Socially enterprising since 1983

Assistant Centre Manager

Wenta is experiencing unprecedented demand and, as a result, we are now looking to expand our talented team!

Who are we and what do we do?

Wenta is the leading, independent social enterprise that provides inclusive support for everyone to start and run a successful, greener business. Our team is experienced, impartial and independent with no shareholders. We own and operate business centres, co-working space and light industrial units across Hertfordshire and North London as well as provide a variety of business support from one-to-one business advice to skills training. Wenta help people with free, unlimited, personalised, tailored business support and skills training particularly for those who face barriers. We make it easier, simpler and greener to start and run a business with our accessible, practical advice and affordable workspace.

Over the past six years, Wenta has seen rapid growth across all of its services, moving from a local brand to national and we’re proud to say that Wenta is now one of the largest enterprise agencies in England.

Our rapid growth now means that we are looking for a highly driven and proactive Assistant Centre Manager at our Stevenage site, The Business and Technology Centre (btc), to join the team.

Key Purpose of Role

The purpose of this role is to proactively support the Centre Operations Manager with delivering the following:

  • Excellence in client sales acquisition and retention
  • Excellence in facilities management
  • Excellence in customer services ensuring high quality standards at all times

To support the Centre Operations Manager in the following:

  • To deputise for the Centre Operations Manager, supporting the leadership of the btc and our partnership with Stevenage Borough Council
  • To successfully manage the day-to-day running of the business centre
  • To proactively acquire and retain clients
  • To drive and support our digital income growth as well as other income streams for the centre

Key Responsibilities

Client Acquisition

To support the Centre Operations Manager in delivering the strategy of acquisition with effective planning and time management:

  • Developing plans with the Centre Operations Manager and Head of Business Centres to proactively seek clients, achieving full occupancy
  • Liaising and developing relationships with brokers and key referral networks, communicating latest workspace availability, meeting rooms, virtual office services and events
  • Arranging and conducting client viewings and negotiations
  • Keeping the company’s CRM system up to date with accurate and quality client data, reviewing insights and trends
  • Driving and supporting Wenta’s digital strategy, focusing on deriving new income streams

Collaborating with Wenta’s business advisors and advice team to ensure all Wenta’s services are promoted and communicated to all clients including:

  • Virtual mailboxes
  • Meeting rooms
  • Incubator/Collaboration station space for start-up businesses
  • Free business advice and skills training support
  • Sustainable business advice (Action Zero)
  • New products, programmes and services
  • Collaborating with Wenta’s Digital, Communication and Marketing (DCM) team on developing social media campaigns to promote the centre, creating and communicating on-brand, client business stories, centre news stories and key client updates for PR purposes
  • Raising awareness across the local stakeholder community, supporting the Centre Operations Manager and Head of Centres with stakeholder relations

Client Retention

To support the Centre Operations Manager in delivering the strategy of acquisition with effective planning and time management:

  • Collaboratiing with Wenta’s business advisors and advice team to ensure all Wenta services are promoted and communicated to all clients
  • Creating and maintaining a consistent professional relationship with centre clients to understand their current business needs, sharing insight internally
  • Following The Code of Confidentiality and Impartiality, remaining independent from any client’s business ventures with no direct involvement

Customer Service

To support the Centre Operations Manager in delivering the strategy of customer service with effective planning and time management:

  • To schedule a visit to at least three clients per week and gain insight into their experiences, using this insight to provide the Head of Centres with regular client news stories and ways to improve customer experience within the centre
  • To proactively manage all client requests and complaints within one day ensuring that all client expectations are met and that a high standard of customer service is delivered at all times

Operations

To support the Centre Operations Manager in the following areas with effective planning and time management:

  • Reporting / data management / compliance
  • Managing and monitoring KPIs monthly
  • Facilitating the progress and sign off for planned works
  • Ensuring that the centre conforms to legislation relating to health and safety
  • Overseeing the production of sales, services and rent invoice to clients
  • Overseeing the process of and resolving all local direct debits and chase non-payments
  • Managing client expectations on the centre’s annual rental increase

Ensuring all client documentation is processed in order with GDPR regulations within one month of moving in, and to include the following:

  • PAT Certificates
  • COSSH Certificates
  • Insurance documents
  • Fire Marshal details
  • Emergency contacts
  • Certificate of Incorporation
  • Ensuring that all virtual clients adhere to Anti-Money Laundering Regulations
  • Conducting a weekly tour of the building and external areas to ensure everything is in good order and support by written documentations
  • Acting as a First Aider and Fire Warden for the site (after attending training)

Client Operations

  • Occupied units to have relevant service orders as per client needs e.g. broadband, telephone etc
  • All empty units to be kept clean and tidy in readiness for client viewings
  • Conduction of client exit interviews and agree any remedial work
  • Management of the meeting room booking process and ensure all equipment is in good working order
  • Providing a first point of contact for visitor and clients to the centre
  • Answering the phone to Wenta clients and virtual clients
  • Managing incoming and outgoing post
  • Dealing with all general, day-to-day enquiries from clients of occupied units

Self-development / Collaboration

  • Assisting the Centre Operations Manager in preparing the annual budgets and the development of income for Wenta
  • Working as part of the wider Wenta team to meet Wenta and Stevenage Borough Council’s strategic objectives
  • Working on individual projects with the Centre Operations Manager and wider Wenta team
  • Exceeding and maintaining all standards of quality as required contractually by Wenta and as stated in the Wenta Client Charter
  • Attending and contributing to the various internal and external meetings and to be involved in other activities as requested by Wenta and the Senior Management Team

The list of above duties is not exhaustive, and you may be required to carry out other duties which are not listed above as and when requested by their Line Manager.

Travel

This role may require regular travel between our sites in Hertfordshire and North London, therefore a driving licence and transport are required to fulfil this role. Wenta has committed to the UK SME Climate Hub commitment and provides staff that purchase a battery powered car with an additional annual payment supplement of £1000*.

Application closing date: On-going until a suitable candidate is hired.

Candidates are asked to submit:

  • A covering letter in support of your application expressing your interest and why you think you would be particularly suited to the role of Assistant Centre Manager
  • A detailed Curriculum Vitae

Please return these documents to Louise Prosser, HR Advisor, [email protected]

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