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Parks Operations Manager

Enable Leisure & Culture
Battersea Park, London
starting from £45,914 per annum plus benefits
Closing date
22 Aug 2021
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Are you looking for a role that challenges and rewards in equal measure?  Are you looking to work with an organisation that is dynamic, exciting and focused on delivering lasting benefits for local communities? 

The borough of Wandsworth has one of the richest varieties of open spaces in central London.  Enable Leisure and Culture is a non-for profit charitable organisation and the lead contractor employed by Wandsworth Borough Council to manage Leisure and Cultural services throughout the borough, including the management and maintenance of 32 parks and open spaces.

Location: Wandsworth Common
Contract Type: Full Time (40 hours per week)
Salary: £45,914
Closing date: 22 August 2021

Ref: PA009

The role of Parks Operations Manager will test your existing skills and experience in contract management, grounds maintenance, ecology, biodiversity and groundsmanship as you deliver the highest quality of green space for residents and visitors to Wandsworth.  You will understand the current pressures on urban greenspaces and will be able to contribute proactively to outcomes which support biodiversity, climate resilience and natural recovery. 

This newly created role will suit a highly motivated individual who will get the job done no matter what.  We are looking for a candidate with significant knowledge of managing frontline services, who has industry leading experience as well as drive, passion and enthusiasm.  Your personable and approachable style will be put to good use as you liaise with the many stakeholder and community groups who use greenspaces in Wandsworth.  You will be able to manage a range of services and provide support and guidance to your motivated team of greenspace professionals.  

The portfolio of green space you will be responsible for range from small pocket parks, housing sites, allotments, cemeteries, sports pitches, plus sites of regional importance in heritage and biodiversity such as Tooting and Wandsworth Commons and the iconic Grade II listed Battersea Park.   

You will be expected to oversee operations across this range of spaces, each with their own site-specific challenges while ensuring consistent cost control within set budgets. 

You will need to be reactive to challenges that may arise all year round plus ensuring plans and processes are in place to deal with planned horticultural requirements throughout the seasons. 

Your solution driven approach will allow you to identify areas of service delivery needing improvement, seek relevant and financially feasible outcomes and get processes implemented quickly and efficiently. 

You will be a key member of the Parks team, taking overall responsibility for the day to day management of all parks operations including the delivery of the horticultural ground’s maintenance and playground service throughout the borough of Wandsworth. 

You will proactively manage a team of specialists and focus on their development, support and attainment, using your management skills to create a positive can do team approach to all tasks. 

Why should you join Enable Leisure and Culture?

  • 25 Days Annual Leave
  • Flexible Working
  • Pension Scheme
  • Eyecare Vouchers
  • Free Gym membership
  • On-site shower facilities* certain places
  • Season Ticket Loan
  • Cycle to Work scheme
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • Weekly fruit basket
  • Staff Treats
  • Weekly Wellbeing Hour

We are unable to provide sponsorship for this post.  In order to apply for this post, you must demonstrate your eligibility to work in the UK. Applications will close one minute before midnight on 22 August 2021. We anticipate a high volume of interest in this post and reserve the right to close this role early if we find the right candidate, so encourage you to apply early.

Diversity is valued at Enable Leisure and Culture and is important in the work that we do. Applications from all sections of the community are welcome and will be considered on merit. Should you have a disability and require any additional support or if you have any questions regarding the above role, please contact us at

The role is for 40 hours a week based primarily in the Parks Office in Wandsworth Common.  You will be expected to travel around Wandsworth to visit sites and meet contractors and stakeholder representatives on a regular basis.  

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