Country Parks Manager

Salary £42,150 per annum

37 hours a week (some weekend/evening working will be required)

SUPPORTING COMMUNITIES, IMPROVING LIVES

Do you want to make a real difference?

We are committed to making a positive difference for all the residents, businesses and visitors to Eastleigh and we are proud to be delivering on our promise to create sustainable and healthy communities and increase employment and wellbeing opportunities for all. Eastleigh’s award-winning country parks are fundamental to achieving this goal, and are a vital part of our community, so as our new Country Parks Manager you will have key role in their continued success by shaping the visitor experience and making the parks a great place to visit, play and work.

Itchen Valley Country Park comprises 440 beautiful acres of mixed woodland, river and meadow landscapes, a Visitor Centre, the fully refurbished Woodland Café and play and BBQ areas. Lakeside Country Park covers 60 acres and is on the site of old gravel workings, with lakes formed from gravel pits. As well as the lakes themselves, the park boasts a stunning waterside conference centre for multi-functional use.

About the role
In this role you will be responsible for all aspects of the operation and management of the two parks, with a particular emphasis on the continual development of the visitor offer, which has wellbeing and education at its heart. You will also develop income generating strategies across the parks to ensure the facilities are optimised, budgets managed and that all areas, including the Woodland Café, achieve the agreed business targets.

Leading a team of dedicated individuals, you will ensure high standards are maintained, issues are resolved and performance and customer service sit at the centre of everything they do. You will also oversee the tenancy agreements of partner organisations including Go Ape and the Forest School. Developing the commercial potential of the facilities, you will develop and oversee education programmes, conference bookings and services, ensuring the facilities and services are managed to meet customer, partner and tenants’ expectations. You will ensure that the Countryside Team are supported in ensuring that conservation and biodiversity management is carried out in accordance with agreed priorities (habitats and species) and targets for income from grants such as grazing rights are achieved.

About you
This position is the ideal role for a strong operational manager with a passion for creating great visitor experiences. You will have a keen eye for health and safety, sound business acumen and the ability to create business and education opportunities by providing great customer service, through effective leadership together with strong people and financial management.

This is an exciting opportunity for an ambitious manager to take charge of a business unit with considerable untapped potential and shape and develop that unit to become more commercially sustainable while improving the offer and quality of life for residents across the Borough.

We have a diverse and talented team and as an employer we are committed to supporting and developing all our staff and creating a culture that is inclusive, innovative and enjoyable. We offer excellent opportunities for continuous professional development and support our staff in maintaining a good work life balance through our innovative flexi-time system and wellness plans.

If you are excited by this opportunity and feel you have the skills and experience, we are looking for, we would love to hear from you.

We offer a good range of benefits and facilities which include:

  • Local Government pension scheme (defined benefits scheme)
  • Up to 28 days annual leave (dependant on local government service)
  • Flexible working scheme
  • Subsidised train travel
  • Support for continuous professional development
  • Good work life balance
  • Payment of professional or registration fees where these are required

For an informal discussion about the post, please contact Andrew Trayer, Corporate Director on 023 8068 8200.

For further information and to apply please visit www.eastleigh.gov.uk, send your application form and CV to hrinfo@eastleigh.gov.uk

Closing date:            Sunday 24 November 2019
Interview date:         Monday 2 December 2019