Weston-Super-Mare, Somerset
£35,000 per annum
23 Nov 2016
05 Dec 2016
Contract Type
Full Time


Fixed term until 31/12/2019.

Weston College is seeking to expand our highly effective External Contracts Team in preparation to deliver the West of England Works project.

The Weston College External Contracts Team is responsible for the management of all learning delivered through the College's national network of partner organisations and was deemed to be ‘Highly Effective' during the most recent Ofsted Inspection where Weston College was judged to be ‘Outstanding' in all areas. We currently work with over 40 delivery partners located throughout England delivering Programmes of Study to 16-18 year olds, Traineeships, Apprenticeships and learning supported by the Adult Education Budget.

The West of England Works is a new and innovative project that will offer targeted packages of support to unemployed adults with multiple and complex needs to improve their employability and help them to progress into work. Running from January 2017 to December 2019, the project forms part of the national ‘Building Better Opportunities' (BBO) programme and is funded jointly between the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. The project is led by Weston College and will be delivered in partnership with a comprehensive range of voluntary and community sector organisations across the West of England area (Bristol, Bath, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset).

The focus of the positions advertised will be to manage both critical business processes and the relationship between Weston College and our delivery network, ensuring that the provision funded is delivered to the highest standard and secures the best possible outcomes for learners and participants in a manner that fully satisfies our contractual obligations.

Salary - Management spine: £35,000 per annum

The Operations Manager is responsible for managing the critical business processes that underpin the learning programmes delivered through the External Contracts Team, including a particular focus on the West of England Works project.

Leading a small sub-team of Account Coordinators and Administrators, the successful applicant will develop, implement and oversee robust systems to support due diligence, contracting, compliance, management information and the reconciliation of payments to partners. They will work closely with delivery partners and the wider External Contracts Team to ensure that everything delivered through us is fully evidenced in our claims to the funding agencies and undertake period audits to provide assurance of this.

The Operations Manager will also act as deputy project manager and will play a key role in monitoring the performance of the project as a whole and communicating this to internal management and strategic partners.

We are seeking an individual with excellent operational, organisational and project management skills who is able to effectively manage their own workload and that of others. An ability to effectively analyse data and produce comprehensive and concise reports is essential.

The Operations Manager will be based in Weston-super-Mare.

To apply for any of these vacancies please visit https://www.weston.ac.uk/working-college or telephone 01934 411441.

Closing date for all applications: Friday 2nd December 2016.

We plan to conduct interviews during the week commencing Monday 12th December 2016.

The West of England Works Project is partially funded by the European Social Fund