Animal Centre Deputy Manager – Great Ayton Animal Centre, Middlesborough, N. Yorks

Are you an experienced animal welfare professional looking for their next challenge? We have an exciting opening for a Deputy Manager to join our team at our Great Ayton Animal Centre in Middlesbrough.

The animals that come into our care at Great Ayton are identified by our uniformed inspectors as those most in need. Often abandoned, abused and neglected they all receive care, attention and love from the team. We look after cats, dogs, rabbits and other domestic animals as well as farm animals. At any one time we could be caring for over 150 animals.

The main focus of this role will be to work closely with the Centre Manager to ensure the animals are looked after to the highest standard, and to offer ongoing support to all staff and volunteers.

  • The hours will be 8.30-16.30 on a rota basis which includes working every other weekend and some bank holidays
  • Please note that this is a residential post and a one bedroom flat is provided on site
  • You will also be required to provide 24-hour cover for the centre a minimum of 2-3 nights per week, and be flexible to cover holiday and sickness absence when required

We role model our values through our people culture and keep connected through regular/daily check-in’s and team meetings, your colleagues are always on hand to support or chat. It’s important to us that you feel part of our team from the get go!

Are you ready to be part of our journey and make a difference?


We offer a wide range of benefits to recognise your contributions at RSPCA.

  • 35 hour week
  • Great Annual Leave benefits – 25 days annual leave on joining increasing each year to a maximum of 31 days (pro rata for part-time)
  • Additional Society day around Christmas.
  • Generous pension scheme
  • Career development through our in-house Learning & Development training
  • Charity worker discounts: Access to hundreds of discounts across many retailers, travel, insurance & cinema tickets.
What a day might look like for you

Here at RSPCA we know it’s a cliche but no two days are the same, as a Deputy Manager we’ve added a short summary of what a typical day might look like, for a full insight please refer to the attached job description.

Here’s some of the key work that you will be doing:

Staff, visitors and volunteers 

  • Supporting the recruitment and ongoing development of staff and volunteers including performance management.
  • Taking responsibility for the health and safety of staff, volunteers and the general public in accordance to RSPCA health and safety procedures.
  • Promoting fundraising and public interest opportunities, building relationships with the media, RSPCA branches, volunteers and the general public.
  • Deputise for the Centre Manager in their absence.

Animal care and welfare 

  • Ensuring animal welfare standards are being maintained in accordance with the RSPCA Licensing Scheme including veterinary and  behavioural.
  • To ensure the correct procedures are followed for intake, assessment, rehabilitation and rehoming of animals
  • Overseeing and maintaining the drug dispensary to comply with legislation.
  • Supporting and maintaining relationships with fosterers
What makes a great Animal Centre Deputy Manager
  • Proven experience of supervising or line managing others in a fast paced environment.
  • Vet nursing or extensive animal care experience, including animal husbandry and handling in a paid or voluntary capacity (please note this does not include your own pets).
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Able to work well under pressure.
  • An understanding of current animal welfare issues and an interest in the work of the RSPCA.
  • A flexible approach to work, including the ability to commit to at least 4 nights per week to provide cover for the centre and the flexibility to cover extra nights where needed to cover annual leave and sickness absence.
  • A full driving licence.


  • HNC/HND or NVQ level 2 diploma in animal care or equivalent
  • Qualified Veterinary Nurse – degree or level 3 diploma
Final note from us & good luck with your application!

We are really lucky that some of our roles attract a high level of interest and for this reason we review applications as they are received, unfortunately on some occasions this means roles may close earlier than advertised; so early submissions are highly recommended.

We want to ensure we do all we can to give you a positive candidate experience through our recruitment. Whilst we do try to give feedback where we can, sometimes due to receiving high levels of applications, this may not always be possible

We recognise that a diverse and inclusive workforce is essential to achieving our core mission. For this reason we actively encourage a wide diversity of applications – in particular from members of minority ethnic groups, and people with disabilities – as these candidates are currently under-represented at the RSPCA.

Should you need any support with your application or interview process please contact

Our mission is to ensure animals have a good life by rescuing and caring for those in need, by advocating on behalf of all animals and by inspiring everyone to treat them with compassion and respect

A bit about us

2024 is a big year for us as we turn 200 years young! We are proud of our long standing history in campaigning for a better world for animal  welfare. We were the first to introduce a law to protect animals and have been working hard ever since  to ensure that all animals can live free from pain and suffering. Through our campaigns we raise standards of care, and awareness of issues, affecting animals today. Our vision is to one day live in a world where all animals are respected and treated with compassion. And that is what we work towards every day.


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Salary: £30,991 to £36,461
Closing Date: 19 February 2024
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