The Paul Mellon Centre is a small organisation committed to hiring and nurturing excellent people. Professional opportunities are listed here.

Operations Lead (Parental Leave Cover)

The Paul Mellon Centre is an educational charity that champions new ways of understanding British art history and culture. We publish, teach and carry out research, both in London at the Centre and through our online platforms. Our archives, library and lively events programme are open to researchers, students and the public. The Centre’s grants and fellowships enable institutions and individuals to pursue exhibitions, publications, events and scholarly projects. Through all areas of our work, we promote activities that enhance and expand knowledge about British art. The Centre was founded in 1970 by art collector and philanthropist Paul Mellon, and is part of Yale University and partner to the Yale Center for British Art.

The Operations Lead oversees the Centre’s operational initiatives, projects and strategies, and is responsible for maintaining and increasing the Centre’s operational efficiency. The Operations Lead actively sets and pursues strategic operational objectives, and develops and implements policies and procedures, to ensure the Centre has the equipment and services it requires to run smoothly and guarantee safe and healthy working environments for all staff. Support is provided to leadership in all other departments and the Operations Lead also works closely with the Director, Chief Financial Officer and HR Manager.

Salary will be in the range of £46,000 to £48,000 p.a. dependent on experience.

This post is fixed term for a maximum period of 14 months, full-time and the hours of work are 35 per week. We are happy to talk about flexible working arrangements offered by the Centre.

Person Specification

Essential Skills and Competences:

  • A minimum five years’ experience of working in operations
  • Experience in buildings and facilities management
  • Experience in Health and Safety
  • Experience in building security
  • An understanding of, and confidence in, managing IT systems
  • Experience in managing budgets
  • Experience in managing a team
  • A high level of motivation, excellent organisational skills and the ability to establish priorities
  • Strong communication skills with colleagues at all levels and in all departments
  • An ability to work flexibly and effectively as part of a team and independently

Desirable Skills and Competences:

  • Maintaining a heritage or listed building
  • Working in a space open to the public
  • Overseeing insurance policies
  • Experience with accessibility needs and improvements
  • An interest in sustainability and “green” policies
  • First Aid and Fire Warden training

Application Process

Please email your completed application form to recruitment@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk

Closing Date

The closing date for applications is midnight, BST, on Sunday 5 June 2022.


Interviews for the post will be held week commencing Monday 20 June 2022.


Queries about the post should be addressed to Suzannah Pearson, Operations Lead at spearson@paul-mellon-centre.ac.uk


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