Development Manager

Ipswich, Suffolk
£27,000–£28,000 depending on experience
18 Apr 2017
16 May 2017
Contract Type
Full Time

Development Manager

Reporting to: Director of Network Development

Location: Ipswich

Hours:  Full time (35 hours)

Salary: £27,000–£28,000 depending on experience

About FareShare

FareShare is a national charity fighting food poverty by tackling food waste. We source food that is surplus to requirements – from food retailers and manufacturers – and engage many volunteers to help redistribute this to local charities and community groups that provide meals to vulnerable people (individuals who are homeless, unemployed, socially isolated)

FareShare operates in 20 regions in the UK, providing food to over 4500charities. We provide food for 21 million meals, helping to reach over 499,000 people every week.

East Anglia Regional Centre

The East Anglia Regional Centre based in Ipswich is a new FareShare Regional Centre that has been developed to work with community groups and charities in the counties in the East Anglia. 

The East Anglia Regional Centre will receive daily deliveries from various food companies and with the help of volunteers will redistribute food to organisations serving vulnerable and disadvantaged people. 

Main purpose of this role

This is a new role with an exciting opportunity to provide leadership and direction to meet ambitious strategic and operational performance targets in the East Anglia by creating partnerships and raising awareness of FareShare with local government across the East Anglia, local and national food suppliers and community volunteering organisations.

Initially you will work with the FareShare UK Teams to develop the regional centre, recruit warehouse staff and volunteers and engage with potential Community Food Members.

There will be some travel involved during the training period to other FareShare Regional Centres.

You will manage and co-ordinate the day to day operations of our East Anglia Regional Centre. You will also manage and support the East Anglia Regional Centre staff and volunteers, leading by example to ensure that our ambitious targets are met and ensure continuity of delivery standards within the guidelines of FareShare national policies and procedures and the needs of the local community.


  1. Operations
  • Overall management and leadership of the East Anglia Regional Centre to maintain operational performance and ensure that Community Members needs are met
  • To build and maintain good working relationships with food suppliers and CFMs
  • With the National Operations Team and the East Anglia Warehouse Manager introduce models of working with Community Food Members and support the Regional Centre staff with the implementation of those models
  • Working with the Food Sourcing Team to ensure enough food is available to meet the delivery objectives, whilst exploring and maintaining relationships with local food companies
  • Work with the East Anglia Warehouse Manager to ensure the delivery of the Community Food Members advisory visit programme for FareShare East Anglia
  • To carry out any other duties as may be reasonably requested, To be willing and able to cover all aspects of the operation at short notice – for example, driving a van or fork lift truck
  • To ensure that all volunteers and placements are appropriately supervised
  1. Development 
  • Research, identify and recruit new Community Food Members by working with the national marketing team to develop relationships and partnerships with external organisations to raise awareness  and the profile of FareShare, particularly local and national government, national charities and volunteer agencies
  • Ensure that the growth targets in the East Anglia are met and that reporting deadlines for funders in those are areas are completed on time
  • With the National Operations Team research, identify and recruit local food suppliers
  • To ensure that FareShare East Anglia meets ambitious strategic growth targets
  • Be responsible for the recruitment through relationships with volunteer agencies and working with the Volunteer & Employability Coordinator (FareShare UK) to develop best practice for the management, development and engagement of volunteers. 
  • Be responsible for the recruitment, management and development of all volunteers and work placement trainees within the project
  • Work with the FareShare UK teams to develop employability programmes for our volunteers
  1. Standards
  • Responsible for the continuity of FareShare high standards in all aspects and with all stakeholders both internal and external.
  • To ensure compliance with relevant Health & Safety, Food Hygiene and other standards applicable to the building, vehicles, refrigeration equipment, staff and volunteers, visitors, carrying out risk assessments as required
  • To uphold and develop high quality customer care towards our CFMs
  1.     Marketing and communication
  • Promote the work of FareShare positively and proactively including representing FareShare East Anglia in communication with the local media and contributing to National communications for FareShare East Anglia
  • Lead initiatives on PR and communication for FareShare East Anglia with the support of the national marketing team, ensuring that Community Members are well informed and that awareness raising is progressed to the wider East Anglia audience.
  • Ensure data is captured and up to date regarding all development activity and provide the Marketing and Communications Team with timely information as agreed
  1.     Administration & Finance
  • Manage and monitor an annual budget to ensure costs are controlled and relevant to the annual budget and build increasing levels of sustainability.
  • Be responsible for the Community Food Membership income and work with the Fundraising Team and the Finance Team to ensure the financial viability of FareShare East Anglia.
  • Work with the finance team to develop internal KPI and efficiency indices.
  • To ensure that food movements are accurately logged on the online management system
  • To manage all depot administration including running reports, correspondence, staff and volunteer records
  1.     Leadership
  • Management experience that will get the best from direct reports and strengthen the overall management of the East Anglia Regional Centre.
  • Provide first class management to the Regional Centre team so that through clear objectives and direction they deliver against objectives and are motivated and inspired to secure the East Anglia Regional Centre strategic objectives.
  • Provide insight and be able to present the Regional Centre strategic performance with confidence to the wider FareShare team.

Person Specification


  • Leadership of multi-dimensional projects from operational and strategic perspectives
  • Financial management, including control over income and expenditure and performance measures
  • Working with and developing volunteers who may feel vulnerable or need support
  • Leadership management skills- including the ability to motivate and develop people to deliver high levels of performance
  • Development of project marketing and media campaigns to increase brand awareness and profile
  • High level communication skills and ability to engage at all levels with diverse external stakeholders.
  • Developing long term partnerships with external stakeholders in achieving strategic goals
  • Experience of working in a regulated environment and demonstrable risk assessment capabilities

Skills, knowledge and abilities

  • Problem-solving skills and the ability to make effective decisions ‘on the spot’.
  • Confidence and bearing to act as an ambassador for FareShare to diverse audiences of external stakeholders strengthening the brand and raising awareness.
  • Strong presentation/facilitation skills to promote awareness of the FareShare mission
  • Delivering customer service- the ability  to deliver excellence through a competitive service offer to all stakeholders
  • IT literacy, in particular of using Microsoft applications
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to create good work partnerships with multiple stakeholders both internally and externally
  • Ability to work systematically to agreed guidelines in the absence of close supervision
  • Strong communication skills in generating work guidelines and generating strong relationships with the Regional Centre network.
  • Ability to recognise and address high priorities and when necessary link these elements to overall strategy
  • Full clean UK driving licence and own vehicle is required

Competencies and Behaviours

  • A commitment to Equal Opportunities
  • Planning and prioritisation- develop and implement clear plans with defined outcomes and resource management.
  • Communicating with impact- ability to influence across all media to establish commitment  to organisational  goals
  • Dealing with change - the ability to act quickly decisively and positively to  change
  • Problem solving and decision making- the ability to anticipate, assess and deliver innovative solutions  to  problems  with clear logical thinking

Application Process

If you think that this is a role that you would like to apply for, then forward the completed application form and equal opportunities form together with a concise covering letter setting out how your experience ( with actual examples ) meets the personal specifications for this role to by clicking the apply button quoting reference FSEADM01

Deadline for applications is 14:00 on 12/05 with the initial interviews on the w/c 19/05/2017