Job Title: Operational Manager

Salary: £30,407 – £33,786 pro rata (35 hours FTE)

Hours: Part-time 21 hours per week. Flexibility needed across MOWR operating hours, Mon-Sun 9am – 5pm.

Contract Type: Permanent

Location: Move On Wood Recycling

Closing date: Friday 19th August

We’re now hiring a new Operational Manager for our social enterprise, Move On Wood Recycling!

Are you an experienced manager, motivated by community and environmentally conscious trade? If so, why not join us, and play an important role in our tight-knit team!

About Us

Move On is a mentoring, employability and support charity. We work with vulnerable people of all ages, particularly young people aged 14-25. Our mission is to help our service users take their next steps to lead an independent, fulfilling life.

We also run two social enterprises – Move On Wood Recycling (MOWR), and FareShare Glasgow & the West of Scotland (FSGWS). MOWR is a sustainable waste wood collection service and retail business. FSGWS is a regional centre for UK-wide surplus food redistribution charity FareShare. Both are actively involved in our work supporting employability, and provide training and volunteering opportunities.

The people we support are vulnerable for many reasons. These include poor mental health, substance misuse, care experience, homelessness, and debt. Many have experienced trauma, neglect and abuse, and gained few qualifications and skills due to lack of opportunity. They often suffer from low levels of confidence and motivation as a result.

We’re committed to providing opportunities. By doing so, we offer people an equal chance to reach their full potential, and find their path.

Move On Wood Recycling

The MOWR model is simple but effective – if we do say so ourselves!

MOWR collects waste wood from a range of different sites. We then re-sell it as quality reclaimed timber and upcycled wooden products through our workshop and retail space in Granton, Edinburgh. Our business customers range from the smallest independent shops up to large construction sites. We also work within the arts, collecting from festivals, studios, and more!

We offer local businesses a way to dispose of their wood waste responsibly. Many of our smaller clients couldn’t do this without us, due to their lack of recycling space and resources.

Our reclaimed wood is a brilliant alternative to virgin timber. Its cheaper, locally sourced, and has more character than mass-produced. It’s not at all unusual to find pieces with a real story to them in our shop. This year alone, we’ve sold pieces from stage sets at Leith Theatre, beams from the historic ship the MS Fingal, and spoil boards from a local design studio!

What’s even better is, this all has a real environmental impact. We’re a proud member of Community Wood Recycling, a UK-wide network committed to responsibly recycling and re-using waste wood. By reducing the use of virgin timber – and the energy and pollution associated with processing, importing and distributing it – we reduce the unnecessary release of harmful CO2e into the air. Wood waste is also responsible for around 5% of UK landfill greenhouse gas emissions. In the last year alone, we collected 368 tonnes of waste wood. Had this been left to decay to landfill, almost 243 tonnes of harmful gases would have been released.

MOWR also has a social impact! We offer volunteering and training opportunities for people with a variety of support needs. This includes training programmes for disadvantaged young people, and volunteer placements for people with learning disabilities. We offer around 30 to 40 people each year a supportive environment in which to develop their skills and confidence.

The Role

With our services more in need than ever, we’re looking to recruit a new Operational Manager to oversee activity at Move On Wood Recycling. Based in the MOWR workshop in Granton, Edinburgh, you’ll work alongside our highly motivated staff and volunteer teams.

As our new MOWR Operational Manager, you’ll take responsibility for the commercial success and operational management of the enterprise. This will chiefly involve managing the teams and operations at MOWR. You’ll make the most of every opportunity to grow our income, sustainability, and social purpose.

You’ll lead our small, motivated staff and volunteer team. Organising the day-to-day activities of a busy and growing social enterprise, you’ll help to make sure MOWR is always a safe place to work and volunteer in. Supported by colleagues from other Move On teams, you’ll also help manage trainees within a busy and fast-paced working environment, overseeing the delivery of high quality work experience and training opportunities.

Role Requirements

Our ideal Operational Manager is highly motivated, with at least 2 years’ experience of managing a diverse team in a social enterprise, or other similar setting. A strong leader, you’ll also be committed to delivering a high-quality service, sharing our mission and core values. You’ll take a creative, innovative and analytical approach to leadership, maximising volunteer input and the delivery of training/work experience. You’ll have good IT skills, and some knowledge of basic financial processes. A full, clean driving license is also essential, as is the ability to safely and courteously drive our MOWR vans.

The role will provide a great opportunity to demonstrate your skills in managing and growing an exciting social enterprise. You’ll lead and inspire our team to make a real contribution to our local community. You’ll also contribute to our mission to create a circular economy, and help promote local sustainability.

Above all, our perfect Operational Manager has brilliant communication skills. Working at any Move On site means meeting with people from all walks of life. It’s really important you bring an open, accepting attitude to the role. Many of the people we work with are from socially excluded or disadvantaged groups, and are working to overcome personal barriers. It’s essential that our team members can communicate well with a wide range of people. Being part of the Move On team means holding a genuine wish to help the people who come through our doors to find their path and unlock their full potential.


  • 25 days annual leave and 9 bank holidays for the first 2 years of service, increasing to 28 days and 9 bank holidays after 3 years
  • Flexi-time
  • Option to buy additional annual leave  
  • Opportunity for hybrid working
  • Regular formal and informal support
  • Annual salary review
  • Annual personal volunteering day
  • Individual training allowance and commitment to CPD  
  • Support to complete vocational training qualifications
  • TOIL system
  • The opportunity to be part of a dedicated, welcoming team, with a strong focus on staff health and wellbeing
  • The chance to make a difference, and help change lives

More Information

For further information about the role please contact Jim Burns (Director of Operations) on, or John Hinton (Executive Director) on

How to apply

Please email your CV and Cover Letter to by the 19th August 2022. Please note applications without covering letter cannot be considered.

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