Business Manager

Pennine Lancashire Community Farm

Burnley, Lancashire
£31,346 pro rata

Paid • Full Time • Permanent [email protected] 01282421690 James Horsford

Sectors: food, farming & horticulture, environmental education

Closing date: Friday, 5th March 2021  

Pennine Lancashire Community Farm Business Manager

30hrs per week [4 days a week, although flexibility required]

Pennine Lancashire Community Farm is a small registered charity that uses outdoor spaces to bring people together. It operates across a range of garden, farm and forestry sites across Burnley and Pendle, focusing on highly deprived areas. It is operated by a small team of paid staff supported by a dedicated voluntary Board of Trustees (currently 17 members) and approximately 72 regular volunteers.

Within this model it is vitally important that the Business Manager work directly with staff and volunteers, having the capacity to take a hands-on operational approach, undertaking roles as required within and external to the following job description.

Business Manager role (new post):

To develop and lead the organisation, helping to continue to ensure bringing people together and enabling their growth remains a central vision of the Charity. The Business Manager will therefore need to be able to put people first, adapting to wide range of needs.


  • Funding - managing appropriate funding sources: including successfully identifying and submitting sufficient bids to continue to enhance the development of the Charity;
  • Completing the midterm and end of year reports including working with the Charity’s accountant to finalise figures;
  • Overall responsibility for ensuring enough funding is in place, budget development, management and monitoring.


  • Management and ongoing enhancement of the board of trustees, including identifying potential new members; regular meetings with different board members as appropriate; ensuring board is fully informed through preparation of packs for the board meeting, plus additional supplementary information as required.
  • Supporting the board to identify and maximise existing and new opportunities for the Charity within its overall aims and objectives.
  • Preparing for the AGM, including approaching new and old trustees, helping deliver an effective AGM.

Staff Management:

  • Line management of Project Manager and Central Administrative posts, dealing with staff disciplinary and grievance issues (supported by the Project Manager).
  • Recruitment and selection; working with other managers; overall responsibility for recruitment procedures; setting salary rates, etc., working with the Board.
  • Overseeing training, development and operations for staff, volunteers and trustees, taking note of funding requirements, organisational needs, volunteers’ abilities / needs, etc.

Organisation Development:

  • Having an overview of political change and its potential impact on the Charity.
  • Maintaining a clear overview of all potential areas of development for the Charity, noting policy changes, funding opportunities and relevant needs.
  • Overseeing the development of key policies and procedures, checking where appropriate, ensuring appropriate policies are followed, for example, volunteer’s policy, safeguarding, health and safety, etc.
  • Maintaining an overview of all legislation that could affect the Charity and overseeing appropriate changes.

Relationship Management / Partnership Working:

  • Developing and maintaining relationships with stake holders;
  • Being the main contact point for partner organisations;
  • Networking / partnership working; managing effective relationships with over 60 separate organisations and referral organisations; managing partnerships; identifying and attending appropriate network meetings.


  • General marketing, including an overview of all promotional aspects of the Charity.

Job specification

Specific elements:

  • Degree level qualification (N.B. PLCF has some flexibility re: precise qualification, subject to candidate’s ability to demonstrate its relevance to the job role);
  • Management experience of similar or relevant organisation;
  • Knowledge and experience of working with diverse groups, including individuals with complex needs;
  • Knowledge and experience of working in highly urbanised deprived areas;
  • Knowledge and experience of the voluntary sector including bid writing, funding and finance management;
  • Good communication skills and associated experience of networking, partnership building etc.;
  • Reasonable knowledge of horticulture and associated basic construction / design.

General aspects:

  • Full driving licence (ideally MIDAS trained, but not essential as this can be attained);
  • Competent computer skills;
  • Excellent organisational skills;
  • Ability to work in a flexible approach;
  • Creative, dynamic and highly motivated;
  • Excellent literacy skills.


  • Management qualification;
  • Experience of preparing and editing all media formats;
  • Knowledge and experience of working in BAME community;
  • Some knowledge and passion around outdoor based activities;
  • Social media friendly (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn).

We are open to applications from people with different qualifications from those listed above if that person can clearly demonstrate how their qualification relates to this post.

Application by CV (maximum two pages of A4) and one side of A4 demonstrating skills and experience set against this job description.

For more information, or to make an application, contact James Horsford on 01282 421690 or 07490 917404 or e-mail [email protected]

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