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Head of Operations

EXEC
Reference:
HQ00171324
Location:
Flexible
Salary:
£50,000
Contract type:
Permanent
Date closing:
24/11/2017
Closing soon!

The Organisation

This is a fantastic opportunity to join a unique, award-winning organisation that is at an exciting stage of its development.

FareShare fight food poverty by tackling food waste. They source food that is surplus to requirements – from food retailers and manufacturers – and engage many volunteers to help redistribute this to local charities and community groups that provide meals to vulnerable people (individuals who are homeless, unemployed, socially isolated, recovering from addictions).

FareShare now operates 21 Regional Centres around the UK. The majority of these are run by local charitable organisations called Delivery Partners. This enables them to be a UK-wide organisation yet also think and behave with local concerns at the heart of their actions. They support over 7,000 local charities and groups – Community Food Members, and over the past year 13,000 tonnes of food were redistributed by FareShare Regional Centres nationwide, feeding 500,000 people every week. They operate across 1,300 towns, cities and villages and save UK charities and community groups more than £23 million each year.

With hunger a growing issue in the UK, and while there is surplus food that is otherwise going to waste, FareShare believe that this food should be used to feed people first. Demand far outstrips supply.

A dynamic and ambitious organisation, FareShare have realised consistent growth over the last 7 years.

To allow them to continue growing their reach and achieve their vision, they have recently undertaken a restructuring process with the view it will help facilitate moving them from a small organisation structure to one that will give them the capacity to shape and manage ongoing growth in the future, developing a new SMT of 7 to sit under established Directors Now recruiting to 4 of these new roles, FareShare are looking for the highest calibre candidates to join the team, giving them scope to expand further, take on new opportunities and deliver their objectives.

Head of Operations

The role:

The core purpose of this role is split between two areas - ensuring that the UK depots (currently Merseyside, West Midlands, East Anglia, London and Southern Central) are well run and benefit from strong leadership, as well as having network-wide responsibility for the compliant running of all depots when it comes to food handling standards and health and safety. They currently run five Regional Centres while the other 16 are run by independent but aligned Delivery Partners. They are committed to their model of third party Delivery partners and will, as appropriate always look to see if their mission is better delivered by assigning centrally run operations to local partners. They have identified that there are at least two further Regional Centres that need to be set up and this role will also have responsibility for this expansion. Their reputation is vital to their future success so ensuring they are fully compliant with our food handling standards as well as health and safety is critical to their future.

The person:

To be successful in the role you will need relevant experience of working in the food industry, most likely in retail operations management or wholesale management with a strong understanding of all the core areas around operations, food safety, health and safety and good business practice. You will also need experience of leading the development, communication and successful delivery of a strategy and extensive management experience that will get the best from direct reports and strengthen the overall management of the organisation. You must be confident with financial management (good knowledge and experience of managing large six figure budgets) and we will be looking for transferable experience that demonstrates a high likelihood to fit into the management culture of a medium sized voluntary sector organisation that is run on strong business lines.

To Apply:

To register your interest in this role, please submit your CV via the "Apply Now" Button below.

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