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Director of Operations

Brimhams Active
North Yorkshire
50 - 60k + relocation allowance
Closing date
3 Jan 2022

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Location: Flexible hybrid home and office working arrangements, with visibility required throughout our facilities

Brimhams Active is a brand new leisure, health and wellbeing company owned by Harrogate Council.

Following a huge £40 million investment, the management of the service previously run by Harrogate Council has been transferred to Brimhams Active, with the vision to create a service, which has the local community right at the core.  The aim is to create an efficient and effective sustainable business model that delivers both exceptional outcomes and reduces the cost of the service to the council. It will provide an ethical and commercial solution to improving the health and wellbeing of those who live in and around Harrogate - wellness is a growing commercial opportunity so it makes business, as well as social, sense to transform the service in this way.

The scale of the challenge is more than matched by the scale of the opportunities thanks to this unprecedented investment and the strength of partnerships between the council and wider stakeholders.

Brimhams Active offers a wide range of opportunities for residents and visitors to participate in active leisure pursuits in one of its’ many centres across the wider Harrogate, Ripon, Knaresborough areas - from swimming, a gym workout, a yoga session, or a treatment at the Turkish Baths. In addition, as from April 2023, there will be a new unitary council for North Yorkshire, which could provide really exciting opportunities to grow and develop Brimhams Active as the services currently provided by all eight councils in North Yorkshire are brought together.

To help bring the vision to life Brimhams Active is looking for robust, experienced and strategic leaders who are excited by the challenge and the opportunities in equal measure. You will be driven by your desire to make a real difference to the health and wellbeing of our communities across the wider Harrogate district, at the same time as demonstrating commercial acumen and the ability to drive long term and sustainable successful growth.

The role

We are looking for a dynamic and innovative person to help us deliver our ambitious new strategic objectives set out in our exciting new Company Strategy.

​This is fantastic opportunity to join Brimhams Active Ltd, a new local authority controlled company launched in August of this year to operate leisure and community services on behalf of Harrogate Borough Council. Brimhams Active has a mission to improve the health and wellbeing of people and communities. If you are forward-thinking, passionate and empathetic, and if you want to affect real and lasting change in the lives of people, please read on.

​Part of the Executive Leadership Team and managing a large team. In this role you will be responsible for the leadership, management, co-ordination and development of facility operations and asset management at all venues operated by the company. The accountabilities of the post include, but are not limited to:

  • ​Leadership of asset management and development
  • Leadership and management of facility operations and services
  • ​Health and safety and compliance
  • Quality management systems and quality assurance standards
  • Capital development planning and stakeholder liaison
  • Financial and performance management of facility operations​

To be considered for this excellent opportunity, you will possess a sustained track record of high performance in previous roles with relevant experience. You will have an entrepreneurial mind-set with proven experience in managing people and projects to achieve outstanding outcomes.​

As well as the opportunity to join our fantastic team there are other benefits, including flexible and agile working, leisure facility discounts and the option to join the Local Government Pension Scheme. You can find out more here.

Closing date for Applications: Midnight 3rd January 2022

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