Operational Manager

  • Part time
  • £30,407 – £33,786 pro-rata
  • MOWR, New Broompark, Granton, Edinburgh
  • Closing 19th August 2022

  • Advertised from 22nd July 2022
  • 21 hours per week


Move On’s mission is to support vulnerable people to achieve personal goals and make positive lasting change in their lives. We offer a range of services, which meet the needs of our service users and volunteers, which are flexible and innovative, responding to changing needs and circumstances. Move On’s services are delivered in a manner which are trauma informed/skilled, person-centred and asset-based. We are committed to supporting people where they need it, when they need it and for as long as they need it.

About MOWR:

MOWR is a successful social enterprise established by charity Move On in early 2018, with both environmental and social aims, delivered through growing and developing a profitable business. These are:

  • to re-use waste timber, contributing to the circular economy and helping the environment through reducing the amount of timber sent to land fill or for chipping
  • provide employability skills, training, valuable jobs and volunteering opportunities for vulnerable people

MOWR collects waste timber from the construction and events industries, as well as domestic settings. We re-use as much of this timber as possible, either selling on direct to the public, or through adding value by upcycling into furniture and other products. In the process of our day-to-day work, we offer volunteering and training opportunities.

As a social enterprise, MOWR depends on generating income through trading to meet its costs. MOWR is a member of the UK-wide National Community Wood Recycling Project Network.

The Role:

You will lead a small, motivated staff and volunteer team, ensuring that MOWR grows its income, while delivering the required environmental and social impact. You will organise the day-to-day activities of a busy and growing social enterprise, always ensuring a safe working environment. Working with colleagues from other Move On teams, you will manage trainees within a busy and fast-paced working environment and oversee the delivery of high-quality work experience and volunteering opportunities.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, with strong business and operational skills and experience. A proven leader, you will also have a commitment to delivering a high-quality service in line with our mission and core values. The ability to lead a commercial business, while also maximising volunteer input and the delivery of training/work experience is essential.

The role will provide a great opportunity to demonstrate your skills in managing and growing an exciting social enterprise, leading, working alongside and inspiring others to make a real contribution to the local community, circular economy and to local sustainability.

What we can offer you:

We strive to ensure that Move On is a great place to work by supporting, developing and valuing our people. We offer:

  • Salary at Move On Grade 6 (£30,407 – 33,786)
  • 25 days annual leave and 9 public holidays for the first 2 years of service, increasing to 28 days and 9 public holidays after 3 years (pro rata’d for p/t time staff)
  • Flexi-time
  • Option to buy additional annual leave
  • Opportunity for hybrid working
  • Regular formal and informal support
  • Ability to progress incrementally through salary band
  • Annual personal volunteering day
  • Strong focus on promoting staff health and wellbeing, through an active staff-led health and wellbeing Group, with an allocated budget
  • Training allowance and commitment to CPD
  • TOIL system

Application notes

Please send a CV and covering letter to John Hinton (john@moveon.org.uk)

If you have any queries, or for an informal chat about the role, contact Jim Burns (jim@moveon.org.uk), 07855 756893, or John Hinton (john@moveon.org.uk, 07946 578515

Closing date: Friday 19th August 2022