Operations Manager – Children’s Homes
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Operations Manager – Children’s Homes

Contact Information: [email protected]
Location: Home based with regular travel to homes across the group
Salary: Salary £60,000 – £65,000 negotiable dependent on experience plus car allowance
Date Posted: 23/10/2023
Closing Date: "No Closing Date Stated"
Job Type: permanent
Setting: Corporate Support Office

Job Description

Interview date: 13/14 November

At Kedleston Group, our vision is simple, every provision we operate will be recognised as ‘outstanding’ in every way.

We will never be the biggest, but we will lead, and others will follow.

As Operations Manager at Kedleston Group, you will be an integral part of our team who put the children and young people at the heart of everything we do. Our dedicated team focuses on delivering quality therapeutic care and support, emphasizing a PACEful approach to create positive outcomes for the children we serve.

We are seeking a dynamic and experienced Operations Manager to provide operational oversight to our portfolio of children’s homes. We currently have 7 homes that are located across Essex, Surrey, Warwickshire, Derbyshire and Cheshire, whilst the role will cover all of the homes the current focus for onsite support will be within the more southern homes as they are recently opened and just beginning to get established. In this role, you will collaborate with the Group Head of Social Care & Responsible Individual to ensure our homes meet high standards, comply with regulations, and deliver exceptional care.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Ensure that each home meets/exceeds budget expectations.
  • Coach and support Registered Home Managers, enhancing individual homes and team performance.
  • Develop and implement internal quality assurance systems in alignment with regulatory processes.
  • Manage budgetary and financial aspects of the homes, ensuring cost-effectiveness.
  • Build and maintain relationships with local authorities and referring bodies to facilitate timely referrals.
  • Support the Group Head of Care & Responsible Individual in strategic business development initiatives.


Qualifications: Level 3 Diploma in Residential Childcare or equivalent, Level 5 Diploma in Leadership and Management in Children’s Residential Services (or equivalent).

Experience: Strong and successful experience in management roles within children’s residential care settings, budget management, staff recruitment, and induction.

Skills: Proven leadership abilities, excellent communication, organizational skills, and knowledge of Children’s Homes Regulations.

Personal Qualities: Resilience, approachability, adaptability, and commitment to child protection and safeguarding

It is essential that you hold a full UK driving licence and have access to your own vehicle.

Why work for us?

  • a competitive salary and generous annual leave entitlement
  • a comprehensive induction programme so you can hit the ground running
  • continued professional development and training
  • contributions to your pension
  • a friendly, passionate team committed to getting the best outcomes for our young people

Benefits include:    

  • £500 refer-a-friend bonus
  • life assurance
  • cycle to work scheme and laptop loans
  • discounts on cinema trips, electronics, fashion, home and garden, travel, groceries, gifts, utilities, health and fitness
  • birthday treats
  • long service and employee of the month awards
  • employee assistance and counselling service, wellbeing support and advice

About us:

Kedleston Group offer residential schooling, day schools and children's homes across England. Our schools and homes support children and young people living with social, emotional and mental health needs (SEMH) and specific learning difficulties, which affects their learning and ability to do everyday things. Our dedicated autism (ASC) schools work with young people who are high functioning and have associated needs such as mental health problems, attention deficit hyperactive disorder and learning difficulties.

We look for people to join our staff team who have the creativity and enthusiasm needed to deliver the best outcomes for the children and young people.

Kedleston Group Limited is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of its children and young people and we expect all staff to share this commitment. Safeguarding is everyone’s responsibility. You will be expected to engage in annual safeguarding training, be familiar with key policies and ensure you know the steps to take should you be made aware of a safeguarding or child protection concern. You will remain vigilant and act swiftly if you have concerns about a child and be an appropriate role model for both children and colleagues at all times.

The successful candidate is required to provide references and will be expected to undertake an enhanced DBS check. We will ask you to complete a criminal self-declaration form, and we will conduct online searches for information that is publicly available. We are an equal opportunities employer welcoming applications from all sections of the community. This post is exempt from the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 and the amendments to the Exceptions Order 1975, 2013 and 2020.


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