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Management jobs and general manager jobs are essentially running a small company or franchise. As a manager you will be responsible in your job for the day-to-day, quarterly and annual performance of a stand-alone company ( e.g. health club, fitness centre, leisure centre etc), or a company within a larger group (e.g. the manager of a health club within a UK wide health club chain). The build of some facilities can run into tens and in hotels even hundreds of millions of pounds. As a result these businesses are needed to meet a turnover in excess of many small to medium businesses. Jobs in management are rewarding when all is going well, however management jobs are where the buck stops when things are performing badly whether it is due to management decisions or external factors over which you have no influence.

Management experience

When applying for a management job you will need to have relevant experience of either running another leisure facility in the leisure industry or having being an assistant manager of a larger or equal facility. When I say larger or smaller facility I am talking about turnover which is the main concern of most private companies as they need to turnover a pre determined amount to cover outgoings and make a profit.

Public sector management

In the public sector management jobs are becoming more target driven as private leisure trusts are often taking over the management of facilities on behalf of councils. You can find out more about leisure centre management from the Chief Leisure Officers Association, www.cloa.org.uk

Leisure centre management degrees

There are good leisure management degrees available, however this does not entitle graduates to take over in management without gaining experience. Many centres today take up to £15,000,000 to build and they need to generate hundreds of thousands every month to clear over heads, no company would entrust this responsibility to someone who has not got a proven track record.

Vocational qualifications in management

There arerelated vocational qualifications available through bodies such as the Institute of Leisure and Ammienity Management. Although experience is considered more valuable than courses again.

The role of the leisure trust

In the public sector management jobs are becoming more target driven as private leisure trusts are often taking over the management of facilities on behalf of councils. You can find out more about leisure centre management from the Chief Cultural and Leisure Officers Association, www.cloa.org.uk.

One of the fastest routes into a general manager job is through sales management due to the financial focus of management in today’s competitive climate.

The role of the recruitment agent

Some managers due to the sensitive nature of their position prefer to have a recruitment agent represent them for discretions sake. If you are looking for your next Management Job or whish to get onto the management ladder then visit our sister company at www.sportsweb.com or call 020 7622 8500.

You may want to consider registering the premises with the Fitness Industry Association for name association. There are a few more resources you may want to consider such as HMSO Legislation Pages

Health and Saftey is something you need to stay up to date with see the the Health and Safety Executive or contact your local authority.

Courtesy of Leisure Jobs UK

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