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St Catherine's Church, Acorn Street, Stoke Aldermoor, Coventry CV3 1DP
Posted: 21 Jul 2021
Deadline: 5 Aug 2021
Compensation: £25,000-£28,000 per annum pro rata
Paid Part-time Permanent
We are looking for an experienced, ambitious Manager to grow our much-beloved flagship Coventry bakery to the next level.
The right candidate will do this by bringing in new revenue and improving profitability, while ensuring that the operations of the bakery – our production process, supply chain, premises, and contractors – keep running and growing seamlessly. You will be directly managing our team, which includes bakers from a refugee background who are graduates from our training programme.
Job title Commercial and Operations Manager, Proof Bakery Coventry
Location St Catherine’s Church, Acorn Street, Stoke Aldermoor, Coventry CV3 1DP, with visits to key stakeholders in Coventry and nearby areas. Own transport essential. Home working considered.
Reports to Proof Founder/CEO and Board of Directors
Time commitment 24h a week, including occasional evenings and weekends, with the goal of the post becoming full time in the near future as the bakery grows
Type of contract Permanent
Start date ASAP
Remuneration £25-28k p.a. pro rata, depending on experience
Job perks Lunch provided when working at St Catherine’s Weds-Fri Wholesale prices on all baked goods purchases Free place on a baking class each year, online or in person Excellent training and development opportunities Team socials and celebrations (Covid-19 permitting) Opportunities to be involved in press and media coverage of Proof
Duties and responsibilities
Our story: Real bread rebuilding lives
There are approximately 120,000 people from a refugee background in the UK. Each one is an individual with a story of survival and resilience in their past, skills and experience to offer in the present, and hopes and dreams for the future.
Many strongly wish to work as a means to rebuild their lives, and employment is the single most important factor for successfully integrating into a new country.
And yet – nearly 7 in every 10 refugees are unemployed, a rate over 4 times the national average.
Women from a refugee background are especially disadvantaged. In the UK they face significant language barriers, a lack of recognised qualifications and work experience, limited social and professional connections, new and very different cultural norms, caring commitments without a support network of family and friends, and social stigmas – on top of past trauma.
Proof Bakery exists to systematically dismantle these barriers, so as to enable every woman who comes to us to find work, and the sense of autonomy, purpose and dignity that work brings.
Since starting in late 2018 we have enabled 12 women to take their first steps into work in the UK, and are continually inspired by their grit, wit, and sheer chutzpah. As the bakery grows in Coventry, and as we explore replicating our model to other parts of the UK in the near future, there are other women out there whom we will go on to support, who will gain confidence and begin to thrive as we walk with them.
We are honoured to be a part of their story. You can join in too.
For women from refugee backgrounds to flourish as they build new lives in the UK
To empower women from refugee backgrounds to gain employment and independence through training, support and community, using baking as a tool. We work toward this mission by:
At Proof Bakery we have a High Grace, High Growth culture.
Being ‘high grace’ means that we will go out of our way to empower, encourage and support people so that they can flourish. We will:
Being ‘high growth’ means that we will equally go out of our way to train, coach and challenge people, so that they can flourish. We are:
This distinctive culture that balances strong encouragement with strong accountability is what enables us to help our trainees thrive, and the bakery to keep being an example to others of an ethical business.
Proof Bakery Faith Policy
Proof Bakery is a social enterprise designed to offer opportunities for women from refugee backgrounds to rebuild their lives. It began as a church project, and has a Christian ethos. Many Proof team members have a Christian faith but it is not required in order to work or volunteer with us in many roles, and is never a requirement to benefit from our services. All can find a place to belong in the Proof Bakery family.
The Christian faith motivates the Proof culture of ‘loving our neighbour as ourselves’: welcoming those whom others have turned away, going out of our way for our beneficiaries, showing love and compassion without conditions, and believing in potential in everyone.
Anyone looking to join the Proof team, as staff or in a voluntary capacity, must be sympathetic to our aims and objectives, looking to help drive the project forward in line with our vision. It is advised that applicants be comfortable working within a faith-based organisation and being respectful of faith views. The team will sometimes have a time of prayer together but this can be used as a time of reflection, and attendance is not compulsory.
For our beneficiaries, we provide an inclusive service, with ideologies discussed when initiated by them, keeping in mind their vulnerability, respecting other world-views and not passing judgement. Many beneficiaries will have a different faith background, and we seek to accommodate their faith practices wherever possible, as a way of showing respect.
We recognise that spirituality is a part of the human make-up and seek to find opportunities for women to navigate their own spiritual journey in community. However the services we offer are non-discriminatory and beneficiaries are treated equally no matter what faith background or interest in a faith journey they have.
If a woman would like us to pray for her or provide chaplaincy-style support, specific team members are happy to offer and facilitate that. For these certain job roles, holding a Christian faith is an occupational requirement and will be outlined in job descriptions.
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About Proof Bakery
We are a not-for-profit artisan bakery based in Coventry, UK, that trains and employs women from a refugee background. As a social enterprise, we are based on the community-supported bakery model, allowing customers to collect their fresh baked goods from a number of local Bread Hubs. We specialise in a range of sourdough breads that incorporate some of the flavours from the culinary heritages of the women we work with.