The Poppy Factory

The Poppy Factory – Employability Team Manager (Richmond)


Full Time:   37.5 hours
Home and Field Based
Salary: £34,000 pa or £35,000 pa if Career Development & Guidance (IAG) Level 6 qualified

We have an exciting opportunity for a quality driven, professional and highly motivated individual to lead and manage regional team members working to Individual Placement & Support (IPS) principles in our established community based employability service.

Since 2010 The Poppy Factory employability service has facilitated nearly 1,000 job starts for Veterans (our clients) who experience some form of disability or health challenge in relation to work. Demand for our service has grown significantly; we are ambitious about supporting many more wounded; injured or sick veterans into meaningful and sustainable work and are now entering a further period of growth.

Are you:

  • A creative problem-solver who understands the importance of asking the right questions, and is thoughtful and tenacious in working with others to identify a range of possible solutions?
  • Skilled at engaging, coaching and developing team members, championing high quality standards in order to deliver the best possible results for clients and employers?
  • A collaborative worker, who is able to work closely with colleagues cross-departmentally to ensure service quality and strong governance?
  • An effective communicator, experienced in networking and liaising with external agencies and partner organisations?

The successful candidate for this role will have a sound track record of effectively delivering employability services to people with mental and physical health problems, and will have a strong desire and ability to coach and motivate team members to attain ambitious targets.

You will need excellent organisation, prioritisation and decision making skills. This role is home and field based so you will need to be self-motivated and comfortable with remote working, with the ability to maintain strong working relationships with colleagues.

Previous line management experience and a strong understanding of the IPS model would be a distinct advantage, although training and support will be available.

Special requirements

  • Owing to the extensive travel requirements of the position it is necessary the post-holder holds a full UK Drivers licence; has access to a car for work purposes and possesses comprehensive motor insurance cover suitable for business use.
  • The position requires an enhanced DBS check.

Company benefits

The Poppy Factory aims to be an exemplar employer.  We provide good terms and conditions of employment including:

  • A generous Company Pension scheme
  • Company-paid life assurance
  • Funding available for permanent employees to study for the Level 6 Diploma in Career Guidance & Development.

How to apply

Click here to download the job description and further information. 

To apply for this position please prepare your CV including a covering statement clearly outlining how you meet the essential criteria in the person specification.

Closing date is midnight, 21 January 2018 with interviews expected to take place in week commencing 29 January 2018.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Elisabeth Skeet, Head of Employability Services on 07785 667871.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

We are committed to equality, valuing diversity and promoting inclusion within our workforce, including the volunteers who give their time to us.  We work to maintain an environment where the needs and aspirations of all employees are met, irrespective of characteristics protected under the legislative framework of the Equality Act 2010. We expect everyone to understand and accept their personal responsibility to recognise and value differences and the unique contributions that people make to the way we deliver our work.

As an equal opportunities employer our commitment is to take positive measures to recruit people from underrepresented groups, and we actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. As a Disability Confident employer, we offer a guaranteed interview for any job applicant with a disability who meets the essential criteria for the role. Please indicate in your covering statement if you wish to be considered under this scheme. We are also happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the application or interview process to accommodate candidates with disabilities.

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