General Manager (Manchester)
at Lavanda in London
(₤25000 - ₤28000 per year)
Lavanda is a UK “proptech” startup shaping the future of property rental by putting the sharing economy at its heart.
We believe that Airbnb-style “homesharing” is fundamentally changing the way people discover, rent and buy residential property. Whether you’re an owner-occupier, a second home owner or a buy-to-let investor, Lavanda provides a trusted, flexible and hassle-free platform to optimise rental yield. By wrapping your property in our luxury hospitality experience and offering it as a short or mid-term rental, we boost its desirability and maximise occupancy throughout the year.
WHY ARE WE EXCITING?
At Lavanda our mission is to create value for property owners through luxury hospitality, technology and data. To execute on this, we’ve successfully brought together a team of proven world-class entrepreneurs – from across the hospitality, property and tech industries – to hone a brand and service that challenges a multi £billion industry. With a proven model that is backed by some of the UK’s most prestigious angel investors, we’re now well funded and growing fast.
We invite you to join a team of like-minded entrepreneurs and play your part in helping us build a business and brand that will shape the future of the residential property market.
We are looking for a self-starting General Manager to help us launch our service in Manchester. You’ll be thrown in at the deep end, building our operations and partnerships from the ground up on day one. You’ll be responsible for delivering a flawless experience to our guests, ensuring all our operations come together at the right place, at the right time. You also make sure that ad hoc issues are prioritised and dealt with promptly, delegating them to a team of in house experts and trusted 3rd parties, most of which you will have hired and vetted yourself.
We expect you to be hungry for the next challenge in this role, making sure things are ticking over and always ready to jump to action when required. This is not your typical 9-5 job and especially in the early days you’ll be required to work late and on weekends.
You’ll have a team of engaged, like-minded people around you that will support and mentor you. In the early days you’ll work closely with our Head of Operations to get you going, with the aim of helping you build a team around you that will enable you to succeed. You’ll also be working together with our Head of Growth, looking to expand in Manchester and grow revenues.
Skills: *Problem solver – No matter the problems, you keep a cool head and enjoy working through them, understanding how to prioritise your time to work on what’s most valuable. *Forward thinking – you understand the big picture of what we are trying to achieve and know how this fits into the decisions you make. *Be a great communicator – more than in any other role at Lavanda, the geographic distance between our head office in London and you in Manchester means you must have exceptional communication skills. *Detail focused – a sharp attention to detail and a consistent drive to deliver a high standard are key. Every guest you interact with is different and every day that you work will come with new challenges and you’ll need to be able to focus on the details that matter most.
REQUIREMENTS *You hold a good degree (2:1 or above) from a top-tier university. *You’re motivated by being a key player in a fast-paced, dynamic start-up environment. You’re not only an autonomous problem-solver and confident decision-maker who understands what it means to create value. *You’re also hungry for responsibility and keen to move into a senior leadership role. *You’re driven by the challenge to build and structure your role and any related processes, balancing both the short and long-term needs of the business. *You are technology savvy and understand the critical role that tech plays in scaling complex operations. *You take huge pride in how you are perceived by your colleagues and customers (both internal and external), and are always happy to dig deep and go the extra mile whenever required. You only stop when the job is done. *You’re passionate about the sharing economy and its potential to disrupt both the property and hospitality industries.
BENEFITS *£Competitive salary + performance related bonus *Generous equity package available for the right candidate in the form of tax efficient EMI options. *Generous budget to buy your own devices (computer, etc.) *This is a mid-level role that is ideally positioned for rapid career progression in a business that’s growing incredibly fast. *Join a highly motivated and engaged team who are working tirelessly to shape the future of the residential property industry. You’ll never be bored and no two days will be the same.