West Lavant, Chichester
Lavant House is set within the South Downs National Park, a stone's throw from the Goodwood Estate and on the doorstep of Chichester. Built in the early 1700’s, and later owned by the 3rd Duke of Richmond, Lavant House is a period blend of Georgian, Victorian and Edwardian architecture and until recently, operated as a girls boarding school.
Our client is renovating the property to ensure that the facility can be used to help to develop and train young people as they transition into adulthood and meaningful employment. They will do this by providing an innovative and integrated program based around their needs for:
Affordable accommodationEducation and mentoring where needed in areas such as Maths, English and other scientific/engineering subject areas.Skills for life courses such as Food Hygiene, Budgeting and first aid.Rural skills: animal husbandry, grounds works, gardeningHealthy and enjoyable sports opportunities: Tennis, Football, Cricket, Swimming, Sailing etcRealistic and integrated work experience and apprenticeships
One of the first set of opportunities for young people is to work with the organisation on the refurbishment and building works at Lavant House - for which they are naturally paid, but require on the job support, training and supervision. There is a minimum of five years of work ahead, and they welcome this - the work provides excellent ‘hands on’ opportunities for those young people interested in a career in business and construction based skills and qualifications where desired.
Main purpose and scope of the job
The company is looking to appoint a General Manager, who will report to the Senior Management. The successful candidate will be responsible for the provision of a safe, efficient and cost-effective service stream on all areas of service delivery ensuring the highest quality of work is provided in the timescales and the ongoing success of the company.
The role will initially heavily focus on managing the repair and refurbishment of the site, together with construction of new buildings. They are a small and friendly team, and over time, the successful applicant will have increasing opportunities to diversify within the organisation if desired.
Duties and key responsibilities
Lead and manage the site and ensuring the work is completed safely, on time, within budget and to the required quality by effectively organising and managing the site activities.Support the charity in building and operating a team to achieve the Charitable objectives by assisting the Trustees in the formulation of contractual strategies and ensuring that such strategies are implemented.Monitor reportable accidents and ensure correct paperwork is submitted to appropriate personnel.Identify the need for Risk Assessments and Method Statements and Safe Systems of work and implement in your area whilst maintaining records.Manage and implement H&S procedures including pre plant checklists and recording appropriately.Understand budgets, valuations and costs whilst recognising contractual requirements.Control and monitor the use of all resources including subcontractors to maximise efficiency and minimise costs.Ensure that adequate site records are maintained.Contribute to HR requirements, carry out annual PPRs, identify training needs, monitor operative attendance etc.Able to demonstrate a good level of financial knowledge in meeting the business and customer objectivesEnsuring staff you are responsible for understand their roles and responsibilities, and manage them accordingly by providing guidance and training as necessary. Lead weekly team meetings and regular one to ones.Aptitude - Must demonstrate a high level of aptitude, problem solving.Communication – Ability to communicate effectively with a wide variety of people, including key stakeholders.Strong interpersonal, verbal and written communication.Proactive, ‘can do’ approach.Ability to prioritise their workload.Good attention to detail and ability to show initiative.A technical, logical thought process.
Desirable Key Skills and Qualifications:
Holder of a Full UK Driving LicenceSuitable to take an enhanced DBS checkDegree in Business Management or Masters in Business Administration.Good knowledge of different business functions.Highly organised with a strong work ethic.Good interpersonal skills.Meticulous attention to detail.Computer literate.Proactive nature.Proven track record in successfully managing a project to budget and on scheduleSound leadership skills (control and management of employees) with a good understanding of how to get the best out of both staff and subcontractorsCommercially aware with excellent organisational skillsExcellent communication skills and customer focusedSelf-motivated and ambitious
If this sounds like the opportunity for you, please apply ASAP.