Operations Manager Scotland

  • Full time
  • £35,000
  • New Cumnock, Ayr
  • Closing 13th February 2023

  • Advertised from 23rd January 2023
  • Permanent role working equivalent of 37.5 hrs/wk - Working a variety of weekdays and weekends (especially in the first six months of the first residential break). Thereafter, Monday to Friday, with the occasional weekend to quality assure and assist residential breaks.


We are seeking an experienced individual to lead our Children’s Services team. You will be proactive, energetic, and passionate about supporting young carers and vulnerable children, with a background of relevant professional experience.

You will be flexible enough to receive induction training for a week at our Welsh house, as well as a follow up training in Wales within 3 months.

You will be able to demonstrate through previous employment he ability to manage a children’s residential location, from the beginning.

Initial duties will include overseeing renovations, business and community engagement, recruitment, and administration of children’s services.

You will be offered total support by our experienced leadership colleagues and existing operational team members either on site or digitally.

About us

For 25 years, The Honeypot Children’s Charity has supported young carers and vulnerable children throughout their childhood. We provide 3-day respite holidays for young carers from 5 to 12 years of age at our houses in the New Forest and mid-Wales, running every weekend and throughout school holidays. Once onboard children remain engaged with us until their 13th birthday; they are invited back every year for a residential break and can also enjoy memory making days out.

In parallel we work closely with schools to deliver the Honeypot SEAL (Social & Emotional Active Learning) educational programme, running 4-day residential breaks during term time to support children in developing key life skills and confidence. Our team deliver bespoke SEAL content designed to enable children to better understand themselves, the world around them and their potential through practical experience and challenges.

In the past year we have expanded our suite of services to include a wide range of online workshops and a wellbeing fund. We are ambitious to maintain and build on this platform as we exit the pandemic period, taking a broader range and reach of services into the future and being accessible to Honeypot children whenever they wish, wherever they are.

About the role

To take full responsibility and accountability for the Honeypot house- Scotland and site and oversee the programme of respite breaks, social emotional active learning breaks (SEAL)memory making days, digital local online services and community outreach services.

To provide direction and leadership to the staff and volunteers based at the site to ensure that safe and high-quality services are delivered that help make lasting memories for the children we support.

To work closely with existing Operations Managers to ensure compliance and consistency of services, as well as to discuss development and impact measures and reporting.

To share good practice across the charity, through communication and the attendance quarterly at London team communication meetings.

To assist with travel costs and due to the remote location, there is a self-contained apartment which can be made available to facilitate overnight stays, if events or meetings are scheduled at the house.

Application notes

An application pack is available for download below.

Please submit a covering letter with your application.