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Business Development Manager (BDM)

Part time (21 hours), fixed term contract (2 years), £32,000 per annum pro rata

Main responsibilities 

The main staff post in our new Brixton Windmill Centre will be the BDM, who will manage the transformation that we will achieve through two years of Power to Change (PTC) funding.

They will have a demonstrable understanding of the need for FoWG’s developing social enterprise to marry a commercial approach with our community focus and will have strong project management experience.

They will use their excellent interpersonal skills to build close and productive working relationships with colleagues, volunteers, trustees, members, businesses and local community stakeholders in order to methodically implement our business plan. Reporting regularly to our board and working closely with our chair, they will develop clear workplans and lead staff and volunteers to achieve them. They will develop our financial management culture by budget monitoring and contributing to financial forecasting and reporting.  A collaborative approach is needed to get the best out of paid employees and enhance the experience of volunteers, who are driven by a passion for heritage and community as much as business requirements. 

The BDM will use a creative approach to generate income as well as engaging people in the growing workstreams that make up our sustainable business, strongly managing each element to achieve required outcomes. With an outward facing focus they will lead changes in our marketing relationships and website, attracting institutions and users to purchase more. This will be underpinned by internal work to include both our offer (e.g. updating educational materials) and business processes. 

They will ensure that the organisation accounts to trustees and Power to Change for progress, with accurate written analysis and reports bringing emerging challenges to trustees so that they can assess risks and ensure timely delivery.

Skills and experience

  1. At least two years’ experience in a successful social enterprise or business environment
  2. Demonstrable ability to project manage
  3. A proven track record in marketing in a range of media
  4. Demonstrable understanding of the need to marry a commercial approach with FoWG’s community focus
  5. Excellent interpersonal skills to build close and productive working relationships with colleagues, volunteers, trustees, members, businesses and a range of local community stakeholders
  6. Financial and numeracy skills with the ability to gather and present information, compile reports and make recommendations
  7. Commitment to FoWG’s mission, vision, values, aims, objectives and equal opportunities
  8. A proven track record of collaboration and building networks
  9. Ability to be able to work flexibly and work unsocial hours if required of the role
  10. The ability to manage conflicting priorities.

Person specification

  1. A creative thinker, strong at initiating new ideas and concepts
  2. First class communicator; strong written and oral communications with a range of audiences
  3. A flexible and energetic approach to work to achieve agreed deadlines within tight schedules
  4. Proven experience in managing staff
  5. Ability to work quickly and professionally at busy times
  6. Collaborative approach, able to get the best out of team members.
  7. Experience of budget monitoring and contributing to financial forecasting
  8. Ability to analyse issues and identify solutions
  9. Ability to use IT skills necessary to support these tasks. 

Return your completed application form by 5pm on 30 September 2019 either by email attachment to brixtonmillchair@btinternet.com (preferred) or by post to Jean Kerrigan, 24 Prague Place, London SW2 5ED.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on Thursday 10 October 2019.

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Project Administrator (PA)

Part time (17.5 hours), fixed term contract (18 months), £29,000 per annum pro rata

Main responsibilities 

This role is crucial to the success of the new Brixton Windmill Centre. The successful candidate will understand and be committed to the changes we need to make through two years of Power to Change (PTC) funding. They will have excellent interpersonal skills and a proven track record of administrative work in an office, project, small business or similar environment. They will have experience of using finance packages and keeping financial records so that there are excellent project processes, records and reporting. They will understand that the future of our growing social business depends on strong financial systems, accuracy and integrity.

The PA also needs the skills to handle petty cash, receipts for sale items, donations and other items and process such income in accordance with internal procedures and Gift Aid requirements. They will understand that a social business needs to work collaboratively in a team of paid staff and volunteers and the need for public facing systems to be user friendly but with strong controls.

Using their IT skills they will produce regular accurate reports to the project’s management team. They will be responsive and adapt and change with a can-do approach to work and ability to prioritise appropriately to ensure project delivery whatever project challenges are faced. They will also have key responsibilities for managing the community building, booking events and classes, dealing with trainees, visitors and volunteers and assisting with purchasing items, working to the Business Development Manager and the appropriate lead Board member. They will be open to using local and social media to promote the project and the role of the Brixton Windmill and the Brixton Windmill Centre in the well-being of the community.

Skills and experience

  1. A proven track record of administrative work in an office, project, or similar environment
  2. Experience of using finance packages and keeping financial records
  3. Experience of handling petty cash, receipts for sale items, donations and other items and process such income in accordance with internal procedures and Gift Aid requirements.
  4. Some knowledge and experience of managing a community building
  5. Experience of working collaboratively in a team
  6. Experience of working with the public and/or volunteers.
  7. Completing tasks to a high standard of accuracy and to deadlines (for example correspondence or reports).

Person specification

  1. Good written and oral communication skills
  2. Be IT proficient in, e.g. database management; social media
  3. Ability to organise meetings and minute board, and project meetings as required
  4. Ability to take bookings for events, activities, education workshops and other classes.
  5. A can-do approach to work and ability to prioritise appropriately
  6. Ability to enter volunteers onto the rota and keep records of volunteer hours and training.
  7. Ability to assist with purchasing items working with the appropriate lead Board member
  8. Knowledge of the community and charitable sector.

Return your completed application form by 5pm on 30 September 2019 either by email attachment to brixtonmillchair@btinternet.com (preferred) or by post to Jean Kerrigan, 24 Prague Place, London SW2 5ED.

Interviews for shortlisted candidates will be on Friday 4 October 2019.

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