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Sailors’ Society – Chief Executive


The successful candidate is ideally an existing CEO with experience of reporting to a Board of Trustees in a purpose-based organisation. A high potential senior manager with experience of reporting to a Board who is deemed to be ready to take on a CEO role may be considered where the candidate is exceptional.
Organisational partnership and negotiations at this level require skill to work with the Trustees, executives, corporate and individual donors, media and key stakeholders.

Knowledge of the maritime industry would be helpful but not a critical prerequisite. The Chief Executive will need, however, an appreciation of the industry issues and challenges, plus awareness of the disruption and innovation caused by technology, regulation, demographics and evolving industry demands.

The successful applicant will require:

• A minimum of 5 years’ experience in a senior executive management role.
• Thorough knowledge and expertise in organisational management and the ability to lead and inspire a high performing team.
• Experience of reporting to a Board.
• A personal affinity with the values of the Society and commitment to the diverse needs of the maritime community.
• Demonstrated managerial and financial experience of directing and control of delivery and provision of services across borders, cultures and time zones.
• Proven success in fund raising with achievement of good results in successfully diversifying and growing sources of income.
• Strong understanding of delivery of tangible benefits and outcomes to the beneficiaries served by a leading international charity, supported by a track record and knowledge of corporate governance, quality
assurance, financial management, delivery of agreed performance objectives and risk management.
• Demonstrated effectiveness and experience in leading and representing a charity to corporate and individual donors, governments, media, and workers in the field delivering services on a daily basis.
• Proven ability to develop, implement and monitor performance of Strategic and Business Plans.
• Maintenance and ongoing development of policies and procedures to govern the operation of the organisation, including the provision of a safe and supportive working environment for all staff and beneficiaries.
• An understanding of how to transform IT systems and technology to help an organisation to deliver more effectively.
• Ability to work as the spokesperson for the Society in media, marketing and advocacy.

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