Adoption Centre Manager – Cats Protection, Chelmsford, Essex

We are currently seeking an enthusiastic individual with a commitment to animal welfare to join our team as Adoption Centre Manager at our thriving Chelmsford site. You will join us working 35 hours per week on a rota basis (to include every other weekend) and in return you will receive a salary of up to £28,902.27 per annum plus excellent benefits.

Since 1927, Cats Protection has helped thousands of cats each year, across the UK. As a community of volunteers, employees, supporters and partners, we’ve improved the lives of millions of cats and transformed the way millions of people see and care for cats.

Our adoption and homing centres care for thousands of cats each year until they are able to find a loving new home. This success would not be possible without our dedicated team of employees and volunteers. Dealing with thousands of visitors each month, our centres are the face of Cats Protection and we pride ourselves on our employees providing the very best in animal welfare and customer service.

Our Chelmsford centre has fantastic, upgraded facilities and is one of our newest sites.

We are looking for someone who shares our values of placing cats and their welfare first, never putting a healthy cat to sleep, valuing and respecting our volunteers, supporters and employees, providing the highest quality of service and being open and honest.

Responsibilities of our Adoption Centre Manager:

As Centre Manager you will ensure the welfare of all cats in our care and ensure that all administrative and maintenance procedures are completed to a high standard that is in keeping with our vision. Involved in all aspects of the running of the centre, you will ensure the site is staffed effectively, the cats are looked after properly and all policies and procedures are followed and adhered to. A flexible approach to working hours including the ability to work weekends will be required.

What we’re looking for in our Adoption Centre Manager:

  • Supervisor/team leader experience, ideally within an animal welfare environment or organisation
  • A confident communicator with excellent interpersonal and organisational skills
  • Knowledge of the prevention and control of infectious diseases in cats
  • A driven, positive and enthusiastic individual with plenty of initiative and the ability to thrive under pressure
  • Experience of managing a diverse team with an adaptable management style
  • Experience using Microsoft Office, including Outlook, Word and Excel
  • A full UK, manual driving licence as you may on occasion be required to drive centre vans

What we can offer you:

  • salary of up to £28,902.27 per annum
  • generous annual leave entitlement
  • contribution pension scheme
  • life assurance scheme
  • range of health benefits including private healthcare
  • Employee Assistance Programme
  • and more

Through our values and behaviours we help people see the world through cats’ eyes. Together we can make a difference.

Closing date: 28 February 2024

In-person interview date including presentation: 11 March 2024

Applications may close before the deadline, so please apply early to avoid disappointment. Please note, applications received after the closing date may not be responded to.

Please email recruitment@cats.org.uk if you require any adjustments to be made for you to complete your application or to participate in the recruitment journey.

We operate a bias-free application process in our commitment to equity, diversity and inclusion. To assess your application quickly, fairly and objectively, please fully complete the qualifications and work history sections of our online application form.

Redacted CVs may be accepted by exception.

We believe being an inclusive, diverse organisation – where we welcome diversity of thought, value individuals’ experience and can reach and partner all areas of society – is crucial if we’re to help more cats. Our ambition is to work together to promote a more inclusive environment, which attracts all candidates and signals our commitment to celebrate and promote diversity.

There’s a place for everyone at Cats Protection and we encourage applications from talented people across all communities.

Cats Protection is committed to safeguarding children and adults at risk and protecting anyone that comes into contact with us from harm. We expect all employees and volunteers to share this commitment. You may be subject to a criminal record check if required for the role.

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