National Project looking for General Manager

By Published On: January 27, 2017Categories: Network newsTags: ,

Our national office, located in central Brighton, is looking for a General Manager to run the day-to-day business of Community Wood Recycling.


Community Wood Recycling is a multi-award winning social franchise founded in 2003. Our aims are to save resources and to create jobs and training opportunities for disadvantaged people by setting up wood recycling social enterprises, based on the successful business model of the Brighton & Hove Wood Recycling Project. With more than 30 enterprises nationwide, we are one of the largest and most successful social franchises in the UK.
We are now at the stage where our founder/Managing Director wishes to move away from the day-to-day running of the business to focus on providing closer support to the large and growing network of member enterprises and developing other opportunities. A General Manager is needed to manage the day-to-day activities of our busy office with 10 staff and to help lead the continued growth of the enterprise. We are a ground-breaking organisation. Many employees started with us by volunteering, and that ethos of commitment to a cause remains. This is a crucial point in our development and we are keen to find the right person to join our team.

The challenge

Our member enterprises are independent enterprises, bound by a loose franchise agreement but more by a strong commitment to our shared aims and through a history of close working. We support them through our sales and marketing operation (called the NBCS) to the country’s top builders, which generates a turnover of over £2 million p.a in paid-for collection work for members, as well as an informal consultancy service. We are their servants but we need to ensure that a uniformly high standard of service is provided across the country; we operate in a highly competitive market with a strong focus on H&S. At the same time, we have ambitious environmental and social goals and we want to set up new enterprises in the areas of the country we do not yet cover.

Our mission

To expand, develop and support a nationwide network of wood recycling social enterprises that save resources by rescuing and re-using waste timber and additionally to create sustainable jobs, training and volunteering opportunities for disadvantaged people.

Purpose of the post

The primary purpose of this new full time post is to lead the company managerially and financially according to our mission and business plan.

Responsible to

Managing Director

Responsible for the management of

Sales team members; sales team supervisor; enterprise development officers; finance administrator; administration manager; administration support staff.


We are based in Brighton. The post involves occasional travel to our enterprises throughout the country, possibly with overnight stays.


37.5 hours per week (time off in lieu is provided for overtime).

Probationary period

4 months.


By negotiation.

For more information, please download the Job Description below.

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