About the role

Salary: £32,660 | Annual Leave: 39 days | Hours: Full-time | Term: Ongoing

As Operations Manager, you have primary responsibility for operational delivery across our centre, overseeing the site operation, leading, managing, and mentoring staff teams, taking responsibility for the customer experience, and the overall smooth operation of a high-quality outdoor learning facility. This role is a core part of the Woodrow senior management team, who are essential in supporting the Head of Woodrow to deliver our strategic objectives. You will work alongside the Facilities Manager to support health and safety, ensure risk assessments are in place, and that areas of improvement are identified. You will also work closely with the Sales & Marketing Manager to understand the customer requirements and to ensure we are able to deliver on these operationally.

You bring excellent people management skills and have an aptitude for training, mentoring and supporting your people. With your hands-on experience of managing a busy operation, you will ensure that all parts of the operation are running smoothly, teams are fully resourced and staffing and programming is effective. You will ensure that our outdoor learning programme offer, and delivery, is of the highest quality, meets the needs of our existing customers and will also attract new ones. You will take a great interest in the quality of these experiences, and we expect that you will bring your own ideas and welcome ideas from others such that you can lead on developing new ways of enhancing the visitors’ experience, ensuring that it has a positive impact on their personal development and that they are enthusiastic about returning.

Full details regarding this role and how to apply are in noted in the Job Description & Person Specification below. Please do download and read this carefully to ensure there are no delays in processing your application.

Our commitment to anti-racism

In July 2020, we issued a statement committing to become an anti-racist organisation and to actively tackle racism. Since then, London Youth has worked with our staff and trustees to understand first the issues within our organisation, collaboratively developing a Theory of Change to define our areas of focus, approach and plan of action moving forward.

We have a Race Equality Action Stakeholder Group which is chaired by a London Youth member and trustee. This group includes representatives from across the organisation and oversees the implementation of our Race Equality Action Plan.

At the heart of youth work is the drive to level the playing field for all young Londoners to succeed, regardless of their backgrounds. Over two thirds of the young people we work with are from racialised communities and we know that without the opportunities which youth organisations provide, there would be limited experiences open to them.

London Youth embraces equality, diversity and inclusion. We are committed to the ongoing development of an organisation that values and represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills and welcome applications that reflect this.

Key Information

Salary: £32,660 per annum

Hours: 42 hours per week, including weekend shifts, and evening cover duties

Term: Ongoing

Annual Leave: 39 days per annum (31 days, plus 8 bank holidays)

Important dates and how to apply

Read the full Job Description and Person Specification that outlines the expectations of this role in detail. If this sounds like you and you are interested, please ensure you meet the eligibility criteria before you apply.


To apply, please submit all of the following documents via email, with the subject line Operations Manager (Outdoor Learning) Application to woodrow.recruitment@londonyouth.org:

  • Your comprehensive CV
  • A supporting statement indicating clearly how your experience meets the essential requirements of the Person Specification
  • Completed Declaration of Criminal Convictions Form
  • Completed Equal Opportunities Monitoring Form

NOTE: Applications will be considered upon receipt and only those that satisfy the criteria will be shortlisted and invited to an online first round interview. If successful, we will then invite you to a second in-person interview, where you will meet the team, see the centre and have the opportunity to demonstrate your interest in the role as part of this process.

Unfortunately, we are unable to respond to every application submitted – if you have not been invited to an interview within 21 working days of submitting your CV and supporting statement, please consider your application unsuccessful at this time.


If you would like to ask any questions about the role or process, feel free to ring 01494 433531 and ask for the Head of Centre, Asti Kanaris.