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Standby Veterinary Surgeon

North East Lincolnshire

Job Ref
181205 Standby Vet
Location
North East Lincolnshire

Job Title: Standby Veterinary Surgeon
Location: Based at Grimsby animal hospital
Contract Type: Standby

What is the role?

Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897!

Are you looking for a rewarding opportunity and to gain experience within a supportive, well-structured charity organisation?

Blue Cross improves the lives of pets and people by providing a 24/7 first class veterinary service caring for pets of owners who can’t afford private veterinary fees.

We are currently recruiting for Standby Veterinary Surgeons to provide holiday/sickness cover on an ad-hoc basis within our Grimsby animal hospital team.

You will carry out first opinion small animal veterinary work, including consultations, diagnostic investigations, surgical procedures and inpatient care at our animal hospitals. You will be working in a modern, purpose built hospital with an extensive range of diagnostic and surgical equipment including digital x-ray, ultrasound, endoscopes and more.

In our large friendly and supportive team of 11 Vets and 23 RVNs, we pride ourselves on our excellent clinical standards.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:

• Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English
• UK small animal experience

If you feel you have what it takes to be considered for this role please contact us today, we are waiting to hear from you!

Function
Veterinary Surgeons
Type
Temporary Contract


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Cleaner (24 hours per week)

London

Job Ref
190409 Cleaner Victoria
Location
London
Salary
£13,760 - £16,000 plus £3,954 London Weighting Allowance per annum pro rata

Job Title: Cleaner
Location: Based in Victoria animal hospital
Contract Type: Permanent, part time
Grade: 7.0
Closing Date: 24 April 2019

What is the role?
We are currently looking for a cleaner to join our team at Victoria animal hospital on a part time basis working 24 hours a week.

Ideally the successful candidate will have previous demonstrable experience. For the full details of the role then please read the attached job description.

What’s in it for me?
Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:

• Salary £13,760 - £16,000 plus £3,954 London Weighting Allowance per annum pro rata
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance
• Shopping discounts and more!

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. For more information on this role please read the attached job description.

Function
Properties
Status
Part Time
Type
Permanent


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Pet Health Adviser

London

Job Ref
190409 Victoria Pet Health Adviser
Location
London
Salary
£15,910 - £19,795 plus £3,954 London Weighting Allowance per annum

Job Title: Pet Health Adviser
Location: Clinical, London
Contract Type: Permanent, full time
Grade: 5.2
Closing Date: 23 April 2019

What is the role?
Blue Cross Victoria hospital is a busy 24/7 veterinary hospital providing care for pets of owners who can’t afford private veterinary fees. Pet Health Advisers are a key role in the effective delivery of our services and in ensuring the best outcome for our patients and their owners by providing the highest level of customer service. They are the link between our clients and the clinical team and will have the ability to build relationships with clients, their pets and all members of the hospital teams.

This is a very mixed roll requiring flexibility and the ability to turn your hand to any task required from providing a friendly, calm and professional welcoming service to assisting with clinical tasks within the hospital and carrying out daily animal care duties.

Pet Health Advisers are able to adapt to individual clients needs in what is a busy and demanding environment demonstrating empathy and understanding. They have a genuine desire to improve the lives of pets and their owners and be proactive in the promotion and delivery of Blue Cross aims.

This is a full time role of 42 hours per week on a rota covering weekends and Bank Holidays. Due, however, to the nature of the work of Blue Cross, and this post, it will be necessary to exceed these hours when the work load demands.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:

• Good standard of secondary education including English and Mathematics at GCSE or equivalent
• Experience of dealing and interacting with a wide variety of the general public and their enquiries
• Experience of working in a busy reception/front of house environment
• An understanding of IT functions (Word, Outlook, Excel) and social media
• Experience of caring for/handling animals
• Understanding of the importance of a clean, comfortable environment for animals
• Ability to work under pressure

It would also be great if you had:

• Previous experience of working in the charity/voluntary sector
• An understanding of confidentiality and Data Protection legislation
• Previous experience of a busy hospital/clinic environment
• Qualification in Animal Care or similar
• Qualification in customer service or similar
• Understanding of animal health, wellbeing and behaviour

What’s in it for me?

Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:

• Salary £15,910 - £19,795 plus £3,954 London Weighting Allowance per annum
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. For more information on this role please read the attached job description.

Function
Customer Service
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent
Hours
42 hours per week on a rota covering weekends and Bank Holidays


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Graduate Veterinary Surgeon (Rotating Graduate Veterinary Surgeon)

London

Job Ref
190409 Graduate Veterinary Surgeon
Location
London

Job Title: Graduate Veterinary Surgeon (Rotating Graduate Veterinary Surgeon)
Locations: Victoria and Grimsby Animal Hospitals
Contract Type: 18 month fixed term contract, full time
Grade: Graduate
Closing Date: 6 May 2019

What is the role?

We are currently recruiting for two Graduate Veterinary Surgeons to join our team on an 18 month fixed term contract. This is an excellent opportunity to advance your skills in small animal medicine and surgery in a hospital environment.

We offer superb clinical facilities including two operating theatres, digital x-ray, video endoscopy, ultrasound, multiparameter monitors, ASIF kit, KE ESF kit, air drill, ECG, dental x-ray, in-house lab and separate dog, cat and rabbit wards.

These roles involve time spent both at Blue Cross London hospitals in Victoria, Merton and Hammersmith as well as at Blue Cross Grimsby animal hospital.
It is proposed that assignment to each hospital will be applied on a rotation basis with one role involving six each months being located at London/Grimsby/London, the other role will involve six months each being located at Grimsby/London/Grimsby.
These fixed term roles are residential posts and therefore accommodation will be provided as part of the remuneration and benefits package at one of the London hospitals and at our animal hospital in Grimsby.

These are full time roles of 42 hours per week over five days. You will be required to participate in an out of hours rota that includes weekends and bank holidays for which equivalent time off in lieu will be given.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:
• Member of Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons
• Excellent written and verbal communication skills in English

It would also be great if you had:
• UK small animal or mixed practice experience
• UK driving licence

What’s in it for me?

Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:
• Salary £17,200 per annum
• Accommodation allowance offset applied of £7,800 per annum for the onsite residential accommodation provided. This accommodation allowance offset figure applied may alter as advised by figures set by HMRC.
• Support for development of your veterinary and professional skills from the multi-disciplinary team at our hospitals
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance
• Shopping discounts and more!

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. For more information on this role please read the attached job description.

Function
Veterinary Surgeons
Type
Fixed Term Contract


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Rehoming

Rehoming Centre Manager - Lewknor

Oxfordshire

Job Ref
190403 RCM Lewknor
Location
Oxfordshire
Salary
£26,070 - £30,000 per annum

Job Title: Rehoming Manager (Oxfordshire)
Location: Lewknor rehoming centre
Contract Type: Permanent, full time
Grade: 3.2
Closing Date: 21 April 2019

What is the role?

To make maximum use of all available resources to admit, rehabilitate and rehome unwanted and abandoned animals. To help ensure that the rehoming centre delivers first class rehoming service customer experience to all stakeholders. To bring a reginal approach to our service along with the Burford Rehoming Manager under the direction of the Senior Rehoming Manager (SRM)

The RM will supervise and mentor a team of Animal Welfare Assistants, Receptionist, two Animal Welfare Supervisors and the Animal Behaviour Coordinator.

The standard hours are 42 per week working to a locally managed rota which will include some bank holidays and weekends. Due, however, to the nature of the work of Blue Cross, and this post, it will be necessary to exceed these hours when the work load demands.

On site accommodation is offered for this role. If not living in, the Rehoming Manager (Oxfordshire) will be required to cover some out of hours or overnight duties by arrangement, and should be prepared to stay at the centre should this be requested.

For the full details of this role then please read the attached job description.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:
• Valid manual driving licence
• NVQ 3 in animal care or equivalent professional experience
• Significant employment experience caring for companion animals
• Working in an animal rehoming environment
• Significant experience managing a large diverse team, with a proven ability to induct and train team members successfully
• Working in customer service environment delivering excellent standards
• Team performance management, supervising and mentoring
• Sound knowledge of companion animal veterinary care
• Sound knowledge and experience of current animal behaviour theory and practice
• Knowledge of Health and Safety including Risk Assessments and COSHH, and experience of working to strict health and safety procedures
• Excellent communication, literacy, numerical, computer and administrative skills
• Managing finances, developing and working to a budget

It would also be great if you had:
• Presentation skills and public speaking
• Employment within animal welfare and charity environment
• Working with volunteers
• Running on-site events and attending promotional events

What’s in it for me?

Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:

• Salary £26,070 - £30,000 per annum
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance
• On-site accommodation is offered

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. For more information on this role please read the attached job description.

Function
Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Retail

Shop Manager - Thirsk

North Yorkshire

Job Ref
190410 SM Thirsk
Location
North Yorkshire

Job Title: Shop Manager
Location: Based in Thirsk
Contract Type: Permanent, full time (35 hours per week)
Grade: 4.1
Closing Date: 24 April 2019

What is the role?
Blue Cross shops play a vital role in not only raising money to help pets but also by promoting the charity and raising awareness of the work we do. As Shop Manager you will be responsible for driving sales to achieve set targets for the shop and maximising profit through effective cost control.

With strong commercial awareness and the ambition to succeed you will need to be able to demonstrate creativity and innovation to identify income opportunities whilst working closely with the local community and businesses. You will provide effective leadership and motivation of your shop team on a daily basis whilst ensuring that the highest standards of shop floor presentation and customer service are delivered at all times.

You will work 35 hours per week over five days on a rota to include Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:

• Retail management experience
• Commercial awareness to deliver sales
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong external relationships
• Good IT skills and a basic understanding of finance
• Good people management skills
• Excellent customer service skills

It would also be great if you had:

• Full driving licence
• Experience of working with volunteers
• Experience of fundraising

What’s in it for me?

Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:

• Salary £18,232 per annum
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance

For the full details of this role please read the attached job description.

Function
Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Shop Manager - Lichfield

West Midands

Job Ref
190410 SM Lichfield
Location
West Midands

Job Title: Shop Manager
Location: Based in Lichfield
Contract Type: Permanent, full time (35 hours per week)
Grade: 4.1
Closing Date: 24 April 2019

What is the role?
Blue Cross shops play a vital role in not only raising money to help pets but also by promoting the charity and raising awareness of the work we do. As Shop Manager you will be responsible for driving sales to achieve set targets for the shop and maximising profit through effective cost control.

With strong commercial awareness and the ambition to succeed you will need to be able to demonstrate creativity and innovation to identify income opportunities whilst working closely with the local community and businesses. You will provide effective leadership and motivation of your shop team on a daily basis whilst ensuring that the highest standards of shop floor presentation and customer service are delivered at all times.

You will work 35 hours per week over five days on a rota to include Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:

• Retail management experience
• Commercial awareness to deliver sales
• Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to build strong external relationships
• Good IT skills and a basic understanding of finance
• Good people management skills
• Excellent customer service skills

It would also be great if you had:

• Full driving licence
• Experience of working with volunteers
• Experience of fundraising

What’s in it for me?

Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:

• Salary £18,232 per annum
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance

For the full details of this role please read the attached job description.

Function
Management
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Finance

Financial Controller

Oxfordshire

Job Ref
190416 Financial Controller
Location
Oxfordshire

Job Title: Financial Controller
Location: Finance and Resources, Burford
Contract Type: Permanent, full time
Grade: 3.1
Closing Date: 16 May 2019

What is the role?

Assisting the Head of Finance to provide an effective and proactive accounting service to support the delivery of the aims and objectives of the Finance department and Blue Cross through business partnership. Taking responsibility for ensuring the accuracy of the accounting and control information held in and reported from the organisation’s accounting systems

Line management and performance management responsibilities for the team consisting of Management Accountants, Purchase Ledger Supervisor, Income Processing Supervisor, Banking and Branch Return Coordinator. As well as deputising for the Head of Finance in their absence.

This is a full time role of 35 hours per week Monday to Friday. Due, however, to the nature of the work of Blue Cross, and this post, it will be necessary to exceed these hours when the work load demands.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:
• Experienced qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA)
• Post-qualification experience gained either in a professional services practice or a medium sized business involved in consolidation accounts and operational management
• Experience in leading, managing, motivating and developing a team
• Able to communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing
• Motivational skills, team worker as well as able to work on own initiative
• The ability to manage time, meet deadlines and prioritise
• Strong analytical skills with attention to detail
• Accurate and numerate
• Working knowledge of treasury management
• Training skills
• Understanding of UK GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards reporting and consolidation accounting
• Business awareness and commercial acumen
• Demonstrated commitment to change and continuous improvement
• Experience in setting, controlling and managing budgets
• Experience in performance reporting
• Good working knowledge of Microsoft office and relevant systems and databases
• Outcome focussed, self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic
• Professional approach to successfully interact with senior management, colleagues and external suppliers
• Creative, with ability to develop and implement new ways of working, and proactive and solution oriented
• Understanding of the need for accurate and timely management information

It would also be great if you had:
• Graduate with a degree from an accounting discipline
• Experience of a deadline driven environment
• Knowledge of reconciliations and the ability to drill down to the cause of a problem
• Working knowledge of asset development projects
• Knowledge of Access Dimensions Finance System or similar
• VAT and Partial Exemption
• Running promotional events, maintaining good public relations and fundraising

What’s in it for me?

Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:

• Salary £40,000 - £55,000 per annum
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. For more information on this role please read the attached job description.

Function
Finance
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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Management Accountant

Oxfordshire

Job Ref
190416 Management Accountant
Location
Oxfordshire

Job Title: Management Accountant
Location: Finance and Resources, Burford
Contract Type: Permanent, full time
Grade: 4.1
Closing Date: 16 May 2109

What is the role?
Working in the Finance Team and supporting the Financial Controller and be responsible for efficient and accurate recording of transactions, preparation and presentation of actual and budgeted financial records and transactions and reports of management information.

You will be responsible for the accurate and timely preparation and production of weekly and monthly reports on the financial performance, cashflow position and forecasting, and investigating variances/correcting errors where necessary for dedicated departmental activities. Controlling and keeping accurate financial records and undertake financial management of all Group’s fixed assets including acquisitions, disposals, capitalisation, depreciation and impairments and leases.

Supporting the Financial Controller in the preparation and production of interim accounts and the year end financial statements for the Group, together with disclosure notes and liaise with external auditors. Working with the Financial Business Partner in developing business models for services and fundraising activities and contribute to the development of management information provided internally and externally. Ensuring that financial records are maintained in line with the Group’s Financial Regulations and Standing Orders, and comply with current legislation.

Finally ensuring that all work is in line with policies and procedures, and ensuring that all calculations and assumptions are linked to supporting workings and appropriate source of information.

This is a full time role of 35 hours per week Monday to Friday. Due, however, to the nature of the work of Blue Cross, and this post, it will be necessary to exceed these hours when the work load demands.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:
• Experienced part or qualified accountant (ACA/ACCA/CIMA)
• Strong numerical skills with attention to detail and accuracy
• Computer skills: general IT skills and excellent working knowledge of Excel (including pivot tables, lookups)
• Able to communicate effectively with others, both verbally and in writing
• Team worker as well as able to work on own initiative
• The ability to manage time, meet deadlines and prioritise
• Demonstrate initiative in developing working practices to be more efficient and effective and to drive through continuous improvement
• Good at listening to and following instructions
• Strong belief in good internal and external customer service
• Experience and understanding of pet or charity services sectors
• Understanding of UK GAAP and International Financial Reporting Standards reporting and consolidation accounting
• Understanding of the need for accurate and timely management information
• Creative, with ability to develop and implement new ways of working, and proactive and solution oriented
• Professional approach to successfully interact with other employees and external customers/suppliers
• Delivering results focussed, self-motivated, flexible and enthusiastic
• Business awareness and commercial acumen
• Demonstrated commitment to change and continuous improvement

It would also be great if you had:
• A degree from an accounting discipline
• Experience of a deadline driven environment
• Knowledge of Access Dimensions Finance System or similar
• VAT and Partial Exemption
• Experience of producing full monthly management accounts, I&E and Balance Sheet including consolidation, budgeting, forecasting and group reporting in a non for profit environment
• Charities SORP accounting
• Proven ability to communicate with all levels of the organisation using first class interpersonal skills

What’s in it for me?

Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:

• Salary £31,000 - £40,000 per annum
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. For more information on this role please read the attached job description.

Function
Finance
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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People & Development

Administrator (Talent & Resourcing)

Oxfordshire

Job Ref
190403 T&R Administrator
Location
Oxfordshire
Salary
£18,060 – £21,000 per annum

Administrator (Talent & Resourcing), permanent, full time
Burford offices

What is the role?

We are currently recruiting for an experienced Administrator to join our Talent & Resourcing team to provide first class administration support. The Talent & Resourcing Administrator will be responsible for supporting the team and providing support to managers across the charity with their resourcing needs.

The successful candidate will have strong organisational skills and will have experience in providing administration support to a team. The Talent & Resourcing team is split in two different locations and can often be out of the office visiting other sites, therefore, the Talent & Resourcing Administrator will be able to work proactively and independently and on occasion as a lone worker.

For the full details of the role please read the attached job description.

This is a full time role of 35 hours per week Monday to Friday. Due, however, to the nature of the work of Blue Cross, and this post, it will be necessary to exceed these hours when the work load demands.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:
• Experience of working within recruitment or HR
• Demonstrable experience of working in a busy office environment, and supporting multiple teams
• Proven administration skills
• Strong communication skills, both written and verbal
• The ability to work without supervision
• The ability to work proactively and independently
• Excellent attention to detail
• Excellent interpersonal and customer-facing skills
• IT literate with MS Office and web based databases and platforms
• Proven track record of prioritsing and organising work and projects

It would also be great if you had:
• Knowledge of administering Assessment/Development Centres

What’s in it for me?

Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:

• Salary £18,060 – £21,000 per annum
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance
• Shopping discounts and more!

Grade: 5.2
Closing Date: 22 April 2019

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. For more information on this role please read the attached job description.

Function
Talent & Resourcing
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent
Hours
35 hours per week


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Head of People & Culture

Oxfordshire

Job Ref
190418 Head of P&C
Location
Oxfordshire

Head of People & Culture
Burford offices

What is the role?

We have an amazing opportunity for a Head of People & Culture to join our wonderful animal charity based in the Cotswolds. As Head of People & Culture you will have a strong background in HR and learning & development. Following a recent restructure, the role requires someone who is able to help the team transition into new ways of working based on the business partnering model. You will play a pivotal role in shaping and implementing our people (employees and volunteers) agenda, ensuring capabilities and leadership for the future are in place as effectively as possible.

You will be an inspiring leader with proven track record of leading people and teams through change, demonstrating you can implement a vision with structure and empathy. You will need to be highly visible in the organisation, with the ability think strategically and have a proven track record of delivering results. This role will be an integral part of the senior management team.

So, if you are looking to join a charity whose goal is to put people at the heart of all that we do, then we want to hear from you.

What is required?

We are looking for people with the following:
• Chartered Member or Fellow of the CIPD
• Significant experience of leading HR and people development at a senior level
• An excellent working knowledge of employment law and employee relations
• Design and implementation of strategy, policy and key metrics for both HR and people development
• Experience of overseeing job evaluation and reward and recognition schemes
• Business Partnership experience
• Experience of managing a payroll function
• Experience of managing a Health and safety function
• Experience of culture change
• An excellent working knowledge of volunteering management, both theory and practice

It would also be great if you had:
• Degree level qualification or equivalent in HR or Employment Law
• Liaison with internal and external committees on volunteering issues
• Training and development qualification
• Qualified coach

What can I expect?
Working for Blue Cross is very rewarding; we have been dedicated to helping pets since 1897! We value our brilliant employees and offer competitive benefits including:

• Salary circa £56,000 per annum
• Employee Assistance Programme
• Pension scheme
• Company Sick Pay
• Life Insurance

Contract Type: Permanent, full time
Grade: 2.0
Closing Date: 2 May 2019

We reserve the right to close this vacancy early should we receive an overwhelming response. For more information on this role please read the attached job description.

Function
People & Culture
Status
Full Time
Type
Permanent


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