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Leisure Services Manager - Stroud District Council

Leisure Services Manager - Stroud District Council

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  • Sector:

    Health & Fitness, Commercial Leisure

  • Job type:

    Full Time

  • Salary:

    £55,636 per annum + excellent benefits

  • Contact:

    Mark Manning

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  • Published:

    6 months ago

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Post: Leisure Services Manager

Hours: Full-time, Permanent

Salary: £55,636 per annum

Location: Stroud - with opportunity for Hybrid working

Responsible to: Head of Community Services

Responsible for: Leisure Operations Managers and team members

This is your opportunity to shape and deliver a new, high quality leisure service.


At Stroud District Council, we put communities at the heart of everything we do and if you value people, want to make a difference and aim high, you'll want to be part of our 'One Council' team.

It is exciting times at Stroud District Council as we create a new leisure service. We are bringing a key facility in house and aligning our provision to create a high-quality integrated approach to health, fitness, wellbeing and physical activity for all of our local communities.

The Leisure Services Manager is a new post. The successful candidate will lead us through transition and champion the delivery of our leisure service into the future.

Job Summary:

  • Work with key stakeholders to develop and deliver our leisure services strategy.

  • Manage the seamless integration of Stratford Park Leisure Centre into the council's leisure provision placing our communities at the heart of what we do.

  • Develop and implement our service and operational policies and procedures for Stratford Park Leisure Centre and The Pulse Dursley.

  • Provide overarching leadership to the leisure operations teams, inspiring a culture of collaboration, service excellence and drive for results.

  • Oversee the financial management of the leisure facilities, including budgeting, forecasting, development of business plans and cost control of the service.

  • Collaborate with other services and external partners to develop and deliver innovative leisure, fitness and wellbeing programmes and initiatives across the whole community.

  • Lead on CAPX projects to improve our services and facilities.

The ideal candidate

  • Strategic leadership experience within Leisure Management, Local Authority Leisure, Leisure Trust or Community Sports, Fitness and Leisure sectors.

  • Commercial, financial, and operational leadership experience managing multi-faceted leisure facilities possibly as a Head of Leisure, Leisure Services Manager, Area Manager, Contract Manager, Cluster General Manager or experienced Senior General Manager.

  • Outstanding communicator and collaborator who is passionate about improving the health and well-being of the community and can provide evidence of delivering successful initiatives.

  • Experience in managing projects from inception to completion, E.g, CAPX projects or mobilising new sites.

  • Able to reliably commute to Stroud most working days.

Employee benefits

  • Opportunity for hybrid working and flexitime as appropriate for the post.

  • Exceptional pension scheme 18% Employer contribution.

  • Salary sacrifice schemes for Cycles and Electric Vehicles.

  • 23 days holiday per year rising to 26 days after 5 years' service + bank holidays + Christmas and New Year shutdown.

  • Employee discount scheme available through CSSC.

  • The Council supports up to 3 days per year that staff can use to Volunteer.

  • Learning and development opportunities.

  • Employee wellbeing service.

  • An office building that creates an environment that is steeped in history and is in a scenic location.

For more information, please send your cv and covering letter to Mark Manning from Leisure People Recruitment our retained managing agent for this key hire. Mark will be in touch promptly if you meet the person specification.

It is important that our staff reflect the diversity of our community, and we therefore welcome and encourage applications from people of all genders and sexual orientation, those from Black, Asian and other minority ethnic backgrounds, and people with disabilities.

Our organisation is committed to safeguarding the welfare of vulnerable adults, young people and children. Safer recruitment practices are applied to all job vacancies.