Chief Executive Officer

Company name WNA Solutions
Job Category Commercial
Job Sub-Category CEO
Job Role Permanent / Full Time
Job Location Dorchester Dorset
Salary £40,000 Per annum

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Company overview: My client was set up in July 2015 as an employee-led social enterprise and is registered as a Community Interest Company (CIC).

The company was set up by members of Dorset County Council arts development team with help from the governments Mutuals Support Programme. It is the only dedicated arts service in the country to become a public service mutual in this way and my client is now running as an innovative social enterprise.

My client is an exceptional company driven by a desire to find new and enterprising ways to support, develop and promote arts, cultural and creative industries to help make the sector sustainable and ensure that arts and culture thrive at the heart of community life in Dorset and beyond. There is also a recognition of the growing importance of arts, cultural and creative industries to the economy and their part in making Dorset, Bournemouth and Poole a more attractive place for creative businesses to start up or relocate to

The package: Salary £40,000 per annum, the role is full-time with flexibility required to work some evenings and weekends. My client operates a flexible working policy which enables employees to take reasonable time off in lieu. Some travel across the county and beyond will be required. The company is a member of the NEST pension scheme. The CEO will be accountable to the board of trustees and will manage the company in line with the organogram which I can supply on expression of interest.

About the role: The current CEO is stepping down from the post and the company is now seeking to appoint a new chief executive. The appointee will:

Lead the company into a new phase of business development.

Continue to build on the reputation of the company as an innovative force for change in the arts and cultural sector.

Work with key partners and stakeholders to ensure that arts and culture continue to play a central role in Dorset communities, and that the company continues to operate in a strategic role in relation to this goal.

Represent the company locally, regionally and nationally with funders and other prospective partners, creating business value and impact through these partnerships.

Continue to oversee and develop the culture and running of the company as an employee led entity committed to ideas of collaborative shared management and driven social enterprise.

Post induction and probation period, take a director seat on the board and work closely with other directors to further develop and extend the shape and functioning of the board and overall governance of the organisation.

Search out and implement new business and trading opportunities to reduce the dependency of the company on public funding.

Oversee the successful operation and further development of all our key business functions (e.g. communications and marketing, finance, governance, social impact, HR) ensuring continuous quality improvement in these areas.

Key Attributes: Confidence and commitment to delivering exceptional projects and programmes and high-quality customer service.

Team management and a collaborative ethos to ensure smooth and effective running of the business and its staff team.

Negotiation skills, creativity and the ability to create social and financial value by working with others.

A commitment to developing ideas and responding positively to other creative team members.

Great communicator and comfortable using a range of tools and channels for this purpose.

Building and maintaining existing strong relationships and business with organisations and partners.

Efficiency and organisational ability to ensure that all internal and external obligations are met, including report writing and reporting back to boards and stakeholders.

Resourceful and strategic approach to project and business management; seeking opportunities and horizon scanning to create value and ensure the best environment for the organisation to flourish.

Continue to build a socially enterprising culture in the organisation that creates social impact and financial value.

Ability to run and develop effective and efficient businesses and organisations from an operational perspective.

Experience, Knowledge and Skills: Extensive experience of managing business-based activity with a strong connection to creative and cultural industries.

Experience of the arts and cultural sector and business development particularly in any of the following areas: cultural tourism, mentoring and leadership development, social investment and business planning.

Strong project management skills and previous experience of co-devising and leading large scale, multi partner projects.

Excellent financial and budget management skills including experience of cash-flow and forecasting and financial reporting, as well as the business systems needed to underpin successful and effective organisations.

Ability to work under pressure and to tight deadlines.

Stakeholder management, advocacy skills and confidence in dealing with individuals at all levels in order to produce social impact and positive financial results.

Enjoys being part of a team as well as the ability to work alone and take responsibility.

Experience of setting and monitoring key performance indicators, reporting effectively to stakeholders and supervising/overseeing external consultants or partners.

Personal qualities  Hard-working, flexible and comfortable working in a demanding, complex and fluid environment.

Confidence in suggesting new ideas and ways of working.

Reliability with an ability to adapt to developing circumstances.

Hands-on approach and a willingness to help other members of the team when required.

A commitment to equitable team structures, high quality performance and good governance.

A commitment to quality, service, value and impact. Desirable

Knowledge of Dorsets cultural and creative sector (including publicly funded organisations, SMEs and freelancing) and an understanding of the current economic climate and challenges facing the creative sector.

Previous experience working in partnership with some of the following partners HEIs, LEPs, local authorities, festivals and digital/new media businesses.

How to apply

Please send an up-to-date CV and a covering letter (no more than two sides of A4) explaining why you would be suited to the post. In your letter, you should pay particular attention to the key required skills of the role and explain how your experience to date addresses these.

My client is committed to equal opportunities both in the provision of services and as an employer. It is our policy that no job applicant receives less favourable treatment on the grounds of ethnic or national origin, marital status, gender, sexual orientation, religion or belief, socio-economic background, disability, age, pregnancy or spent convictions.

The provisional interview date is 19th January 2018. Interviews will be held in Dorchester. If you have any queries or require further information about this job specification please contact,

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