Operations Manager (StreetScene)

Client: East Devon District Council

Location: Hybrid Working

Salary: £47,573 - £54,252 per year + relocation support

Closing date: Sunday, 25 June 2023 23:30

Operations Manager (StreetScene)

£47,573 - £54,252 per year + relocation support

Mobile throughout East Devon

Full-time with a range of flexibilities, including hybrid working, aligned to our Worksmart arrangements


About the role:

Working from our depots and offices across our district as well as from home, you will lead a multi-disciplinary team to deliver our highly valued £multi-million StreetScene service in a high profile tourist resort and area of outstanding natural beauty where our environment and beaches are our shop front.  In a role which covers grounds maintenance, street & public buildings cleansing, creative commercial use of our outdoor spaces, and beach safety and infrastructure, you will be responsible for running a safe and efficient service to provide the high quality, clean, and green public realm our residents and visitors expect and beautiful public spaces for people to enjoy.  

You will be joining us at an exciting time with an opportunity to shape how we take our service forward  supporting our climate change action plan, and developing  our green tourism offer and Blue Flag Award winning beach infrastructure, all whilst improving the way we work to help us meet the growing demands placed on our service.  A review of our public toilets and decarbonisation of our small fleet and equipment are already on the cards – you can find out more about our achievements and plans for the future in our council plan and service plan.

About you:

Organised, efficient and inspiring, you’ll deliver a StreetScene Operations service to exceed expectations. First and foremost, you’ll need extensive vocational experience in a field such as cleansing, grounds maintenance or horticulture, with a strong background  in line managing and leading staff in a comparable operational environment, including practical experience of reviewing systems of work, ensuring a safety first mind-set and reviewing technology and equipment to continue improving our standards and efficiency. Ideally with a NVQ level 5 management qualification affording you sound knowledge of the operational management and motivation of large teams.   

Able to build rapport quickly, you will have the gravitas and knowledge to lead and influence others in the work and the passion, drive and organisational skills to juggle a demanding role.  You will also be competent in the use of Microsoft Office and information and communication technology to make best use of time and resources. A strong ability to manage budgets, deadlines, and especially people. This, combined with real attention to detail and a communicative nature, will see the team deliver a friendly, user-focused service.  Some weekend working and out of hours emergency response handling are also a feature of this role.

This post is politically restricted and employees are prohibited from participating in political activities.

About us:

In return, you will be part of a Platinum Investors in People (IiP) organisation which works together with local people to create great value services and an outstanding community, economy and environment in which people want to live, work, visit and enjoy now, and for future generations.  And with our wide range of health and wellbeing benefits, our highly flexible and collaborative hybrid Worksmart working arrangements as well as our commitment to continuous learning and development, you can be confident of joining a dedicated community of colleagues who are Happy, Healthy and Here.


For more about working for East Devon District Council, visit https://eastdevon.gov.uk/careers/working-at-east-devon-district-council/

For a confidential discussion please contact our recruitment partners at Penna on: dan.wide@penna.com or call 07895 312029.

Closing date: 25 June 2023 at midnight. Interviews will be held during week commencing 10 July 2023