Senior Manager

Growing Communities

Hackney, London
£34,000 pro rata

Paid • Part Time • Permanent 0207 502 7588 Sarah McFadden

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture

Closing date: Monday, 3rd June 2019  

Dream of working in a values-driven organisation where you can make a real difference? 

We're looking for a Senior Manager to join our small leadership team. You’ll contribute to overall decision making and direction as well as supporting the staff teams working on our projects. You’ll help manage various internal systems, leading on some areas of work as appropriate.

The central office is a vibrant and lively place to work, with a supportive team-working culture. As a small organisation we are dynamic and responsive, striving to improve our work and grow the business in a sustainable manner to achieve more impact, and ultimately helping to create a better food system.

Working within the Management team (made up of two Senior Managers and the Director) responsibilities for the following will be shared out:

  1. Project areas
  2. Business/systems functions
  3. Line management of a number of staff

We can be flexible with how responsibilities are divided within the management team, so if you’re someone with an interest in sustainable food systems, and experience managing staff and organisation systems we would love to hear from you.


  • 22.5 hours per week (ideally spread over 4 days).
  • £33,683 p.a. pro-rata to hours 
  • 5% Contributory pension is available.
  • 33 days annual leave (pro-rata).
  • Predominantly working from main office based at: The Old Fire Station, 61 Leswin Road, N16 7NX


General responsibilities

To support the Director in the running of the business.

  • Contribute to managing the overall organisation as part of the management team.
  • Prepare for and attend management team meetings.
  • Prepare for and attend additional management or project meetings.
  • Contribute to, and in the absence of the Director, lead on other organisational meetings
  • Lead on working groups as appropriate.

To demonstrate effective staff leadership and line manage various staff (this will be split according to the skills/knowledge in the management team and in a way that makes most sense with project areas).

  • Offer leadership and guidance in areas of knowledge, helping to develop and improve our systems in each project area.
  • Ensure staff members are sufficiently resourced.
  • Conduct regular supervision sessions and report accordingly.
  • Support staff with practical assistance as required.
  • Maintain a favourable working relationship with all GC employees to promote a cooperative and harmonious working environment.

To be an effective member of the Growing Communities’ team.

  • Deal with enquiries about the organisation as a whole and pass on to other staff as appropriate.
  • Provide essential cover for other Growing Communities’ staff as required.
  • Comply with data protection procedures and GDPR policies.
  • Demonstrate excellence in communication by responding promptly to all internal and external correspondence.

Other specific areas of work could include:

  • Human Resources
  • Operations
  • Site and building management
  • Internal planning and communications
  • Finance and accounts
  • IT systems


Essential attributes

  • Experience of running or contributing to the running of a business.
  • Experienced people manager.
  • Experience of changing and improving organisational systems.
  • Financial management experience including company or project budgets.
  • Advanced computer skills: word-processing, email, excel, PowerPoint, and online tools. We use Windows 10, Office 365 and QuickBooks.
  • Some knowledge of the sustainable/local food sector.
  • Commitment to Growing Communities’ aims and ability to implement these in decision making.

Desirable attributes

  • Experience of the non-profit/social enterprise or charity sector.
  • Experience in management of buildings and sites.
  • Facilitation skills and experience devising strategic planning processes.
  • Familiarity with organic horticulture growing systems and/or urban food growing.
  • Knowledge of company finance and accounting principles and experience of financial analysis and forecasting.
  • IT systems management experience.
  • HR management experience.


Please send your CV and cover letter (each document no more than two pages in length) addressing how you meet each of the ‘essential’ attributes in the person spec, as well as any of the ‘desirable’ attributes as appropriate. 

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