Job Info

Location: Rolleston Rehoming Centre
Salary: £31,205 - £34,000 p/a
Hours: 42 hours p/w
Closing Date: 12 August 2022
Interview Date: 23rd or 26th August 2022

Organisation: Blue Cross
Contact Details: jobs@bluecross.org.uk
Job Description:

Centre Manager, Rolleston Rehoming Centre 12-month fixed term contract (maternity cover), full time

Blue Cross are one of the UK’s leading animal welfare organisations for animals. We support sick, injured, and homeless pets and care for more than 40,000 animals every year through our rehoming, veterinary and education programmes.

What is the role?

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dynamic leader to manage a skilled and enthusiastic team at our centre in Rolleston-on-Dove, Staffordshire. The Rolleston team work closely with the Burford rehoming centre and the Horse Welfare team, delivering a cohesive horse rehoming service which cares for and rehomes over 300 horses annually.

You will be leading and motivating a high-performing team to run Rolleston rehoming Centre as an efficient and effective business, optimizing the off-site rehoming, and fostering schemes to achieve maximum numbers of animals helped. As part of your role, you will also be responsible for managing a small five-pen cattery which operates from the Rolleston rehoming site as part of the wider Rehoming Network of rehoming centres’ and sites.

You will work with the Rehoming Service Delivery Partners and the Horse Rehoming Managers to maximize the centre efficiency and to contribute to the development of our Horse rehoming Strategy. The Centre Manager is responsible for raising income and promoting Blue Cross locally. We are looking for an individual who is passionate about animal welfare, with an open, innovative business mind and enjoys problem-solving, team management and interaction with customers.

You will be an experienced people manager with significant line management experience. You will be business-minded, assertive, dynamic, hardworking, and reliable with good organisational and time management skills. This will be balanced by a good knowledge of Horse and Pet care and welfare, plus the ability to work with and develop a close team. You will be articulate and confident in communicating at all levels. A positive personality, good sense of humour and flexibility are vital to adapt to the variety of challenges and demands presented at a busy established centre. You will enjoy the public interface and providing an excellent service for Blue Cross customers, supporters, and volunteers.

The standard hours are 42 hours per week on a locally agreed rota which will include weekends and bank holidays. Due, to the nature of the work of Blue Cross, occasional overnight cover including staying on site on a shared rota basis to care for pets and carry out night checks may be required. Overnight accommodation is provided for this purpose.

If you excel in an environment where you can see the difference you make every day then this is the role for you.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:
• Valid manual driving licence
• GCSE English and Maths or equivalent experience
• Significant experience in practical companion animal care
• Experience in an animal welfare environment or experience of re-homing pet animals
• Significant experience in team management
• Proven ability to recruit, induct, train and performance manage teams
• Business performance management
• Budget development and financial control
• Site management
• Delivering high standards of Customer Care
• Running efficient administration systems
• Managing Health and Safety including Risk Assessments and COSHH
• IT skills including MS Word/Excel/Outlook to intermediate level

It would also be great if you had:
• A recognised management qualification
• Employment in an animal welfare environment
• Experience working in a continuous improvement environment, and managing change
• Experience in managing volunteers
• Experience in working in a target-focused environment
• Successful project management experience
• Excellent Presentation skills for public speaking
• Management of animals under veterinary care
• Understanding of animal behaviour theory and current practice
• Experience in running promotional events, maintaining good public relations and fundraising

To apply for this role, all candidates must complete the online application process.

Why work for Blue Cross?

• 38 days annual leave (including bank holidays)
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Holiday exchange & enhanced parental leave
• Annual volunteer days
• Long service awards, starting from 5 years
• Huge range of discounts across high street stores, insurance services & more

To read more about the benefits Blue Cross has to offer, please visit our website.

To apply for this role, all candidates must complete the online application process.

Salary: £31,205 - £34,000 per annum
Grade: 3.1
Closing Date: 12th August 2022
Interview Dates: 23rd or 26th August 2022

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response.

At Blue Cross we are passionate about our commitment to diversity, inclusion and removing barriers, should you like to discuss any reasonable adjustments or changes to our recruitment process to support you to be your best then please get in touch. You can get in touch with us either via email at jobs@bluecross.org.uk, via telephone on 01993 825515 or if you would prefer a video call then we can arrange this using Microsoft Teams.

Blue Cross holds inclusion as a core organisational value. We positively encourage applications from suitably qualified, experienced and eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, transgender status, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity. We actively embrace our differences and know that it is our differences that make us unique. You are very welcome at Blue Cross, without the need to hide any part of who you are.


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