Employment and Communities Manager

Website Surrey Choices

Every Life, Every Chance

Job Title: Employment and Communities Manager

Location: Guildford, Surrey but with frequent travel across the county (option of homeworking)
Core Hours: Monday to Friday, 37.5 hours per week

Salary: £32,880 – £35,940 per annum

Closing date: 25 August 2022

Are you an experienced manager?

Do you share our vision of inclusion of people with learning disabilities and Autism? Then this could be a fantastic opportunity for you.

About Surrey Choices

Surrey Choices is a leading provider of services for people with disabilities across Surrey. Our mission is to enable the individuals we support to live their best lives and to be active citizens in their local communities. Through person centred planning, and in consultation with individuals and their support networks, we support every person to achieve their potential: to develop new skills, and to live as independently as possible. We are on a journey of transformation to develop a creative and supportive service which combines community support with specialist facilities for those who need it. We are ambitious and excited about the future.

About the Employment & Communities Manager Role

As an Employment & Communities Manager, you will be working closely with the Senior Operations Manager for our Employment services and will be a key member of our operational management team. You will manage the Employment and Community service in West Surrey, where you will be required to travel across the county. You will be responsible and accountable for promoting and delivering the vision and values of Surrey Choices and implement business and service development plans to ensure that KPI targets are met.

You will be required to ensure the planning and provision of outcome-based services, promoting customer independence, choice, and control. You will work across Surrey Choices services, to ensure that all customers are supported to achieve their aspirations relating to paid and voluntary employment and achieve independence within their local communities.

You will also be required to maintain and build relationships with parents/carers, employers, Job Centres, community groups and education providers to ensure that all customers’ needs, and wishes are met.

About You
You will be an aspiring, innovative leader and have well-developed organisational skills that meet our high standards. We are looking for a manager who is passionate about the rights of people with disabilities, and who can embrace our transformation journey as we strive towards community inclusion. You are likely to have previous professional experience in delivering high quality care and support in a similar environment, and you will share our Core Values. Above all, you will be motivated by the desire to make a positive difference to the lives of others.

We are looking for the following skills and experience:


Ability to communicate effectively and engage with individuals, Families/Carers and external partners
Experience of developing and managing budgets
Effective decision-making skills
Ability to successfully manage and develop a team through change
Proven experience in ensuring service growth through business development
A rounded trouble-shooter with the ability to spot problems/trends and implement improvement strategies through to completion
Good understanding of Employment Law and other relevant legislation
Good IT skills
An excellent team worker
To be fully vaccinated against Covid-19 unless clinically exempt

What we can offer you:


Full training given – career progression encouraged
25 days leave plus bank holidays
£300 refer a friend scheme
Generous pension and sick pay
45p per mile expenses
Employee Assistance Programme
Automatic entry into Perkbox benefit scheme
Employee Recognition Award Scheme
For more information or if you require accessibility via phone, please contact Louise Hayes on 07519 604542.

Closing date: 15 August 2022

Please note the hiring manager will be out of office from 1st – 15th August 2022 and will respond on their return.

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Surrey Choices Ltd is an equal opportunities employer.

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To apply for this job email your details to hr.team@surreychoices.com.