Part-time Flexible Role Oxford Mumbler Manager, with opportunity for term-time working.
Mumbler is a network of 19 hyper-local parenting websites with a strong & engaged social media community. We are looking for a Mumbler Manager based on Oxford to take the lead running Oxford Mumbler website & social media community. Oxford Mumbler launched in 2018, however has yet to reach its full potential in the local community. Could you be the person to achieve this?
We’re a small tight-knit Mumbler family and we have ambitious growth plans. We are looking for someone very special who wants to grow the business with us. You must passionately care about your local parenting community and want to help make life easier for local & visiting parents. You will probably have experience of blogging or running a Facebook group, but you will definitely be social-media savvy. You should be adaptive, flexible and have a positive “can-do” attitude.
This role is flexible and is based from home. You will report directly to Mumbler founder & MD Sally, however will have the flexibility & autonomy to run the business with minimal interference. You will need to be bold & ambitious and extremely confident to help build Oxford Mumbler.
The Role: Working 15 hours per week from home in Oxford, you will be required to:
• Write seasonal engaging content for the Oxford Mumbler website
• Ensure website content and listings are up to date & relevant
• Research what’s-on locally for families
• Review local attractions, businesses & services
• Manage & post regularly on your Mumbler social media channels
• Represent Mumbler as required which may include business networking, contributing content to Mumbler HQ, press trips, PR events etc
• Opportunity to organise local events (parents meet ups, nearly new sales, family fun days & Mumbler Awards)
• Report potential sales leads regularly to the Mumbler HQ sales team
• Engage with & build great relationships with prospective customers on-line and in real-life
• Maintain excellent business relationships with existing customers
• Deliver engaging marketing campaigns on the Mumbler website & social media channels for paying customers.
• Share content ideas based on data analysis & trends with other Mumblers.
• Work 10-12 agreed core hours per week plus 3-5hrs flexibly.
• Friendly & approachable you must genuinely care about your local parenting community & want to make other parents lives easier.
• Highly organised
• Strong written and verbal communication skills
• Self-motivated & great at time management
• Ability to work independently
• Ability to collaborate with a team virtually
• Confidence to build relationships & develop sales relationships locally
• Social Media savvy (Facebook, Instagram & Linkedin)
• Experience with either Facebook communities, running a Facebook page or blogging
• Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office & Teams
Desirable but not essential as full training will be given.
• Marketing experience
• SEO knowledge
• Google Analytics knowledge
• Experience with WordPress
• Experience with Canva
• £11ph basic salary
• Commission structure for sales (optional)
• Flexible hours, working from home
• 6 weeks paid holiday
• Option to work term time only or reduced hours during school holidays (if required)
• Laptop & phone provided
Note: Applicants must be based in Oxford.
Emily Pickard, York Mumbler Franchise Owner
I am Emily and I run York Mumbler.
I previously worked in Brand Marketing – having had a 15 year career working on big brands like Anchor & McCain.
Although I loved my job and was fortunate to work for great companies, everything changed after having children and my priorities were just so different. I didn’t want to leave the house as the kids got up (sometimes before) and get home late, have to work away from home sometimes or feel like I wasn’t doing my best.
Although I worked part time in the end, I found that I was compromising – on my job and also on my kids and home.
Taking the leap to run Mumbler full time was a big scary decision – I’m the main breadwinner in our house so I had to make it work. Seven years later and now I can honestly say it was the best decision of my life to make that leap.
The biggest thing it has brought me is freedom and flexibility. I do work really hard on Mumbler and probably as many hours (if not more) then I did before… but it doesn’t feel like work.
I can fit the work in around my family – for example, in the holidays I don’t work in the day but just catch up on the evenings. I absolutely love it and I’m offering such a valuable service to my community too. And when it comes to school runs, school holidays, kids being off ill and bedtimes, I now never miss a thing!
Rachel Nelson-Girtchen, North Leeds Mumbler Franchise Owner
After being a big fan and frequent user of North Leeds Mumbler for many years, I jumped at the opportunity of owning this great business myself.
After a few career changes, this fits in perfectly with my mum life, and gives me more flexibility to find time doing what I love most- getting out in the great outdoors!
I live with my two children and husband, and we moved to South Leeds in 2016. We absolutely love Leeds and think it’s a brilliant place to raise a family with so much around us to enjoy.
Rachael Smith, Hull & The East Riding Mumbler Franchise Owner
After spending 13 years working in marketing (first at ReckittBenckiser then at McCain Foods), I had two children and decided to try working for myself and spend more time with my children.
Four years ago, whilst on maternity leave, I built the second Mumbler website, Hull & East Riding Mumbler, never returned to McCain and haven’t looked back.
I now employ another mum to help me run it and have made a full time living, all whilst working from home around the kids. Two years ago, I also launched a second business, The Marketing Lane, a freelance Marketing Consultancy.
The lifestyle I now have has enabled me to also slot in voluntary work and give back to my community. I Chair the Hull MVP (Maternity Voices in Partnership), a panel of Healthcare Professionals and local organisations all working together to improve services for women in Hull, from becoming pregnant to when their baby is one. I am a board member for the charity Viking FMs Cash for Kids and a Trustee for the charity Bundles of Joy.
I was even nominated and became a finalist for this year’s Women of Achievement Awards Hull & Humber.
SJ Barker, Franchise owner of Ryedale Mumbler and also Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler.
As well as being a mum to two children, I live with a menagerie of animals – including horses, Ryeland Sheep and Giant African Land Snails – and have lived rurally most of my life.
It’s always been second nature to jump in the car and travel, but now I know my local area inside out, I know it doesn’t have to be this way – there are so many amazing things for families on our doorstep!
Previously I was an insurance risk control surveyor but when my children were born (Henry, 6 and Eliza, 4), I wanted something more flexible to fit in with family life.
Running Mumbler has been a huge change, but I’ve always been able to and happy to adapt, and I love helping families to make life easier.
Ryedale Mumbler has gone from strength so strength so when the opportunity arose to take on Scarborough & Whitby Mumbler, it made perfect sense.
Running the two sites fits in wonderfully with family life, and I am enthusiastic about helping other parents, carers and visitors find those hidden gems!
Sarah Smith, Wharfedale & Craven Mumbler Franchise Owner
I gave up my Sales Manager Role with a Blue-Chip company when I had my son in 2011.
Six years out of the industry and a daughter later, my knowledge of that area was dated so it was either retrain or put my new “Mum” knowledge to good use.
That’s where Mumbler came in! Having used the Harrogate site, I knew this was a much-needed resource in Wharfedale.
Almost two years later, I have built a business I can be proud of.
It’s flexible so I can still do every school run, sports day and Christmas play! It’s hard work but you get out what you put in. It’s the best decision I made!
Caroline Brooks, Doncaster Mumbler Franchise Owner
Hi I’m Caroline and I run Doncaster Mumbler.
I spent 15 years prior to joining Mumbler marketing everything from heavy industrial machinery to knickers!
I left the “corporate” world of marketing in 2016 to join a tech-start up and helped steer this company towards an acquisition. Having had a taste of working from home around my family, I undertook some freelance marketing work and came across STAG Mumbler.
I noticed that there wasn’t a Mumbler in my hometown and seeing the possibility to be creative and continue to work from home, building a business of my own I did some market research. I took the leap, launching in September 2018 and haven’t looked back.
Since launching the website I have had the pleasure of working with some brilliant people and had some great feedback from advertisers, partners and parents who use the website. Being a mum is hard sometimes and Mumbler can help. It’s especially rewarding helping new mums embarking on the journey – we’re in it together! This year I have been lucky enough to work in partnership with Doncaster Maternity Voices, with the first ever Doncaster Mumbler Baby Week, helping expectant and new parents find out key information in this post-covid world where everything’s a bit different.
It’s been brilliant to work on many other events over 2021, such as the Doncaster Mumbler Community Bug Hunt in partnership with Visit Doncaster and our Summer Explorers Quest in partnership with Get Doncaster Moving. Let’s not forget the Doncaster Mumbler Awards…us Doncaster Mums (and Dads) know how to party! The Mumbler Awards is something that I’m particularly pleased to have launched in Doncaster and proud to host every year.
Being a Mumber franchisee has far exceeded my expectations. I have just welcomed a new Doncaster Mumbler team member and look forward to seeing what the next year holds!