General Manager 

Website Broken Spoke

Role:  General Manager 

Salary:  £23k-£27k pro rata, depending on experience

Hours: 2-3 days per week (negotiable)

Contract: One-year fixed term contract, with a six-month review, with the intention to make this a permanent position should our strategic and fundraising work enable this.

Location: Broken Spoke, St Thomas School, Osney Lane, Oxford, OX1 1NJ                     

Reports to: Board Member

Deadline: Wednesday 28th April 2021 (end of day)

Interviews: Week beginning 3rd May 2021

About the role

We are looking for somebody to coordinate the work of Broken Spoke, ensuring that we deliver our Strategy and Business Plan in line with our organisational values. If you have experience working in a management or leadership role within a social enterprise, charity or cooperative and are values-driven, then this role might be for you. 

The Broken Spoke, as a community bike project, aims to be a safe space for everyone. We want to break down barriers so that anyone feels comfortable and welcomed to all of our activities, regardless of riding skill, mechanical knowledge, gender, race, sexuality, class, etc. We are looking for a General Manager who understands this and is passionate about working towards this goal.  

You will report to a member of the Board. You will manage the Delivery Manager and the Community Coordinator. The three of you will form Broken Spoke’s small but mighty core team, working closely with mechanics and cycle instructors, our volunteers and our Board of Directors to serve Broken Spoke’s community. Cooperation, collaboration, mutual support and skill-sharing are very important to us, and we strive to work in ways that challenge power structures and that enable all of us to thrive as individuals and as a team.

Responsibilities

The core responsibilities of this role will be:

1/ Strategy and Business Development

  • Lead on implementing and developing our Strategy and Business Plan, enabling Broken Spoke to continue its Covid-recovery and move onto a more secure financial footing;
  • Incubate new work streams where possible, in particular to strengthen our work to break down barriers to cycling and bike mechanics for communities that are under-represented in cycling, e.g. people of colour, women and LGBTQIA+ people;
  • Hold and develop our relationships with partners, and build new partnerships and relationships to support or work.

2/ Fundraising and Financial Oversight

  • Lead on bringing in funds to support recovery from the impacts of Covid 19 and to grow our work in line with our new Strategy;
  •  Hold our relationships with funders;
  • Oversee our finances, working with and supporting our Treasurer, Bookkeeper and the Delivery Manager as needed.

3/ Human Resources

  • Lead on HR at Broken Spoke, line managing the Delivery Manager and Community Coordinator, managing recruitments and developing our HR systems as needed. 
  • Coordinate staff training and development, encouraging effective working patterns both individually and collectively, a healthy working culture, and a focus on physical and mental wellbeing across the staff team;
  • Support the Delivery Manager to manage our casual staff, and support the Community Coordinator to manage our volunteer cohort;

4/ Governance, Compliance and M&E

  • Report to the Board on operational, financial, and HR developments, maintain and develop effective internal communication channels and accountability pathways between the Board and staff team and manage staff representation on the Board;
  • Manage and cultivate Broken Spoke’s membership;
  • Manage our Risk Register and support the Board to ensure that Broken Spoke fulfils all of its legal and statutory requirements, and with other project-based work as needed.
  • Monitor and evaluate Broken Spoke’s work.

Essential Skills 

  • 2+ years in a leadership or management role
  • Experience working in or with a small charity, social enterprise or cooperative
  • Experience working with volunteers, including vulnerable people
  • Good communication skills
  • Good management and leadership skills

Desirable skills

  • Experience of business management within a volunteer-led organisation
  • Experience of managing a retail business
  • An understanding of community workshops & purpose-driven businesses
  • Knowledge or experience of the governance structures of purpose-driven businesses, including but not limited to cooperatives, community benefit societies, and community interest companies.
  • Experience of working within the cycling industry 
  • Knowledge of online communication and collaboration tools such as Google Drive and Slack
  • Experience or interest in working in a purpose-driven organisation or with campaigning or activism (paid or voluntary)
  • Enthusiasm for sustainable transport, people-powered change, and cycling!

More about Broken Spoke

Broken Spoke is a community bike project in Central Oxford. Our staff and volunteers help people from across the city to fix and ride their bikes, and get as many people on bikes as possible through courses, training and events. Broken Spoke is for everyone and we are actively working with marginalised groups across the city to make cycling an option for anybody. We’re as much about community building and inclusivity as we are about bikes. As one of our founders puts it;

“Broken Spoke creates a safe learning space that doesn’t just allow people to defy the expectations they have of themselves or that others have of them, it smashes power structures that put them there in the first place.”

We’re a community-owned organisation, accountable to our members, and working to benefit everyone in our community. Our legal structure is a Community Benefit Society with charitable objectives, and we have recognised charitable status with HMRC for tax purposes. We run on cooperative principles. Our governing document is our primary rules. It’s a lot of rules – and there’s no need to read them before you apply. But we’re a friendly bunch and will be happy to discuss any questions you have about our rules. 

We’ve been running since 2012. You can find out a bit more about what we do, and our history, on our website, and in our series of blog posts on ‘why community bike projects matter’ such as this blog post from our co-founder Ellie

As a co-operative, we also subscribe to this Statement on the Cooperative Identity – the Values and Principles. We are members of CAG Oxfordshire and Locality.

Working Conditions

The role may require working some weekends and evenings, and at times outdoors.

The General Manager may be expected to contribute to other projects/carry out other tasks not detailed above as needed by Broken Spoke and in line with their skills and capacity.

The General Manager will be employed by “Broken Spoke Bicycles Limited” (trading as “Broken Spoke Bike Co-op”), registered with the Financial Conduct Authority as a Community Benefit Society with charitable objectives – registration number: 31918R.

Benefits 

  • 28 holidays per year (includes Bank Holidays)
  • 1 extra day of holiday for Pride, Trans Visibility Day, Labour Day, or another nationally or internationally recognised day important to you!
  • The chance to be a valued part of a social enterprise creating change in our community
  • Staff discount on parts and products (cost price plus VAT)
  • Free workshop access 
  • The opportunity to join Broken Spoke’s pension scheme and receive employer contributions if your salary in a given month is above the relevant threshold 
  • The opportunity to become a member of the Community Benefit Society that is Broken Spoke 

How to apply – Please send us a CV and cover letter detailing why you are applying and how you meet the person specification and organisational values to recruitment@bsbcoop.org, with the subject line, ‘General Manager application’. 

The deadline for applicants is the 28th April (midnight). Interviews will take place in the week commencing 3rd May. The ideal candidate will be ready to start in early June.  If you would like to discuss the role with one of our board members, please email recruitment@bsbcoop.org.

We’re also recruiting a Delivery Manager! Want more info? Check out the ad here

If you would love to work for Broken Spoke in a management role but neither of these roles quite matches your skills, experience or availability, we would still love to hear from you, so please do get in touch. We strive to be flexible and inclusive in our hiring approach.

We are an equal opportunities employer, and particularly welcome applications from people currently underrepresented in the worlds of cycling and cycle mechanics, including black and minority ethnic people, LGBTQIA+ people, and women.

To apply for this job email your details to recruitment@bsbcoop.org.

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