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									                    Directorate of Wellbeing Services

                       Health and Fitness Manager

                            Salary £27,849 - £29,236

                         Job reference: REC01695


1.   Letter from the Human Resources Manager

2.   The council’s vision and objectives

3.   Job description

4.   Person specification

5.   Conditions of service

6.   Pension contribution rates

7.   Information on exempted posts

8.   Equality and diversity sub groups
Dear Applicant

Post of Health and Fitness Manager

This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act
which means you must provide details of any convictions (including those
which are ‘spent’), in addition to any cautions and bindovers orders that you
have received in the last 12 months.

Thank you for your enquiry about the post at Knowsley Metropolitan Borough

Please find enclosed further details about the post and an application form for you to
complete and return by the 19 March 2010. You can find out more about Knowsley
Council from our website at

Interviews are likely to take place within four weeks of the closing date. If you have
not heard by then you should assume that your application has been unsuccessful. If
you would like receipt of your application to be acknowledged, please enclose a
stamped addressed envelope with your completed form.

The council places great importance on maintaining high levels of attendance at work
and all Directorates operate under well-established guidelines to monitor and control
absence. If you are successful at interview, the council will be seeking references
and your present or last employer will also be asked to give details of your sickness
and attendance record over the last three years.

If you require any assistance during the selection process due to a disability, please
contact us as soon as possible on telephone number 0151 443 3434. For example
you may need a sign language interpreter, require an accessible interview room, or
need help completing a written application (taped applications may be submitted by
prior agreement).

The council is working jointly with the trade unions to implement a fair and
equitable pay and grading structure in line with the 1997 Single Status
Agreement. This will be achieved by reviewing every post within the council
through the job evaluation exercise which is currently being conducted. All
posts are subject to the review and therefore advertised grades are provisional
and will not be confirmed until the outcome of this exercise. You should note
that you are applying for posts with the council on this basis.

You should return your application to: Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council,
Directorate of Corporate Resources, Westmorland Road, Huyton, Merseyside, L36 9GL, or
by email to:
I look forward to receiving your application and thank you for your interest in this

Yours sincerely

Jaci Dick
Jaci Dick
Human Resources Manager
                                 JOB DESCRIPTION

Job title                    Health and Fitness Manager

Grade                        PO 1 - 3 (Inclusive of all weekend, out of hours, evening
                             and Bank Holiday working)

Directorate                  Directorate of Wellbeing Services

Section/team                 Leisure and Cultural Services

Accountable to               Head of Active Leisure

Responsible for              Health and Fitness Team

Date reviewed                19th January 2010

Purpose of the job

   1. To increase the levels of participation in sport and physical activity, through
      the use of leisure facilities across the Borough.

   2. To substantially improve the financial viability of health/fitness, swimming and
      golf through increased membership numbers and the continuous improvement
      in levels of customer satisfaction.

   3. To support the development of staff and communities in becoming involves in
      sport, leisure and related activities.

   4. To increase the levels of participation in sport and physical activity, through
      the use of leisure and associated facilities across the region.

Duties and responsibilities

   1. To generate sales and retention for fitness suite and fitness class activities
      with a specific remit to sell fitness memberships to the targets set by the Head
      of Sport and Active Leisure.

   2. To carry out corporate sales activities in and around Knowsley

   3. To take the lead role in developing and implementing a sales plan for fitness
      suites and classes within the Leisure Centres and other community venues.
4. To work with all leisure centre managers to deliver a high quality service for
   customers and improve customer satisfaction.

5. Working in conjunction with centre managers to ensure that all procedures,
   systems and equipment within the Fitness Suites, meet Health and Safety
   requirements and is replaced as part of an equipment replacement strategy.

6. To identify training needs for instructors and to improve service quality through
   setting standards and regular training for continuing Professional

7. To liaise with all leisure centres, partners and key agencies to ensure a
   consistent approach to the management of the fitness suites and classes and
   quality of customer service.

8. To improve the financial performance of the fitness suites, setting targets, in
   partnership with the Head of sports and active leisure.

9. To work with leisure centre, community groups, Knowsley PCT and other key
   stakeholders to expand the service and deliver a sustainable and integrated
   programme of delivery.

10. To monitor and evaluate all work based on health, financial and customer
    satisfaction targets. Including attrition, retention, attendances etc.

11. To develop and manage maintenance and cleaning regimes for all fitness
    suites, activity halls and equipment used for the purpose of health and fitness

12. To take a lead role in managing the client monitoring system in the fitness

13. To take a lead role in co-ordinating and improving the performance of fitness
    classes across leisure centres and other Active Leisure venues.

14. Together with Senior Manager/s set targets for the fitness suites and classes.

15. To work proactively with Colleagues, other Council Departments, Knowsley
    NHS and other agencies to improve participation and income.

16. To ensure that fitness equipment is maintained and replaced as part of a
    documented replacement strategy.

17. To produce and deliver reports and presentations relating to Health and
    Fitness as directed by line managers
   18. To keep abreast of new innovations and best practice that will benefit Active
       Leisure Services and other colleagues.


   1. To prepare, in consultation with the Area Operations Manager/s, annual
      operational and sales plans for the fitness suites.


   1. In conjunction with managers take responsibility for the direction, supervision
      and motivation of fitness instructors and associated fitness suite staff in the
      execution of their duties.

   2. Maintaining staff discipline in consultation with Managers.

   3. Assist with recruitment, selection, appraisal, appointment, and training of
      relevant staff.

   4. Monitoring of associated staffing levels and shift patterns, to ensure adequate
      levels of supervision.

   5. Develop a sales culture across all associated staff, which includes written
      policies and procedures along with providing associated training.

Maintenance / equipment

   1. Security of building, its goods and services.

   2. Provision of equipment and storage, and the maintenance of an efficient
      system of stock control and inventory - including carrying out appropriate risk
      assessments and method statements.

   3. To ensure compliance with Health and Safety policy and to carry out regular
      inspection of fitness suites and equipment to ensure this is maintained
      accordingly. Liaising with relevant technical managers as appropriate.


   1. To be responsible for finances in accordance with the borough financial
      procedures, including budgetary control and the maintenance of agreed
      records and targets regarding income in association with the Head of Sport of
      Sport and Active Leisure.

   2. Ensure all financial procedures are strictly adhered to.
   3. To assist in the preparation of associated budgets/targets for income and

   4. To achieve annual income targets and directed by Senior Managers


   1. To undertake any other duties commensurate with the post and grade which
      contribute to the general purpose and objectives of the Directorate

   2. To work pro-actively towards creating a positive environment to work
      embracing the Councils commitment to Equality and Diversity.

   3. To ensure that all duties are carried out in accordance with industry guidelines
      and Health and Safety requirements.

   4. To ensure that Continuous Professional Development is undertaken on an
      annual basis in consultation with line managers.

   5. Attend Management Team and other meetings associated with the post as
      directed by the Head of Active Leisure.

Health and safety

1. To ensure suitable and sufficient risk assessments are carried out taking into
   account employees capabilities

2. Manage Health and Safety in relation to those facilities under the Active sport

3. Ensure a financially viable and planned maintenance programme to industry

4. Manage Health and Safety in relation to Health and Fitness

5. To ensure that all staff under the post holders supervision are suitably qualified
   with regular ongoing training in place to meet with industry best practice
                                                    PERSON SPECIFICATION

Post title           Health and Fitness Manager                   Grade               PO 1 - 3
Directorate          Directorate of Wellbeing Services            Section/team        Leisure and Culture

This post is exempt from the provisions of the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act – applicants must disclose all criminal
convictions including those which are ‘spent’, in addition to any cautions and bindover orders received in the last 12

Criteria                                                                                                               * M.O.A
            Essential requirements
Skills, knowledge, experience etc
1           Ability to embrace the values of KMBC                                                                          I
2           Demonstrate Management experience, ideally in a Sport and Leisure environment.                                A/I
3           Experience of people management and developing a commercial performance driven culture.                       A/I
4           Experience of financial and budgetary management                                                             A/I//T
5           Experience of devising marketing campaigns and promotions.                                                    A/P
6           Experience of developing programmes.                                                                          A/P
7           Effective written and oral communication skills including making presentations.                              A/P/T
8           A passion for customer service                                                                                A/P

9           Relevant professional qualification in leisure management / fitness industry                                 A/P/C
Health and safety
10          Ability to ensure suitable and sufficient risk assessments are carried out taking into account employees      A/I
Personal attributes and circumstances
11          Ability to make decisions using analysis and judgement                                                        A/P
12            Commitment to continual professional development                                                             A/P
13            Ability to work evening, weekends and Bank Holidays as required.                                             A/P
14            Knowledge of Health and Safety issues and procedures.                                                        A/P

*Method of assessment (*M.O.A)
A = Application form         C = Certificate                        E = Exercise           I = Interview
P = Presentation             T = Test                               AC = Assessment centre

Date          Approved by authorised manager                             Designation
02/01/10      Derek Jones                                                Head of Active Leisure

Where the post involves working with children, in addition to a candidate’s ability to perform the duties of the post, the
interview will also explore issues relating to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including:
     Motivation to work with children and young people
     Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries with children and young people
     Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
     Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline

           We have a positive attitude to the employment of disabled people and guarantee an interview to those who meet all the
           necessary criteria of the person specification.
                      Conditions of service
                Directorate of Wellbeing Services

Post                 Health and Fitness Manager

Grade                PO 1 - 3

General              The conditions in the National Joint Council for Local
                     Authority Services (Green Book) will apply.

Hours of work        36 hours per week (5 days in 7 inclusive of Bank Holidays
                     evening and weekends)

Salary               £27,849 to £29,236

Basic annual leave   25 Days

Medical              The successful applicant will be required to complete a
                     medical questionnaire and may also be required to undergo
                     a medical examination.

Training             The Council is a recognised ‘Investor in People’ and
                     encourages training and development for all employees.

Pension              You are automatically entered into the Local Government
                     Pension Scheme, unless you elect not to join. Employees
                     with contracts of employment of less than three months are
                     not eligible to join the scheme. Contributions rates are
                     dependant on salary as per the contribution rates shown

Childcare vouchers   The Council is in partnership with a childcare voucher
                     provider which offers employees a salary sacrifice scheme.
                     Further details are available from Human Resources

Car status           Essential

Disclosure           The post is subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check.
                     You must ensure that you complete Section 8 of the
                     application form. If you fail to do so your application will not
                     be considered. Having a criminal record will not necessarily
                     prevent you from being appointed to the post.
                        Pension contribution rates

With effect from 1 April 2008, contribution rates will be on a sliding scale based upon
a scheme member’s full time annual pensionable pay. Part time employees’
percentage contribution rates will be based upon the pro rata full time pensionable

From 1 April 2009, the new contribution rates will be as follows:

Table 1
          Band             Pensionable pay range Contribution rate
           1                    £0 - £12,600            5.5%
           2                £12,600.01 - £14,700        5.8%
           3                £14,700.01 - £18,900        5.9%
           4                £18,900.01 - £31,500        6.5%
           5                £31,500.01 - £42,000        6.8%
           6                £42,000.01 - £78,700        7.2%
           7                 More than £78,700          7.5%

From 1 April 2008 for those employees who were paying 5%, the changes to
contribution rates are as follows;

Table 2
 Year commencing                         Contribution rate
 1 April 2008                            5.25%
 1 April 2009                            5.5%
 1 April 2010                            6.5%
Exempted posts – Criminal Records Bureau (CRB) disclosure

Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council aims to promote equality of opportunity for
all with the right mix of talent, skills and potential. We welcome applications from
diverse candidates.

Certain posts are subject to a Criminal Records Bureau check due to the nature of
the work being undertaken. All candidates who are successful at interview for one of
these posts will be asked to complete an application form for a ‘disclosure’ check by
the Criminal Records Bureau before the appointment is confirmed.

Whilst the council supports the rehabilitation of ex-offenders, it is obliged in the
recruitment of all employees to use an Exemption Order of the Rehabilitation of
Offenders Act 1974 in order to ensure safe recruitment to posts where working with
children, vulnerable adults or other positions of trust are involved. If you apply for a
post that is subject to a disclosure, you will be advised in the recruitment job pack.

Having a conviction or a record of some type of unacceptable behaviour would not
necessarily bar you from being appointed to the post as any decision to employ will
be considered on the individual circumstances of each case.

If you are in doubt about what you should declare, you can ask advice from a
member of the Human Resources Division 0151 443 3434.

Further information about the Criminal Records Bureau, including how information is
assessed in line with the Rehabilitation of Offenders Act 1974 can be found on their

Where the post involves working with children, in addition to a candidate’s ability to
perform the duties of the post, the interview will also explore issues relating to
safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children, including:
      Motivation to work with children and young people
      Ability to form and maintain appropriate relationships and personal boundaries
       with children and young people
      Emotional resilience in working with challenging behaviours
      Attitudes to use of authority and maintaining discipline
                         Equality and Diversity sub groups

Knowsley Council has four established sub groups to support the equality and diversity
agenda, details below.

The groups are supported by the Corporate Equality and Diversity Manager, Paul Peng
who can be contacted on 443 3073.

Knowsley Black and Minority Workers’ Group (KBMWG)
The group's vision is to 'promote respect and value diverse cultures within Knowsley',
and they are committed to challenging all forms of discrimination, racial harassment and
bullying to promote race equality in employment and in the delivery of services. Through
development days, members of the KBMWG have established and discussed terms of
reference and decided on ways to be involved with the council corporately.

Knowsley Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Forum
The group aims to promote the council positively as an employer which is supportive of
the LGBT workforce, as well as promoting LGBT within the larger community.

It acts as a consultation forum on new and exiting policies and strategies and
participates within equality impact assessment processes with the view to improving
and influencing change. Through the group there is a robust and systematic process for
exchanging ideas, problem solving and information sharing, this then raises awareness
and reduces discrimination within the workplace.

Disability workers' group
This group meet to discuss issues surrounding disability within Knowsley. The council
recognises that people are disabled by society and not their impairment.

The group advises on all policy and procedure, whether related to employment or
service delivery for the council and the Primary Care Trust. They also provide a
networking opportunity across the groups to discuss common issues and link with
similar employee forums in other local authorities.

Women's operational workers’ group
The group's primary focus is the consideration of gender equality issues relative to
every aspect of employment and service delivery. As with the other groups, there will
be representation at the Directorate Implementation Group which then feeds into the
Corporate Equality and Diversity Strategy Group meetings. The advice and guidance
which this forum is anticipated to contribute will be a valuable asset to the Equality and
Diversity agenda of Knowsley Council, particularly as women make up 63.9% of the
total workforce.

Equality and diversity information is available to view on

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