Operational Manager - Move On Wood Recycling (MOWR)

  • Full time
  • £29,379 – £32,643
  • MOWR, New Broompark, Granton, Edinburgh
  • Closing 15th August 2021

  • Advertised from 22nd July 2021
  • Move On Salary Band 6. 35 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. Our mentoring, befriending and various employability services offer the key relationships and opportunities, which enable people to set goals, recognise and develop their skills, build confidence, grow their social networks and gain the qualifications and work experience they need to reach their potential and achieve a brighter future.

Move On’s services are delivered in a manner which is 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.

We have offices in Glasgow and Edinburgh city centres, and two social enterprises linked with our employability and environmental remits: FareShare Glasgow and the West of Scotland in Whiteinch, Glasgow and Move On Wood Recycling in Granton, North Edinburgh.


MOWR is a successful social enterprise established by charity Move On in early 2018, with joint environmental and social aims:

  • 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
  • deliver 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 upcycling into furniture and other products. Our range of products, made by volunteers and staff in our workshop, many of which are made to order, is available from our on-line shop, as well as the MOWR shop. In the process of our day to day work, we offer volunteering and training opportunities.

MOWR is a member of the UK-wide National Community Wood Recycling Project Network.

The Role

You will lead a small motivated staff team, ensuring that we deliver excellent customer service. You will manage and motivate volunteers, and organise all the day to day activities of a busy and growing social enterprise. 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 opportunities.

What we are looking for:

We are looking for someone who is highly motivated, entrepreneurial, has excellent communication skills and who has 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 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 (£29,379 - £32,643)
  • 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
  • Flexi-time
  • Option to buy additional annual leave
  • Opportunity for some home working
  • Ability to progress incrementally through salary band
  • Annual personal volunteering day
  • Strong focus on promoting staff health and wellbeing
  • Training allowance and commitment to CPD
  • TOIL system

Reporting to: Director of Operations

Application notes

Please download the application pack and email completed applications to John Hinton (john@moveon.org.uk).

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

Closing date: Sunday 15th August 2021

Interviews: Friday 20th August 2021