The Poppy Factory – Chief Executive


Location: London (Richmond) (hybrid working available)

Contract: Permanent

Salary: circa £90,000 per annum

Hours: Full time 37.5 hours per week

Are you a skilled and experienced senior leader, passionate about supporting veterans with health conditions to secure meaningful employment? Do you have highly effective interpersonal skills, with the ability to inspire, engage and influence a wide range of stakeholders?

The Poppy Factory is seeking a Chief Executive to lead our organisation and build upon our strong legacy of supporting veterans in the UK. We have a proud history dating back to 1922, and have helped thousands of veterans to find work and build new lives.

As Chief Executive, you’ll be responsible for setting and delivering our strategic objectives to ensure that our employment programmes and services continue to positively impact our clients, their families, and their communities. You’ll oversee the delivery of our employment services, as well as the production of Remembrance wreaths for the Royal British Legion and management of our Richmond property assets, as The Poppy Factory moves into its second century.

You’ll lead a team of engaged and motivated staff, and work closely with our Trustees, partners and stakeholders. You’ll be a visible and engaged leader, committed to building a culture of inclusion, empowerment, and continuous learning and development.

It’s a pivotal time in The Poppy Factory’s history as we expand and adapt our service to meet 21st century needs. If you are passionate about our cause and excited to be part of an ambitious and growing charity, we are keen to hear from you.

How to apply

To apply for this position please prepare your CV and a covering letter outlining your suitability for the role and submit via the online application process.

Closing date:  29 May 2023

About The Poppy Factory

The Poppy Factory aims to be an exemplar employer. We recognise the impact that working with a challenging cohort can have on our staff, which is why we prioritise work/life balance and support mechanisms including training, supervision and EAP provision.

The Poppy Factory provides competitive terms and conditions of employment, including:

  • Hybrid working arrangements
  • 28 days’ basic annual leave per year (including a day in lieu of Armistice Day, and 3 days’ Christmas closure), rising to 32 days with long service, plus bank holidays
  • Double-matched pension contributions up to 10% employer contribution

Equality, Diversity and Inclusion

The Poppy Factory is committed to equality, valuing diversity and promoting inclusion.  Our commitment is to take positive measures to recruit people from underrepresented groups, and we actively encourage applicants from diverse backgrounds. We are happy to discuss reasonable adjustments to the application or interview process to accommodate disabled candidates.

Download the candidate pack here.

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