Who are we?
Affinity Gymnastics aspires for everyone to experience the joy and fun in movement, the value of the adventure and to discover you can exceed your own expectations. We achieve this through the provision of gymnastics and related activities.
Here’s our situation:
Yes, we’re recruiting a key role, in lockdown. Here’s the background:
Following rapid growth, we were already in a period of transition and restructure at Affinity. We’ve great coaches teaching classes and developing their activities, great administrators getting the behind the scenes work done, and a founder with plenty of vision and ideas to lead us forwards. What we’re lacking is a key person to bring all these aspects together; to organise and coordinate our operations, projects and people.
Current Covid situation:
Well, as you might imagine, we’re shut physically and have rather scaled back our operations, but we have reinvented our business to run online. We’ve called it Affinity Version 2.0. We feel that this time of change is an opportunity to develop into and prepare for what will eventually be a Version 3.0 when we are able to return physically. Our new Amazing Manager will play a key part in enabling us do that and to set up not just our survival, but a thriving and exciting future.
Is this you?
You are a natural and proactive implementer with a can do and ‘everything is figureoutable’ attitude.
You LOVE supporting people, and more than that, you know how to get the best from them with firm yet empathetic boundaries. Your timing is inspired.
You are super organised (possibly to geek level!), both in personal productivity and in project management and with the ability to help others achieve this too.
You see your role as crucial to the success of the organisation and are motivated to deliver and progress.
You have some experience in management of a physical business and ideally an online business, as this is where we now find ourselves.
You are inspired to be part of an innovative business within the sport industry where fun is a key focus alongside professionalism.
As our Amazing Manager, you will be responsible for:
Facilities management – ensure our venues are up to H&S standards and maintained for our use. Liaise with and maintain great relationships with landlords and venue providers.
Staffing - day to day line management and supervision of team members (coaches and admin staff) to ensure all activities are suitably staffed. Monthly payroll and assisting with recruitment. Use of HR software to carry these responsibilities out. It’s about coordinating our skilled teams to help you carry out your responsibilities. It’s not about you doing it all – you’ll know how to delegate and check back in a way that we all feel supported and clear on what we are doing. We’ve staff trainers and leadership to develop our people professionally – we need you to be there for the day to day.
Operations management – project manage our tasks, regular routines and events. Help us develop systems and software use to make this easy. Be involved in coordinating and developing the new areas of business we will branch out into.
Finance – ordering of supplies, goods and services and approving payment of invoices. Knowledge of Quickbooks or further financial knowledge would be a bonus.
Develop knowledge and understanding of our industry. You do not need specific knowledge of gymnastics, but some relevant experience of working with either families, fitness industry or sport and kids activities is required. The ability to jump in and cover classes where needed is a bonus (and we would train you in this if you’ve not done it before).
You will report directly to the club owner, Jennifer Page, and benefit from all the mentoring, support and expertise she can offer you.
We’ll know you’re rocking it when:
Everyone feels organised; clear with what is happening, their roles and tasks and the timescales for completion. In other words, we’re set up for success.
Our venues are clean, tidy and excellently maintained – members and staff feel good when we walk through the door.
The club owner is not having to get involved in the day to day operations of the business every single day!
We’re all having a lot of fun and effortlessly achieving more as an organisation.
What we offer in return:
Ongoing personal and professional development.
Employee Assistance Programme providing 24/7 help and support, counselling and and CBT sessions.
All relevant professional checks, memberships and qualifications.
First aid training and qualification where relevant.
Progression opportunities – this is a temporary role transitioning into permanent. There is huge potential for development to become even more of a key person as we develop into new areas.
Internal staff workshops and training opportunities.
Staff outings including annual summer and Christmas parties (this is the highlight of our year!)
Uniform (a nice comfy one. With your name on).
Free hot drinks at HQ.
Free on-site parking
Fun and fulfilment.
Participation in turning our vision of a transformed gymnastics industry into reality.
Sharing of our general awesomeness.
What do those currently working for Affinity say about it?
The boss cares about us, is always happy to listen and help where she can. There's a great mixture of ages and we support each other to stay positive and be our best "selves".
My favourite thing about Affinity is the Christmas party! My one dedicated dancing moment!! But seriously the people!
At Affinity, we are like a family - we're always here to support and help each other. We are always encouraged to take on new challenges but always have the knowledge that there is support if needed.
Affinity is a team of experienced coaches and people who care about each other.
I like working within Affinity because it means working together with people who have a wide range of skills and experience all working towards the Affinity goals and mission. No two classes are the same and every day is different.
There's always someone to talk to if you have a question or issue and everyone is encouraged to attend staff training and take on tasks outside of their comfort zone but with support from colleagues and line managers.
My favourite thing about affinity is that there is always someone to talk to if you need help in anything.
How to Apply:
Please send your cv and a covering letter to Jennifer@affinitygymnastics.co.uk ASAP. We will appoint this role as soon as we find the right candidate.
The covering letter needs to outline how you meet the above role description and also answer the following questions:
What excites you the most about working with us?
What would be your greatest challenge?
Please describe yourself as a manager in three words.
Your availability to start work.