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Operations Manager

Please Note: The application deadline for this job has now passed.


At the London Diocesan Fund (LDF) we seek to do everything we can to support the mission and growth of the Church of England in London.

The Centre for Church Planting and Growth supports the work of the Bishop of Islington, one of the suffragan bishops of the London Diocese. Bishop Ric was consecrated in September 2015 to support the London Diocesan goal of creating 100 New Worshipping Communities and is available to the National Church to support church planting.

His dynamic and creative team, based at St Edmund the King in London, provides a range of support to identify, develop and plant new worshipping communities as well as encourage church growth. 


There is an occupational requirement that the job-holder is a Christian under the Part 1 of Schedule 9 to the Equality Act 2010. 

Post Introduction

The Operations Manager is part of the Centre for Church Planting and Church Growth. They will provide operational support for the team, prepare reports, write grant applications, manage special projects and coordinate any personnel involved in the planning, development and implementation of the project.  Bishop Ric is also Priest-in-Charge (Bishop-in-Residence) of St Edmund the King and St Mary Woolnoth and the Operations Manager provides strategic support to the PCC by overseeing operations at these historic city churches. They are expected to perform duties with a high degree of independence, initiative and judgment.

This is a full-time role.

Main Responsibility

  • Oversight of operational plan for the team; agreeing annual objectives and termly milestones, monitoring and review of progress.
  • Financial management for the team; setting the budget for the year, authorising payment requisitions, tracking expenditure, bi-monthly reviews with LDF finance team
  • Responsible for regular reporting on activity, impact and expenditure to internal and external stakeholders.
  • Coordinate the development and implementation of special projects identified during the year; agree scope of project, implications in terms of personnel time and finances and impact on team capacity
  • Oversight of team HR; ensuring 1 to 1 supervisions and P&DR meetings are in place for all team members, liaising with Diocesan HR department particularly around recruitment of new staff
  • Plan and review office and IT requirements of the team
  • Oversight of church buildings including high level liaison with primary users, leading on redevelopment and supervising colleague responsible for day to day buildings management.
  • Support the PCC in setting the annual budget, monitoring income and expenditure, supervising bookkeeper responsible for day to day financial activity.
  • Analyse potential opportunities including conducting detailed strategic due diligence, building models to evaluate the net benefit of opportunities, and developing operational integration plans in partnership with senior management
  • Supervise and/or independently research, analyse and make effective recommendations on areas related to church planting and church growth
  • Prepare grant requests and proposals for the work of the Centre
  • Represent the Centre on committees and task forces as assigned and make public presentations
  • Supervise and line manage other team members. . (The successful candidate will be able to influence support role(s)).
  • Participate in weekly team prayer and team meetings, including leading Morning Prayer
  • The post holder may be required to undertake any other duties that are commensurate with the role.

The Ideal Candidate


  • Identification with our mission, “Equipping churches to plant and grow in new places, in new ways, for new people”
  • Proven experience in operational management in a high-paced, entrepreneurial, creative, team-oriented environment
  • Multi-task and manage competing priorities efficiently, without direct instruction, to meet deadlines under changing conditions; exercise initiative and delegate tasks where appropriate
  • Write and present complex reports in a logical, comprehensive, concise manner
  • Quickly acquire subject matter expertise in programme specific special projects
  • Strong communication and interpersonal skills - ability to work effectively and collaboratively with individuals from different parts of the organization with different traditions, backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Ability to problem solve and draw strategic insights from analysis, whilst communicating concisely and effectively with stakeholders
  • Responsible and high-performing with decision-making ability 
  • Adaptability and willingness to get involved with all parts of the ministry


  • Familiarity with the Church of England and Diocese of London e.g. Bishop Mission Orders
  • Experience of oversight of buildings/facilities management



About Us

The Church of England in London is growing, vibrant and at the heart of communities throughout the capital. At the London Diocesan Fund we seek to do everything we can to support this mission and growth, using our resources to help our parishes and chaplains to serve over 4 million people.

We understand the benefits of employing individuals from a range of backgrounds, with diverse cultures and talents. We aim to create a workforce that:

  • values difference in others and respects the dignity and worth of each individual
  • reflects the diversity of the nation that the Church of England exists to serve
  • fosters a climate of creativity, tolerance and diversity that will help all staff to develop to their full potential.

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