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The Church of England is made up of over 16,000 churches, in 12,000 parishes which are all charitable organisations. These parishes are organised into 42 regions as dioceses which are all registered charities. The parish ‘economy’ is over £1.1 billion a year, and over 35,000 social action projects are delivered by its churches including food banks, children’s services, debt management advice and work with people who are homeless.
INTRODUCTION TO PARISH BUYING
This new role will have responsibility for Parish Buying, a national church initiative that was established in 2011 and serves The Church of England and the Church in Wales. It has a turnover in excess of £10M and over 20,000 members. Working with a third party provider (2buy2), it has developed a range of products and services for parishes, cathedrals and dioceses. Parish Buying selects suppliers so its members can have confidence in the value and the quality of their products and services, and seeks to leverage the churches national purchasing power to save worshipping communities money. The Energy Basket is currently the principal activity of Parish Buying, accounting for over 90% of its income, and saved its members over £3M in 2021 alone.
Following a comprehensive review, we have identified that Parish Buying can, with capacity building, and an improved funding model rapidly expand and increase its products and services and therefore its reach and its impact across the church. We also believe Parish Buying can play a critical role in delivering some of the Church’s wider ambitions such as its commitment to carbon net zero 2030.
We have identified ways to release additional resources to build the capacity of Parish Buying, and this role will lead on the deployment of those additional resources to aid its development and growth. It will have responsibility for all Parish Buying activity, including the management of existing and future suppliers as the services expand.
Parish Buying operates as a distinct identity within the national church’s trading company, ChECST, and this role will be accountable to the ChECST Board for this area of work. The role will be line managed by the National Giving Advisor, who is also a Board member of ChECST.
The main responsibilities for this role are:
The ideal candidate should have:
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