The Lodge is a new café (and community hub) opening this Summer. We are looking for a dynamic café manager with an entrepreneurial mindset to capitalise on our location and pioneer a vibrant business.
The Lodge Café is overseen by ASH Community Interest Company with the backing of three major community groups. The selected candidate will be given a high level of autonomy to create a café that is both commercial successful and improves lives in East and West Bowling.
Scope: Management of all functions of the Lodge Café, including staff, volunteers, resources, business development, food preparation, quality standards, financial oversight and providing a great customer experience.
Working Hours: 37.5 Hours per week, although we will consider applications from those who wish to work part-time (25 hours per week or more). The post holder will be expected to work flexibly within the opening hours of the café, which will include weekends and bank holidays, and may include occasional early working.
Reports to: The Board (via a nominated Board member). The selected candidate may attend Board meetings in a non-voting capacity.
About The Lodge Café, Bowling Park
The Lodge Cafe is set in the beautiful surroundings of the historic Bowling Park. We aim to make Bowling Park a destination for local residents and non-resident alike, thereby increasing use of the Park, drawing the community together, and generating hope.
The centre-piece of the development is the café itself. This enterprise will offer a high-quality customer experience, including coffee, tea, cakes, meals and a small children’s play area. It will also provide opportunities for apprenticeships and volunteering for individuals identified by partner community organisations (with these programmes delivered in concert with them).
Our site incorporates three other community spaces: a separate classroom, to be used as a base for outdoor activities in the Park, an attractive lounge and celebration venue upstairs, and a small office space.These spaces will be available to hire by local community groups, businesses and government and the successful applicant will be expected to work with these spaces to maximise footfall.
The launch of the Lodge Cafe is the culmination of six years of work by local residents: negotiating the Community Asset Transfer of the building from Bradford Council, securing planning permission and raising £400,000 for structural work and renovations (for more information see bowlingparklodge.org). Profits from the venture will be ploughed back into the local community.
We are therefore looking for someone with entrepreneurial flair, who is interested in bringing their skills to bear on a project of community value.The ideal candidate will be entrepreneurial, with strong catering management experience, great customer service skills and experience of working within a fast paced, vibrant, creative environment.