Smart Play Network
Smart Play Network

Charity registered in Scotland SC042505

Our vision is that all children in Scotland have access to a range of quality play opportunities appropriate to their age, stage, abilities and needs, and can exercise their right to play every day.

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Operations Manager (Strategic) – Maternity Cover

  • Part time
  • £30,443 pro-rata
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 26th September 2019

We seek a highly motivated, organised and strategically thinking individual to join our Senior Management Team. The Operations Manager will work alongside the CEO on the strategic development and functions of the organisation, and play a key role in the development of the organisation’s membership and other services.

This is a part time maternity cover post (21 hours per week). The post will be offered on a fixed term contract ending 30th January 2021 to cover Maternity Leave.

The key tasks and responsibilities of this post as detailed below in the person specification will commence in full when the current post holder breaks for maternity leave in early 2020. Until then, the post holder will work across senior management of the organisation covering a range of tasks including project management, organisational development and strategic operations.


Essential criteria

  • Experience of strategic planning
  • Experience of development and implementation of policies and procedures
  • Staff management (including support and supervision and annual appraisal)
  • Experience of managing budgets and finance
  • A working knowledge of Microsoft Excel
  • Strong communication / liaison skills
  • Confidence in preparing and delivering presentations
  • Ability to act on own initiative and as part of a team
  • Highly organised and efficient with strong attention to detail
  • Understanding of the benefits of play in a child’s development and wellbeing

Highly advantageous criteria

  • A good understanding of General Data Protection Regulations
  • Proven track record of project management
  • Excellent understanding of evaluation and monitoring
  • Experience of writing successful funding applications
  • Educated to degree level or equivalent experience
  • Understanding of databases
  • Event Management including training courses and seminars
  • Experience in managing websites
  • Experience of recruiting and managing staff and volunteers
  • Knowledge and experience of the Play Sector

For a full job description detailing more about what is required for the role, please phone 0131 554 2620.

This vacancy has now closed

PlayTalkRead Project Manager

  • Full time
  • £27,000
  • Edinburgh
  • Closing 13th November 2019

Smart Play Network is a dynamic, forward thinking play organisation and charity supporting and delivering a range of play services in Scotland.

We seek a highly motivated, organised and responsive individual to join Smart Play Network as the Project Manager for our PlayTalkRead project. This challenging but rewarding post includes overall responsibility for the day-to-day running of the project, staff management, reporting to and liaising with the Scottish Government, budget management managing a fleet of vehicles and the general smooth running of the programme. Our ideal candidate would have a flexible approach to work, be enthusiastic and self-motivated with an upbeat and positive personality and be a great problem solver.

This post will average a 35 hours working week normally Monday to Friday but will require an element of flexibility, including occasional on-call responsibilities at the weekend, and is based in Edinburgh.

The post is fixed-term to March 2021 (subject to funding confirmation) and requires a 3-month probationary period.