Service Operations Manager

Main Duties & Responsibilities

  • Manage and work closely with the Head of Service Delivery and Operations Director to devise and regularly review / agree on the following Help Centre initiatives / activities:

      • Ongoing Help Centre plan

      • Budgetary cost control

      • Build and develop capabilities of the Help Centre Management team, both technical and non-technical. Mentor and develop skills within this group as necessary.

      • KPI’s productivity performance and targets effectively manage individual and team performance; build in regular reviews with team member taking necessary steps to improve overall team performance.

      • SLA Management

      • Team / department objectives

      • Performance efficiency including staff grading and reviews

      • Personnel / Staff performance and headcount forecasting and recruitment

      • Staff development and training

      • Shift working patterns and controls

      • Escalations and complaints

      • Internal / external reporting

      • System tools for both internal and external customer use

      • Management Reporting

      • Customer feedback measures

      • Planned work personnel and schedule of works

      • Technical support team profile and working patterns

Essential Experience

· 2-3 years Help Centre / Service Management experience gained in a technical environment.

· Good technical understanding of IT systems

· Candidate requires a strong proven background in system process and performance management.

· Experience of running an application Helpdesk (currently or within past 12 months).

· Experience of managing a team of at least 20 Helpdesk analysts.

· Able to build key relationships internally and with external customers.

· Determined and resilient with experience of working in a dynamic and challenging working environment.

· Leadership; provides and communicates inspiration and clear direction for the team which is in line with the organisation’s goals, mission and values.

· Performance management; manages the performance of others fairly, clearly and regularly, encouraging and supporting the team to achieve high standards

· Planning and organisational skills; able to plan and prioritise and deal effectively with unexpected changes.

· Communication and team working; works co-operatively with others to achieve a common goal and communicates information in a clear, concise and accurate manner.

· Problem solving and decision making; analyses information appropriately in order to find best solutions and takes a balanced view to reach logical conclusions and make relevant decisions. Able to use initiative to resolve problems

· Commitment to results; is committed to obtaining results through taking responsibility, demonstrating a positive attitude and ensuring quality is built into work.

Preferred Experience

Degree in IT or business management.

Experience of a technical helpdesk environment.


The Help Centre provides first and second
line support to Zonal customers. The team of Help Centre Analysts use an
on-line service to resolve operational and software problems reported by
customers.In turn they liaise with
Engineering Schedulers to arrange for faults to be resolved on-site as

The Help Centre consists of Technical
Support Analysts, Client Service Analysts, Planned work and Help Centre
Analysts.The Help Centre operates on
shift patterns from 7am to 1am, 365 days a year.Support is provided based upon the SLAs in
place with the customers.These are
monitored on a daily basis and reported back to the customer at regular

The Service Operations Manager hours of work are; Monday to Friday, 9am-5pm. Due to the nature of the service delivered to Zonal’s customer and business, additional hours outside of the core will be required (including weekends and Bank holidays). Some travel may be required.

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