The Poppy Factory – Director of Production and the Estate


Full Time:  37.5 hours

Location:  Richmond Based (Live-in accommodation available)

Salary:  Competitive

The Poppy Factory is the country’s leading employment charity for veterans with health conditions or impairments. We work with businesses across the country to provide bespoke opportunities and employment support for hundreds of disabled veterans of all ages and from all Services, helping them to restore financial independence through sustainable and rewarding work.  The factory in Richmond also employs disabled veterans and dependants to produce poppies and wreaths for the Royal Family and for The Royal British Legion’s annual Poppy Appeal and we organise and host the nation’s annual Field of Remembrance at Westminster Abbey.

We are now recruiting for a new Director of Production and the Estate to manage a full spectrum of activities and operate across strategic, operational and tactical boundaries.  Activities range from the organisation and delivery of a national-level commemorative event to the gentler and emotionally intelligent leadership of our disabled and vulnerable veteran workforce.

The post holds responsibility for multiple functions including liaison with the Royal Households, the production of Remembrance products for The Royal British Legion, the management of the Estate currently comprising 67 residential flats and three office premises, as well as acting as a key member of the senior management team, helping to determine and deliver future strategy and governance.  Total budget responsibility for the post is c£3.1m.

This is an extraordinary and unique position, requiring an individual of the highest calibre.  Full details of experience, knowledge and skills needed are outlined in the person specification.  Candidates must be able to demonstrate exceptional management and leadership expertise including experience of strategic management as a member of senior leadership team and leadership of change management programmes.    Personal attributes required include hands-on leadership, integrity, a can-do attitude and a high degree of empathy with the wounded, injured and sick veteran community, whom we serve.

It is essential the post holder has experience of HM forces, health or welfare sectors, a service background with quartermaster experience would be desirable.

The post is available from September 2019 with a handover period from June 2019.


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

  • Live-in accommodation in Richmond upon Thames is available for this role
  • A generous Company Pension scheme
  • Company-paid life assurance
  • Funding available for training and development as appropriate
  • Reservists’ leave

How to apply

For the full job description and more information about the role, please download the application pack.

To apply for this position please prepare your CV and a covering letter clearly outlining how you meet the essential criteria in the person specification.   You may address your covering letter to Deirdre Mills, Chief Executive.

The deadline for completed applications is midnight on Sunday 3 February.  Please note that we cannot accept late or incomplete applications.

First stage interviews are expected to take place on 13 and 14 February 2019.

For an informal conversation about the role, please contact Deirdre Mills on 020 8939 1866.

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Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Poppy Factory is committed to equality, valuing diversity and promoting inclusion.  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 application whether you wish to be considered under this scheme. We are also happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the application or interview process to accommodate disabled candidates.

We are a family friendly employer and happy to discuss flexible working.

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