Job opportunity with the Friends

Manager: Friends of Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings

The post offers a unique and exciting opportunity to occupy a crucial position in the inspiring and innovative regeneration project of a site of great international significance, which is made possible in large part thanks to a substantial National Lottery Heritage Fund.

Reporting to the Board, and working closely with our partners, you will drive through our ambitious Business and Activity Plans so as to inspire visitors, promote community involvement and provide healthy financial returns.

  • Salary: Circa £40,000 subject to skills and experience.

  • Location: Within the Visitor Centre at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings.

  • Terms: This is a full time, permanent position.



Just over 220 years ago, the last bricks were laid on an extraordinary building in Shropshire that would change our city skies forever. The Grade 1 listed Main Mill at Shrewsbury Flaxmill Maltings is one of the most important buildings in the world; the very first iron framed building. Until recently the site has lain derelict but is now midway into a project which will save and restore this remarkable piece of the industrial revolution.

The site is owned by Historic England who are leading the restoration of the Main Mill and wider site regeneration, supported by a partnership comprising the Friends of the Flaxmill Maltings and Shropshire Council. The partnership has secured very significant funding, chiefly from the National Lottery Heritage Fund, to restore and fit-out the Main Mill and Kiln. This will provide interpretation and a catering service on the ground floor, commercial space for up to 350 staff on 4 floors, services, landscaping and car parking provision.

These are exciting times and the Friends Manager will occupy a critical position in an inspiring and innovative regeneration project.

The Friends currently manage a small visitor centre on the site and have developed significant activity, art, research, learning and public engagement programmes. The Manager will take up position midway through the ‘construction’ phase and will be integral to the appointment of other staff, design and delivery of the interpretation scheme, the catering offer, board and volunteer support and on-going activities, while liaising closely with Historic England and other stakeholders. The ‘delivery’ phase will demand on-going progress in fulfilling the Friends ambitious Business and Activity plans. The Manager will also have overall responsibility for our fundraising, marketing and PR, volunteer recruitment, on-line presence, finance, staff & premises management and advice to the Board.

The Manager must be people orientated with a strong appreciation of business practices and targets. Commercial acumen and the ability to respond to changing circumstances is essential as is ability to develop both strategic and operational plans and put them into action while working in partnership and with community interests.

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Closing date for applications 10th May 2019

Interviews week commecing 20th May 2019