Team Leader - various London locations
Canal & River Trust
East London, UK
1d ago

Job Purpose

Team Leader - 3 vacancies : Docklands (E14 9ST) - South Oxford (OX17 3NU) - London West (UB2 5QW)

The Canal & River Trust is one of the UK’s largest charities, we maintain 2,000 miles of historic canals, rivers, docks and reservoirs, along with museums, archives and the country’s third largest collection of protected historic buildings preserving them for future generations.

Our waterways are exciting, vibrant places to work.

As a Waterway Operations Team Leader you will play an important role helping us to improve, maintain and preserve our wonderful waterway network for our customers to enjoy today and into the future.

Most of your working time is spent in our unique and wonderful outdoor environment and your daily tasks will vary and will contribute to the maintenance, conservation and improvement of the business unit’s waterway network for local communities and visitors to enjoy.

Fresh air, whatever the weather, you will be managing and supporting your team of operatives to deliver the important tasks for the day, week and months ahead.

Our Waterway Operations Team Leaders are required to work an annualised hours system which includes working any 5 days out of 7 including statutory holidays, so you must be happy to work a rota, which will include some weekend working.

You will also be part of a 24 hour operational standby team responsible for providing emergency cover for the waterway. This flexibility is very important in order to be certain that we can respond to critical needs when they occur.

Knowledge, Skills / Qualifications & Experience

About the role

We have 3 Team Leader roles available, and are looking to appoint to our Nell Bridge (South Oxford), Adelaide Yard (London West) & Docklands (near Canary Wharf) locations.

As Team Leader at one of our London & South East regional bases you will be responsible for managing and supporting the delivery of your team's task for the day / week in view.

You will be ensuring that the team are organised and equipped to deliver the planned works to be delivered. Your team will also interact with our waterway visitors and customers as well as volunteers, educational groups and many other's spending time with us, so it is important to us that as Team Leader, you are not only an organised individual who can prioritise and manage several activities to a plan, but you do so in a way that reflects our .

This is a demanding, busy role offering a real variety of tasks and activities. You need to be able to think on your feet, be able to work at pace and be great at responding to changing priorities.

As Team Leader your approach is inclusive. You really understand and believe that a diverse team provides the opportunity to come up with the best approaches and solutions together.

Responsibilities includes, and not limited to : .

  • To protect the natural and historic environment associated with the waterways by ensuring their consideration during all works
  • Provide a first level of response for reactive works to ensure the safety of customers and the availability of the network, participating in an on-call rota as required.
  • Undertake work in a productive and efficient manner delivering the work to the correct standard and agreed programme.
  • Assist with Health & Safety / Environmental Issues, eg Environmental assessments, risk assessments, attendance at relevant meeting and sharing information with team members
  • Deal with enquiries from members of the public - covering everything from general enquiries and complaints, to individuals offering to get involved and volunteer
  • Work alongside and supervise volunteers, to deliver high quality works, maintaining and building on our high levels of volunteer satisfaction.
  • Organise, support or lead public events, Open Days, Volunteering Days, Corporate Events and User Forum meetings as appropriate.
  • Ensure Training is up to date / accommodate needs of certain volunteer work parties (spraying courses etc)
  • Creation, allocation and oversee delivery of agreed work programme
  • Ensure the smooth running of the waterways, including supporting and assisting customer service team with completing monthly maintenance tasks, water control task, delivering agreed work programme, and support Third Party and Temporary Works where appropriate
  • Ensure cover for annual leave and sickness is provided within the team
  • Lead Team Talks regularly, and deputise for the Area Operations Manager as and when necessary
  • Ordering of equipment, plant and material, and other required resources, using Trust standard processes.
  • Management and recording work notifications, including creating and completing notifications for agreed tasks.
  • Ensure the waterways correctly reflect the Trust brand, including branded signage, production and use of bilingual materials
  • About you

    Skills & Experience :

  • Team leadership & demonstrable successful work planning experience.
  • Experience of working in a customer facing role.
  • A good communicator with excellent customer service awareness - you will be the face of the Canal & River Trust on our waterways and will handle all communication with respect.
  • Proficient in the use of Microsoft Office packages - Word, Excel, Outlook e-mail. We use Office 365 & MS Teams as part of our standard day to day working tools.
  • It is important that you are confident in using Microsoft Office and using portal devices (laptop, smartphones etc to conduct your daily activities).

  • You have high standards and will demonstrate great care in the quality and standard of your work.
  • Valid UK driving license required - you will be on call and expected to be available at short notice in emergencies.
  • Some experience of manual / construction / outdoor work is preferred - will need to be confident that our working environment is an environment we believe you will thrive in.
  • Maths and English GCSE or equivalent - desirable.
  • Experience of working with volunteers - desirable.
  • Applications

    Closes : 3 March 2021 23 : 59

    To Apply : click the Apply for this role link and complete the basic Applications form. We really want you to show us on your application form that you meet the criteria above, love to work outdoors and that our values match yours, so make sure you complete the personal statement section of the form.

    Location : you will be asked to confirm the location you are applying for during the process.

    Interviews : early March. Due to ongoing covid-19 restrictions we expect to conduct virtual interiews initially.

    What We Offer

    In addition to your annual salary, we can offer a competitive contributory DC Pension scheme arrangement, and numerous other employee benefits.

    Further details on our benefits can be found .

    We aim to represent the diverse communities we are part of and welcome applicants from across all sectors of the community.

    We strongly believe that a diverse workforce brings with it a diversity of ideas, thinking and ways of working which enhances what we do.

    When you join the Canal & River Trust you become a member of an engaged team working to preserve our heritage for future generations.

    Come and put your skills to use on our waterways.

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