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Early Years Operations Manager (maternity cover)

We are looking for a highly motivated and organised manager to lead Bookbug logistics, oversee quality book selection and support partners in libraries, local authorities and NHS.

Thank you for your interest in joining our team. Scottish Book Trust is committed to promoting Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and welcomes applications from all sectors of the community. For further information, please see the attachments below.

Job title: Early Years Operations Manager

Contract: Full time, temporary maternity cover secondment

Salary: £28,000 - £34,000 (Grade 5)

Closing date: Sunday 29 November 2020 at 12 midnight

Interview date: Tuesday 8 December

Job Summary

Scottish Book Trust’s delivers Bookbug, Scotland’s national early years book gifting programme, providing a free, high quality, book bag for every baby, toddler, three-year-old and primary 1 child in the country.

The Early Years Operations Manager is responsible for overseeing the operational elements of the Bookbug bags which are given to all babies, toddlers, 3 year olds and Primary 1 children in Scotland. The role includes overseeing the day-to-day Early Years programme schedule, ensuring key deadlines are met, contributing to the bag development process and leading on bag promotion and all bag logistics, contributing to the development of local authority partnership relationships, managing a budget of £750k and line-managing three in-house staff.

Key responsibilities

  1. leading on book selection process and managing development of other Bookbug bag contents
  2. working with Head of Early Years and Early Years Marketing and Events Manager to agree, develop and implement changes to bag contents and promotional materials
  3. overseeing the acquisition and ordering process of high quality components, at competitive prices, for bespoke book bags
  4. negotiating and finalising contracts with all commissioning, procurement and logistics companies. Managing relationship with the logistics firm that is responsible for picking, packing, storing and delivering book bags to a high standard across Scotland, within budget and to agreed deadlines
  5. managing specific bag, ASN, Baby Box, antenatal and distribution budgets, including preparing cashflows. Monitoring budgets regularly to ensure projects are delivered within budgets agreed with Head of Early Years
  6. working across all 32 local book gifting programmes in Scotland to identify improvements in local logistics solutions to provide a simpler, smarter and more streamlined delivery process in each area
  7. managing relationships with all 14 NHS Health Boards to ensure effective bag distribution
  8. identifying problems and solutions relating to effective bag gifting in local authorities
  9. leading on evaluation of bag items and logistics processes

Skills and Experience

Other Information

Due to current government guidelines, the EY Operations Manager will be working from home until further notice. Once normal interaction is resumed, the job holder will be based at Scottish Book Trust’s offices in central Edinburgh, however the post holder must be prepared to travel for work-related duties and out of hours working.

How to apply

to apply for this position please complete a Scottish Book Trust Application Form(this will open in a new window) and an Equal Opportunities Form(this will open in a new window) and email them to recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).

For further information please contact recruitment@scottishbooktrust.com(this will open in a new window).