Operations Director

Location: Manchester

Job Type: Operational

Contract: Full Time/Flexible Working

Application Deadline: 26 Jul 2024

The Vacancy

Wates Construction are looking for an Operations Director to join our Construction Northern team in Manchester.

If you are an Operations Director with proven technical skills looking for an opportunity to challenge the norm, bring fresh new ideas and elevate yourself within the industry then join us and help to create tomorrow together.

This is a great opportunity to progress your career as part of a talented, diverse, and supportive team.


Our Operations Directors are a valuable part of our business, the focus of this role will be to provide operational leadership and take accountability for a portfolio of projects and client relationships and successfully develop a team.

As our Operations Director you will:

  • Develop and lead performance management and project strategy ensuring delivery of strong commercial results and exceptional client satisfaction

  • Own and manage the relationship with the client from pre-qualification through to tender settlement with consideration for future bid wins on the client account

  • Drive the delivery of the SHE strategy, ensuring the SHE team are challenged and are providing guidance, advice and setting consistent standards across all business units

  • Responsible for the full financial performance of multiple projects

  • Lead supply management strategy and drive change to enhance delivery and efficiencies


  • Competitive salary & bonus 

  • Flexible working 

  • Car Allowance / Company Car

  • Travel covered to any of our sites (subject to HMRC advisory rates) 

  • Extensive corporate benefits including, Private Medical, Pension 8% employers’ contribution, Health and Wellness programme, 26 days holidays + bank holidays and much more… 

  • One of the best learning and development programmes which is customizable to support your career progression goals. (c.7000 training sessions delivered year to date across the WATES Group) 

  • Industry leading family leave benefits to included 26 weeks fully paid maternity, 8 weeks fully paid paternity. 

To find out more about LIFE AT WATES please click on the following link https://www.wates.co.uk/careers/

We are always looking for a variety of new talent to join our teams, to help us grow and innovate as a business. Although you may not have all of the skills listed, many of them may be transferable to other roles within the WATES Group.   

If you would like clarity on any of our vacancies, discuss career opportunities in strict confidence or need anything to make our recruitment process easier, please contact our In-House Recruitment Team directly or via recruitment@wates.co.uk and one of us will get in touch as soon as possible.   

As a responsible and inclusive employer, we are committed to equality and are proud to have been recognised for this through a range of accolades including gold accreditation with Investors in People, we are also a Disability Confident employer. Being a family owned, business means we understand and value long term relationships.  

Work for Wates

Wates is one of the UK’s leading family-owned development, building and property maintenance companies.  Founded over 125 years ago, we have a proud legacy in the built environment.

We are driven by our purpose, ‘reimagining places for people to thrive’ and our three promises:

  • Thriving places – working with customers, partners and communities to create places that are more sustainable, inclusive, and full of opportunity.
  • Thriving planet – protecting nature and taking action on climate change by collaborating and innovating with our partners.
  • Thriving people – creating opportunities and relationships so that everyone who works for and with us feels included, invested in and treated with care.

We are proud to be recognised as Gold Investors in People and as a Disability Confident employer.  We also ensure that our recruitment processes do not treat anyone less favourably due to an offending background.