quickly and efficiently. 

You will be a key member of the Parks team, taking overall responsibility for the day to day management of all parks operations including the delivery of the horticultural ground’s maintenance and playground service throughout the borough of Wandsworth. 

You will proactively manage a team of specialists and focus on their development, support and attainment, using your management skills to create a positive can do team approach to all tasks. 

Why should you join Enable Leisure and Culture?

  • 25 Days Annual Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Pension Scheme
  • Eyecare Vouchers
  • Free Gym membership
  • On-site shower facilities* certain places
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Weekly fruit basket
  • Staff Treats
  • Weekly Wellbeing Hour

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post.  In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. Applications will close one minute before midnight on 3 August 2021. We anticipate a high volume of interest in this post and reserve the right to close this role early if we find the right candidate, so encourage you to apply early.

Diversity is valued at Enable Leisure and Culture and is important in the work that we do. Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role, please contact us at hr@enablelc.org.

The role is for 40 hours a week based primarily in the Parks Office in Wandsworth Common.  You will be expected to travel around Wandsworth to visit sites and meet contractors and stakeholder representatives on a regular basis.  

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Responsible to the Head of Parks for all aspects of the day-to-day management of the Borough’s Parks and Open Spaces.

Responsible for the efficient management and operational monitoring of the ground’s maintenance contractor.

Day to day management of the Parks Operations Team plus the indirect management of a team of approx. 90 staff.

Ensure the cost-effective operation of the Parks, Play and Cemeteries contracts, which have a current value of £2.6m p/a.

Develop existing relationships with the contractor team, relevant industry bodies, sub-contractors and horticultural and amenity product suppliers to allow strategic leadership on all aspects of managing the horticultural operation and the provision of an exemplar service.

Contribute to the aims and objectives of Enable Leisure and Culture and develop an industry leading, progressive and forward thinking team.

You must be able to demonstrate the following:

  • Qualified to degree level and/or with significant relevant experience in the landscaping and/or horticultural sectors. 
  • Previous senior contract, operational management or frontline service delivery experience. 
  • Comprehensive understanding of amenity horticulture, processes and equipment. 
  • Able to develop excellent working relationships with clients and stakeholders and provide an unrivalled customer experience. 
  • Experience managing sub-contracted or direct labour in the horticultural, maintenance or landscaping sectors. 
  • Experience working collaboratively with and providing support to internal departments. 
  • An awareness of the needs of a range of users, stakeholders and partners in a parks and open spaces setting. 
  • Commercially aware; able to prepare budgets, forecasts and manage costs. 
  • Maintain existing and develop new strategic relationships 
  • A positive action-orientated approach. 
  • Able to chair meetings with senior contractor representatives and provide accurate information as part of regular reporting. 
  • Sound IT skills with a particular emphasis on Excel. 
  • Be able to travel around Wandsworth regularly as work requires, and further afield as and when necessary. 
  • 25 Days Annual Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Pension Scheme
  • Eyecare Vouchers
  • Free Gym membership
  • On-site shower facilities
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Weekly fruit basket
  • Staff Treats
  • Weekly Wellbeing Hour
  • And more!

Please read the Job Description and then apply online. If you have any problems with the online service please email jobs@enablelc.org. 

Job Description

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