Head of Business Support

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The Wildlife Trusts

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Middleton, United Kingdom

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10 days ago

We are excited to be recruiting a Head of Business Support to lead transformational change in the way we work; enabling our teams to have more capacity to deliver our vision of a Wilder Derbyshire.


In this role, you will lead our business support and programme office functions, coaching and leading individuals and teams across the organisation to develop business systems that support an agile and flexible organisation, continually evaluating and improving the way we work.

You will be central to developing our digital transformation strategy and establishing an effective programme office for long term success, through support and processes that are agile and user friendly, and ensuring our facilities are managed proactively.

About you

This role might be right for you if:

  • You've previously been involved in systems and process improvement and development that help teams excel
  • Your experienced in cross team / agile working; you will lean on your practical experience when coaching teams, managers and leaders
  • You have supported and advised leadership teams before and feel comfortable talking to a diverse range of stakeholders with different interests, perspectives and personalities
  • You’re self-aware, reflective and curious - you’re always looking for opportunities to do things better
  • You are solution focused, adept at both identifying issues and solving them.
  • You have good emotional intelligence, with great interpersonal and communication abilities
  • You’re a strategic thinker with hands-on style (you’ll need to be comfortable keeping the ship running whilst building a team around you)
  • You demonstrate drive, flexibility, tact and patience and thrive in an ever-evolving environment.

We are happy to talk flexible working!

This role will be based at our office in Middleton although we operate hybrid working with a general guide of no more than 60% of the week to be worked from home. We are a local charity so applicants should be easily able to access our office and other locations around the county.

Interviews are planned for 6th March 2023 at our Head Quarters in Middleton near Matlock.

For more information please refer to the job description and key terms attached. If you have any questions about the role which are not answered in the attached documents, or require adjustments to the application process, please either email recruitment@derbyshirewt.co.uk or call 01773 881188.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust

We’re a small charity, with big ideas! We believe that everyone has their part to play in Nature’s recovery. We are the only organisation in Derbyshire working to protect and enhance wildlife and wild places throughout the county but through our work with businesses, other conservation charities, and the public we are mobilising others across the county and the rest of the UK to act for wildlife. As are a registered Charity, we are supported by 16,000 members and are part of a movement of 46 Trusts with a collective membership of over 800,000.

Our purpose is to achieve our vision of a Wilder Derbyshire by creating Nature Recovery Networks and reintroducing lost species. We aim to deliver our vision by leading Nature’s Recovery, inspiring people and communities to care and mobilising people to act. All our work is underpinned by our values.

Our Charity is growing, we currently employ 80 people and, crucially, we are supported by over 500 volunteers. We have three delivery teams; Wilder Landscapes, Wilder Communities and Income Generation, supported by the Finance and Resources team. Each team has a Department Lead who reports to the Chief Executive who is responsible for the operations of the Trust and who, in turn, reports to the Board of Trustees which governs the organisation.

We’re committed to equality, diversity and inclusion and believe that everyone should have access to nature. We expect people to work harmoniously with each other and with volunteers, and to provide help and guidance to others when needed. As a small charity, our employees need to be willing to be flexible about working arrangements and willing to provide occasional cover for absent staff. We want people to develop professionally and personally while working with us and employees are encouraged to participate in the range of opportunities available to enable this.

Derbyshire Wildlife Trust is an equal opportunities employer that strives to be a diverse and inclusive environment in which everyone is valued. We welcome applications from eligible candidates regardless of sex, race, disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion or belief, marital status, or pregnancy and maternity.

We recognise that our workforce needs to represent the communities and people we work with. We particularly encourage applications from underrepresented groups within Derbyshire Wildlife Trust and the wider charity and conservation sector, such as people from Black and Ethnic Minority backgrounds and those who identify as LGBTQ+.

We are proudly a Disability Confident Commitment employer. The scheme is helping us recruit and retain great people to meet our workforce needs. As a member of the scheme we interview anyone with a disability whose application meets the essential criteria for the role. You can request this and adjustments including accessible formats of this vacancy by emailing Recruitment@derbyshirewt.co.uk”