Lorn and Oban Healthy Options
Lorn and Oban Healthy Options

Lorn & Oban Healthy Options Ltd.



*Closing date 27th July 2018*


Responsible to:                     Board of Directors of Lorn & Oban Healthy Options Ltd.

Post Duration:                       Initial 3-year contract with an expectation to extending

Post Location:                       Based in Oban, with an element of travelling throughout Argyll and                                                 Scotland

Hours of Work:                      37.5 hours per week

Purpose of the job

The post holder will lead, direct and manage service and business operations across the organisation in line with contract and funding requirements.

To be an advocate for creating health in our communities.

To support innovation and enterprise to address identified health and wellbeing needs within our communities.

The post offers significant opportunities for the development and growth of existing services.

To achieve this the post holder will work closely with health professionals, third and public sector organisations and intermediaries locally, regionally and nationally.

The post holder will contribute to and implement the strategic plans and overall management of the organisation, including business planning, policies, procedures and quality standards. At times identifying and supporting funding applications to drive new concepts as well as maximising existing resources.

The post holder will require business and financial acumen to ensure that current and future operations continue on a sustainable and viable basis.

Main Responsibilities

Service & Business Development

  • To promote physical activity and support positive lifestyle changes to meet the needs of our communities and in line with national and NHS Highland Argyll & Bute Strategic Plans.
  • Development and implementation of new initiatives and partnerships to further support the creation of health in our communities.
  • Develop existing services and operations to increase the number of beneficiaries, the quality of client outcomes and value of the services.
  • Development of income streams, including trading opportunities, steering the Fundraising Committee, secure more sustainable income, managing implementation and growth.
  • To work in partnership with key agencies, health professionals, communities and organisations with responsibility for health improvement.
  • Management of all financial aspects of the organisation, financial reporting, budget management and legislative requirements as appropriate.

Staff and resource management

  • Production and implementation of operational work plans and budgets
  • Recruitment and management of staff and volunteers along with resources to achieve service requirement, quality and budget
  • Development and delivery of staff appraisal and supervision systems
  • Managing and monitoring of services/contracts budgets including analysis, reporting and action on variances
  • Resolving performance issues among staff and external partners in areas of delivery and contractual obligations

Managing Performance

  • Monitoring performance against targets and service/contract outcomes for all programmes and projects, including performance of any delivery partners
  • Evaluating effectiveness of our programmes and projects for our beneficiaries and the wider communities
  • Financial tracking and monitoring of specific projects and contracts
  • Ensuring contractual and regulatory funding compliance e.g. restricted funding awards


  • Responsible for ensuring all funding monitoring reports are accurate and submitted timeously
  • Production of regular Project/Contracts Management reports for the Board of Directors
  • Production of regular Project/Contracts Management reports for external funders
  • Production of regular newsletter/website/social media articles and reports for the benefit of our beneficiaries and stakeholders

Other responsibilities

  • Meet legislative and all relevant regulatory requirements
  • Ensure the values of Healthy Options are upheld across the organisation
  • Carry out duties in accordance with the policies and procedures of Healthy Options
  • Lead on the development of monitoring and evaluation systems
  • Participate in networking groups within third sector and statutory agencies to represent Healthy Options and the health needs of our communities
  • Strategic involvement with funding, PR and marketing
  • Attend meetings and training courses as required, including regular supervision meetings and annual appraisal with the Board of Directors Chairperson
  • Undertake other duties from time to time as may be required in connection with the post 



 1.    Experience

    1. Having worked at, and gained an understanding of strategic thinking and operational delivery
    2. Financial management including use of accounting packages, budget management and funding awareness
    3. Experience of report writing to internal and external bodies
    4. Experience of the business contracting and tendering processes
    5. Significant experience of line managing a team


  1. 2.    Knowledge and skills
    1. Knowledge of the community health sector, ideally in a rural location
    2. Knowledge of community development issues and the needs of rural communities
    3. Knowledge of HR management
    4. Excellent Communication Skills, highly articulate both verbally and in writing
    5. An understanding of community capacity building techniques and activities
    6. Good working knowledge of the role and functions of a Third Sector/Social Enterprise Support Organisation
    7. Good presentation skills, including the ability to create and use PowerPoint
    8. Good computer and IT skills including – Microsoft, Windows and Excel
    9. An understanding of Equalities and Safeguarding issues in line with current legislation
    10. Car driver with full, clean driving licence and access to a car for business use


  1. 3.    Personal qualities
    1. Self-starter, proactive and excellent organiser
    2. Strong Leadership Skills
    3. Negotiation, representation and influencing skills
    4. Good interpersonal skills – flexibility, personal awareness, diplomacy, adaptability
    5. Honesty and integrity
    6. Approachable, confident and at ease with others
    7. Ability to work as part of a team and under pressure
    8. Commitment to the principles of confidentiality, and equality of opportunity
    9. Commitment to organisational aims for Healthy Working Environment

Please email CV and Covering Letter to:-


Registered Charity No. SC041998        Registered in Scotland No. SC383167

Volunteering Opportunities

We are currently looking for volunteers to assist our Exercise Professionals at rural classes and in Oban. Please contact the office if you want to know more about these opportunities. Some of our staff started their journey with us as volunteers.

Click here to find out more about volunteering opportunities.

 We would like to encourage all our clients to utilise their skills and continue to support the Healthy Options Programme in a volunteer capacity. Not only will this encourge others to stick with their programme it will also help you to maintain a healthy active lifestyle.

contact Healthy Options 01631565113 or ask to speak to one the team at Atlantis Leisure.