We’re Hiring: Operations Manager (Buildings & Facilities)


We have an exciting opportunity at the Arkwright Society for a Operations Manager to lead maintenance, repair, safety compliance and facilities at Cromford Mills.  This role is supported by the Heritage Fund.

Established in 1971, the Arkwright Society charitable purpose is to promote and protect the industrial heritage of Cromford Mills with conservation and education at its heart. Cromford Mills, built by Sir Richard Arkwright in the 1770s and 1780s, is universally regarded as one of the most important heritage sites in the world, and lies within the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The large mill complex includes a visitor exhibition, business centre, catering, and a bustling events and conference programme.  Our school educational offer is award winning and our enthusiastic volunteer team play a vital role in delivering a rich visitor heritage experience, making this a uniquely vibrant workplace.

This multifaceted role seeks candidates with strong operational management and practical repair skills to ensure effective site management and the delivery of our maintenance plan. We require candidates with hands-on experience in leading maintenance and facilities operations at similar sites, along with exceptional leadership, communication, and organisational skills.

The Operations Manager (Buildings and Facilities) will be responsible for:

  • Coordinating and planning priority maintenance and repair work.
  • Leading practical repair tasks, either with the maintenance team or external contractors.
  • Ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations.
  • Collaborating with stakeholders to strengthen local and Derwent Valley engagement.
  • Manage and support contractual arrangements with service providers and suppliers to support our tenants and delivery of our site management.

The Arkwright Society is at a pivotal moment, embarking on the next phase of major development with crucial decisions to be made regarding the conservation and future use of its iconic buildings, including Arkwright’s first mill. This presents a remarkable opportunity for the post holder to play a strategic role in shaping the future of Cromford Mills as an integral member of the Charity’s senior management team.


The Arkwright Society will offer competitive terms and conditions for this position. It is based in the beautiful village of Cromford which has good transport links and a strong sense of community. The Arkwright Society is proud to be an equal opportunities employer and would welcome applications from people of all backgrounds and cultures.

Salary: £35,000 per annum + benefits

Closing Date: Friday 17th November 2023 at 5pm.

Interviews:  23rd November 2023.

To Apply:
Please submit your CV and personal statement (no more than two pages each) to Eilis Scott, CEO of The Arkwright Society   escott@arkwrightsociety.org.uk

If you would like an informal conversation, please contact Eilis Scott on the above email.


JOB DESCRIPTION: Operations Manager (Buildings & Facilities) JD


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Posted on
November 1, 2023