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Business Operations Manager


St Andrews Botanic Garden wishes to appoint an experienced and proactive Business Operations Manager who is able to lead the Commercial and Central Services team and all commercial activity within the Trust.


This is an important role reporting to the Director and requiring a close working relationship with the Curator and Development Manager. As a member of the senior management team, you will be given significant responsibility from the first day and will have the opportunity to review existing systems and the authority and support to develop these as appropriate. As manager of Commercial and Central Services team, you will be responsible for ensuring that high standards and ambitious targets for retail and hospitality are met by the Trust’s commercial activities and support colleagues with project budgets. This brings its challenges, particularly the need to be resilient working in a rapidly developing environment, strategic with regards to growth, and entrepreneurial in finding and implementing solutions where no precedent exists.


St Andrews Botanic Garden - St Andrews, Fife


The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and an ability to work as part of a team and with people at all levels. They will have demonstrated expertise in bookkeeping or accountancy roles, and understand and maintain the confidential nature of elements of the work. Familiarity with common database and communications systems is necessary, as is a sound understanding of commercial principles and practice, and a commitment to leading a first-rate business operation.




£29,000-35,000 FTE

Next Step

Please submit a Career History of no more than two sides of A4 that gives brief details of your education (Section 1) and also details of all posts you have to demonstrate how you have gained the experience (Section 2) required for the post.

Please also submit a Supporting Statement of no more than one side of A4 to provide evidence that you have the abilities and skills (Section 3) required for the post. In addition, within your statement please explain briefly what attracts you to both this post and organisation.

Please also give the names and addresses of two referees who we might contact if required. One of the referees must be your current or most recent employer. Please indicate on your application whether it would be possible for us to collect references in advance of any interview. We will only contact the referees with your prior agreement.

So that we may contact you about your application please include within your application your contact details – full name, address (for any correspondence), telephone numbers (day time and evening) and email address (if you have one).


Please contact Harry Watkins at

Application Closing Date

4pm, 28th February 2023

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