Leisure Operations Manager
Reference number: SC04946
Closing date: 17 July 2022
Salary Range: £52,440 - £65,697
Job Type: Leisure
Contract Type: Permanent
Can You Inspire Southwark Council to shape a new future for public leisure services?
Southwark is a large, ambitious and progressive council with a ‘can do’ attitude and enviable
reputation. As a Council, we are successful, passionate and forward-thinking. In June 2023, Leisure
Services will transfer from the current operator to full Council management. This is a unique
opportunity to be part of building a new future for leisure services in Southwark. This opportunity
offers a significant challenge to build a new organisation ready to operate a 12-million-pound
business by June 2023. If you enjoy a challenge, can see the bigger picture and maintain an eye for
detail, we would like to hear from you. This role demands vision, passion and inspirational leadership
to build a high performing operation.
We are looking for an inspirational, and experienced Leisure Operations Manager to utilise facility
management expertise to provide excellent Leisure facilities that are fit for purpose and provide a
safe environment for customers and staff, while managing a sound, robust and timely trading service
across the insourced Leisure Services Division.
The role is responsible for ensuring the council continues to provide excellent quality leisure services
for our residents in the future and in accordance with the relevant council strategies, Fairer Future
Promises, council plan targets and Southwark Stands Together values – the Council’s commitment to
addressing racial inequality.
To lead delivery, embedding and championing of an effective quality management and assurance
system to support success in delivering a commercially viable long-term service.
The Leisure Division sits within the Department of Environment and Leisure, which is responsible for
the day-to-day management of parks and open spaces, trees, sports and leisure, cemeteries, youth
and play, highways, roads, parking, refuse collection, street cleansing, culture and libraries. It also
looks after public health, trading standards and consumer safety.
Can demonstrate knowledge of operational practices to support the development and
growth of a new service, including digital applications.
Experience in planning, setting goals and tasks and implementing systems to monitor
Can demonstrate knowledge of building management, including energy management, digital
applications, repairs and maintenance management, planned maintenance programmes,
lifecycle cost planning and responding to building related problems.
Can demonstrate knowledge of health and safety, risk assessment, safeguarding, prevent,
equality and all statutory obligations associated with facility operation.
Experience working as an operations manager and delivery of excellent facility management
Experience of managing and deployment of staff and resources including, recruitment,
training and performance review of staff.
If you would like to informally discuss this role, please contact David Pugh at
To make an application, please click on the apply now button below, with the following prepared:
A covering letter that sets out your motivation for applying for this secondment, and why
you think your skills and experience make you suitable. No more than two side of A4.
Additional salary details
Job type – Permanent (Full Time).
Might be required to work weekends and evenings to meet the needs of the service.
No DBS check required.
Comply with and promote the Council’s Equal opportunities policy.
Shortlisted candidates will be invited to attend an Assessment Centre.
Benefits and more information:
Application Closing Date: 11.59pm on 17 July 2022.
Interview and Assessment Date: 11 August, 2022.
We are an organisation who is passionate about our people and understands that richness of
diversity is a requirement to provide the best possible services to our communities. This is
demonstrated through our council-wide ambitious commitment to tackle racial inequality in our
communities and workforce through our Southwark Stands Together initiative. We particularly
welcome applications from members of the black, Asian and ethnic minority communities to
increase representation at senior management level in the Council
Please click here for the job description and person specification
Apply link: https://jobs.southwark.gov.uk/jobs/leisure-operations-manager-sc04946