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Centre Manager

Job description

Centre Manager | Kidlington, Oxon

Salary £30,000 - £35,000 per annum - Full Time

The Opportunity

A vacancy has arisen for a Centre Manager for our Kidlington site.

Reporting to the Area Manager, the successful candidate will be required to take responsibility for the effective management and operation of the site which includes a 25m main pool, sports hall, squash courts, healthsuite and a 70+ station fitness facilities with two Studios.

Kidlington Leisure Centre is part of the Cherwell Contract is located in Oxfordshire and comprises 3 thriving leisure centre’s - Spiceball Leisure Centre, Bicester Leisure Centre and Kidlington Leisure Centre. With a growing gym membership base and swimming lesson programme the centre currently attracts in excess of 300,000  visits per annum.

The Centre Manager position is a key position in the Company.  Carrying out continuous customer and staff relations services, the position provides the postholder with a genuinely rewarding experience and provides a springboard to a leisure management career in one of the most attractive and fast growing leisure management companies.

Primary objectives for the Centre Manager will be:

  • There will be an emphasis on improving service delivery standards.

  • Continue to build the membership base and increase profitability.

  • Enhancing both the financial performance and usage of the facilities within the contract specification.

The Person

  • The successful candidate will ideally have a recognised qualification in Leisure Management and have extensive knowledge of the safe operation of swimming pools and of the leisure industry in general.

  • Health and Safety and Pool Plant Operation and an NPLQ qualification would be advantageous.

  • You should be able to manage and develop large staff teams efficiently to meet the operational requirements of the Contract.

  • Candidates must have an understanding of financial procedures and be able to manage budgets effectively.

  • Flexibility and commitment to customer service are essential as this role will involve some evening and weekend working.

  • Ability to communicate with and develop the relationship with the client

  • Strong verbal and written communication

What can Parkwood Leisure offer you?

  • Competitive salary

  • Incremental annual leave

  • Free gym membership for you and a nominated person

  • Employee health cash plan

  • Employee discount portal - discounts on travel bookings, high street vouchers, gift cards, cinema tickets, days out, leisure activities and your day to day spending

  • Cycle to Work scheme

  • Pension Scheme

  • Company sick pay

  • Career progression

  • Training and development

Parkwood Leisure is a well established business that is continuously growing. Successful applicants can look forward to joining a company that can offer career prospects and believes in investing in its people.

How to Apply

If you feel like you could bring some fresh ideas to the table we want to hear from you.  Please apply with a letter of application and CV to Please note in the event of a large number of applicants we reserve the right to end the closing date earlier, interviews will also take place prior to the closing date so we recommend submitting your applications early.

About Parkwood Leisure

Parkwood Leisure was established over 20 years ago and is now one of the UK's leading operators of publicly owned leisure facilities. Working with Legacy and Lex Leisure, we’re a company that’s proud to deliver a first-class service to each of the facilities we manage and is committed to working with local communities to make a difference and provide a healthier and happier lifestyle to the communities we serve.

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The Parkwood Leisure Holdings Ltd Group are proud to be Equal Opportunity Employers that are committed to inclusion and diversity.

If you are interested in applying for this role, we suggest that you do so at the earliest opportunity to avoid disappointment as interviews will be held throughout the process. Please note that if you have not received correspondence within 21 days then please assume your application has been unsuccessful on this occasion.