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Operations Manager - Bolingbroke Academy

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.

The Role

Operations Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen for a dedicated individual to develop their career within our passionate and ever courageous community

We are a courageous, compassionate community - empowering excellence. We are a value lead organisation, being bold within every aspect of our lives at school. 

We want all staff to thrive and model leadership and determination to the students and pupils within our rich and diverse community. We opened in 2012 with the vision to create a centre of excellence in the community.

We empower our teams by valuing personal development. This is through Ark training schemes, frequent line management meetings and allowing staff to develop their own ideas and projects. Our staff’s wellbeing and voice is key to creating an inclusive community within the school. Guided by our internal wellbeing committee we have a wide range of initiatives designed to improve the motivation and lives of our staff.  This is supported by the Ark rewards scheme offering reduced gym membership, free counselling and support services and other perks.

We are looking for an Operations manager who can oversea the facilities, health and safety, catering and all administrative work done within this busy school. This role is at the epi centre of our school and has a huge impact on creating a positive and productive experience for the students, pupils and all staff.

Reports to: Principal   

Start date: December 2020    

Salary: Band 11 £40,630 - £47,566 dependent on experience

Closing Date:  24th November 2020 11am

To Apply:


All positions are subject to rigorous and stringent safeguarding and reference checks. This includes enhanced DBS checks and safer recruiting vetting checks.

Key Responsibilities

  • To manage the Premises, Catering and Administrative team to ensure efficiency and workforce productivity.
  • Effectively manage the external cleaning contract.
  • Develop and Performance manage all line managed employees to exceed their expectations.  
  • Be responsible for the day-to-day management of Health and Safety (H&S) within the academy, working with Ark’s central Head of Premises & Estates.
  • This includes undertaking risk assessments to ensure the wellbeing of our staff and pupils.
  • Ensure the schools facilities and premises are in consistent working order and well maintained allowing for the environment to be one conducive to learning.
  • Manage the administration and office staff to ensure its efficiency and strong communication between the school, parents and carers.
  •    Lease with Ark central to ensure all new IT projects are actioned and implemented effectively whilst ensuring budgets are met.

Strategic Activities

  •  Be a member of the Senior Leadership Team by directing operational strategic planning and decision making.
  •    Manage the academy’s operational budget, ensuring that spend is managed in line with approved budgets and input into termly forecast/budgeting process, analysing and reviewing strategic plans for Academy’s operational areas
  •    Lead on the school’s operational requirements, including contract procurement, systems set-up, staff training and implementation of policies & procedures.
  • Work with the Regional/Central Facilities Manager to project manage capital building projects, ensuring identifying appropriate funding sources, writing proposals for expenditure and delivery within scope, time and budget.

School ethos and culture

  • Bolingbroke Academy’s has an ethos of high expectations, courage and compassion, we want staff to act as a role model for these practices.
  • Demonstrate high levels of ambition and optimism regarding what the Academy and its pupils can achieve.
  • All staff should be proactive in the social, emotional and academic wellbeing of students.
  • We value difference and embrace the individual.

Personal specification

  • Previous experience running the operations in a fast-paced environment.
  • Previous extensive line management experience.
  • Strong use of Microsoft office.
  • Experience managing projects and working with external contractors.
  • Experience managing a site’s health and Safety.
  • Have a passion to learn and develop your practice through regular CPD and feedback.
  • The ability to question and challenge the status quo and find new and progressive solutions to existing systems.
  • The ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of students and pupils.
  • Be committed to the values of Inclusion and diversity.
  • The ability to work in a way that promotes the safety and wellbeing of students and pupils.
  • Educated to degree level is desirable.
  • Experience managing premises staff is desirable but not essential.

Bolingbroke Academy
Wakehurst Road
SW11 6BF
Tel: 020 7924 8200
Email: recruitment@arkonline.org
Website: www.arkbolingbrokeacademy.org



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