Opportunity: we are hiring

We are looking for a new Operations Manager for the Ideas Alliance CIC. Full job description below. Please be aware the deadline to apply for this position has now passed.

Job title: Operations Manager

Contract: Permanent, with a three and six month review

Salary: £40,000 per annum, pro rata

Hours: Part time, 16 hours per week set flexibly across the week, could be every morning for 4 days per week or 2 full days per week (ideally Mondays and Wednesdays)

Location: Remote/ Home working within reasonable distance of London/ West Sussex to attend occasional team meetings for which reasonable expenses will be reimbursed

Application deadline: 5pm, Friday 29th September


About us

The Ideas Alliance CIC is a social enterprise that wants public services to work in partnership with local people, not to or for them. We partner with the brave pioneers and innovators who want to adopt this way of working. We use collaborative and community-based approaches to build bridges between communities and organisations – between stories and strategy. 

We are a remote organisation with a small central team of staff (including Directors). We work across the UK on projects with local authorities, health organisations, community groups and charities. We operate as a small consultancy with brilliant Associates who work with us on a project by project basis. Our Associates are all experts in this style of working with heaps of community-based experience in collaboration, commissioning and co-production. We also publish great ideas and inspiring stories about this work on our Ideas Hub

Our small team is looking for someone with a strong background in Operations to help us run as effectively as possible.


About the role

We are looking to recruit an experienced Operations Manager to work alongside our Business Manager and closely with our Directors to ensure the smooth, compliant and effective running of the company and its multiple projects. This will be a core role with operational oversight across the organisation. 

We are looking for someone to maintain our operations function as they currently are, and be confident in reviewing them, bringing in new ideas, approaches and implementing appropriate changes and new processes based on experience and insight. With this position we are excited to bring in new expertise to make our processes and core function more robust and streamlined whilst maintaining our high quality outputs.

You will be methodical and able to manage multiple workstreams. A skilled organiser and confident manager you will be responsible for ensuring projects are set up and closed effectively and compliantly. You will be responsible for monitoring and following up with project teams and project leads to ensure the right processes are followed and that correct contracts and procedures are in place. Within the organisation you will lead on HR, data protection and operations across the organisation (with our Business Manager carrying out all day to day financial administration). You will be the main contact point for our Financial Director, line manage our Business Manager and report to our Directors.

This is not an entry-level role. You will have proven experience of successfully managing operations in a small or medium sized organisation. You will need to work across an administrative – operational – strategic spectrum as suits a small organisation and appreciate the flexibility and creativity required in such a role. No job will be beneath you and no job above you in terms of taking responsibility, contributing to the success of the organisation and working alongside the Directors.


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This is a remote working role. We are open to discussing flexible working and adapting our process in conversation with applicants. If you have any access needs we can support as part of the application process, please let us know.

Equal opportunities

At the Ideas Alliance we are committed to building a team that represents a variety of backgrounds, perspectives and skills. Our vision statement is a role for everyone and we are striving for a world where the diversity of skills and perspectives of all people who live and work in a local community are valued and utilised. We want to bring this mindset to our recruitment and we follow the guidelines of the Equality Act. So we encourage applicants from people identifying with any of the Equality Act’s protected characteristics.

To help us become a more equal organisation we ask that if you apply for this role you complete our Equality and Diversity form. This is voluntary and anonymous and the information you provide will only be used for monitoring purposes. (If you have any problems with the link, please let us know).

How we will use your data

We collect, process and store your data as part of our recruitment process. We will only use the data you provide to us for the recruitment process. Please read our privacy notice for full details of how we process the data you provide us as a job applicant. 

How to apply

Please email us your CV and a supporting cover letter (letter no longer than 2 pages) by 5pm on Friday 29th September. Send them to our Business Manager Liz Tratt at liz@ideas-alliance.org.uk

Alternatively you can send your cover letter as a video or audio file if you prefer.

Shortlisted candidates will be informed by Monday 9th October. First interviews will take place via Zoom on Wednesday 18th  October. Second interviews will take place on Friday 20th October. 

If you are shortlisted for this role, but cannot make one of the interview dates we will work with you to try and find an alternative mutually convenient time. We are also open to considering evening interview times on the above dates if required.

We would be happy to speak to candidates who want to discuss the role ahead of applying. Please email any questions to liz@ideas-alliance.org.uk and we will get back to you.